Appearing Two-Faced

I have noticed that to some cessationists, I appear as a continuationist and to some of the continuationists, I appear as a cessationist, without each party necessarily knowing what these terms mean.

Cessationism /a Protestant doctrine that spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues, prophecy and healing ceased with the Apostolic Age./

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Continuationism /The concept, especially amongst charismatic Christians, that the works of the Holy Spirit (speaking in tongues, prophecy, healing, and miracles) continue in the modern world./

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So what exactly am I?

Well, I know the Spirit has power. I believe that so long as one heals, does miracles, speaks in tongues and interprets in His name, in the quest to bring people to Christ and encourage them to know God for themselves, that that person is not against Christ and is indeed for Christ. Yes, people may fake these things, but I do not know the heart of man and so I am limited to outward behavior. So I will pray and ask the Lord for discernment in helping me know who to listen to and who not to, although I know that ultimately, I should listen to Him.

Personally? I have no idea if I have actually spoken in tongues– I have only tried to– I don’t remember having witnessed anyone display the product of mountain-moving faith and I haven’t also seen anyone heal someone or cast out demons. I have only heard of these things. So why do I still believe they happen? Because I have heard of people’s testimonies. Because I see it has happened time and time again and there were constant instructions with regards to how one should handle these spiritual gifts, given in the Word.

So because I know some certain cessationists seem to limit the power of the Holy Spirit, I try to go through passages in the Bible that indicate that these things happened and there were no indications to their ceasing, except when Christ returns. On the other hand, I know some continuationists tend to put more emphasis on experiences and signs more so than the Word of God and living in light of the Word, so at times I try to show them how Paul, in multiple parts of His letters, gives instructions on moral living, more so than address the spiritual gifts. (But at the same time, I am not sure if frequency highlights importance or just a single appearance of something gives it an equal standing with one that was addressed multiple times.) And also how he tells us to test each dream and experiences that happen with the truth, that is the Word of God (the Bible). So while they put so much emphasis on ‘hearing God for ourselves,’ I show them that God has already spoken through His Word everything pertaining to life and godliness, while also still being open to hearing the manifestations of the Spirit people have, seeing how they behave in light of that manifestation and encourage others to, and also testing it with the Word.

You understand why I appear double faced now?

See,

I am still learning and I don’t think I have a guarantee that what I think is right, but my thoughts change with time–rather, they get aligned more into the truth. It was only last year that I thought we had to be perfect before Christ comes, but my mind has been transformed and is being transformed by the renewing of it through the Word, and praise God for that. Who knows how much more my thought processes and mind would be strengthened and grown in the next few years? And so, do not take me as some theological expert but as a young girl in a journey centered on the Cross, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Have a lovely day saints x

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5 thoughts on “Appearing Two-Faced

  1. It should be remembered that the purpose of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is evangelistic power (Acts 1:8), but an added benefit from the experience is speaking in tongues. Though this ability has indeed been abused and sometimes elevated as a badge of honor by some, it is nevertheless a valid experience. It is necessary for Believers to participate in a mature language for a lack of better terms (speaking in tongues) is because when we pray by in our native language we are bound by our intellect and limited knowledge of what we need to pray about however when we pray in the Spirit, we can pray for thing we know not of and sometimes don’t need to know. We can also pray for our own and others protection. Since the Holy Spirit knows the mind of God, when we pray in the Spirit, we are able to pray in the PERFECT will of God! Romans 8:26 says, we don’t know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit makes intercession for us. The thing is you don’t have to speak in tongues, you get to speak in tongues!

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    1. Thank you for taking your time out to explain things to me. People on here have actually tried to do so as well and so I understand where you’re coming from with regards to tongues being an added benefit of the Holy Spirit. But, I do not believe it is necessary for Believers to speak in these tongues. Because it doesn’t make one a Christian. However, I believe that tongues still exist, although I haven’t experienced it (I think), but like you said, it has been abused multiple times. I am still researching on tongues though so thank you for your input! Bless you! And thank you soo much for sharing!! 😊❤

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