What is a Cessationist?

Cessationists Believe The Work Of The Holy Spirit As Seen In The Book Of Acts Has Ceased

A Cessationist is a person who holds to the view that the manifestation gifts of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12 are not in effect in today’s Church.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each for the benefit of all. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But all these work through the one and and the same Spirit, distributing to every man individually as he will. —1 Corinthians 12:7-11

Cessationist Scholars Teach That Charismatic Christianity Is In Opposition To The Word Of God

And this is completely false. Charismatic Christianity believes in the demonstration of the power of God through the Holy Spirit. The example of that demonstration begins with the baptism of the Holy Spirit as found in the book of Acts.

Cessationists hold that the manifestation gifts in 1 Corinthians 12, ceased to operate around the death of the last Apostle. The followers of this thinking are usually Evangelical Christians.

Cessationists, or generally speaking, Evangelicals, believe that there is no baptism of the Holy Spirit as described in the New Testament book of Acts; an act that happens after a person is saved. They believe, since the days of the last Apostle, that the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs immediately when a person is saved in contradiction to the example in the book of Acts. They also completely overlook the very words of Jesus and what He said in Luke 11:13.

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to you children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him? —Luke 11:13

Evangelical Cessationists do not believe in all of the ministry gifts found in Ephesians 4:11. They believe that the office of the Apostles ended with the death of the last Apostle. For the most part, the other gifts are still in effect, just not the Apostles.

And He gave some apostles, and some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers. —Ephesians 4:11 

And finally Evangelical Cessationists believe that God allows sickness and disease in the life of a believer in order to teach some kind of spiritual lesson. This is in complete opposition to the teaching of Jesus and part of the work done on the cross.

Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness. By His stripes you were healed. —1 Peter 2:24

Gregg F. Swift, J.D.