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Reasons to be a Cessationist

Jordan Standridge gives three good reasons to be a cessationist and specifically counters the idea that cessationism “puts God in a box.”

  1. Biblical history. When we consider who in the Bible could actually do miracles, it reveals a lot.
  2. The purpose of the sign gifts. When we actually closely consider why God gave these gives to a very small number of individuals, we see why they are not given today.
  3. Today’s “miracles” Comparing what are called “miracles” today with miracles in Scripture reveals them to be something entirely different.

Standridge concludes:

Ultimately, limiting humans in no way limits the God of the universe. On the contrary, it gives Him the glory He deserves. The Holy Spirit is in no way limited in what He does. He is constantly at work sanctifying the saints, bringing Scripture to bear on the lives of believers each time they read it, He listens to millions of Christians all over the world simultaneously, and ultimately does the incredible miracle of regeneration each and every time that He takes out hearts of stone and puts in hearts of flesh (Eze 36:26). The glories of Ephesians 1:3-14 are an incredible miracle that God does in the lives of every Christian, and trumps any experience that any human can experience in this life. In the words of Peter in 2 Peter 1, it doesn’t matter what we experience in this life even the transfiguration itself; “we have something more sure” that nothing in this life can compare to–the Word of the living God.

Source: Three Reasons God is a Cessationist | The Cripplegate

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

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