Monday, December 05, 2022

Now Reading on... Cessationism


                                                                    (Redeemer's sanctuary)

I'm going to be interviewed on a Canadian (Vancouver) Christian radio station next Monday evening. The subject: the supernatural realm, signs, wonders, miracles, spiritual gifts, and healings.

Listeners are already sending me questions, which I will respond to.

Andrea writes: “I don’t believe in miracles because I don’t see any happening in the Church where I attend in Canada? I’ve even prayed for miracles but I have never received any for myself. Maybe I’m not good enough and frankly I don’t know what to think or believe right now.” 
Choo writes: “there are so many phony miracles today by flashy preachers who are trying to line their own pockets with money. They jet-set around the world in their expensive airplanes and fancy cars, while the rest of us are working hard just to get-by. Some say they have the gift of healing but all they do is cheat and steal. Why should I believe them?” 
 Ellen is asking: “what do I tell my cessationist friends who are trying to convince me that the Gifts of the Spirit does not apply to the Church? I’ve experienced supernatural miracles before and I know God was behind them but how I do tell my friends that I’m not convinced with their arguments? I don’t want to lose my friends.”

I'll interact with these, and more.

I will debunk cessationism; viz., the idea that "the “foundation” metaphor of the apostles, prophets, and Christ, somehow requires that as they died, their gifts died with them." (Jon Ruthven, On the Cessation of the Charismata: The Protestant Polemic on Post-biblical Miracles

I just bought Ruthven's book, and am reading it today.

And, BTW, I have never been a cessationist.

Next in line,,,


The Kingdom Case against Cessationism: Embracing the Power of the Kingdom (Authors - John Ruthven, Graham Twelftree, Randy Clark, Michael Brown, Derek Morphew, Robert Graves, Don Williams, James Hernando. Foreward by Craig Keener.)