I'm going to have to take a night off here at Doxoblogy.
I've had that tingling feeling at the back of my throat for a couple of days now, but today at work I went from a tingling to congestion in my chest. I know you cessationists are probably thinking, "Healer, heal thyself", about now, but to be honest with you, I'm not very comfortable with the spiritual gift of healing, so I'm not going to try it till I get it down pat. I'd hate to mess something up worse. That's a joke.
However, I would like to say three things about the topic at hand.
1. I'm not at all comfortable with this topic. I don't like it. It's very scary for me. But I can't get around it through any kind of exegesis of the relevant texts. The Holy Spirit was a much easier topic when I was a cessationist.
B. I have been asked for chapter and verse. I intend to go back and edit both of my posts on prophecy with references, but not tonight. I'll add them over the weekend and let you know when I have updated.
I would also like to say that in my mind the burden of proof is on the cessationists. If you can show me where a clear and contextual reading of the Bible requires us to say that some gifts have ceased, then I will follow. But the problem is, there are no texts. As I see it, cessationism assumes from the beginning that some gifts have ceased and read that into their interpretation of Scripture. I can't begin with that assumption. I must see where a normal and clear common-sense reading of the text suggests that some gifts have ceased, otherwise we are battling Scripture with Tradition.
III. As far as I know, I am the only non-cessationist that frequents this blog. Those I have linked to are in no way responsible for my views. My Pastor and brother may or may not agree with me. I'm not sure, but he probably doesn't. Point being, the views expressed in this blog are mine.
5. For those of you visiting from a blog that doesn't like me or John Rush, feel free to berate me, but please do not assume that I speak for any of the blogs that I am linked to. I agree with them most of the time, but they are not responsible for anything I say.
I'M GOING TO LAY DOWN NOW. Good night.