I don't have an explicit source at hand to cite, but sometimes I've heard Continuationists put forth the argument that "the counterfeit proves the real", "the counterfeit proves the original", etc., meaning that Satan would not produce a counterfeit version of a gift of the Spirit if there wasn't a genuine, Godly counterpart. Other times I've heard analogies such as "it would be irrational to burn all dollar bills just because counterfeit dollar bills exist, you just have to learn to discern between genuine and counterfeit dollar bills". The underlying assumption here is that Satan always seeks to imitate or mock God in some way, and, therefore, for each good gift that comes from God, Satan has devised a counterfeit, corrupted version to deceive people.
In syllogistic form, a general version of the argument could be worded as follows:
- If Satan or his demons perform or promote a deceitful manifestation, behavior or experience, there must be a parallel, uncorrupted, genuine, Godly version of it.
- Satan or his demons promote a corrupt, deceitful version of X.
- Therefore, there has to be a parallel, uncorrupted, genuine, Godly version of X.
I acknowledge that the wording of the argument is not the most rigorous, but hopefully you get the idea. I also hope that it should be readily clear that the argument is valid (i.e. the conclusion follows logically from the premises), so for the argument to be regarded as sound we would only have to check whether the two premises are true, and this would obviously depend on what specific X we are talking about. An example nobody should have issues agreeing with would be to have X = 'sex': there is an immoral version of sex, but there is also a genuine, Godly version of sex (within the covenant of marriage, out of love, etc). Another example is X = "food consumption": there is gluttony (bad), but there is also a healthy, responsible way of eating (good). And so on and so forth. And notice that nobody would think that "eating healthy" is no longer for today, or that "sex within marriage" is no longer for today, just because deceitful, counterfeit versions of them exist. Thus, Continuationists would argue that the same intuition can be extended to the gifts of the Spirit, and to the supernatural in general. For example:
- Demonic encounters still happen today. Therefore, divine and angelic encounters still happen today.
- Satan and his demons still communicate deceitful special revelations to people today. Therefore, God still communicates genuine special revelations to people today.
- Satan and his demons still perform deceitful miracles today. Therefore, God still performs genuine miracles today.
- Satan and his demons still speak to people today. Therefore, God still speaks to people today.
- Satan and his demons still grant counterfeit "baptism of the Holy Spirit" experiences today (e.g. see Kundalini awakening). Therefore, God still grants a genuine baptism of the Holy Spirit today.
- Satan and his demons still bestow deceitful occult powers to people today (e.g. see witchcraft, the occult, siddhis). Therefore, God still grants gifts of the Spirit to people today.
How do Cessationists respond to "the counterfeit proves the real" argument?