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What is the LDS Church's position on spiritual gifts

The Articles of Faith are a set of simple statements of belief, taken from a letter written by Joseph Smith to explain various aspects of Mormonism to a non-Mormon audience. The church later accepted ...
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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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What is the Biblical Basis for "Schools of Prophecy"?

1. Schools of the Prophets in the Old Testament Many well known commentaries explain the "sons of the prophets" referred to on multiple occasions in the Old Testament [1 Kings 20:35; 2 Kings 2:3,5,7,...
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Is there any extra-biblical evidence of tongues from the first, or even second, century?

Ronald A. N. Kydd in his book Charismatic Gifts in the Early Church mentions several second-century quotes that he argues refer to glossolalia, what we call speaking in tongues. His work clearly ...
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Does Irenaeus indicate that people were raised from the dead in the 2nd century?

Christians from both sides of the continuation of spiritual gifts debate understand Irenaeus's quote here more charitably than Gibbon, and do not see it as evidence that people were being raised from ...
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What is the LDS Church's position on spiritual gifts

In addition to the list given by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12, Moroni 10:8-18 lists a number of the Gifts of the Spirit, and Doctrine and Covenants 46 lists these and others. These are overlapping but not ...
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What is the Biblical basis for continuationism?

This is from Why I Am a Continuationist by Sam Storms: New Testament evidence of miraculous gifts among Christians who are not apostles. In other words, numerous non-apostolic men and women, ...
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In light of the list found in Isaiah 11:1-3, why are there seven gifts of Holy Spirit and not six?

According to Roman Catholicism, believers receive these gifts at baptism, which are then made more perfect by the rite of Confirmation. Consider the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1285, &...
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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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Do any Church Fathers directly connect "speaking in tongues" with anything other than existing human languages?

Francis Gumerlock provides a survey of the views of church fathers in "Tongues in the Church Fathers." He concludes that "the early church had no such concept of the gift of tongues as unintelligible ...
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From an LDS perspective, what is the difference between feeling the influence of the Holy Spirit and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit?

Joseph Smith taught: There is a difference between the Holy Ghost and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Cornelius received the Holy Ghost before he was baptized, which was the convincing power of God ...
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Does Irenaeus indicate that people were raised from the dead in the 2nd century?

Yes, there is no doubt that Irenaeus was speaking of some raising the dead in his own time. The following extract contains the words by Irenaeus that appear to be cited by Eusebius and criticised by ...
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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?

Terminology The Gift of the Holy Ghost can be a confusing topic in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, not because the doctrine is especially complex, but rather because we don't have ...
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What, according to Jesus, is the primary purpose and objective of sending the Holy Spirit at Pentecost?

The very words of Jesus on that matter are clear and are repeated below: John 15:26-27: “When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from ...
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How do Latter-day Saints explain testimonies of profound experiences with the Holy Spirit in other denominations?

We generally don’t feel a need to explain them. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doesn’t claim a monopoly on experiences with God (see Alma 29:8). The church does, however, make the ...
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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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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 is the Biblical basis for continuationism?

Here are some of my thoughts on this: 1) John 20:21 "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." Jesus' ministry included much healing. If we are sent as Jesus was, wouldn't we also be sent with ...
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What are the 19 gifts of the Spirit, as listed by Leslie Flynn?

From the table of contents of the book you linked to*, the 19 are: The Apostolic Gift Prophecy Evangelism Shepherding Teaching Exhortation Knowledge Wisdom Helps Hospitality Giving Government Showing ...
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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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How do Christians discern if they are being called by God to ministry, and what ministry specifically?

Whilst agreeing that discernment and prayer is vital when contemplating what ministry God has called a Christian to, it might be useful to first consider what forms ministry can take. Not all are ...
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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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Why in the Reformed tradition the 7 spiritual gifts mentioned in Isaiah 11:1-3 are no longer taught?

In the Reformed tradition, the teaching of Isaiah chapter 11 IS taught, but because the seven gifts listed apply to the Messiah, a distinction is seen between that passage, and the gifts of the Spirit ...
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Are there published testimonies from Christians about their personal experiences with the gift of prophecy?

If this falls within the category of "gift of prophesy" then here is how it manifested one time, from my perspective: Every three weeks, in a job I previously held, I used to drive past a ...
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Gifts of the Holy Spirit according to Seventh Day Adventists

Seventh-day Adventists rely on the Bible heavily. So if asked what is our understanding and use of the gifts of the Spirit, then a verse such as 1 Corinthians 12:7-10 sums it well. 1 ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the idea that spiritual gifts are no longer relevant?

1 Corinthians 13 8 is a verse sometimes referred to as supporting the theory that some spiritual gifts no longer operate. Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether ...
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Difference between wisdom and knowledge in 1 Cor. 12?

There are different kinds of knowledge, and according to your comment that "wisdom is applied knowledge," I infer that your definition of knowledge might be Information that is not yet applied to a ...
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