I left some comments on a prominent cessationist blog, and initially had some good dialogue with some of the other commenters. However, it didn't last long and the thread degenerated to the point where further dialogue was pointless. Some are more interested in twisting your words, and then condemning you for something you never said. I'm not going to continue the discussion there, however, it is unfair to leave the few civilised individuals I did engage in fruitful debate with no way to come back. So this post is it.
Cessationists who are not merely out for a scrap seem to have the following main concerns:
- They think the continuance of apostles is in conflict to the canon of scripture being closed.
- They think the continuance of the prophetic gift is in conflict to Sola Scriptura and the sufficiency of scripture
- They think that a prophet must be 100% accurate when he prophecies or he cannot be a true prophet
If you're looking for a scrap, please go elsewhere, but if you are genuinely interested and would like clarification on why none of these is a genuine issue, then please feel free to ask me a question in the comments below. You can stay anonymous if you like.
[I reserve the right to delete comments if they are off-topic or deliberately confrontational.]