A Cessationist theology, mindset and expectation will become self fulfilling.Clark H. PinnockIt took me a while, but I found it. I do not have time to source this little post, but enough effort went into the search for a source that I do want to comment.
— Jon Tyson (@JonTyson) May 28, 2013
Ultimately, I have found strength in some classic Christian (yes, Catholic too) tests for the supernatural. Assuming that there will be more false positives for demonic activity than there will be real demonic activity, some developed a series of tests.
- Levitation - Can they fly or make other things fly?
- Clairvoyance - Do they know things that they cannot possibly know? Can they find my car keys?
- Speaking in tongues - Demons should know other languages than the native tongue of the oppressed/possessed.
- Supernatural strength - Contortions or lifting heavy objects
The first step to convince me that you spoke in tongues is to get a tape recording of the tongue and the translation.
By having these standards, I am limiting my religious experiences. I don't think that gifts of the Holy Spirit or miracles have ceased, just that most of what is out there is false positives. I don't know if Pinnock would have called this a self-fulfilling prophecy or not. I just want to see some proof.