"Robinson says every spiritual gift supports evangelism. He says evangelism is not one of the gifts but the overarching purpose."
I agree, every spiritual gift *supports* evangelism, because we are commanded to fulfill the Great Commission and win others to the Lord.
But I wouldn't say it's the overarching purpose. What is the reason for winning others to the Lord? That we may all have what Jesus desires for us, "abundant life," in this world and the next.
Part of that life is the joy of knowing God's glory in His powerful, God-of-the-Bible fulness, and bringing joy to Him by letting God be God.
"He acknowledges the shortcomings in some of the popular 'spiritual gifts inventories' popular today. He also refutes those who practice glossolalia (speaking in unknown tongues). He says tongues in New Testament times referred to the ability to hear and translate other languages. "
Well, hmm. In Acts, they *spoke* as the Spirit gave *utterance*. They didn't hear as the Spirit gave, what, *hearance*?
Paul tells us, "When I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it, then? I *will pray* in the spirit and *will pray* in my understanding. I *will SING in the spirit and I *will sing* in my understanding."
This is utterance, not hearance.
And is this only to win others? No, it's to help achieve that abundant life, which requires some spiritual strength. So Jude tells us not to be like certain others out there, but "be *building up yourSELVES* on your most holy *faith*, praying in the Holy Spirit."
Those who say tongues is a selfish gift have missed this. Not that tongues is the only way to pray in the Holy Spirit, but Paul just showed us it is one way.
Some say Jesus never spoke in tongues. But we know He groaned "in the spirit," the term Paul uses above.
Is it for today? See Awakened by the Spirit 0785269010 or Surprised by the Power of the Spirit 0310211271 or They Speak with Other Tongues 0800791304. These authors make an excellent case from the Word of God and their testimony, against Cessationism and why all these gifts are for today:
Including 1 Corinthians 1:7--So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ....
Plus, the Virgin Mary spoke in tongues with the rest at Pentecost. If it's good enough for Jesus' mom, it's good enough for me!
But my emphasis is not just on that one gift, I'm merely refuting the Baptist tendency to de-emphasize that one gift!
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are a package of God's power and love for that abundant life Jesus wants for us-- peace and joy, serving, loving, healing, deliverance.
1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14 are like a Holy Ghost sandwich--Power, Love, Power. It's all for "as many as God shall call" "until the end of the age," and I want the whoooole thing. Don't you?