I contacted this man last in late Sept., and have not heard back from him at all.

But the thing that's been on my mind is more the nature of John's words, the nature of the "tests" of true faith he establishes, and the akward nature of "passing" one and "failing" another.

Dave, I think you might be on the right track with what you said about taking 1st Cor. 12:3 too literally. But then, was the understanding you bring up really what Paul had in mind, or are we modifying our understanding of the text because we run into some appartant irreconcilablilties in real life? That's the track I'm thinking down...

(Latin phrase goes here.)