To suggest that bringing deliverance from demonic possession or oppression merely requires the preaching of the Gospel, is not only oversimplifying the problem and denying the power over demonic forces supplied by the the granting of the charismata through the ministry of the Holy Spirit over the Church. I also think that you may have been exposed to the erroneous elements of the Christian community. I must also wonder if you take the cessationist view.
I do hold to the cessationist view. Which erroneous elements do you think I've been exposed to?
Apparently, since you hold to the secessionist view, that's the first error to which your exposed. As such, your conclusion that the mere preaching of the Gospel is sufficient to bring one deliver one from demonic possession or oppression is understandable. It is not.
That does not necessarily mean that in some occasions one may be delivered merely through the preaching of the Gospel but, only that God has gifted his people to to deliver from the demonic, if they believe.
That there are abuses of and false claims concerning the gifts of the Spirit does not, in themselves, negate the gifts.
Spell-check invaded my last reply and entered "secessionist" when it should have been "cessationist."
How is cessationism an error? I don't see how the early reformers like Luther and Calvin were in error.
So when the bible mentions the casting of demons after Jesus' ministry, did any of them convert to the faith?
From my perspective, neither the Bible, history, prominent scholars, nor personal experience supports the cessationist view.
I disagree when it comes to the bible.
Church History also disagrees with you. Some held to the continuationist view while others like Origen, Augustine and Irenaeus who commented, especially Augustine, on the concept that the gifts ceased and weren't really miraculous as it was in the days of the apostolic church.
BB Warfield, John Calvin, Martin Luther, John MacArthur and others would also disagree with you on the scholar aspect.
Personal experiences are fallible compared to the word of God. Some people claim to have had personal experiences of God revealing to them the "truth" of Universalism. That is false though.
Respectfully, it seems your reading is limited and, perhaps, you're views are based ultimately on experience (or the lack of it).
A. Re: History, see (1) "Charismatic Gifts in the Early Church," by Ronald A,N. Kydd, and (2) "Miracles & Manifestations of the Holy Spirit in The History of the Church," by Jeff Doles.
In the meantime, this might help some: https://continuationism.com/2010/05/16/the-charismata-in-church-history/
Re: BB Warfield, I strongly recommend, "On the Cessation of the Charismata," by by Jon Mark Ruthann, who deals primarily with Warfield. He also has another very enlightening book, "What is Wrong with Protestant Theology," that explains where he thinks, and I agree, how we have failed to rightly understand the issues re: the charismata.
MacArthur, to be honest, I would not bother reading his books (although I've read a few blogs here and there) on the subject since he condemns the Pentecostal/Charismatic community to hell. But, if you need a refutation of his nonsensical position, I suggest you read, "Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur's 'Strange Fire'," by Dr. Michael L. Brown.
I've only heard a very few pieces of this audio, but it might be of some help: https://askdrbrown.org/library/steve-deace-interviews-pastor-macarthur-and-then-dr-brown
I haven't looked into Calvin or Luther with regard to this issue so I won't say anything about him unless you can direct me to something.
Personal experience is fallible but not necessarily. How do we know we are saved? I don't think it's merely because we read it in the Bible that we are saved if we believe, but because we also experienced that salvation, we experienced the divine Presence. Here is an blog on the subject: http://atdcross.blogspot.com/2015/10/experience-and-bible.html
It seems to me, that the rejection of the gifts of the Spirit for today are grounded on experience. Some Christians first see (unfortunately) the abuses of some Pentecostals/Charismatics or they don't see for themselves people being healed. Therefore, they conclude that it cannot be of God, and then, only afterwards, read their Bible on that presupposition.
Also, they are further influenced by those teachers who, regardless of their credentials, do not themselves objectively interpret texts. As a result of their distasteful experiences, these teachers put obviously untenable interpretations into texts that actually read against how they interpret them.
Note, that the apostle Paul did not come to believe in Christ because he read and studied the Hebrew Scriptures. But he came to be convinced of Christ as Messiah by an experience. As such, I wouldn't throw experience out the window so readily.
In any case, and finally, as far as experience is concerned, there are people be healed of disease, delivered from demons, seeing vision of Christ and it is too many to discount as something other than the power of God working miraculously and giving gifts to men to accomplish such wonders.
One more thing. There are Charismatic Calvinist like D.A. Carson, R.T. Kendall, and Sam Storms who have some books out on the subject.
As I see it, testimony for the continuance of spiritual gifts, especially granted through the baptism of the Spirit, far outweighs any notions contrived by those who hold the cessationist view.
Hope this helps.
Just as a reminder, Dr. Brown's call-in show, especially for cessationists at 2:00 - http://drbrown.truthnetwork.com/player.lasso
All things can go bad when people get away from what God desires.
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