Until now, I have refrained from posting anything on the raging debate between cessationists and continuationists. In case you are unaware, some of the most popular blogs have been posting on this topic for several months now. Cessationists argue that the miraculous gifts ceased with the early apostles. Continuationists argue that these gifts are still active in the Church. I guess I could be labeled as a cautious continuationist. I certainly believe the gifts are still available to the Church but am unsure of all the ins and outs of their purposes and practices today.
Tim Challies is doing a series of interviews with two scholars on each side of the debate. The final interview was posted today. Wayne Grudem (the continuationist) said something today that I just want to highlight:
Cessationists hold their position because they personally have not experienced any of the miraculous gifts, not because they are convinced from Scripture.
As I talk to cessationists, I find this to be true. Read the interviews for yourself and then let me know what you think.