Charismatic vs Cessationism

Not all Charismatics are false but all false prophets come from the Charismatic Movement.

Spiritual Minefield

Cessationism are Calvinistic and they believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are no longer active for today. They stifle and limit the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to ever work in them like healing someone or actually speaking in a different tongue to preach the gospel to someone who doesn’t know your language.

Where I Personally Stand On The Issue To Show That I Take Neither Side As They Teach It

I am not a Pentecostal nor am I a Reformer (Calvinist). I believe that you cannot lose your salvation but through the transformation of the Holy Spirit living inside of you by conversion, you will live a life of holiness, not perfect but will strive to please God through repentance when at times you come short through sin. I believe that you have to choose Jesus through faith to be saved. Salvation is not by works but by faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross and afterward rose on the third day.

As you can see, I don’t swing in one camp or the other when it comes to some of their biblical doctrines. Some things that the Pentecostal teaches I believe it is biblical but others are not like losing your salvation. The same with Calvinism. Some things that they teach are biblical and others are not like salvation happens before you believe in Jesus which frankly is really bad theology.

I believe what the Scriptures plainly teach about both issues mentioned in the header of this post. Both views are unbiblical because they go way off the pages of the Bible. I will do my best to show the difference and what the Bible actually teaches.

The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit

Have the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are given to the saints ceased? Does the Holy Spirit speak to the believers today as He did in Acts? Or, after the completion of the canon (the whole Bible) made the Holy Spirit quiet?

First off, what are the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are given to all the saints for building up the church? It is found in two places.

Romans 12:6-8

  1. Prophecy
  2. Service
  3. Teaches
  4. Exhorts
  5. Gives (financially)
  6. Leadership
  7. Shows Mercy

1 Corinthians 12:8-10

  1. Word of Wisdom
  2. Word of Knowledge
  3. Faith (having strong faith)
  4. Gifts of Healing
  5. Effecting of Miracles
  6. Prophecy
  7. Distinguishing of Spirits
  8. Various kinds of Tongues
  9. Interpretation of Tongues

In 1 Peter 4, these gifts are only to bring glory to Jesus Christ and not the one who is being used by the Holy Spirit. If praises comes to you, exalting you in any way, you must quickly correct them by telling them to point their praises to Jesus Christ.

Whoever speaks is to do so as one who is speaking actual words of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. -1 Peter 4:11

Where Did The beliefs Of Cessationism And Pentecostalism (continuationism of the gifts) Come From?

Saying that, do we posses the gifts of the Holy Spirit as mentioned in the list above? The short answer is yes.

John Calvin is the one who came up with the view of Cessationism.

Charles Fox Parham wasn’t happy with the traditional churches of his time which “needed to be revived by another outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He instructed his students—many of whom already were ministers—to pray, fast, study the Scriptures, and, like the Apostles, await the blessings of the Holy Spirit” (britannica.com/topic/Pentecostalism)

Pentecostalism started in the early 1900s. They teach that speaking in tongues, a foreign language, gave clear evidence that the person was now baptized with the Holy Spirit.

John Calvin and Charles Parham are two extreme cases which both men stray in opposite directions from biblical sound doctrine. How fortunate we are that we hold in our hands the Word of God that keeps us from being deceived. How easy it is to know what is sound from what is not. Whenever a person comes up with a teaching that sounds weird, compare it with the Scriptures and if it contradicts it or it isn’t found in God’s Word, just reject that erroneous teaching.

Now, getting back to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I just wanted to give you guys a quick glimpse of where these teachings of Cessationism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit came from.

The gifts that the Cessationists mostly reject are: Speaking in tongues—must be a real language not gibberish—healing, and prophecy.

There is not one verse in the whole New Testament that says after the completion of the canon the gifts will end. The Scripture has to be our final authority.

Were The Gifts Only For The 1st Century Believers?

No one can have the workings (miracles and wonders) of the apostles, those who saw Jesus and walked with Him on earth. The extraordinary wonders and miracles that the apostles did were signs that they indeed walked with the Son of God and was sent out by Him to preach the gospel.

The distinguishing marks of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs, wonders, and miracles. -2 Corinthians 12:12

To be called an Apostle like the 12, you have to have been with Jesus, involved in His earthy ministry that lasted 3 years.

21 Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us— 22 beginning with the baptism of John until the day that He was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection. -Acts 1:21-22

The type of miracles and wonders that the Apostle did was only for them to do not for us.

