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Kathie Lee Gifford has a message for the Christians that continue to deny and ignore the gifts of the Spirit. She wants them to revisit Scripture and reread it. Apostle Paul taught that spiritual gifts are granted to members of the Church for many reasons, including helping create better unity overall for the Church.
“We’re all supposed to have gifts of the Spirit. They’re supposed to be different, used like different parts of the body for one good work, but we’re all supposed to use them. And people go, ‘Oh, Jesus doesn’t do that anymore, God doesn’t do that anymore.’ Really?”
Gifford continued by adding that Christians can’t say, “This is not God.’ This is redemption, this is healing … and nobody’s getting the credit for it but Almighty God.”
Some members received spiritual gifts in the Corinthian Church, while others did not. This created a division among the people and caused them to become jealous of one another. Paul wrote that those who had received these gifts should use them for the good of all. He also noted that those who had the advantage of speaking in tongues should use it to help others, not for personal gain. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians is still studied today because it deals with a number of issues that are important to Christians
“Once you understand — you meet the people that have these gifts, and you see the way that they use them for the Kingdom of God, any bias you have about it is dispelled,” she said. “Because you see what’s done in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Gifford believes that Christians misunderstand the gifts of the Spirit, and she doesn’t understand why there is so much “mystery surrounding” them. The gifts are meant to be pure and full of unselfish love that helps promote well-being, which should be a no-brainer for Christians. Gifford says that “The Church has always believed in the gifts of the Spirit, but it has not always been easy to understand them or to accept them.”
The former Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee host was on an episode of LifeToday and said, “Westerners have been way too terrified of the gifts of the Spirit.”
Gifford went on to say “I would like to say to my Christian friends if the Holy Spirit has never touched you, I’m not talking about emotionalism, I’m talking about the gifts of the Spirit,” Gifford said.” If you have never been touched by the Holy Spirit, then you need to get right with God.”
During her interview, Gifford also decided Jesus’ proclamation in John 14:12-14 (NIV):
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
Gifford believes that there are no time constraints in Jesus’s promise. “It’s not that he’s saying, ‘I’ll do this for you in the next few years.’ He says, ‘I will do whatever you ask in my name.’
Gifford became a born-again Christian at the age of 12 after watching Billy Graham’s The Restless Ones. “I was in the sixth grade, and I saw this movie on TV. It really affected me. It made me want to be a Christian.”
You can watch her entire interview below.
— Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) December 27, 2021
Kathie Lee Gifford has since been a great Christian role model and is very outspoken about her faith. It is no surprise that she has ignited such an interesting discussion.