Cessasionist problems

Just read somewhere that Cessasionists believe God still heals sovereignly, but the gift of healing has ceased. The problem with this is that it implies that any healing God did through the human agency of the gift of healing was not Sovereign, but somehow an expression of the will of the one with the gift. It implies that the gift of healing was under man’s control and he could use it anytime he liked on whom he wanted, and then that gift ceased, and now God still heals, but only when He wills. This thinking is quite wrong, it is a flawed assumption. There is never a suggestion in the NT that any gift was given to men and they had control of it to use as they like, at their will, there’s never that suggestion. Never a suggestion that a person with the gift of healing can heal anytime he likes, any more than one with the gift of prophecy could prophesy at will.


3 Responses to “Cessasionist problems”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    And this is the reason there were no publicized “healing crusades” in the New Testament. No one would have the audacity to schedule when the Holy Spirit will heal. Rather, they were led by the Spirit and healed as He directed them.

    This is a common Cessassionist statement: “If you have the gift of healing then go down to the hospital and heal them all!”
    Now, what’s the logic here? It’s that, supposedly, if someone truly has the gift of healing then they are able to go down to the hospital and heal everyone.

    What they are saying is that the reason we can’t go down to the hospital and heal everyone is because we don’t have the gift of healing today.
    But there’s no scriptural example where that was ever done, or could be done, except with the Lord Jesus, but not on every occasion.

  2. ian vincent Says:

    Cessasionism has a few false assumptions, it assumes gifts or operations of the Spirit in the New Testament were solely to validate the Apostles, and there is an aspect where the Apostles did have validating signs, however, regarding the gift of tongues, Paul explains in 1 Cor. 14 that the main use of the gift is to build us up, and for intercession, and it’s also a private gift, to be mostly done in private, nothing to do with validating anyone or anything. As long as Christians need building up the gift will be there.

  3. ian vincent Says:

    “And God hath set some in the church,
    first apostles,
    secondarily prophets,
    thirdly teachers,
    after that miracles,
    then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues”

    (I Corinthians 12:28)

    I’ve never suggested that God did not use signs and wonders to validate the first Apostles, only i’ve presented the idea that gifts like prophecy, tongues, healing, wisdom, knowledge were also common among non-Apostles and therefore challenging the idea that these were solely to validate the Apostles.

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