In my last post I had stated that Driscoll in an attempt to cleverly deceive you into thinking that cessationism is worldly, attempted to lead you down a trail that began with individualism, breaking out into rationalism, paving the way for skepticism and modernism, and ending up in one of three destinations.
The further I got into this presentation I could not believe what I was hearing. Driscoll is very passionate and convinced of his arguments and proposition. It was very frightening to hear him continue to build his case.
Driscoll proposed that if you journey from individualism through rationalism and into skepticism and modernism you will arrive at; atheism, deism, or cessationism. Wow! Clever, but deceptively dishonest.
Driscoll believes that if you make this journey you could arrive at the idea that there is no God. If there is no God, then there is no supernatural. God does not exist and miracles or the miraculous does not exist.
Deism basically states that there is a God but God is not involved in this world or its affairs. God created the world, established a bunch of natural laws, “wound the earth up” and then walked away leaving it on its own. A deist would say there is a God and the miraculous is possible, but will never happen.
He likens cessationists to the deism of Thomas Jefferson who sat in the White House and with a pen-knife cut out all miraculous events and references of his bible. Driscoll goes on to equate cessationists with Unitarians and other extremely liberal mainline denominations who also do not believe in the miraculous.
The third stop for those who don’t believe in “the miraculous” is what is known as cessationism. He says that cessationists say miracles can happen, God can do the miraculous but He doesn’t. He states that the end result is that the supernatural gifts are no longer in operation. He includes healing, revelation, speaking in “tongues” and things like that. Driscoll states somewhat sarcastically that these things are now in the “God use to do box.” Then he forgoes any exegetical consideration at all by concluding the preposterousness of this position by remarking, “even though I was reading this book (bible) that said God was the same yesterday, day, and tomorrow. He attempts another unfounded and clever remark by stating that “our” argument turns I Corinthians 13 into origami.
In fairness, he attempts to exclude what he calls the Charismatic Kooks from the equation. He doesn’t support the prosperity dribble (health and wealth gospel) or the extremes in the Charismatic and Pentecostal world.
But again, his argument is very clever. He argues that if all we have to choose from is all the kooks and kookiness or the miraculous is no longer available then we have a no win situation. He argues we can’t throw out the miraculous because of the kooks.
Now, before we force this response into a fourth post, let me attempt to conclude. Driscoll’s proposition is preposterous and dangerous. It is so for four reasons.
He argues an invalid point
Cessationists do not believe that the miracles of the bible are invalid no do they believe that God no longer works supernaturally above and beyond natural laws in our world today. Cessationists simply believe that certain gifts were temporary, served a unique purpose and those gifts are no longer needed to be bestowed on certain individuals. Driscoll spends a good deal of time arguing against something the cessationists don’t even believe. This is clever but deceptive. It makes cessationists look like they don’t believe the miraculous events of scripture or that God is now “hog-tied” and can’t act like God.
He deceives his audience
His presentation is inaccurate. He doesn’t produce facts, doctrine, or biblical teaching to support his proposition. His deception may be totally unintentional, but it is deceptive just the same. His proposition is false in the same manner false teaching is false.
He is biased in his proposition
He brings a pre-supposed proposition to the table. He is committed to the reality of supernatural sign gifts therefore he must defend his position. He chooses really to attack cessationists with secular philosophy and baseless conclusions. He doesn’t exegetically take us to the Scripture and prove his point. The reason is that he can’t. An honest an literal reading of Scripture (ah, there is the rub, these guys hate “literal”) shows these gifts have ceased. Driscoll take us down a long, tiresome, and unfounded road paved individualism, rationalism, skepticism, modernism, to worldliness.
He ignores reality by his proposition
The scriptures themselves testify to the waning away and eventual dying out of these supernatural gifts upon people. They no longer exist by the time the canon is closed. Church history shows that only doctrinally incorrect, heretical, or fringe groups claimed to engage in supernatural events. The reason and purpose of gifting people with these gifts were served and satisfied.
Driscoll is a very effective communicator. He is witty, humorous, passionate, and articulate. This makes him dangerous. Scripture, not experience, emotionalism, or extraordinary is the highest and total authority for doctrine and practice. Driscoll's proposition is presposterous and without any foundation whatsoever. God is a God of the miraculous and who can limit Him? Certainly not cessationists.
Join us on Saturdays as I hope to list various "alleged discrepancies" or myths in the bible, debunk them, and demonstrate the accuracy of Scripture. If you have come across what you might have considered a discrepancy or if one has been presented to you as you shared the gospel or your testimony please email it to me. As a matter of fact if there are certain passages you are struggling with please feel free to email them also.