Monday, January 11, 2010

On Cessationists and Their Ironic Mysticism (Bonus #2)

Several months ago I posted a brief series on ways many professing cessationists frequently speak and act in ways that contradict their convictions . I also tried to argue that these ways of speaking and acting can be quite destructive. Here are the links: part 1, part 2, part 3, bonus 1 (posted before the whole Carrie Prejean thing really blew up).

This morning while reading in Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology, a passage in a footnote in his chapter on "The Sufficiency of Scripture" caught my eye.
Because people from all kinds of Christian traditions have made serious mistakes when they felt confident that God was 'leading them' to make a particular decision, it is important to remember that, except where an explicit text of Scripture applies directly to a situation, we can never have 100 percent certainty in this life that we know what God's will is in a situation. (footnote 1, p. 128)
Grudem actually articulates precisely what I hoped to argue. And, of course, the irony here is that Grudem is one of the leading defenders of continuationism, a decidedly non-cessationist position.

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