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Relating to special abilities given by good for the edification of the church and described in the NT, such as prophecy, healing, speaking in tongues, teaching, and service.

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Are there Christian theological traditions that believe in contemporary miracles but reject contemporary miraculous gifts?

I'm intrigued by whether Christians holding such beliefs exist and how they rationalize their stance. Is it coherent to affirm that God still performs miracles while denying the ongoing bestowal of ...
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Biblical basis for spiritual conversion as first/only step [closed]

Related Holy Ghost revealing truth privately and personally in an absolute and unmistakable manner In recent posts I have seen many statements that seem to indicate spiritual experience as secondary/...
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What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' perspective on gaining a testimony through prophecies, dreams, and visions?

Latter-day Saints often claim to gain a personal witness of the truth of their beliefs through the Holy Ghost. Sometimes this has been described as a "burning in the bosom": A Latter-day ...
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Which denominations hold similar views to John Wesley on spiritual experiences?

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral explicates the Methodist belief of prima scriptura. This method bases its teaching on four sources as the basis of theological and doctrinal development. These four sources ...
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How can one overcome the distractions of modern life to attain theosis and become a vessel for spiritual gifts?

Are the notions of theosis and spiritual gifts privileges that only saintly monks immersed in ascetic lifestyles can attain? Is there hope for the ordinary person, amidst the distractions and ...
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Does Jn 3:8 have a larger interpretation with reference to Gifts of Holy Spirit?

In Jn 3:8, we see Jesus equating those born of the Holy Spirit to the wind which blows where it likes. No one knows where the wind comes from and where it goes to. Jesus was referring to the place of ...
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What saints were able to accurately determine what vocation God is calling someone to?

Saints sometimes exhibited mystical phenomena in the cognoscitive order such as visions, locutions, revelations, discernment of spirits, and hierognosis (ability to distinguish blessed from profane ...
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Has the Catholic Church ever considered substitution of the "Peace Be With You" salutations in the Liturgy?

The prayer for peace and the wishing of peace to one another are closely knitted into the fabric of Christianity. The practice definitely traces its origin to the Old Testament, and it has been ...
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How do Continuationists rebut Tom Pennington's 7 arguments for Cessationism?

Here is a summarized version of the 7 arguments for Cessationism by Tom Pennington reiterated at the Strange Fire conference (source): The unique role of miracles - For authentication of the ...
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Literature linking the efficacy of casting out demons with the person's level of anointing

I'm a Pentencostal and I've realized that are some demons that can not be casted out by a common Christian (even living in holiness and fasting). It seems there is a level of anointing (authority ...
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Are there any reports of charismatic gifts in operation from the period between the 5th and 17th centuries AD?

An example of a report of charismatic gifts before 400 AD is the testimony of St. Macarius of Egypt (source). An example of a report of charismatic gifts after 1700 AD is the testimony of John Wesley (...
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Are experiences of revelatory “impressions of the Holy Spirit” reported by Charles Spurgeon common among cessationists?

According to https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/should-you-earnestly-desire-to-prophesy: Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892) once described a remarkable experience he had while preaching: He suddenly ...
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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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How do Christians discern between genuine dreams & visions from God and false dreams & visions from a different source (flesh, enemy)?

Dreams & visions - how do Christians discern between genuine dreams & visions from God and false dreams & visions from a different source (flesh, enemy)? Are there any denominations that ...
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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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How do pentecostal/charismatic churches reconcile their practiced with 1 Corinthians 14:26-27? [duplicate]

1 Corinthians 14 If any man speaks in another language, let there be two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the assembly,...
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What is the biblical basis for distinguishing between spiritual gifts and church offices?

I've heard Christians claim that someone may have the "gift of apostleship", even though they may lack the "church office" of apostle itself. Same for prophet, evangelist, teacher, ...
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What is the biblical basis for Concentric 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 common are manifestations of charismatic gifts among saints venerated in Orthodox and/or Catholic Churches?

My question is inspired by Saint Macarius of Egypt (c. 300 – 391) , venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Catholic Church. Traditions about him affirm that ...
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What is the Cessationist view on miracle reports surrounding St. Macarius of Egypt?

Macarius of Egypt: Macarius of Egypt (c. 300 – 391) was a Coptic Christian monk and hermit. He is also known as Macarius the Elder or Macarius the Great. St. Macarius was born in Lower Egypt. A late ...
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How do Cessationists distinguish between miracles and spiritual gifts? What is the biblical basis for such discernment?

I've heard Cessationists say many times that there is a difference between spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12) and healings & miracles from God. I have two questions: On Discernment. How do Cessationists ...
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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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Does Sola Scriptura entail Cessationism?

