The self fulfilling non-prophecy of cessationism

Posted: August 1, 2015 in christian living, ecclesia, Jesus

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. -1 Corinthians 13:8

Paul says to eagerly seek after spiritual gifts, but many believe there are no longer spiritual gifts in operation.   Is it any wonder that these gifts are not seen in the churches then?  If prophesy and tongues have ceased, has knowledge also ceased?  Some say prophesy is now just reading scripture, but God’s word, even in the New Testament seems to say otherwise.

And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch.  Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar.  Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea.  This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. -Acts 11:27

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  1. Scarlett says:

    Strange but sad that Christians will disbelieve in what they don’t have, …..but should, if they would only take the Lord at His Word. This makes me wonder if they don’t believe in the gifts of the Spirit, are they really believing in the ONE who gives the gifts?

    • fleebabylon says:

      “Strange but sad that Christians will disbelieve in what they don’t have”

      For many true believers who belong to Jesus I think it’s just out of lack of knowledge or because some preacher once told them ‘that was only for the book of Acts time’. Reminds me of the following groups. BTW, sent you an email the other day sister.

      in Christ -Jim

      Acts 8:4 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

      Acts 19:1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. Now the men were about twelve in all.

  2. Scarlett says:

    “For many true believers who belong to Jesus I think it’s just out of lack of knowledge or because some preacher once told them ‘that was only for the book of Acts time’.
    Reminds me of the following groups.”

    Yes brother. I have heard the same thing from people with brilliant and educated minds who scoffed at what they called, “”pneumatology “, because they simply couldn’t grasp the reality of the supernatural aspect of the Holy Spirit, and spiritual gifts. That’s one problem that can arise with those holding to an intellectual form of religion….The bible says to avoid people like this. That they oppose the truth. That’s no doubt because they are “faith killers”. In any case, after this word to Timothy, Paul goes on to encourage all to follow his example and right living in righteousness. We know that signs will indeed follow those who believe…and act on their faith, (not unbelief). Not that we seek after signs, but they will occur as naturally as breathing, according to the will of the Holy Spirit.

    “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

    5holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 6For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. 9But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also” 2nd Timothy 3 NASB

    .

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