Category Archives: Spiritual Gifts

Healing in James 5:13–16 – Physical, Spiritual, or Both? And What Does This Passage Mean for us Today?

By | September 26, 2021

James 5:13–16 ranks among Scripture’s most difficult passages to interpret. Charismatics use this passage to promise healing to the sick when a Christian believes as he ought when he prays. Catholics use this passage to teach “extreme unction” whereby they anoint someone with oil and say prayers for someone who is at the point of… Read More »

Prophecy Is Not… Prophecy?

By | July 20, 2020

There is a prominent view of prophecy that God can apparently presently give revelations or visions but then leaves the interpretation of such to the prophet, potentially resulting in errant prophecy that was only partially correct. Explaining this view in brief, 1) if the term prophets in Ephesians 2:20 and 3:5 is simply an appositional… Read More »

Cessationism in a Nutshell

By | February 3, 2020

The term cessationism is typically used in theology with reference to the belief that the practice of miraculous spiritual gifts ceased at the end of the time of the apostles. In contrast, the term continuationism is used with reference to the belief that the practice of miraculous spiritual gifts continue to be practiced today. Some… Read More »

Spiritual Gifts That Ceased at the End of the Apostolic Era

By | August 19, 2014

Paul lists nine spiritual gifts in 1 Cor 12:8–10, all of which I believe to have ceased sometime shortly after the end of the apostolic era. Here is a list of those gifts with a brief description of each. Word of Wisdom (1 Cor 12:8): A word of wisdom involved prophecy that had more to do with the… Read More »