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How May Here Hold to Sign Gifts operating Today?

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by Yeshua1, Jun 19, 2020.

  1. Yeshua1

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    As they did under the Apostles in Book of Acts?
     
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    I'm agnostic on the question. I see nothing biblically requiring a cessationist perspective, but I also haven't seen enough evidence to convince me of the continuationist perspective.

    I don't know if such gifts are operative today, but they are certainly much, much less common than in the book of Acts. I think it's very possible that God no longer gives the gifts, but he may choose in some instances to enable a person to exercise such abilities on a temporary, situation-specific basis.

    For example, I'm not sure the gift of tongues is operative in the sense of one person having the ongoing gift of being able to speak in tongues, but I do think God has the freedom to enable a person to speak in an previously-unknown language in a specific situation. I don't think that someone who is given the ability to speak an unknown language in a specific, limited context can truly be said to "have the gift," so to speak.

    If I had to pin myself down, I'd say I lean toward cessationism as a general rule, but with some wiggle room to allow for exceptional circumstances, as God in his sovereignty may choose.
     
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    I'm a soft continuationist in that there are no continuing gifts according to church history, but such gifts could return such as in the actual End Times.
     
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    I would allow for some of the tongues and interpreting for today in say missions fields, or like dreams and visions God might be sending to Muslims for today, but His normative are the Scriptures and Holy Spirit alone!
     
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    They seem to come back in the sense of false ones, able to deceive and mislead!
     
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    I believe God speaks to us through His word. To many depend on so called "signs and wonders" that no true evangelizing happens.
     
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    Don't forget the 144000 and two witnesses. That is a church at work supernaturally in ways equal to or greater than the apostles.
     
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    yes, after the true Church has departed!
     
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    I don't believe in a pre-tribulation rapture.
     
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    Thats fine, as you will still go up and pleasantly surprised!
     
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