Cessationism – Proving Charismatic Gifts have Ceased [Dr. Peter Masters]


Dr. Peter Masters:

Does the Bible teach definitively that the charismatic gifts have ceased? Can cessationism (the view that they have ended) be proved? Some say that the cessationism cannot be conclusively proved from Scripture. We believe, however, that the ceasing of revelatory and sign-gifts in the time of the apostles is very plainly taught in God’s Word, so plainly, in fact, that the opposite view has only seriously appeared in the last 100 years or so.

Dr. Peter Masters has been the Minister of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in central London since 1970.
Dr. Peter Masters has been the Minister of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in central London since 1970.

The term cessationism comes from the great 17th-century confessions of faith, such as the Westminster and Baptist confessions. These both use the same word. Speaking about how God has revealed his will and committed it to the Scriptures, the confessions say, ‘Former ways of God’s revealing his will unto his people being now ceased’. This word does not actually come from the Bible, but the doctrine does.

Not only has revelation been completed and ceased, but so have the signs that revelation is in progress. Here is a brief summary of six biblical proofs that the revelatory gifts have ceased (visions, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, and prophecies), and also the sign-gifts (healings and speaking in tongues). God still heals, of course, but in answer to prayer, and not through the hands of a gifted healer.

The controversial passage of 1 Corinthians 13.8-10 will not be used in this article to prove the ending of the gifts. We will refer only to passages which we believe to be conclusive.

1. Not since the apostles…

2. The temporary purpose of tongues…

3. Tongues were real languages…

4. No instructions to appoint prophets…

5. Revelation is now complete…

6. Scripture witnesses the end of gifts…

Would a neutral reader assume Bible gifts were for every age?…

The damage of charismatic teaching…

Read an explanation of each of his above points.

July 7-9, 2015 “Pathway to Power” Metropolitan Tabernacle School of Theology feat. Peter Masters + more in London, UK

Spurgeon Pathway to Power

To have divine operations in the life of a church is the greatest imaginable privilege and the mightiest power active on earth. Without fanfare, fleshly gimmicks or entertainment, the Holy Spirit troubles and turns hearts to repentance and faith in Christ, and God’s people are stirred to prayer and active service. Faithful churches everywhere desire the blessing of increased instrumentality.

This year’s 40th School of Theology aims to present some of the key prerequisites for experiencing God’s saving and sanctifying power in the life of churches.
We acknowledge that our sovereign God in His mercy and kindness may save lost souls at any time and in the most unworthy environments, but the exhortations of Scripture make it obvious that for ­consistent usefulness we must ever conform our ways to honour God’s Word.

For further information and online registration please visit the Tabernacle’s website.


Jul. 1-3, 2014 ­Annual School of Theology at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London feat. Tom Nettles, Peter Masters + more

2014 School of Theology at the Tabernacle

Dr Nettles will give a keynote address on Tuesday evening under this title, demonstrating and commending Spurgeon’s close adherence to the Word in all aspects of his ministry. He will also set the tone for the main theme of the School, by describing Spurgeon’s method of arriving at his message. This promises to be richly stimulating to all in attendance, and of special value to message-preparers…


Speakers will present ministry opening the message of several books of the Bible, showing as they proceed how they applied the ‘rules’ of traditional interpretation to arrive at their teaching.


This year’s School of Theology will appeal not only to preachers and other message-preparers, but to all who seek clear principles for the understanding of God’s Word. May these sessions be glorifying to the Lord, uplifting to souls, and instrumental in promoting a spiritual view of the Word of the Living God.

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[HT: Martin Marprelate]