Jack Deere Quote on Arguments From Experience

“At first glance, this reason for rejecting the gifts of the Spirit looks like a biblical argument, but ultimately it is not. At best it is a confession of a lack of experience. The argument simply says that I do not see or hear of a contemporary ministry that has New Testament-quality miracles. But my limited experience cannot be used as a proof that no such ministry exists today. But for the sake of argument, let’s suppose that no such ministry exists today. That would still not prove that God has withdrawn the New Testament ministry of the miraculous. We would have to know the reason why this ministry doesn’t exist today.

I believe that God is doing New Testament-quality miracles in the church today, and I believe that he has done them through out the history of the church. But for the sake of argument, let’s suppose that no such ministry exists today. That would still not prove that God has  withdrawn the New Testament ministry of the miraculous. We would have to know the reason why this ministry doesn’t exist today. Indeed, one of the reasons could be that God had intentionally withdrawn this ministry. However, the ultimate reason for the cessation of the gifts could be due to the church’s response. It could be that the rise of a bureaucratic leadership has finally been successful in triumphing over ‘gifted’ individuals within the church. Or their absence could be due to widespread unbelief in the church, or a number of other factors.

How are we to decide? Not by an appeal to what we see or don’t see, but rather by an appeal to the clear and specific teaching of Scripture itself.  And this we shall do shortly, but for now I merely want to make the point that the real or perceived absence of miraculous gifts is not an argument from Scripture, but an argument from experience.”

—-Taken From “Surprised By the Power of the Spirit”, page 58

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