This blog records my transition from the Churches of Christ to Eastern Orthodoxy.

Monday, February 2, 2009

if you admit God intended things to change...

i'm not making this argument myself, but it did occur to me as one that someone could make against a cessationist (someone who believes that the possession of miraculous gifts by Christians ceased after the early church).

The first century church had a method of revelation that God did not intend to continue into the later church. (The cessationist has no problem with this statement.) If that is the case, then there is at least one thing God intended to be different between the early and later church. Why then, is it not the case that other major themes or methods or practices of the church may have only been intended for the early church but not the latter? And how can we know which trends of the early church God meant to be permanent for the church in any age?

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