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How do Latter-day Saints rebut Don Stewart's article "Are There Still Apostles Today?"?

Stewart's argument is inconsistent with itself; it is also inconsistent with the New Testament. Logical Inconsistencies Foundations After acknowledging that the church was built on the foundation of ...
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Did any early Church Fathers record the event of the ceasing of spiritual gifts?

As bradimus has indicated, this is a tricky issue, because projecting the modern debate of cessationism vs. continuationism onto church fathers is anachronistic. That said, some figures in the early ...
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How do Cessationists respond to "the counterfeit proves the real" argument?

To make your syllogism more obvious for the Cessationists's argument, switch: "Satan or his demons" to "Elvis impersonators" "Godly version of X" to "Real Elvis ...
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Do/which Christians believe they hear from God?

I have, a small handful of times, perceived in my mind what presented as vocalized words from God. Whether this came in through my ears I cannot say. Prior to God saving me through Jesus Christ ...
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How do Cessationists respond to "the counterfeit proves the real" argument?

No. Just to be clear, I'm a Continuationist, but I think that argument is totally invalid. You can't derive anything about God from what Satan is doing, because the whole purpose of what Satan does is ...
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What are the drawbacks of studying/teaching the Bible in an overly erudite (overly academic) manner?

The primary danger in studying the Bible in an overly erudite, scholarly, and academic way is the temptation to skip the all-important process of the application of Scripture to a lived life. All ...
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How do Latter-day Saints rebut Don Stewart's article "Are There Still Apostles Today?"?

From the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints perspective (while not believing in continuation of apostles since New Testament times, do believe in modern apostles because of restoration) The ...
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Do Cessationists believe that the Holy Spirit still speaks specific messages or instructions to Christians today?

This is from an article in Tabletalk magazine, which is produced by Ligonier Ministries. It is written by Robert Rothwell and supposses to be the voice of Reformed Christianity on the topic of ...
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Do Cessationists reject Lee Strobel and Craig S. Keener's books collating modern-day miracle reports?

Apologies for the slightly sarcastic tone of this answer but I suppose the opinion of a Cessationist would lean towards sarcasm. The question in my mind is basically "What do doubters think about ...
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Do Cessationists wish that all God's people may prophesy?

It would first need to be established what Moses meant by the people prophesying in the wilderness, and then what Paul meant by Christians prophesying in the congregation. Then it would be necessary ...
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What are the drawbacks of studying/teaching the Bible in an overly erudite (overly academic) manner?

There is nothing wrong with any person being erudite in any chosen field. Let's get that straight, at the outset, for to be erudite is to be able to teach or to write as a learned person who is fit to ...
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How do Cessationists respond to "the counterfeit proves the real" argument?

Cessationists aren't atheists; of course God could perform powerful miraculous signs through his people today. Cessationists teach that even though God could do this, he doesn't as it is not part of ...
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If miracles stopped after the Apostles, then why are there admonitions to pray over people?

It is important to distinguish between cessation of spiritual gifts being bestowed on individuals, and cessation of all miraculous events entirely. Cessationists consider the first case (individual ...
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Do/which Christians believe they hear from God?

The real focus here should not be on what Christians "believe", but what real spiritual people "experience". Unfortunately, as modern society has such a loose definition of what is ...
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Do/which Christians believe they hear from God?

Do/which Christians believe they hear from God? Speaking in very general terms, most Christians denominations accept the possibility that God can speak to various individuals in one manner or another. ...
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How do continuationists respond to Justin Peters' challenge to modern charismatic prophets?

A comparable challenge was issued to Jesus by the scribes & Pharisees: 38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39 But he ...
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Did Pentecostalism lead to Cessationism in the modern Reformed churches?

Churches associated with Reformed theology actually have a variety of views on the gifts of the spirit – many are in the "continuationist" camp. But among those that are cessationist, their views ...
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How do Cessationists explain extreme manifestations of shaking and trembling observed in religious settings?

Cessationists do not say that demonic possession has ceased. (Some events referred to by OP are claimed to be a manifestation of demonic possession.) Cessationists say that the gifts of tongues and ...
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Are there any Christians who are partially cessationist with regard to the gifts of the Spirit?

Actually the majority of Protestant Evangelicals hold this view that you describe - the view that is in the middle. This is because the view that all the gifts have ceased is patently absurd at every ...
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Why do Cessationists consider recent testimonial evidence for the gifts of the Spirit less reliable than 2000-year-old evidence for the resurrection?

There is no reference to tongues/healings/miracles in the pastoral epistles nor the later writings of John. References to Pentecost are about the utterance of foreign, earthly, languages. Then no ...
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How do continuationists respond to the 'closed canon' argument against the continuation of special revelations and sign gifts?

The principle of ex falso quodlibet applies here: as a false premise can be used to "prove" anything, if the premise of the argument is shown to be invalid, the entire argument falls. So ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Paul was the last to be called to be an apostle?

Probably the most basic proof is that the Apostles, were directly chosen by God personally by a physical call when he was on earth, through a blinding appearance and voice and extraordinary power as ...
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How do Cessationists interpret 1 Corinthians 14:24-25?

The prophets (inspired preachers) spoke to groups, for general attitudes and ideas, making them accountable to the gospel through Spirit inspired authority and conviction. In most old commentaries and ...
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How do Cessationists respond to "the counterfeit proves the real" argument?

The purpose of sensational events is to distract from the gospel itself : the godly, sensible, sounding forth - by real preaching - of the truth of the gospel once delivered to the saints. The '...
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Why do Cessationists consider recent testimonial evidence for the gifts of the Spirit less reliable than 2000-year-old evidence for the resurrection?

What kind of logically consistent epistemology can simultaneously consider (1) limited 2000-year-old testimonial evidence reliable and (2) abundant, recent and accessible testimonial evidence ...
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How do Cessationists explain Spirit-inspired prophecies whose contents were not recorded in the final canon of scripture?

Speaking as one who might be, myself, described as a 'Cessationist' I would say the question is attempting to deal with two very different things. A prophecy such as the Apocalypse, which definitively ...
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According to "continuationists" what explains the 1900 year hiatus?

I'm a Continualist. Continualism is the just the assumption that the supernatural gifts never disappeared from the Church in the way that Cessionists describe (People who claim that the gifts "died ...
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How do cessationists interpret James 5:13-18?

Richard Gaffin, who provided the cessationist perspective in Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?, says in his book Perspectives on Pentecost (pg. 114) that individual endowments of healing were "...
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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 reads : διωκετε την αγαπην ζηλουτε δε τα πνευματικα μαλλον δε ινα προφητευητε [TR undisputed] The word 'gifts' is not there in the Greek text and the KJV faithfully puts italics ...
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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?

For a list of which gifts have generally ceased one would have to turn to a Cessationist. The only work I know that thoroughly delves into all the gifts and offices and delineates what he considers ...
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