Michael Horton: “I’ve never been willing to die on the hill of cessationism”
|October 5, 2011||Posted by Rick Hogaboam under Pentecostal/Charismatic Interests, Theology|
Michael Horton, in a recent post (Reformed and Charismatic? – White Horse Inn Blog) makes the following comment:
I’ve never been willing to die on the hill of cessationism: that is, the belief that the miraculous gifts such as prophecy, healing, and tongues have ceased. I’m still not. Nevertheless, I am convinced that non-cessationism is neither exegetically sound nor historically compatible with Reformed theology. Furthermore, the surprisingly widespread popularity of more radical views of ongoing sign-gifts, coupled with political ambition, pushes me into the unpleasant position of challenging the views even of far sounder brothers with whom I agree on so many important points.
As a theological continuationist, I appreciate Horton’s careful qualifications and actually share his same concerns with the unhealthy practice among many Pentecostal/Charismatics. Horton even mentions how it is “unpleasant” for him to challenge the views of “far sounder brothers”. This is as irenic as you will find Horton and I’m glad that he makes such qualifications before engaging the debate with his convictions on the matter, which are worth reading. I disagree with Horton on some of his subsequent points and am not interested in writing a response. Suffice it to say, I am glad that Horton seems to categorize the issue of charismatic gifts as a non-essential, although worthy of substantial concern and debate.
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