As a follower of Jesus, I believe that the Bible is 100% true. In making that statement, I am responsible for the following:
* Obeying God's Commandments
* Conducting myself in a Biblical way
I am not allowed to pick and choose which scriptures to follow, I'm called to follow all of them. I'm not allowed to say some scriptures are true. It is either ALL true or none of it is true. I'm not allow to apply the scripture in a way that suits my life - I have to apply my life to the scripture, reading all scripture in the context it was written.
And He (Jesus) said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed [in Me] and has been baptized will be saved [from the penalty of God’s wrath and judgment]; but he who has not believed will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.”
When I read the scripture above and apply those simple principles, it means that if I believe in Jesus and am baptized, I will be saved. IT ALSO MEANS, because all scripture is true, that I am called to lay hands on the sick and they will get well.
Jesus is speaking to the disciples, but notice His language - "He who..." "those who..." He is not just referring to the disciples, otherwise he would have used the word "you" in it's plural form, He is referring to all mankind. If I were to believe that the gifts of the Spirit died with the disciples, then I must also believe that the disciples were the only ones going to be saved from God's wrath and judgment. I cannot pick and choose which scripture to believe, because it ALL must be true. So in order to believe that Jesus came to save me, I must also believe that I am called to cast out demons, speak in tongues, and heal the sick.
Jesus never said this was a temporary commissioning. And if the gifts of the Spirit were supposed to die with the disciples, Jesus would have said "these signs will follow you..." (you, referring to the disciples) but instead, He actually said, "These signs WILL accompany ALL who have believed."
The Bible was meant to be understood by everyone, except the wise (as Jesus says.) We should not rely on bad traditional teachings which try to tell us what the Bible means, otherwise there would be no need to have it translated into other languages for the masses to have access to. (As other religions believe in one language through priestly teaching only.)
Let's take our Bible at face value. Let's believe that all of it actually is true. Let's start to put into practice all the teachings of Jesus, not just the ones we are comfortable with. If you feel called to make a difference in your house, your community, your country, or the world, this is the only way an effective change will happen. Pray about it!!!