On charismata: cessationism vs continuationism

Over at Parchment and Pen, Michael Patton has a post on “Why I am not Charismatic“. Blogger, TC Robinson at New Leaven has also posted his reaction on Patton’s post, and on Augustine here too.

Patton, President of Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, calls himself a de facto (soft) cessationist. However, he is open to the spiritual gifts. I personally have friends who were raised as cessationist but became continuationist due to evidence that the charismata (gifts) are still in existence today. Personally, I don’t think the cessationist view has strong biblical footing. Its claims tend to be weak and seem to be based on narrow interpretations and man-centered theology that isn’t scripturally-based.  The continuationist view, on the other hand, has a very strong position based on scripture and theology and is backed by the history of many early church fathers. But enough about my personal view…Read Patton’s post linked above.

A new blog on continuationism that I’ve just come across is continuationism.com (“To Be Continued…”) whose authors are Scott Lencke, a Reformed charismatic, and Marvin Cotten who has been a bible translator with Wycliffe [edited]. Check it out.

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Author: Kevin S.

A follower of Jesus, a husband and a father. Hobbies include biking, keeping fish if they don't die on me, blogging when I can, theologizing and ministry, and pondering about world affairs.

6 thoughts on “On charismata: cessationism vs continuationism”

  1. Hey Kevin. Thanks for the referral to our blog To Be Continued. I do say ‘our blog’ because my colleague, Marv, regularly posts. But due to some other things that came up, he took a few week break. But he just posted up a new article yesterday. Thanks again.

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    1. Well it depends on what type of cessationism,; classical, full, strong, moderate, principled, or empirical?

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