Is God still doing miracles today?
In Book 10 we made the critical distinction between miracles and miracle working, or the miracles God does and is still doing directly (i.e. healings), and the miracles He empowered men to do (i.e. healers) to authenticate them as His messengers. Because of the many claims and teachings of Charismaticism on this issue, a rather detailed biblical study of the matter is warranted. We defend the following conclusions:
- Modern “miracle workers” cannot demonstrate the attributes of biblical ones, and are lying when they claim similar gifts.
- There are no God-sent miracle workers in Scripture that were not also sources of new, direct, divine revelation from God to be believed and obeyed as the word of God. Unfortunately, Charismaticism has been full of people claiming to work miracles, but not claiming the divine authority of an Apostle or a Prophet.
- The faith to perform or receive a miracle is just as supernatural and God-given as the miracle itself, and modern “faith healers” are wrong to blame disappointed followers for their lack of such faith.
- The Church has universally testified that the gifts of miracle working ceased in the early Church with the completion of the NT.
- The fraud in the modern miracle movement has been immense.
- Other explanations for modern “miracles” are intriguing.
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