In part 1 of this series, I gave a broad outline of the two camps of continuationism and cessationism. Then, in part 2 of this series, I gave a general historical survey of John MacArthur’s engagement of the charismatic movement and attempted to suggest that he’s not attacking any one vein of the movement or any one person.
Today, I’m going to take a stab at posting some resources for hearing the positions of both sides, from the strong proponents of both sides (If you’re going to learn about something, learn about something from those who most powerfully and articulately represent it, right?). There’s going to be a lot of information and links, but seeing that the conference is in October, this may give some readers a little time to explore the issues and gain a better understanding of some of the positions that are being discussed/debated. Here’s a brief resource list for further study/exploration:
1. Continuationist resources for further understanding:
- Sam Storms - Sam Storms would be one of the more prolific Continuationist authors. His website has at least 30 articles on various issues related to continuationism (look at the articles in the categories if “1 Corinthians 12-14″, “controversial issues” and “divine healing”). He’s also written the books The Beginners Guide To Spiritual Gifts.
- John Piper - Though he doesn’t make this a big part of his ministry, Piper is a continuationist who has written and preached quite a bit on Spiritual Gifts.
Also, Piper has some videos where he speaks about Prophecy:
Or the Gift of Healing:
Or Speaking in Tongues:
- Wayne Grudem - Wayne Grudem is best known for his defense of the idea that the office of Prophet is not the same as the New Testament gift of prophecy. His two main books on that issue are The Gift of Prophecy in 1 Corinthians (which is a reprint of his doctoral thesis), and The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today (which offers some updated content and is slightly less technical).
- Mark Driscoll - Mark has said a lot on the issue, but I’ve found that he leaves very little confusion in his sermons on 1 Corinthians. He has a 6 part series on spiritual gifts that is, well, surprising to say the least: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6. If you’re like me and prone to interact with the preacher when you hear someone say something bizarre or crazy in a sermon, you should probably listen to this in private.
- Matt Chandler - Here’s an interview between Matt Chandler and Adrian Warnock (reformed charismatic from the UK) that lays his views on spiritual gifts out in the open:
- John Neufeld - In 2010, John Neufeld from Willingdon Church in Burnaby preached a sermon series through 1 Corinthians 12-14 that gave a fair presentation of continuationism. Here it is: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10.
- CJ Mahaney - CJ is one of the main trail blazers with regards to the Reformed Charismatic position, but the SGM website doesn’t have positional papers or anything else laid out in a systematic or easy to find way at all. Just search for “tongues” or “spiritual gifts” or “prophecy” and sort through the 500 hits you get. It seems like the website is reflective of what’s going on at SGM right now…chaos.
- Adrian Warnock - He gives a good overview of his understanding of the reformed charismatic position here (with lots of follow-up links). He writes about that topic on his blog a bunch and offers a fair amount of content on the subject if you search his blog.
There are a LOT of other continuationists I could link to, but that should give my readers a grasp of some of what’s being said by some of the major voices on the respectable side of the movement. I’m not going to waste my time with the other 98% of the charismatic movement and refer readers to the endless horde of nutcases like Creflo Dollar, John Haggee, Joyce Meyer, Paul Crouch, Benny Hinn, Paula White, Juanita Bynum, Benny Hinn, Jack Deere, Paul Cain, The Kansas City Prophets, C. Peter Wagner and the Fuller Seminary peanut gallery, the Brian Houston/Hillsongs false teacher factory, Phil & Chris Pringle & the C3 Reich, Reinhard Bonkke(rs) & his idiotic claims that he has personally lead over 5% of the continent of Africa to the Lord, David Yonggi Cho and the Yoida Full Gospel Church, the whole Bill Johnson/Bethel Church/Jesus Culture hircum circus, Todd Bentley, Rick Joyner, Mike Bickle, Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, etc.
2. Cessationist resources for further understanding:
Michael Horton - Mike Horton is not a committed cessationist, but he has a short blog article on cessationism here that makes the common “most continuationists are actually cessationists” point and he comments here on how Charismatics tend to assume that only miraculous manifestations are outward manifestations of the Holy Spirit (Koleoso did this with bells on in the sermon from DG 2013 I posted in the previous post).
The Master’s Seminary Faculty - The 2003 lectureship series was on cessationism and the audio is here; I will admit that reading the journal articles on the lower half of the page here is probably easier. I’ve already said enough.
Dr. David Farnell – He’s from the faculty of the Masters Seminary, and he has written a good article rebutting Wayne Grudem’s distinctions between the office and gift of “prophet”.
Fred Butler - Fred works at Grace to You and has a series of sermons on cessationism here (scroll down part way; the talks go from 2005/02/01 to 2005/06/21).
Dr. Dan Wallace - He has a great article on Hebrews 2:3-4 and the sign gifts here.
Lyndon Unger – I have written on the meaning of the term “apostle” and I would definitely recommend myself on the issue of sorting out what an apostle is, which then leads one to understand why there cannot possibly be apostles today.
The CrippleGate – This blog involves Master’s Seminary Pastors as well as Seminary Faculty and is one of the 2 best resources on the issue. They have a post that catalogs all their articles on the various issues.
The Pyromaniacs – When the universe was forged in the crucible of the big bang, the mighty Pyromaniacs blog had already been online for 7 years. They don’t have one singular post cataloging their content, but they’ve definitely written a fair bunch on the issue.
Of Course, there’s always the Grace to You website. Word on the street is that GTY.org has some sermons and articles on the issue. I already linked to some of the pertinent stuff in the last post though, so I won’t re-link it here.
There are other guys out there who have written/preached on cessationism (Sam Waldron, Thomas Edgar, S Lewis Johnson, Richard B. Gaffin, Jay Adams, Kenneth L. Gentry, Robert G. Gromacki, Anthony A. Hoekema, O. Palmer Robertson, B.B Warfield, Charles Hodge, John Calvin, Fred Zaspel, J. Gresham Machen, R. Fowler White, etc.) and there are tons of other resources online (check out the list at Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland), but that should be more than enough to get some direction with regards to the various issues…probably way too much information.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “doctrine comes from exegesis, not experience” Unger