Do cessationists have a real relationship with God?

21st Century Reformation quotes a paragraph from one of my previous posts:

“The cessationist who concerns me is the one who does not believe that there is any sense in which we have a relational experience of God today.”

and responded as follows before producing some quotes to support his position:

Oh for a thousand tongues to sing my great redeemers praise. Such affection only comes from what Adrian here calls ?a relationship experience of God

Here is the Major issue. This passion to share with all people the peace and power of a conscious relational experience with our great God is I think the height of Gospel preaching. This gift of the Holy Spirit to enable us to have a relational EXPERIENCE of God directly is life itself. It is this experience that empowers me to face the lions of everyday life. Not only that we believe God is with us because the scripture says so, but an assurance we possess because we are all wet with the experience of His love. This does not for a second mean that we do not stand on scripture or that we rely on experience alone, but that the filling of the Holy Spirit does lead us to a higher level of experience which strengthens our boldness and our assurance. This position was Lloyd-Jones conclusion and the conclusion of John Piper, Jonathan Edwards and a whole host of Reformed believers through the centuries.”


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