Why Did The Early Church Seem To Experience Higher Levels Of Spiritual Gifts?

The difference between manifestation of God’s power seen in the book of Acts and the modern Church is something that has always intrigued me. We see pockets of spiritual manifestations here and there but as a general rule it seems Christians are not experience what early Christians considered normal. I’ve come to believe that a reason for this is the traditions that have crept into our beliefs.

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Power Over Sickness And Demonic Powers

And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Matthew 10:1

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Why Does It Seem As If the Miraculous Is An Afterthought?

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
Acts 3:1-7

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I Know That I Shall Not Be Ashamed

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Matthew 23:23-29

Did you ever notice that Jesus held no punches when dealing with the Scribes and Pharisees?

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Have We Crucified Our Flesh?

And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
2 Kings 7:3

Israel was surrounded. People were starving. These four lepers were in an equally dire situation but decided to do something. They had nothing to lose.

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