I’ve now been “officially labelled a Troll” by the cessationist mentioned in several of my recent posts. (see here: http://mennoknight.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/responding-to-the-authentic-fire-alarm/#comment-4781 )
And what is a Troll? Clearly it is someone not satisfied with scripture manipulation. It is someone who likes “Ministers” (the cessationist describes himself as a pastor) to show biblical accountability for the beliefs they promote. It is someone who won’t participate in a duel of proof texts at ten paces. It is someone who isn’t satisfied with “arguments” built of straw men and mockery.
Over many years I have found myself needing to shed previously held beliefs. So many things I’d taken for granted, convinced they were truth, have needed to be discarded. And I’m under no illusion that the process has ended. What other things in my life will eventually be exposed as error and how eager will I be to repent of them?
I know it’s not easy to face the consequences of finding long held beliefs have been wrong, especially those that give a degree of comfort, a sense of security or (to give a more sinister possibility) a feeling of pride. But our willingness to do so depends on how much we genuinely love the truth. And it is a desire to love the truth that spurs me not to be satisfied with anything less; that keeps me willing to have my beliefs challenged in the hope that I’ll change them should they be proven wrong. It is that desire that makes me wary of anyone who treats scripture disrespectfully, using it as a tool that can be pulled apart and used piecemeal to “prove” a doctrine or a practice of choice.
It is a desire that makes me WANT to be proven wrong IF I am wrong.
If someone can show me clear scriptural evidence that anything I believe is in error I’d be more than happy to change that belief. And that includes the issue of cessationism.
If anyone could show me biblical evidence (clear evidence, not re-interpreted, manipulated verses taken out of context) that Paul’s teachings on Spiritual gifts have been made redundant by a divine withdrawal of those gifts I’d be more than willing to accept that I’ve been wrong for decades.
So far the main promoters of cessationism have failed completely, especially when requests for evidence are dismissed with accusations and insults.
An update to the trolling label.
The cessationist blog owner has now taken to changing the content of some of my posted comments to read as follows:
January 6, 2014 at 8:55 pm
Onesimus came here to be a pest. He was warned, but apparently he didn’t think that the admin was serious. He’s now in the penalty box until he can show up and do something more constructive than make fat jokes.
I find this to be a disturbing demonstration of that blogger’s character. Dishonest and manipulative and a liar to boot, making false accusations about “fat jokes”. And the man claims to be a “pastor”!
Yet another example of the woeful state of the organised “church” and it’s leaders.