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Cessationism – Proving Charismatic Gifts have Ceased

From The Sword & Trowel 2011, issue 2 by Dr Peter Masters

Does the Bible teach definitively that the charismatic gifts have ceased? Can cessationism (the view that they have ended) be proved? Some say that the cessationism cannot be conclusively proved from Scripture.

We believe, however, that the ceasing of revelatory and sign-gifts in the time of the apostles is very plainly taught in God’s Word, so plainly, in fact, that the opposite view has only seriously appeared in the last 100 years or so.

The term cessationism comes from the great 17th-century confessions of faith, such as the Westminster and Baptist confessions. These both use the same word. Speaking about how God has revealed his will and committed it to the Scriptures, the confessions say, ‘Former ways of God’s revealing his will unto his people being now ceased’. This word does not actually come from the Bible, but the doctrine does.

Not only has revelation been completed and ceased, but so have the signs that revelation is in progress. Here is a brief summary of six biblical proofs that the revelatory gifts have ceased (visions, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, and prophecies), and also the sign-gifts (healings and speaking in tongues). God still heals, of course, but in answer to prayer, and not through the hands of a gifted healer.




Read the entire article here.

  1. October 6, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Reblogged this on Shepherd/Guardian and commented:
    Another “Case For Cessationism”!
    Well Done.

  2. February 27, 2018 at 9:15 am

    This teaching is very dangerous because it basically means that God no longer interacts with us. Just because we have all truth doesn’t mean that our understanding of an infinite God can ever come to an end, or that further revelation can or should contradict with scripture.

    • March 18, 2018 at 5:57 am

      First, the Bible is plain that anyone coming and claiming further Revelation is not from God. God sent his final Revelation through Christ, his Son.

      Heb 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
      Heb 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
      Heb 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
      Heb 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

      Christ is the final Revelation.

      Secondly, if God did send more Revelation, then it would be on the same level as all scripture and thus should be added to the Bible.

      Now you claim that cessationism is dangerous teaching because it means that God no longer interacts with us. However, the Bible is plain that God is both transcendent and immanent. He transcends or is higher than and not part of his creation. He is also immanent or he works personally in his creation. The means by which he interacts and works in the lives of believers, is through his word.

      Many today downplay the Word of God. They are not satisfied with Christ or the word of God, but want to see a sign. The signs given in the Gospels were given to Israel and they still didn’t believe. You have been defending experiences and not defending scripture. Scripture is the final authority by which we judge all things.

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