August 23rd, 2013
[seh-say''-shun-iz''-um] (Latin cessare, “to stop”)
The theological position which asserts the gifts of the Spirit have ceased after the apostolic era; gifts such as miraculous healings, tongues, and prophetic revelations. It is to be contrasted with continuationism (i.e., the gifts are operative after the apostolic age). Though there are some variations in modern views, the consensus agrees that the supernatural elements described above have been done away with in the life of the church.