Cessationism must account for the Supernatural work of the Spirit

Douglas Brown (Baptist minister under whose preaching the Revival at Lowestoft in 1921 came) was staying at the (Oulton) Rectory during this week of meetings and in the early hours of Thursday morning he was awakened by a voice saying. ‘Thou shalt see greater things than these.’ (John 14:12) He slipped quietly down to the study to pray and soon the door opened and the Rector appeared. He too had been awakened and had received the same message from John’s Gospel1.


1Stanley C Griffin, A Forgotten Revival: Recollections of the great Revivals of East Anglia and North East Scotland of 1921 (DayOne Publications: 2000)

The Lowestoft Revival of 1921 was indisputably a genuine work of the Holy Spirit. Surely a cessationist cannot dismiss such supernatural workings of the Spirit but must accommodate them within his theology of the Spirit.

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