Taiwan Church News
May 5 - 10, 2015
Let's Bear The Fruit Of The Spirit Together in Pentecost
Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong
A special assembly entitled as "A Pentecost Message From Rev. McCall With A Taizé Worship", joint-sponsored by Taiwan Church Press, Department of Mass Communication of both Taipei and Chi-hsin Presbytery, was held at Suan-lien Presbyterian Church in the morning on May 2nd. Rev. John McCall is a missionary sent by PC(USA) in Taiwan and a theological teacher at Taiwan Theological Seminary and College.
Mentioned about the Holy Spirit, Rev. McCall stressed that every Christian denomination was actually the product of the biblical-rooted Pentecostal movement. As to the saying that only those speaking tongues, translating tongues or healing illness were qualified as the signs of pentecostal movement, he criticized such thoughts from some churches or Christians were without biblical foundations. He did not deny speaking tongues or healing illness as gifts from God. "But, if these gifts were not borne in love, then they were not the fruit of the Spirit!", said McCall.
"The different gifts endowed to us are due to the free riding of the Holy Spirit. Never a gift is more important than the othe" said McCall. Reminding the audience about the unnecessary tension due to gifts within the Corinthian Church, McCall explained why the apostle Paul raised the importance of love to solve the disputes within the Corinthian Church. "Though Paul's advise of love to Corinthian Church - famous Chapetr 13 of 1 Corinthians - are mostly applied in the wedding service, the initial purpose of Paul is to address the problems of dispute and chaos due to the competition of gifts", said McCall.
McCall pointed out the gift of speaking tongues is really one of the methods to glorify God, but it is not the whole story of the Pentecostal movement. "Every Christian has the same goal, i.e. to make the church grow. So, if the Holy Spirit give you any gift, that is endowed to glorify God", said McCall.
Is the state of being filled with the Holy Spirit same as speaking in tongues, falling flat or seeing golden powder? Regarding this question, McCall said these strange phenomenon were not the legitimate biblical definitions of the state of being filled with the Holy Spirit. He emphasized the Holy Spirit is freely run like a wind; different Christians had different gifts. According to Paul's letter to the Galatians, Christains were advised to bear the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness ans self-control. So, we have to think by ourselves of which fruit we are short.
Translated by Peter Wolfe