The following belongs to a series on the continuation or cessation of the miraculous phenomena of tongues-speaking. Read the previous post here.
In a world of Christianity that is becoming more and more accepting of tongues-speaking, the importance of determining whether tongues still exists and whether or not believers should practice tongues-speaking seems to go without saying. If scripture is the believer’s authority of faith and practice, which it is, then believers ought to observe what the Bible teaches. So, since those churches which practice tongues and those which do not cannot both be right, one must ask, what does the Bible have to say about the existence of tongues today? It is the goal of this series to answer that very question. This series will show that a broad analysis of scripture evidences the cessation of the miraculous phenomena of tongues-speaking with the closing of the canon.
Throughout the course of this series, various terms are used and assumed. Therefore, initially defining them here is beneficial. First, in this series, “tongues” is used as a term (singular) for the miraculous phenomena of tongues-speaking (plural). And secondly, although other positions may exist, this series directly addresses those two views held by practically all scholars—the continuationist position (continuationism) and the cessationist position (cessationism). Although these terms are typically used in conjunction with all miraculous gifts, in this series their use is limited to tongues. Continuationism holds to the belief that tongues continues throughout the church age while cessationism argues it has ceased at some point.