Despite all of the discussion I’ve seen recently related to the issue of cessationism, mostly arising from John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference and book of the same name, I’ve still been given no BIBLICAL evidence that could sway me to accept the cessationist case.
There’s a reason for that. The evidence does not exist because none of the gifts of the Spirit have been withdrawn from the church. They are essential elements of the Christian life.
The Holy Spirit and His gifts weren’t temporary extras that God gave but then took away. They are an essential aspect of Christian life and ministry. They are important enough for Satan to attack from as many sides as possible, either by making them objects of ridicule through charismanic excesses or by denying their continuing validity as per cessationists. He is very capable of catering for a variety of theological tastes when he tries to undermine God’s purposes.