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How do continuationists view each different type of cessationism?

According to Monergism.com: In Christian theology, cessationism is the view that the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as tongues, prophecy and healing, ceased being practiced early on in ...
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How do continuationists respond to Justin Peters' challenge to modern charismatic prophets?

Who is Justin Peters From https://justinpeters.org/: Justin Peters Ministries is a worldwide expository preaching and teaching ministry. We focus on teaching the sufficiency of God's word and ...
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What denominations believe that a Book of Acts style of interaction with the Holy Spirit is still possible today?

Book of Acts (ESV): Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” Acts 8:29 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him ...
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What is the basis for the claim that "we have the completed revelation from God in the Bible"?

The GotQuestions.org article Are there prophets in the church today? asks the following rhetorical question (in bold): Are there true prophets today? If the purpose of a prophet was to reveal truth ...
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How do Continuationists explain the fact that the vast majority of Christians have never personally experienced "overtly miraculous" spiritual gifts?

As far as I'm aware, most Christians have never personally experienced anything "overtly miraculous", that is, no words of knowledge, no prophecy, no miraculous healings, no dreams, no ...
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How do cessationists explain 1 Corinthians 1:7?

"Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ"- 1 Corinthians 1:7 I'm neutral in the cessationism vs continuationism debate but ...
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Are there any Christians who are scientists and believe in modern miracles?

Are there any well-known Christian scientists who believe that miracles still happen today? Of course a Christian scientist, by definition, must believe in at least one miracle -- the resurrection of ...
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If someone is called by God to be an apostle, what is the proper way for them to convince others that their calling is genuine?

If person X is called by God to be an apostle, what should person X do next in order to convince others that their calling is genuine? What kind of evidence should person X provide to an audience of ...
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How do non-LDS believers in the modern restoration (or continuation) of the offices of apostle and prophet rebut GotQuestions.org's objections?

I'm specifically talking about the GotQuestions.org article Is God restoring the offices of apostle and prophet in the church today? A summary of the main arguments (in my own words) from the article ...
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Did the Early Church (ante-Nicene period) believe in the continuation or cessation of the office of Prophet?

What did the Apostolic Fathers, Ante-Nicene Fathers and the Ante-Nicene Church in general believe about the continuation of the office of Prophet? Were they cessationists or continuationists with ...
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What is an overview of Christian beliefs on the essential features and functions of an Apostle?

The following are examples of (possible) essential features and functions of an Apostle I've heard from different sources. An authentic Apostle ... Had to be called supernaturally by God Himself in ...
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How do Latter-day Saints rebut Don Stewart's article "Are There Still Apostles Today?"?

Short version How do Latter-day Saints (who believe in modern apostles) rebut Don Stewart's article Are There Still Apostles Today? ? Longer version I'll enumerate key points and include relevant ...
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What are modern miracles for, according to believers in modern miracles?

My question is about purpose, and is scoped to believers in modern miracles. According to believers in modern miracles: What types of miracles may still happen in modern times? Any concrete ...
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How do believers in modern-day miracles interpret John 20:29 & 2 Corinthians 5:7 (faith without sight)?

John 20:29 (ESV) 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-7 (ESV) 6 So we are always of ...
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Are there any Christian churches that believe in both Sola Scriptura and Continuationism?

Are there any Christian churches / denominations that simultaneously adhere to Sola Scriptura and believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12) are still available to the body of Christ? In ...
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Are there modern apostles according to Reformed continuationists?

In Should you earnestly desire to prophesy, part of the series on The Gift of Prophecy Today, Jon Bloom gives exegetical ground from Reformed Continuationist perspective of why modern era prophetic ...
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Are there published testimonies from Christians about their personal experiences with the gift of prophecy?

It has been many years since I've experienced this gift. The first time I didn't actually know what was happening. I was getting what I was going to say about a split second before I said it. It ...
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What is the biblical basis for the modern continuation of the office of apostle?

What is the biblical basis for the belief held by some Christians that the office of apostle has not ceased, but has continued until this day? Relevant passages: 28 And God has appointed in the ...
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What is the biblical basis for expecting miracles after the apostolic age, including modern times?

