Given that Pentecostalism is one of the largest movements in Christianity in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, is found throughout branches of Protestantism and Roman Catholicism, and is an unavoidable issue in global missions, my negative answer to the question above might come as a surprise. There is a wide spectrum among contemporary Christians holding everything from a form of continuationism to cessationism. Continuationism in its strongest view is the claim that the revelatory sign gifts are necessary, constitutive, and continuing marks of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the church and in individual believers. In this strong continuationist view, churches, and even professing Christians without at least some of these sign gifts, may very well be false churches and false Christians. Or to state it positively, continuationists emphasize that the vibrancy of the church is evidenced by the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit manifested in individuals with such revelatory gifts as speaking in tongues and continuing prophecy.
When it comes to the spectrum of continuationist views, it has become common, if not fashionable, in Christian circles today to affirm a soft continuationism that sanctions in principle the full spectrum of continuationism in pulpit and pew. While there may yet be objection in soft continuationist churches to the full practice of Pentecostal views of revelatory gifts in public worship, the objection would be not in principle but only on pragmatic or prudential grounds of what is best for public worship.
On the other hand, cessationism is the view that the revelatory sign gifts were for the age of the Apostles within their lifetime and ceased with the closing of the canon of Scripture. Thus, for cessationists the primary emphasis is cessation upon the completeness of Holy Scripture with the closing of the production of the New Testament. Furthermore, in Scripture the invocation of “a word from the Lord” or speaking “a prophetic word in the name of the Lord” does not allow room for error. For example, Deuteronomy 18:21–22 clearly states:
And if you say in your heart, “How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?”—when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.
The significance of this point cannot be overstated. True prophets of the Lord and His words through them do not admit of fallible prophecies. Besides the biblical and theological finality of God’s revelation in Christ mentioned earlier, it is important to note that along with a robust doctrine of Scripture’s inerrancy and infallibility, the cessationist position holds to similarly high requirements of the veracity, accuracy, and infallibility of true prophecy.