I don't know. I don't agree with cessationism. I think the Holy Spirit still manifests himself in miraculous ways when he thinks it is necessary to do his job, which as Jesus said, is to convict the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment; advocate for Jesus Christ; and help the Apostles do their job. I believe the Holy Spirit chooses the time and place to manifest himself and not necessarily on cue during a church service.
Originally Posted by LookingUp
Having said that, neither am I convinced that the Holy Spirit is not a work in the vast number of American churches. Remember what Paul said at the beginning of 1Corinthians chapter 12:
12:1 Now concerning spiritual [gifts], brethren, I do not want you to be unaware. 2 You know that when you were pagans, [you were] led astray to the mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is accursed"; and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.
Before he launched into his discussion about the spiritual gifts he wanted to make a very important point, which is still valid today. We tend to think that if a church doesn't have a healing service, for instance, that church is not manifesting the gifts of the Spirit. But Paul says that even a preacher or a teacher who announces from the pulpit that Jesus is Lord, couldn't make such a claim if it wasn't for the Holy Spirit. So then, you might find a small church where the pastor has a good handle on the New Testament and he is leading people to the Lord and teaching his flock to follow Jesus as Lord and he is teaching them to have faith in Jesus and to anticipate his return in glory, I believe Paul would say that this pastor and his church are being led by the Holy Spirit, even if no healing is performed or tongues spoken.