According to believers in modern miracles, what is the biblical basis for expecting modern miraculous / supernatural interventions by God? Are there any passages in Scripture that can justify one's ...
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Are there any denominations that are or have been both continuationist and non-Trinitarian?

Are there any denominations currently or throughout the history of Christianity that are or have been both continuationist and non-Trinitarian?
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How do believers in modern-day apostles interpret 2 Corinthians 12:11-12?

2 Corinthians 12:11-12: 11 I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. 12 The ...
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How do Christians who believe in current-day Apostles, Prophets and the 5-fold ministry interpret Revelation 21?

This question is an extension of my previous question How do Christians who believe in current-day Apostles, Prophets and the 5-fold ministry interpret Ephesians 2:20?. I encourage the reader to read ...
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How do Christians who believe in current-day Apostles, Prophets and the 5-fold ministry interpret Ephesians 2:20?

The idea of a 5-fold ministry originally comes from Ephesians 4:11-13: 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ...
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What is the basis for the different epistemologies of continuationists, cessationists and atheists regarding eyewitness testimonies of miracles?

Preliminaries From the Wikipedia article on Epistemology: Epistemology [...] is the branch of philosophy concerned with knowledge. Epistemologists study the nature, origin, and scope of knowledge, ...
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What is an overview of Christian beliefs regarding which spiritual gifts are still available to the body of Christ and which ones have ceased?

In 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 we find the following gifts: utterance of wisdom utterance of knowledge faith gifts of healing working of miracles prophecy the ability to distinguish between spirits various ...
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How do continuationists respond to the 'closed canon' argument against the continuation of special revelations and sign gifts?

In my experience chatting with cessationists, I've noticed that a very recurrent cessationist argument against the continuation of special revelations and sign gifts is what I would call the 'closed ...
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How do continuationists explain the absence of video recordings of undeniable miracles?

A common objection to the belief in the continuation of miracles is the absence of undeniable evidence, such as video recordings, going viral in social media, which is kind of strange given the almost ...
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What answer do continuationists have to the seven mentions of 'miracles/signs/wonders' in Revelation?

The Greek word semeion is the word most commonly translated 'sign' or 'miracle' in the English bible. It is the word which is very prominent in John's gospel account, in which it occurs a significant ...
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Can the doctrine of Continuationism be logically deduced from Scripture via deductive reasoning?

According to Continuationists, is it possible to make a case for the doctrine of Continuationism through logical argumentation based on deductive reasoning and Scripture alone (i.e. without appealing ...
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How do Cessationists respond to "the counterfeit proves the real" argument?

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 ...
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How do Continuationists respond to the "go empty hospitals" objection against the gift of healing?

An objection that I've heard many times from both atheists and Cessationists against the gift of healing is the following: If the gift of healing is for today, why don't we see faith healers emptying ...
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Are there published testimonies from ex continuationists who became cessationists in spite of their previous experiences with (alleged) sign gifts?

This is basically the counterpart question to this one. Has ever a continuationist Christian, who used to be a continuationist because of having personally witnessed or experienced a(n alleged) sign ...
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Are there published testimonies from ex cessationists who became continuationists after personally witnessing or experiencing a sign gift?

Has ever a cessationist Christian become a continuationist for first-hand experiential reasons? Are there published testimonies from ex cessationists who became continuationists after they had a first-...
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How do Continuationists discern between genuine and made-up interpretations of tongues?

When someone claiming to have the gift of interpretation of tongues interprets someone else's tongue speaking, how do Continuationists (e.g. Pentecostals, Charismatics, etc.) go about determining ...
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Are there any Christians who are partially cessationist with regard to the gifts of the Spirit?

I'm aware of the existence of both cessationism and continuationism as extreme positions regarding the gifts of the Spirit. One affirms that all the gifts of the Spirit have ceased, whereas the other ...
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According to "continuationists" what explains the 1900 year hiatus?

Do "continuationists" (who believe that the signs and wonders of Acts 2 never ceased) explain the apparent 1900 year hiatus as divine sovereignty dispensing early rain then and latter rain now or as ...
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What is the Biblical basis for continuationism?

Continuationism is the idea that extraordinary gifts of the Spirit (prophecy, tongues, healing) continue in the present day. This is contrasted with cessationism, which says that such gifts have ...
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