Cessationism: So Great Damnation

We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. (Hebrews 2:2-4)

If the passage means the cessation of miracles (v. 4), it would also mean the cessation of speech (v. 3). Since the cessationist uses the text to stop miracles in general, not only miracles that are interpreted as authentication (v. 4), the text would also stop all speaking, about anything at all, not only speaking that is interpreted as preaching the gospel (v. 3). If the cessationist can order food in a restaurant, if the cessationist can pray to God, if the cessationist can confess Jesus Christ for salvation, and if the cessationist can tell you about cessationism, he has exposed himself as utterly stupid by using this passage to prove cessationism.

Jesus promised that anyone who has faith can work miracles, including something like commanding a tree to die and a mountain to move (Matthew 21:21). He also promised that anyone who has faith in him can do the same miracles that he did, and even greater miracles than he did (John 14:12). In addition to this, he promised that those who have faith would receive the same miracle power that he possessed by the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8).

This is included in what was “first announced by the Lord” (Hebrews 2:3). Then his early followers preached the same thing (Acts 2:39) and demonstrated what he promised (Acts 3:16). This is included in what was “confirmed to us by those who heard him” (Hebrews 2:3). In fact, God himself testified to the message of Jesus by signs and wonders (Hebrews 2:4) — the message that includes the command and promise for those who have faith to receive and perform miracles in his name. Thus Jesus announced that we will have miracles. His apostles confirmed that we will have miracles. And God testified that we will have miracles. The context, the content, and the grammar of the passage point to the fact that this message has been finalized. It cannot be altered. It cannot be rescinded. Christians will always be able to receive and perform miracles by faith.

Now, answer me, how can anyone excuse himself who preaches against this, and who says that Christians cannot perform miracles by faith, and that miracles have ceased? This person has no excuse. And, answer me, how can anyone escape who teaches the opposite of this message that was announced by Christ, confirmed by the apostles, and testified to by God himself? This person has no escape. If someone who violated “the message spoken by angels” (v. 2) was stoned to death and sent to hell, what should we do to the cessationist? This fellow defies the message of the Lord of Angels, and refuses to comply with his promises about faith and miracles. What will God do to the cessationist? This fellow declares that the gospel of Christ has ceased, and his promises are no longer true. How can the cessationist escape, if he condemns such great salvation (v. 3)? And what will happen to the person who shows any respect to a cessationist theologian or preacher (Romans 1:32)?

If the cessationist uses this passage to prove cessationism (v. 4), then the only conclusion is that he cannot preach the gospel (v. 3), which means that he is disobedient to the gospel commission. He has no authority to teach us anything, or to speak up in Christian discussions. He has to SHUT UP! But even worse, it also means that he cannot use verbal thoughts, sign language, or audible speech to confess Jesus as Lord, and therefore, like many other cases where the cessationist tries to use Scripture to prove cessationism, it backfires and results in the conclusion that he cannot be saved, and he will BURN IN HELL.