Hey BroRog, I don't want to interfere between you and Slug1.
But i just have to address a few things...
Walter Beuttler Once said:Here you give more weight to your encounters with signs and wonders than your education. I understand and appreciate the difference between "book learning" and "practical experience" but I have never heard anyone despise the first in favor of the second as you seem to be doing, which is the "red flag" I spoke about.
God complained in Hosea's day, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6a). He was not speaking of a lack of “secular” knowledge, but of a lack of the “spiritual” knowledge of God. It is one thing to know about God, yet quite another thing to know God. Just as it is one thing to know about a popular person, and quite another thing to personally know that person.
Men can store up theological facts in their minds, while the God of these facts may mean little more to them than subject matter. Not yielding their minds to be illuminated by the Holy Spirit, they fail to experience a transformation in their manner of thinking. This illumination can only take place as the Holy Spirit “renews” their minds, without which they are incapable of proving “What is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2b)."
Well, The word of God is not doctrine. Doctrine is man made. We have enough doctrines today to sink the biggest SHIP! I don't think we need anymore doctrines.In your statement above, you have set the teaching of man against your experiences as if the two were naturally and always contradictory. While it might sound pious to set our "experiences" against the teachings of "man" we know that Jesus and the Apostles were men and they taught us things that must be believed in order to receive eternal life. Your comparison makes no distinction between false teachings of men and true teachings of men. When someone despises men in favor of the Spirit, this is a big red flag.
"The unspiritual mind of the unspiritual man has done, and is still doing incalculable damage to the cause of the Lord in His Church. The man with the unspiritual mind is not satisfied with the Scriptural regulation of what are commonly called the “Gifts of the Spirit.” Therefore, he makes his own judgment regarding the authoritative criterion of the working of the Holy Spirit, until he regulates the “Gifts of the Spirit” out of the Church.I wonder if you have simply overstated your case by attempting to be critical of all "-ism's" when your real concern is with cessationism. Why set the gift of healing against the gift of prophecy or the gift of teaching? Why criticize all teaching, even wise, Godly teaching, in order to make a point about the false teaching of cessationism?
Having become wise in his own conceit, the unspiritual man substitutes for, and finally denies, the spiritual operations and manifestations of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, which brought into being the movement of which he has “nominally” become a part. He will substitute feasting for fasting, ritual for life, entertainment for visitation, popularity for the cross, compromise for courage, and human psychology for spiritual discernment. He will present Christianity as sugar instead of salt, and solicit the praise of men, rather than the honor of God." Walter Beuttler.