Absolutely. But then again to a certain extent everybody is.
I hardly know any believers who are.
do you believe the office of apostle is still active?
And with that I mean the office and function apostles like Paul and Peter had?
The Bible tells us that there are.
11 [a]And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,[c] to the extent of the full stature of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery, from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming.
I was on a business trip for a few weeks so I let this thread slip by.
But since the discussion about tongues has revived elsewhere, I wish to respond on this post.
If indeed the office and function of apostle like Paul and Peter still exists, then we have to take the inspired words of these apostles as Canon, and we have to add their teachings to scripture.
If indeed the Holy Spirit still speaks through men in the same way as He spoke through the apostles, then we cannot make a differentiation between apostle and apostle.
You are left with a few options:
- If you do NOT accept the teachings of the modern apostles as Canon, then obviously the modern apostles are not the same as Peter and Paul. Hence the office and function of apostle has ceased.
- If you DO accept the teachings of the modern apostles as authoritative and inspired, then they differ in nothing from the teachings of Paul and Peter and you must add them to scripture.
The plain and simple fact that even the Pentecostal community does not add the teachings of the modern apostles to scripture is proof that even the Pentecostal movement admits that at least some of the spiritual gifts have ceased, i.e. the office and function of the apostles.
Although the Pentecostal movement teaches that the same Holy Spirit today still works like He did 2000 years ago, they are very shy to declare those teachings today as authoritative.
The exact same problem arises with the Spiritual gift of prophesy.
When God spoke through prophets 4000 years ago, we accept that as Canon and those words were included in scripture.
When God spoke to people 2000 years ago, we also accept that as Canon and added the words to scripture
When God however speaks through the Pentecostal prophet another 2000 years later, nobody accepts it as Canon and nobody thinks these words are worthy of scripture.
Why not? If God today speaks through prophets in the same way He did 400 years ago and 2000 years ago...its still the same God and they are still His words.
So what's stopping the Pentecostal movement from declaring their prophesies as Canon?
The Pentecostal movement claims that the Spiritual gifts have not ceased, but yet they themselves do not dare to treat today's gifts with the same value and respect as they claim they should.
So have some of the Spiritual gifts ceased? Obviously even the Pentecostal movement has to admit some did.