I don’t know Jared Moore. I’m sure he’s a lovely guy. He’s written an article entitled ‘A Case for Cessationism‘. No need to read it.
It’s basically an attack (a bit of a strong word, so take that with a pinch of salt) on another article arguing the case for the charismatic. Fair enough; people are allowed to hold different theological opinions, and they’re allowed to debate them. I’d encourage it.
But I find the case for cessationism on the vast majority of occasions weak and lazy.
The opening point of the article reads as follows:
He’s overly simplistic and dismissive. It’s undeniable that for over 1600 years of church history, the miraculous spiritual gifts were inactive in the church.
Um…is it just me, or does that statement come across as overly simplistic and dismissive? I doubt that Jared Moore was present during the particular 1,600 years he’s talking about, or has read anything from that period saying explicitly that ‘no churches practice spiritual gifts’…it’s a bit of an argument from silence.
So here’s my case for the charismatic. I believe that spiritual gifts are here for the church for today:
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. (1 Corinthians 13:8-10)
Note: I’m using the Bible. Disagree with me, but don’t disagree with God.
I don’t know if anyone’s looked around recently, but I don’t think the perfect has come yet. So until that happens, we ought to earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, as the Bible tells us to.