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Overview Dr O. Palmer Robertson shows from Scripture that the call today for such gifts as prophecy, instead of showing the way forward to a more biblical Christianity, represents a failure to grasp the fullness of New Testament privileges.
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Studio: Banner of Truth
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7" Width: 4.7" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.29 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1994
Publisher Banner of Truth
ISBN 0851516599 ISBN13 9780851516592
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More About O. Palmer Robertson
O. Palmer Robertson is the director and principal of Africa Bible College, Uganda. He previously taught at Reformed Westminster, Covenant, and Knox Theological Seminaries.
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Compelling Jul 11, 2007
If you are interested in the controversy over the role of the charismatic gifts in the church today, you owe it to yourself to read this book. The writing was excellent, and the author managed both clarity and concision. He managed to explain quite a few key concepts without using too much jargon, too long of a length, or many of the other issues that often turn laymen off to theology-related books.
The arguments were, for the most part, quite compelling; although there are a few arguments I'm not sure I find that convincing (such as his argument that the gifts played a less prominent role in the Apostles' ministries and in the early church), he brought up many good points as well.
His arguments against the Third Wave view of prophecy (which teaches, among other things, that ordinary congregational prophecy can legitimately be a mix of truth and error) and for the continuity between Old and New Testament prophecy (some claim that New Testament prophecy is fundamentally different from Old Testament prophecy and thus must be held to a different standard) are especially compelling. These arguments alone make the book worth the price. I honestly don't see how anyone who has read his critique could maintain that the Third Wave view of prophecy is Biblical.
As I said, although I found this section of the book to be the strongest, this isn't to say that the other sections aren't strong too, or that he doesn't bring up good points there too. He does. In fact, most of his arguments for cessationism are quite strong and clearly presented. For you non-cessationists, no, his case does NOT depend on 1 Corinthians 13:8-10; he presents arguments from many different angles, none of which are dependent on this text. In particular he looks at why we would even need the gifts anymore.
I'd recommend reading this book with "Perspectives on Pentecost" by Richard B. Gaffin. They compliment each other very well, and these books could easily revolutionize your understanding of the Bible's teaching on the spiritual gifts. These books are perfect if: - You're not sure what the Bible teaches on the topic - You're convinced that the Bible doesn't teach cessationism (these books will show you that it does) - You want to learn more about the controversy over the charismatic movement - You want to understand how to answer the arguments for the charismatic movement and defend cessationism. Robertson's book is very good for this and ably answers many of the common arguments and misunderstandings found in the charismatic doctrines of the spiritual gifts. I fall into this category, as by the time I read this book I was already convinced that the Bible teaches cessationism (which I wasn't always convinced of, as I was charismatic for a number of years).
In short, this is a compelling book that I highly recommend to both charismatics (at least those who are prepared to test their beliefs in light of Scripture) and to non-charismatics (especially if you want to know how to defend your beliefs). Unfortunately, the charismatic movement and in particular the Third Wave has made massive inroads into evangelicalism lately, largely due to a lack of understanding of the issues involved in the pews and in the pulpit, and this book is a welcome antidote.
Does Sufficiency Contradict Authority? Aug 6, 2001
Robertson has produced a fairly careful book with an irenic tone. However, insofar as he argues for cessationism as an entailment of the sufficiency of Scripture, it had better be the case that Scripture permits cessationism and that Robertson has the right notion of Scripture's sufficiency. But the former is not so obvious, in view of I Corinthians 1 and 13. Absent a demonstration that these passages permit cessationism, Robertson's doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture will appear to contradict the authority of Scripture. John Piper has proposed an alternative notion of the sufficiency of Scripture, namely, that Scripture tells us the means of grace to be used in every situation. Robertson's book is pleasantly brief and certainly worth reading, but I doubt that it will persuade those not already inclined toward its cessationist position.
Best Cessationist Text in Print Mar 31, 2001
O. Palmer Robertson has written a very succint book on the doctrine of the cessation of revelatory gifts. He deftly traces the prophetic office from the Old Covenant into the New and finds its completion in the "prophet like unto Moses," the Lord Jesus Christ. He also correctly identifies biblical "tongues" as a subset of prophecy from the Book of Acts and demonstrates biblically how the gift of tongues and prophecy were anticipated to cease even in New Testament times with the completed canon of Scripture. Biblical theology at its best - highly recommended.