Cessationism: The Reverse Gospel

For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. (1 Corinthians 4:6)

So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. (2 Corinthians 4:12)

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:7)

What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. (1 Corinthians 14:26)

The Bible explicitly states that the suffering of the apostles was exceptional, but explicitly states that the power of the apostles was universal. Although we may also suffer for the gospel, the apostles endured a degree of suffering that was exceptional. On the other hand, the apostles enjoyed a degree of power that was universal. In fact, some Christians who were not apostles enjoyed at least equal if not greater miraculous powers and experiences than the apostles. Philip and Stephen were two examples (Acts 8:39, 7:55-56).

Cessationism teaches the opposite. It declares that the suffering of the apostles was universal, but the power of the apostles was exceptional. Cessationism is an anti-apostolic cult, an anti-biblical heresy, an anti-Christ blasphemy, an alternative gospel, a contra-orthodoxy, a demon religion, and a reverse Christianity. Cessationism is the cessation of faith in God. Although it is the opposite of the Christian faith, this doctrine is a widespread assumption among those who call themselves Christians. This makes it that much more satanic and dangerous.

You think suffering is universal. So when the supermarket overcharges you for a bag of potato chips, you twist the Scripture and exclaim, “Woe is me, I am suffering like Job. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.” You think healing is exceptional. So when someone who has a sickness comes to you, you twist the Scripture and admonish, “All things work together for the good of those who love God.” You are a disgrace. You are a failure. The Bible that you claim to know declares that Jesus took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses. The Bible that you claim to believe commands you to lay hands on the sick, so that they may recover. The Bible that you claim to defend orders you to pray with faith, so that the Lord will raise them up.

Why do you call him Lord, but refuse to do what he says? All your pretentious theories about theology, apologetics, ministry, ethics, and such things are all useless. You are burning away your worthless life. All your high-minded discussions about the biblical view of politics, sports, science, culture, blah…blah…blah, are all rubbish. You are a religious phony. You are the enemy that you claim to fight. You are the charlatan who deceives. You are the heretic who leads people astray. You tell me you love Christ? Liar! You do not even like him a little. You shed a few tears when you sing a hymn. So what? You are not moved by Christ. You are moved by your own piety. You are so impressed with yourself that you cry. Who do you think you are fooling? You will not follow even the most comfortable commands of Christ. You will not believe even the most pleasant promises of God. You criticize the people who show the slightest interest in them.

The thing that an apostle himself said was exceptionally concentrated on apostles, you want to impose on everyone. The thing that the same apostle said was universally demonstrated by believers, you want to reserve for apostles. Repent of this doctrine of demons, and renounce the religion of cessationism. You must do more than this. If you do not condemn cessationism, then you condemn Jesus Christ. You must attack cessationism in public, with indignation and hostility. He said, “He who does not gather with me scatters.” If you remain silent, you are guilty. If you do not condemn, then you are condemned. Will you do it? Will you condemn the false doctrine? I think you will not, because your allegiance to Christ is just lip service. You are already making up excuses.