Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash., preaches about the gift of tongues on June 9, 2013.

Source: Christian Post

Cessationists, such as influential pastor and traditional Calvinist John  MacArthur, believe that 1 Corinthians 13:8 and other Biblical passages indicate  that the divine ability to speak in other languages or an unknown tongue  (glossolalia) ended with the apostles’ deaths, as did prophetic revelations and  faith-healings through individuals. Some Christians, however, believe that these  Holy Spirit-inspired gifts will continue until Christ’s return.

In the sermon excerpt shared online this week by Mars Hill Church, Pastor  Driscoll tackles three “common questions about the gift of tongues,” listed as:  “Can every Christian have the gift of tongues? Does Mars Hill Church believe  that the gift of tongues is for today? And what happens when the private use of  tongues goes public?”

Before diving into his responses, Driscoll insisted that the only way to know  who may be “right” or “wrong” about speaking in tongues was by studying the  Scriptures — and “not by taking our experience and making it normative.”

Although the key text for the full sermon, titled “Empowered by the Spirit to Follow  Jesus,” was the account of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-13, the megachurch pastor and  bestselling author looked to 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 to help frame his  responses.

Driscoll relayed a part of the passage: “‘For to one is given through the  Spirit . . . various kinds of tongues’ — or languages, heavenly or earthly — ‘to  another, the interpretation of tongues’ — the ability to articulate in the other  language what has been said in the foreign language. ‘All these are empowered by  one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.'”

In regard to whether Mars Hill Church believes that the gift of tongues is an  ongoing occurrence, Driscoll stated his agreement with cessationism, while also  asking the congregation to consider life in heaven.

“When we get to heaven, the gift of evangelism is not going to be as needed  as it is now. You’re like, ‘I’m going to go out and find the lost people.’ There  aren’t any. This is the kingdom of God. Everybody here already loves Jesus. …  So, evangelism comes to an end,” he said, according to the sermon  transcript.

He noted 1 Corinthians 13:8-12, which reads: “Love never ends. As for  prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for  knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but  when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke  like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a  man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to  face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully  known.”

“So, we agree with the Cessationists that yes, certain gifts, at least,  they’re going to cease. They’re going to cease,” added Driscoll. “Where we  disagree with the Cessationists and we agree with the Continuationists is when  they cease. We believe that all of the gifts continue until one very important  transitionary moment in the history of the world.”

He continued, “So, when do these gifts cease? When? When Jesus comes back,  when we see him face to face. So the Cessationists are right: certain gifts will  come to an end. But the Cessationists are wrong: the end has not yet come. And  the Continuationists are right: all the gifts continue until we see him face to  face, until Jesus comes again.”

The full sermon, third so far in Driscoll’s 10-part series, “Acts: Empowered  for Jesus’ Mission,” is available on Mars Hill Church’s website. Driscoll, 42, preached  “Empowered by the Spirit to Follow Jesus” on June 9, 2013, at the megachurch’s  Bellevue, Wash., location.

I agree the works of Jesus Christ shall continue, and that salvation, tongues or anything the like does not stop after the apostles. It is well capable of being done today. The same hope is in Christ Jesus for us.  However Mark Driscoll says one thing and often does another as we have seen time and again.  Driscoll is pastor of Mars Hills in Seattle, Washington which is different from Rob Bell’s Mars Hills Michigan. Rob came out as inclusionist and does not believe in a literal hell.

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