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Do others have the gift of discernment?

Submitted: 4/1/2011
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Question: Do persons of other faiths have gifts of the spirit such as discernment? Is that also referred to as intuition or instinct? I thought only if you have the Holy Spirit you get the gifts of the Spirit.

Answer: Only people who have received the gift of the Holy Spirit can have a spiritual gift. The Bible does not speak of a 'gift of discernment.' What is does speak of is the gift of 'discerning of spirits' (see 1 Corinthians 12:10). This is the ability to differentiate between God's Spirit, human spirits, and demonic spirits.