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Cessationism – Proving Charismatic Gifts have Ceased

October 6, 2015 3 comments

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.

 

 

 

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The Prosperity Gospel Has Gone Viral

By Erik Raymond

What do you think of when you read the words “Prosperity Gospel”? Odds are your stomach turns a bit as you think about the preachers on television that speak to very large crowds and appeal to even more in their books. More than likely you look at it as “out there” rather than “in here”. In one sense this is good. The shenanigans that some of those religious hucksters engage in should never be replicated in our churches. In another sense however, it’s naive. One does not have to cruising around in a private jet or be dressed ostentatiously to qualify as a promoter of the prosperity gospel. It is more subtle. And it is more pervasive.

In its unabashed nakedness, the prosperity gospel is a damning heresy that is not a gospel at all. It is a Ponzi scheme concocted by those at the top to prey upon the weak and vulnerable. Preachers of this false gospel use God as a genie who is dispatched to give us stuff, as a result, the gospel gets reduced to getting more stuff. This message is primarily physical rather than spiritual and is about this (best) life now rather than the one to come. And most damning of all, it is about us rather than God. The cross of Christ is reduced to a stage prop to support the large tent meetings they hold. It is like they use Jesus’ band-with to hack in and launch spiritual viruses in the world.

 

 

 

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The Prosperity Gospel Refuted

January 27, 2014 3 comments

Download the 9Marks Journal for Jan-Feb and read some articles that refute the prosperity gospel which is being preached in churches around the world.

To show you what you will find in this journal, I will list an article under the category in which it is found inside the journal:

 

Discovering the Prosperity Gospel

The Rise of a Parallel, Post-Biblical Christianity By Grant Retief

The fact that South Africa is a churched nation doesn’t mean it’s a gospeled nation. Read more >

 

Analyzing the Prosperity Gospel

The Soil of the Prosperity Gospel By Jonathan Baer

The prosperity gospel is the bitter harvest of an ancient seed planted in modern soil. Read more >

 

Responding to the Prosperity Gospel

Do You Know What Your Missionaries Actually Teach? By Sean DeMars

Love the gospel, protect it, and guard it. And for the love of all things good and holy, please stop sending missionaries if they don’t. Read more >

 

Prosperity Gospel Book Reviews

Book Review: Break Out!, by Joel Osteen Reviewed by Bob Johnson

Joel Osteen, Break Out! 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life. FaithWords, 2013. 243 pages. $26.00 Read more >

 

Other Book Reviews

Book Review: Preaching: A Biblical Theology, by Jason Meyer Reviewed by Bobby Jamieson

Jason C. Meyer, Preaching: A Biblical Theology. Crossway, 2013. 368 pages. $22.99 I hate to say it, but my impression is that much—most?—of what goes by the name of expository preaching isn’t actually expository preaching. More like expo-lite. Read more >

 

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