Cessationism is a false doctrine. The Holy Spirit is still much involved with the church as He was at the beginning. Nowhere in the Scriptures does it shows otherwise. The gifts of healing, speaking in different languages, prophecy and etc, cannot be performed whenever we want. Not every believer has the same gifts.

All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? -1 Corinthians 12:30

It is the Holy Spirit who will use you with the gifts that have been given to you for the glory of Christ Jesus when He and He alone deems to do so. It is not commonly seen—being rare, nonetheless it is still active in believers today.

A Warning On The End Time False Prophets

The Scriptures give a serious warning that in the last days, many false prophets will arise with false wonders to deceive everyone. I believe that we are witnessing it today. The Charismatic movement is full of false prophets that when they speak in tongues, it sounds like gibberish and not a real language. They claim to perform miracles which is never proven and teach unbiblical doctrines. The Pentecostal movement has become a magnet for false teachers and prophets. Not everyone in that movement is a false Christian. I believe that their false prophets will play the big role of the end times false prophets mentioned in Mark 13.

For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and will perform signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, the elect. -Mark 13:22

All Scripture quotation was taken from NASB

The War On The Sinner’s Prayer And Inviting Jesus Into Your Heart

the sinner's prayer

I heard Calvinist pastors and others who hold to that doctrine like David Platt, Paul Washer, Todd Friel, and Ray Comfort who believes the same, but is not a Calvinist, believe that asking Jesus into your heart and praying the sinner’s prayer is unbiblical, dangerous, and should be avoided because it is not the gospel.

Is that true ladies and gentlemen? Let’s go to the source.

How a person gets saved?

Romans 10:9-10, 13

  • 9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
  • 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.
  • 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

 The sinner’s prayer

According to Romans 10, a person who has been convicted by the Holy Spirit and is ready for salvation, must with his mouth declare the need for salvation, asking Jesus to save him, either in private or with someone who is leading him. The sinner’s prayer is declaratory, explaining and confessing through prayer what Jesus has done for him. The only way a person will say the sinner’s prayer is by first having faith in Jesus Christ and declaring that faith through prayer. 

Remember, the sinner’s prayer is not what saves a person, but it is an expression through confession of their faith in Jesus Christ which saves. 

The Calvinists like to say that the sinner’s prayer makes false converts. That is a ridiculous statement because regardless if you say the sinner’s prayer or declare that you believe without the prayer, the outcome of having genuine faith rests solely on the person’s decision to believe in Jesus Christ or not. So, it doesn’t matter if an individual says the prayer or not. That doesn’t make a false convert. This is what you call judging a person’s heart. A faith that has not taken root deep down in the soil, in reference to the Holy Spirit, makes a false convert which in due time will fall away showing that they never had genuine faith.  

1 John 2:19 

19 They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us.


Genuine faith is always and only seen through action.

James 2:18

18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith from my works.

True faith will produce God-honoring works. A person who has just received saving faith is expressed through his mouth because of the joy that he is feeling for the first time. 

The sinner’s prayer is declaring and showing what he already has, saving faith, and asking Jesus to save him and use him for His glory, only true faith will produce that speech. 


Mr. David Platt [a Calvinist] said that to ask Jesus into your heart was not found anywhere in the Bible.

Are we to ask Jesus into our hearts and is it Biblical?

When a person believes in Jesus and asks Him to save him, the Holy Spirit goes inside of that person and makes His home with him. 

John 14:23

Jesus answered, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

“make Our home with him” is a reference to the Godhead which shows that God in the person of the Holy Spirit lives inside every person who puts his or her trust in Jesus Christ.

How about the phrase “receive Jesus into your heart”, is that found in Scripture?

Yes, it is found in Ephesians 3:16-17 which says, “16 I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, 17 and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love”

This attack by Calvinists on the sinner’s prayer and teaching Christians not to tell people to ask Him into their hearts is demonic and not from God. That’s what happens when you believe someone’s interpretation instead of the Holy Spirit’s. All the “isms” within the Christian circle must be avoided and only stick to reading the Bible with prayer, so that we may go to God’s Word with our eyes and ears wide open to hear from God or else we will miss what He has to say to us. Having someone else’s lens will make us blind to the Holy Spirit’s interpretation of the Word of God. 

Many of Calvin’s and Arminius’ theology is unbiblical and if followed, a person will deviate from the path of Christ as written in Holy Scripture and push themselves and others away from the Word of God.  

From Whom Does The Gospel Come From John Calvin Or The Holy Spirit?

