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Victory Christian Tabernacle Church



Can you lose a spiritual gift?

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 6:25 AM

By Pastor James May

This is a controversial subject that has different theological views. While there is plenty of Scripture to support the loss of effectiveness and fruitfulness, I believe the Bible does not indicate the actual loss of gifts. . Scripture is clear that gifts are given because of grace (Romans 12:6).. nothing earned or merited.

"As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes, but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance." (Rom. 11:28-29)

"28 According to the gospel, they are enemies for your sake, but according to God’s choice, they are loved for the sake of their ancestors. 29 God’s gifts and calling can’t be taken back."(Rom. 11:28-29) Common English Bible (CEB)

Some use the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 to conclude that you can lose your gifts if you don’t do anything with them because the master tells them to take the lazy servant’s talent away from him. However, this would be pure speculation of interpretation to say that the talents represent spiritual gifts.

Some say that Samson lost his spiritual gift when he succumbed to Delilah’s advances (Judges 16); however, Samson was of the Old Testament. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in Old Testament times was selective and temporary. The Holy Spirit worked in the hearts of people to enlighten, convict, and lead people to believe the content of the message, as it existed in Old Testament times. The Holy Spirit obviously had to regenerate people and He led them, but it was not from the indwelling presence as it is today. I cannot think of a specific example in the Bible of a Prophet, Pastor or Teacher who lost his or her spiritual gifting.

We have nothing to do with meriting what God gives us. Nothing. If you don't use a gift God have given you, you won't lose it. That doesn't mean you are right in neglecting the gift. It just means God never takes back what He gives by His grace. A spiritual gift is not of us, or of this world. It is of the Holy Spirit.

1 Timothy 4:14-15 warns us not to neglect the spiritual gift in us. However, this doesn’t equate to losing them if you don’t use them. In fact, it tells to use them so that our progress will be visible to all.

Spiritual gifts are not a standard to measure a man's spiritual condition or holiness. They are given graciously and freely as gifts of God; they are gifts of grace, not rewards of merit. A gift is given freely, not because it is earned or deserved.

I have several ties that were given to me as a gift. Some are over ten years old. I never wore these ties. No one has ever seen theses ties matched together with a shirt. They are in my closet; never used, yet still gifts.  God bless!

Rev. James A. May is the Pastor of Victory Christian Tabernacle ministries, Detroit, Michigan.  This ministry comprises of supporting other Christian ministries by providing worship service preaching, training in evangelism, defending the Christian faith, providing Chaplin services for nursing homes and care centers, assist new churches in kingdom building, and provides other Christian services as needed.


Categories: Spirtual Growth