by B. B. Warfield
NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS1918
THIS VOLUME CONTAINS THE THOMAS SMYTH LECTURES FOR 1917-1 918 DELIVERED AT THE COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA OCTOBER 4-10, 1917 IT IS DEDICATED TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE FACULTY OF COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IN APPRECIATION OF THEIR INVITATION TO DELIVER THE LECTURES AND IN PLEASANT RECOLLECTION OF THEIR MANY COURTESIES
What is the relationship between miracles and divine revelation? And how does God’s revelation through miracles differ from his revelation through spiritual gifts, or other means? In Counterfeit Miracles, Warfield weighs in on the role of miracles in Jesus’ ministry and the place of spiritual gifts in the church. In particular, he discusses speaking in tongues, prophecy, and healing, and outlines the relationship between the function and purpose of prayer in relation to the other gifts of the Spirit.
Dr. Warfield discriminates between miracles, properly so-called and Spiecial Providences, answers to prayer, etc., in that the former are wrought by an unmediated act of God, apart from processes, and are connected with revelation which, or the hearers of which, they are designed to authenticate and attest. With this definition, the thesis is that miracles have been performed in Christian history since Jesus, only by the Apostles and their next successors to whom they communicated the gift by the laying on of hands. That the Apostolic Fathers make no mention of miracles shows that in their time they had ceased. from the third century on, however, they are related increasingly on account of the influence of heathenism not only in general, upon and in the minds of Christians but also specifically through the Apocryphal Acts and Gospels copying heathenteratology. These ecclesiastic miracles are declared counterfeit almost by defintio, since revleation having been completed in the Apostolic Age, there was no further occasion for their existence, and since behind them, especially such as are assiciated with the worship of Mary, lies error and not truth. That is to say, by definition, miracles accompany revelation as its attestation, and since revelation found its organic completeness in Christ, miracles have ceased and no amount of evidence can make them credible.