Joseph Smith as a cessationist and non-cessationist


(Anneke Runtupalit) #1

Joseph Smith was a non-cessationist because he believed in the gifts of the Holy Spirit like tongues, prophecy, and healing. The gifts of the Holy Spirit didn’t cease. Can you think of his position as a cessationist? Thank you.

(Carson Weitnauer) #2

Hi Anneke, thank you for this interesting question.

I think one of the complexities to what you are asking is that Christian theologians often reserve the terms ‘cessationist’ or ‘charismatic’ for those within the boundaries of historic, Christian orthodoxy. By contrast, Smith wrote new books that he claimed were divinely inspired.

However, for a variety of reasons, I don’t think it is credible to believe that the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price are inspired by the Holy Spirit. On that understanding, I would not take Joseph Smith to be a “non-cessationist” but - candidly - the creator of a new religion. There are many parallel words and some similar concepts between Mormonism and Christianity, but they are distinctive and independent of one another.

(Anneke Runtupalit) #3

Thank you for your explanation.

You have a blessed day.