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Those who believe

Mark 16:15-18 (NKJV)
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

This section of scripture, part of the "longer ending" of Mark, is not included in the earliest manuscripts. Yet the book of Acts shows the apostles doing these things: casting out demons, speaking in tongues, healing, even "snake-handling" (Paul on the island of Malta). This could explain why it was included, even if it was an afterthought.

I believe in healing, tongues, and deliverance. I wonder why these demonstrations of God's power are not more natural and numerous in the church today? We have no problem believing that the presentation of the Gospel transforms lives. It's just that the demonstrations of God's power to transform lives is harder. We're comfortable with the process of sanctification. Less so with the moments of regeneration.

I know that Biblical, prophetic teaching/preaching produces change in people's lives. But in my opinion, it's not enough (at least as the exclusive process by which transformation takes place). Following Jesus must be more than a way to better our lives; it must transform them. That's what I believe.

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