[quote=bhlincoln]To your first point, there is nothing that says a Pope or any member of the Catholic Church for that matter has to perform miracles.
Similarly, there is nothing that says the Protestant Reformers had to perform miracles.
[quote=bhlincoln] No one is asking for these miracles to occur, but yet they continue to occur, century after century regardless.
If miracles have continued, they must be judged by the sole authority of Scripture to judge whether they be good or evil. If they confirm teachings and practices that do not conform to the testimony of Scripture, they come from a different source than the Holy God. The key word is “if”.
[quote=bhlincoln] Jesus PROVED who He was by His miracles, this way all other preachers of his time speaking in the same way were disregarded and long forgotten. God allowed the Apostles to perform similar miracles (i.e. St. Peter raising Tabitha from the dead) so that the people would believe them and so we all would know their mission was legitimate.
I believe that the miracles of the New Testament confirmed the voice of God, and His special miracle of inscripturation. They proved God was speaking. The New Testament was written as a result. Thus, the miracles were like the bells of a church service, announcing the service was to begin. But when the service has begun, the bells stop ringing.
[quote=bhlincoln] The Saints afterwards also did similar miracles not that they had to, but since God allowed them to, it helped us confirm their legitimacy of mission and helped us see what the True Church of Christ really is.
The miracles of the New Testament confirm the doctrines I believe in, and I don’t have to guess whether or not they were good or evil miracles, because they confirmed the voice of God. I need no other miracles than those God has given his church: those that proved who Christ was, and those that prove he has spoken, and that is His gospel has been proclaimed. Calvin points out,
“Mark tells us (Mark 16:20) that the signs which followed the preaching of the apostles are wrought in confirmation of it; so Luke also relates that the Lord “gave testimony to the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done” by the hands of the apostles, Acts 14:3.) Very much to the same effect are those words of the apostle, that salvation by a preached gospel was confirmed, “the Lord bearing witness with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles,” (Hebrews 2:4.)”
[quote=bhlincoln]Yes, Scripture does tell us the devil can do miraculous things. Would you be so bold as to say that all 2000 years of miracles through the Saints (who imitated Christ in every possible way) were all through the devil? That would be just as absurd as saying the Lord casts out devils through the devil.
Yes I would be so bold. Calvin points out,
“Magicians and enchanters have always been famous for miracles, and miracles of an astonishing description have given support to idolatry: these, however, do not make us converts to the superstitions either of magicians or idolaters. In old times, too, the Donatists used their power of working miracles as a battering-ram, with which they shook the simplicity of the common people. We now give to our opponents the answer which Augustine then gave to the Donatists, (in Joan. Tract. 23,) “The Lord put us on our guard against those wonder-workers when he foretold that false prophets would arise, who, by lying signs and divers wonders would, if it were possible deceive the very elect,” (Matthew 24:24.)”
[quote=bhlincoln]As for the reformers claiming their miracles are within the pages of Scripture, this is quite ridiculous. Yes we know no one HAS to do miracles, but Moses never held back when signs were REALLY needed, neither did Jesus or the Apostles or Saints thereafter. God allowed them to perform repeated FIRST CLASS miracles so they would be believed. Then the reformers suddenly step up 1500 years after Christ and try and make the most drastic changes to the Church since Christ Himself founded it, and they didn’t show us even ONE signle sign that they had a legitimate mission to do so? Hmmm…
Make up your mind. First you state that no one in your church has to do miracles, then you say the Reformers have to do miracles. To use your own word, I find this blatant contradiction within your own argument “ridiculous.”