MAC claims that spiritual gifts were for the church in its infancy. They were called “childish things” that would be put away when the church became mature. MAC reminds us that Paul says in I Corinthian 13:11, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child: but when I became a man (mature), I put away childish things." Then speaking of the miraculous gifts, they “shall vanish away."
But when? Verse 10 states at some point in time ("when that which is perfect comes") the miraculous will be done away with. MAC believes "that which is perfect" was the canonization of the Scriptures. But when you read this statement in context, you see that it couldn't be what or when they say it is. The Apostle Paul clearly reveals when it would happen, in verse 12, by telling us what would transpire at the arrival of "that which is perfect." He says, "For NOW we see in a mirror dimly, but THEN we will see face to face; NOW I know in part, but THEN I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known".
To prove that the miraculous didn't cease at the canonization of the Scriptures, all you have to do is plug their theory into verse 12, every time Paul says the word THEN. "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but THEN, at the canonization of scripture (300 AD), we will see face to face; now I know in part, but THEN, at the canonization of scripture, I shall know fully as I also have been fully known."
The term "face to face" was used in Paul's day (as it is in our day) as a very literal term. At the canonization of scripture, who or what did Paul see "face to face?" At the canonization of scripture, how did the Apostle Paul grow in knowledge? He had been in Heaven for over 200 years! The fact of the matter is that when Paul referred to "that which is perfect" he was simply referring to the second coming of Christ, or when we would go home to glory, whichever came first. Will you gain knowledge when you get to heaven? Absolutely! Will you see anyone (Jesus, for example) "face to face?" Undoubtedly! So this verse is obviously a very precarious place to hang one's hat in an attempt to prove that the miraculous workings of God, through the power of His Holy Spirit, have ceased!
They are much like the believers in Acts 19:1-2, “While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
And in Acts 8:14 -16, “Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Galatians 3: 2-5 says, "You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. (2)I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? (3)Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? (4)Have you suffered so much for nothing–if it really was for nothing? (5)Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?"
I would love to ask MAC if he has ever “earnestly desired spiritual gifts” as Paul directed in I Corinthians 12. I have to presume that he has not because he does not believe they exist. Sadly, James says that MAC does not have because he does not ask (James 4:2).
In Luke 11:11, Jesus said that the Father will give the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks. But the church's first martyr, Stephen, exclaimed in Acts 7:51, “You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did.” MAC will not ask because he resists the Holy Spirit, just as his fathers did.
When Paul warns MAC in I Thessalonians 5:19, "Do not quench the Spirit," and Hebrews 3:8, "The Holy Spirit says, 'If you hear His Voice, do not harden your hearts."
MAC ignorantly responds, "We have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
Our advice is to listen to one of your fellow Pharisees, Gamaliel, in Acts 5:
“Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men...let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.”
MAC denies the existance of all of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit but he especially hates the gift of tongues. In the document above, MAC gives his his best shot to prove his position. Even in the "Scriptural Evidence" section, he provides NO SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE. For someone who claims that he bases EVERYTHING on Scripture, this is just another example where their beliefs are clearly man-made traditions, not Bible-based doctrine.