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July 21, 2011
** Are There Still Apostles Today? **
by Nathan Busenitz
Are there apostles in the church today?
Just ask your average fan of TBN, many of whomÂ consider popular
televangelists like Benny Hinn, Rod Parsley, and Joel Osteen to be
apostles. (Here’s one such exampleÂ [see page 22].)
Or,Â you could askÂ folks like Ron, Dennis, Gerald,
Arsenio,Â Oscar,Â or Joanne. They not only believe in modern-day
apostleship, theyÂ assert /themselves/ to be apostles.
A quick Google search reveals that self-proclaimed apostles abound online.
Armed with a charismatic pneumatology and oftenÂ an air of spiritual
ambition, theyÂ put themselves on par with the earliest leaders of the
SoÂ what are Bible-believing Christians to think about all of this?
Well, that brings us back to the title of our post:
*Are there still apostles in the church today?*
At the outset, we should note that by âapostlesâ we do not simply
mean âsent onesâ in the general sense. Rather, we are speaking of
those select individuals directly appointed and authorized by Jesus Christ
to be His immediate representatives on earth. In this sense, we are
speaking of âcapital Aâ apostles â such as the Twelve and
the apostle Paul.
It is these type of âapostlesâ that Paul speaks of in Ephesians
2:20; 3:5; 4:11 and in 1 Corinthians 12:29â30. This is important
because, especially in Ephesians 4 and in 1 Corinthians 12â14, Paul
references apostleship within the context of the charismatic gifts. If
âapostleshipâ has ceased, it gives us grounds to consider the
possibility thatÂ other offices/gifts have ceased as well. If the
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