The miraculous gifts of the Spirit empowered the early church to victory. Divinely inspired apostles, prophets, evangelists and teachers, were moved by that Spirit to write God’s Words. Their work resulted in the book we call the Bible.
Does the Spirit still empower and inspire men in the church today? Do we still see the charismata, the miraculous gifts of the Spirit, at work? Some say yes. Partial preterist Kenneth Gentry says no. He affirms that the office of inspired men was “revelatory and temporary.” While I feel that Gentry’s futurism has shaded some of his arguments, nonetheless, he has marshaled a good bit of exegetical material that is very useful.
In this book, Gentry engages some of the claims for the continuation of the charismata and refutes them.
While this book was written to some degree with the Reformed community in mind, since Gentry engages Reformed Charismatic claims, the book nonetheless contains a wealth of information that is helpful to all.
For a sane, calm, scholarly presentation of the “cessationist” view of the charismata, this is a very good book.