Re: "Speaking In Tongues" shall cease
Lots of assumptions being made in this thread. Here are two:
1. faith and miracles are mutually exclusive
2. all present-day miracles are counterfeit
While I agree that believers do not need signs to confirm their faith, they often need healing or other manifestations of the Spirit such as prophesy, discernment, etc. Further, if faith and miracles are mutually exclusive, then why does the Holy Spirit manifest through some miraculously? Even if you're a cessationist, the Spirit manifested through some of the Corinthian saints via miracles...according to Paul. If they were believers, then why the miracles. Finally, there are millions and billions of unbelievers on the planet today. Since tongues were a sign to unbelievers (and NOT only to the Jews) in the days of Paul, then why would they not still be the same? The ONLY gifts that were said would cease in 1 Corinthians 13 are tongues, prophecy, and knowledge; consequently the rest should be considered as ongoing...even to a cessationist. It is eisegesis to try to claim that Paul really meant all the manifestations of the Spirit would cease when he specifically named only 3!
Sunset remembers Eden...sunrise prophesies its return.