They was... if you were... during the Childhood process of the church..
Originally Posted by Athanasius
The complete doctrine for the church was in the making at that time, so some gifts was there to help it along and establish the doctrine for the rest of us. That doctrine is now mature and the childish things have been put away ( Pauls words not mine )
1 cor 13
8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part;
10 but when the perfect( COMPLETE in as context link to the partial) comes, the partial will be done away.
11 ( TEACHING EXAMPLE )When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
This is why his focus to them should be on love rather than gifts...for it would endure thru the mature age of the doctrine of the church