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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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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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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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Why is it that cessationalists especially target the gift of prophecy and tongues, and apostleship, vs other manifestations of the Spirit?

When something important appears to be going off-balance, garnering more attention and importance than the word of God gives it, there is usually a reaction. It is unlikely that a "cessationist ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that God equips humans today with the gift of prophecy?

No Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe that the gift of prophecy is given in our day. We believe that the gifts given to early Christians served a special purpose in establishing that Gods favor had ...
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What, according to Jesus, is the primary purpose and objective of sending the Holy Spirit at Pentecost?

What, according to Jesus, is the primary purpose and objective . . . ? What was achieved at Pentecost was the propagation of the gospel to many parts of the world, those hearing it in their own ...
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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?

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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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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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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Are there any reports of charismatic gifts in operation from the period between the 5th and 17th centuries AD?

First we should define "charismatic gifts." This concept is derived from Paul's list in 1 Cor. 12:8-10: 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the ...
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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 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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What are the relationships of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost to the beatitudes and virtues?

From Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.'s The Three Ages of the Spiritual Life, part I, article IV, "The Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost" (fn. 39), the relationship between the gifts of the Holy Ghost and the ...
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What are the different Categories of Charismatic Graces?

St. Paul enumerates 9 types of charismatic grace (gratia gratis data) in I Corinthians 12:8-10: "word of wisdom" "word of knowledge" "faith" "grace of healing in one Spirit" "working of miracles" "...
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Under what conditions can one experience the power of the Holy Ghost?

Generally speaking, the "power of the Holy Ghost" is simply the manner in which He accomplishes His mission. Again, generally speaking, LDS members don't distinguish a difference between the "power ...
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I seek the LDS perspective concerning Cornelius and his house receiving the Holy Ghost without laying on of hands in Acts 10:44-45

There is no contradiction to the claims Joseph Smith made. The Holy Ghost is the convincing power of God unto [them] of the truth of the Gospel (from Joseph Smith quote) Cornelius and other's in ...
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Do any Church Fathers directly connect "speaking in tongues" with anything other than existing human languages?

This is a good question. 👍 Direct evidence for "speaking in tongues" being viewed as anything other than existing human languages is lacking at this time. Having said the above, it should ...
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Words the Holy Ghost teaches with

I would say, Yes, definitely. For example the word 'redemption' has a common meaning in the English language and is used in regard to mortgages and financial transactions. It is also used in a very ...
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