A Mind Awake

January 31, 2006

Adrian Interviews Mark Dever

Filed under: Chrsitianity & Culture — Chris Giammona @ 7:34 am

Adrian posted his recent interview with Mark Dever. An interesting quote was his view of the charismatic/cessationist debate:

Mark seemed very relaxed about the cessationist/charismatic issue. He said that cessationists would “calm down a lot” if we charismatics simply made sure that we answered their concerns about the sufficiency of scripture and the closed nature of the cannon. He was categorical that he had “no concerns” about the way CJ’s church practiced prophecy.

Mark urged me to get a hold of D.A.Carson’s book “Showing the Spirit” which he said argued that there is not a biblical distinction between the so-called “spiritual” gifts and others. He said it was only the
reformers who started to speak of the so-called “extra-ordinary” gifts and argue that they had ceased in reaction to what they saw as the excesses of the catholics.

He felt that the wall of division between supernatural and non-supernatural workings of the spirit simply didn’t exist in scripture. Mark then said that he felt that “once you get rid of that categorizing of the gifts, and believe in a sovereign God then God can do whatever he wants”

I would encourage you to pop over to Adrian’s blog and read the entire interview.

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