LIVE TV DEBATE: Does Modern day prophecy automatically weaken Sola Scriptura?

revdebateMy live TV debate vs Pastor Mark Fitzpatrick, a cessationist, is now available to view online at Part One and Part Two.

My opponent argued that in 1 Corinthians 13 Paul meant that gifts will cease when the Bible was complete. I disagreed, saying they continue until Jesus returns.

We both agreed with the concept of Sola Scriptura, in other words the sufficiency and finality of revelation found in the Bible and point to 2 Timothy 3:15-17:

The sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 

But I would see the following verse as describing something that fulfills a different purpose to Scripture and is subservient to it (and is of course related to Scripture):  
the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.” (1 Corinthains 14:3) 
We had two hours of fascinating, at times vigorous, but always gracious debate, you can now watch then online at Part One and Part Two.




About Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor, and a writer. Since 1995 he has been a member of Jubilee Church London where Tope Koleoso is the pastor. Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus. Adrian is also the author of Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything, published by Crossway.
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  • Tania Harris

    Hi Adrian, I have just been watching your debate with Mark Fitzpatrick and enjoyed the thoughts you presented. (I think I fall into none of the categories you used. Definitely not a charismaniac whatever that means!) Wondering if you think it would be possible to see consistency, not competition between the written word of God (as we see in the canon) and the spoken word of God (we hear today). So the same Spirit of God spoke to the early church as speaks to us. The same testing procedure is used today as was given to the early church (i.e confirmed in the Body of Christ, tested against the testimony of Jesus, supernaturally comes to pass etc – as in the example of Peter’s vision of the unclean animals). The same God communicating creatively and powerfully his love and plans to us as he did for the early church. Why must people think a spoken word given by God today is of less quality than it was in the 1st century, if it came from the source, using the same means (prophecy, dreams and visions etc) and for the same purpose? I find that to be inconsistent, especially since Jesus promised we would be given the Holy Spirit to teach us and since Peter declared the gift of God’s Spirit would be given to all of us to speak in prophecy and dreams and visions… (Acts 2:17, Acts 2:39) The scriptures themselves model to us how this would happen, giving us the wisdom needed to respond when it does. Thoughts?