Christ-Exalting, Bible-Saturated, Disciple-Making

    Charismatic Movement

    Home - About - What We Believe - Specific Issues - Charismatic Movement Canyon Bible Church is a non-charismatic, conservative, evangelical fellowship that welcomes all who know Jesus Christ as their Savior and all who are seeking Him. Those who claim to possess the gift of tongues and other sign gifts are welcome to worship and fellowship with us if they are willing to be a source of unity rather than division within our church body. We believe that the Christian life is supernatural and that the Lord continues to perform miracles. We also believe that current displays of the gift of tongues distract from the main task of the local church, which is to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission -- Matthew 28:19-20.

    Current displays of the gift of tongues:
    • give unwarranted prominence to the gift, which is described in the New Testament as being only one of many spiritual gifts -- 1 Corinthians 12
    • emphasize speaking in tongues as the primary manifestation of the Spirit's work in a person's life, while minimizing the Spirit's work in producing a holy life -- 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; 2 Timothy 1:9, and a life that displays the fruits of the Spirit -- Galatians 5:22 
    • often suggest that speaking in tongues is a required proof of being Spirit-filled or of possessing salvation in Christ, even though the Scriptures do not teach this.
    Canyon Bible Church seeks to prevent the propagation of doctrines that would cause divisions within an individual church. Therefore, members to and adherents of Canyon Bible Church are not to propagate the teachings and emphases of the current charismatic movement. Although we do not control personal, individual interactions with the Lord, the expression of tongues and other sign gifts are not to be overtly expressed at meetings that are under the organization and authority of Canyon Bible Church.