As a follow-up to my previous question What is the difference between Sola Scriptura and the belief in a closed canon?, I would like to know now about the implications that the doctrine of Sola ...
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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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For Pentecostals who have experienced the gift of prophecy. Is the gift of prophecy the same as interpretation of tongues? [closed]

If tongues is a supernatural utterance given by the Holy Spirit in an unknown tongue, and interpretation of tongues is an utterance given by the Holy Spirit in a known language, then is prophecy, ...
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Do Cessationists wish that all God's people may prophesy?

Moses said: And Moses saith to him, `Art thou zealous for me? O that all Jehovah's people were prophets! that Jehovah would put His Spirit upon them!' [Numbers 11:29 YLT] Similarly, Paul said: ...
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Was Chrysostom mistaken about the cessation of charismatic gifts in the late 4th century?

John Chrysostom (AD 347-407), while commenting on 2 Thessalonians 2:7, writes about how some in his day thought the prevalence of the full range of charismatic gifts functioned to restrain the coming ...
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In Catholicism, what happens to the gifts of the Holy Spirit after we committed a mortal sin?

If a baptized and confirmed Catholic commits a mortal sin, what are the effects on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit received in the sacrament of baptism and later intensified (sealed) in the ...
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Why in the Reformed tradition the 7 spiritual gifts mentioned in Isaiah 11:1-3 are no longer taught?

Two lists of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Protestant vs. Catholic In the Evangelical church circles, when they do retreats / workshops, when they talk about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, they usually ...
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What is the overview belief of the SDA regarding the Gift of Tongues?

One of the fundamental beliefs of the SDA is the belief in (Spiritual Gifts and Ministries No 17) but what is intriguing is whenever they list these gifts in their commentaries the gift of tongues is ...
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How do Cessationists interpret Matthew 7:21-23?

Matthew 7:21-23 (NASB): 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me ...
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How can a Christian know if they are called to be a prophet, according to denominations that believe in modern-day prophets?

First of all, are there any denominations that believe in modern-day prophets? If so, what do they understand by 'prophet'? Is it the same as having the gift of prophecy? What exactly is a modern-day ...
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When was it claimed for the first time in Church history that the offices of apostle and prophet have ceased?

First, some context ... Ephesians 2:19-22 (ESV): 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the ...
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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that make a distinction between the gift of healing and just praying for the sick to get healed?

In informal conversations with cessationists, I've heard claims to the effect that the gift of healing is fundamentally different from just praying for a sick person to get healed. That someone with ...
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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 Cessationists reconcile the doctrine of Cessationism with Paul's exhortation to earnestly desire the spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 14:1?

1 Corinthians 14:1 (ESV) Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy What would be the point of earnestly desiring the spiritual gifts if they have ceased?...
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Are there any extra-biblical documented instances of the gift of interpretation of tongues in the history of the Church?

The gift of interpretation of tongues is mentioned in chapters 12 and 14 of the apostle Paul's first Epistle to the Corinthians: 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another ...
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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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Is there any historical evidence that the supernatural gifts of the Spirit were still in operation after the apostolic age?

Once the apostolic age finished with the death of the apostles, is there any evidence that the supernatural gifts of the Spirit (e.g., tongues, prophecy, words of knowledge, healing, miracles, etc.) ...
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What are the strongest apologetic arguments for the existence of miracles and the supernatural gifts of the Spirit during the apostolic age?

The four gospels, the book of Acts and the epistles by the apostle Paul affirm very clearly that the early Church was endued with power from on high. Christians during the apostolic age had access to ...
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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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Which Christian groups/denominations in the history of the Church have encouraged their members to earnestly desire the gift of prophecy?

I'm interested in learning more about the relevance that the spiritual gifts have had for Christians over the course of history, with special emphasis on the gift of prophecy. For the apostle Paul, ...
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Have a message in tongues and its interpretation ever been verified by an outsider fluent in both languages?

Let's say someone speaks a message in tongues (in language X) to a whole congregation at a church service, and then someone else stands up and speaks the interpretation (in language Y, understood by ...
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What is the oldest recorded commentary on 1 Corinthians 12?

What is the oldest recorded commentary on the 12th chapter of Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians? Plenty of people have written commentaries on this chapter, many times biased by their own ...
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How do Latter-day Saints explain testimonies of profound experiences with the Holy Spirit in other denominations?

Note: I'm afraid that this question might make some cessationist readers uncomfortable, but given that Latter-day Saints are continuationists, I'll just go ahead with it. It's my understanding that ...
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According to LDS, do all non-LDS Christians lack the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and if so, how does this lack manifest itself in the lives of non-LDS?

I just finished reading Chapter 16: The Gift of the Holy Ghost of the LDS book Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual. One section that caught my attention is the following: “True it is that honest ...
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What was the early Church's understanding of the practice of "praying in the Spirit" during the ante-Nicene period?

The Apostle Paul alludes to the practice of "praying in the Spirit" in at least two of his epistles, namely: Ephesians 6:18 (ESV): 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and ...
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