I'm trying to figure out how best to articulate this, but what I was trying to get at is that the gifts are spoken of by Paul but then he (and the other Aposltes) "move on". It's like all these gifts disapper into the background. We know what it looks like for Pator, Elder, and Diaconate gifts to include specific qualifications but these other gifts are just "there". We don't even know much about how the "prophet" group occurred in the OT, but they "fit" and there's no sense in which it seemed all that debatable whether someone was raised up from the Lord for some purpose.
I simply don't draw that conclusion. Even if they are just there as a "given," it goes beyond the evidence to claim they no longer function.
Not to poison the well, but it's usually been the "weirdos" in Church history that suddenly annoint themselves with apostolic powers and the broad acceptance of the charismatic movement in the U.S. spreading to the world has a pretty hinky pedigree from the early days of Pentecostalism to the Latter Rain movement. It's not exacly the zenith of the Church's health where suddenly people are claiming regulary that tongues, healing, prophecy (even apostles) are an expected "office" in the warp and woof of the Church.
Okay. I grant abuses have happened.
By the way, I'm really frustrated by all my spelling issues. It seems I'm spelling OK but it's my vision and I don't have time to go back and edit my posts.
My vision, too, is getting worse (kind of ironic for this thread).