Sneak_Calvinists

I came across two Calvinists that claimed something so horrific that it made me gasp. I have never thought that’s what that group believed. I would like to share this without naming them out of respect. Why do Calvinists hold to John Calvin and his teachings above the Holy Spirit’s? I’m going, to be honest, it seems like they worship the man even though they never have said that of course but their action to defend the man seems to me like if he was the one who died for their sins. All they talk about is him and less of Christ.

If you go to their site all they post are quotes from famous Calvinists as if it was inspired, it blows my mind. Why not talk about Jesus, his love for humanity? I think they don’t as much because they teach that Jesus only died for some and the others He didn’t. What’s the picture of God’s love? It is the cross, right? Well, if Jesus only died for the elect that means that He didn’t love the rest, that would be the logical conclusion.

That teaching does not come from God, I can be 100% sure in saying that Jesus loves everyone in the world as John 3:16 so beautifully says. Below are their quotes and it disturbed me so much that I wanted to share it so you can witness for yourselves what’s in their hearts which I truly believe is a rejection of the Holy Spirit. I will not paint all Calvinism with a broad brush but a lot of them I believe are deceived. Also, they will always tell you that if you don’t believe in their doctrine that you are an Arminian. I reject wholeheartedly that name because I haven’t studied or learned from him.


A Calvinist said“But it’s necessary to test everything they teach by the Word of God – we’re commanded to test everything. The Holy Spirit also teaches us and leads us through His Word directly, though no prophecy is of private interpretation. We should never cling to teachers who are human and err, but only to Jesus Christ. However we can err by believing only in the Holy Spirit to guide us.”

Another Calvinist said“A cult group called The Last Reformation is a fine example of following the “Holy Spirit” without other teachers to help in knowing if it is, in truth, the Holy Spirit doing the teaching. Discernment is an exercise which requires much study in the Word of God and by commentaries through His gift of godly learned men.”


This Calvinist claims that discernment (knowing the scriptures) can only be achieved by men’s commentaries, not by the Holy Spirit. Do you see anything wrong with that belief? This is not from Jesus but from Satan who will do anything to keep you away from knowing the truth which by the way is only revealed by the Holy Spirit (John 16:13)

As you can see in both quotes, how they speak from two sides of the same mouth which scripture says not to do this.

James 3:10

Praising and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers, these things should not be this way.

They are praising the Lord then turn around in the next sentence and curse the Holy Spirit by saying not to listen to Him alone because you can err as if the Holy Spirit can mislead you. This to me is very demonic without any doubt. They claim that if you believe and attend a church that does not follow John Calvin’s doctrine and only the Holy Spirit then you are characterized as a cult member.


What does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit?

John 16:13

When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak whatever He hears. He will also declare to you what is to come.

1 John 2:27

27 The anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you don’t need anyone to teach you. Instead, His anointing teaches you about all things and is true and is not a lie; just as He has taught you, remain in Him.


The Holy Spirit warned us in 1 Timothy that some will depart from the truth by going after strange doctrines through false teachers instead of listening to Him who is our teacher, they heap on themselves doctrines of demons. See below.

1 Timothy 4:1

Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons

When you reject the Holy Spirit’s teachings you will accept the teachings of demons.

I’m not saying that we don’t need teachers, but the Bible does tell us to judge them through scripture to make sure they are from God (1 Thessalonians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 14:29).

A Pastor’s job is to remind us to continue in the faith and teach us scripture. They are not there to dictate the final meaning of any particular verse and interpretation without any question. Teachers are to help us seek the Lord more by encouraging us to do our own study.

Is that what Calvinism does? Do they not follow the man’s interpretation as it is the only true interpretation? As if John Calvin was the only man who knew the real truth, that folks, is ridiculous.

I believe that some of his teachings are pushing people away from Jesus Christ and those who are Calvinists might not even be saved because they believe that before you can have faith in Jesus He has to save you first. They claim that you are so spiritually dead that you cannot choose to have faith in Jesus even if the Holy Spirit convicts and reveals the truth to you. That my friends contradict Ephesians 2:8-9. The more I dig deep into their doctrine, the more I get horrified. May the Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on them and bring them out so that they can follow Jesus alone not John Calvin.

One last thought. They remind me a lot of Catholicism because just as Catholics they adhere to someone’s interpretation as being final. The Calvinists claim scripture alone but that’s a lie because they understand the Bible through the eyes of Calvin just like the Catholics through the eyes of the Popes and Priests. What’s the difference between John Calvin and Catholicism’s Papal infallibility (everything that comes out of the pope’s mouth is free of error and therefore authoritative)? There is no difference in Calvinism. They will claim that Calvin is not perfect yet at the same time they defend his teachings as if it was perfect.