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Cessationism

Glen Clary and Camden Bucey speak about the ministry of the Holy Spirit and cessationism. We discuss how the pouring out of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is a unique event of redemptive-history just as unrepeatable as the death and resurrection of Christ. As individuals are effectually called and united to Christ by faith, they are incorporated into the Spirit-baptized body of Christ.


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Michael Delahunt

3 months ago

Camden’s insight around the 33 minute mark describes John Piper well. Certainly he has said many things that support a Reformed view of the sufficiency of Scripture. However, Ask Pastor John interviews really capture what Camden has said. This sort of thinking is really gotten into Reformedish and Reformed churches.

Michael Delahunt

3 months ago

sorry, 34 minute mark.

Philip T Mohr

2 months ago

Thanks for the helpful summary of Gaffinian cessationism.

I wish that there could be more interaction with the work of Poythress (e..g, https://frame-poythress.org/modern-spiritual-gifts-as-analogous-to-apostolic-gifts-affirming-extraordinary-works-of-the-spirit-within-cessationist-theology/) and Duguid (see Iain M. Duguid, “What Kind of Prophecy Continues? Defining the Differences Between Continuationism and Cessationism,” in Redeeming the Life of the Mind: Essays in Honor of Vern Poythress, ed. John M. Frame, Wayne Grudem, and John J. Hughes [Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017], 112–28).

Gaffin’s Perspectives on Pentecost is commendable and groundbreaking, but it is also somewhat of a sketch. Poythress and Duguid—while agreeing with Gaffin on all the fundamentals—develop the cessationist position with a more nuanced and, I think, a wider-angle look through the lenses of biblical theology and the history of Reformed theology.

Thoughts?

Tim Collins

1 month ago

I appreciate this as a thoughtful discussion from a Reformed perspective with someone who comes out of a Pentecostal background. However, I am afraid I found (and I may be alone in this!) that it fails to provide any solid exegetical basis for cessationism (here’s where I will be told to read the book–fair enough), and tends to respond to straw men. Not all charismatics are represented by this discussion. There are plenty of charismatics who understand the primacy of scripture without falling into the fallacies described. It would be a nice addition to this discussion to have a discussion with Gordon Fee or Craig Keener rather than with someone who has rejected the continuationist position.

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