November 04, 2015

Must One Be a Cessationist In Order to Reject the Charismatic Movement?

I believe the definitive case for cessationism has yet to be made. Some arguments for cessationism are stronger than others. It's difficult to make a slam-dunk argument for the cessation of special revelation based on a document that is itself the product of special revelation. In other words, one shouldn't expect to find any texts in Scripture mentioning the cessation of special revelation if those texts themselves are the product of special revelation.

That is not to say that there are not slam-dunk arguments against the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement. One need not be a convinced cessationist in order to reject the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement. One can be a convinced non-charismatic while questioning some or all of the biblical arguments for cessationism.

When examined on a case-by-case basis, Pentecostal/Charismatic claims are decidedly unpersuasive. For example, even a non-cessationist should be able to dismiss the Pentecostal/Charismatic phenomena of "prophecy" and "tongues". Both are obviously unbiblical.

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