Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Brief Debate Commentary, Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel Leaders Demonstrate How NOT To Handle Scripture
09/29/2009 - James WhiteI started off today's program with a brief recap of the debate from Newberg, and Dan Barker's continued damage control campaign. Moved fairly quickly on to the comments of Chuck Smith and his co-hosts on the "Pastor's Perspective" radio program, as found here. This just under five minute clip is a study in shallow eisegesis. It is incredible that these men who are leaders of such a large movement could be so simplistic in their traditionalism. Simply shocking. Then we took calls on a wide variety of issues. Here's the program.
Rich reminded me that I cut off the clip about thirty seconds too quickly (I wanted to get to our callers), so I skipped replying to the last statement made by the Calvary Chapel speakers, that being that Calvinism is "Christianity without Jesus." Now, I realize these men have purposefully remained ignorant of the positions they lampoon and attack. There is a fear on their part regarding engaging in serious scholarly study of such issues. But that aside, it is amazing to hear someone spout off such an absurdity as if it has serious theological value. Christianity without Jesus? How about Christianity with a Jesus who can actually save? How about Christianity with a LORD not a wanna-be who tries and tries but normally fails? I would dearly love to have any one of these men on my program to walk through John 6 or John 8 or John 10 or John 17 to see whether they will allow Jesus to actually speak His truth or whether they will muzzle Him with their man-made traditions. These are the same men who misquoted Matthew 23:37 in this clip again (how many times have we heard Arminians twist that Scripture?), so they should be very careful about throwing around such accusations as they did in this clip.
Today on The Dividing Line
09/22/2009 - James WhiteEcumenical hysteria continues today on the DL as we work through the Beckwith/George dialogue from Wheaton. I will do my best to do a live DL from Newberg, Oregon on Thursday afternoon at the regular time. Don't forget the live webcast of the debate with Dan Barker at 10am Saturday (PDT)! Here's the program.
Continuation of Examination of Ecumenical Dialogue Between Frank Beckwith and Timothy George
09/17/2009 - James White
I managed to get a good bit of ground covered in the Beckwith/George dialogue today, but once again, over and over again, the centrality of the Gospel, and the shallowness of ecumenism, were illustrated. Important interaction that, sadly, isn't taking place nearly as often as it should in our truth-starved culture. Here's the program.
Seeing Past the Fog of Ecumenism: Part I
09/15/2009 - James WhiteToday I began working through the Timothy George/Frank Beckwith dialogue that took place recently. It will take a number of programs to play the entire dialogue and interact with it, but I think it is necessary to do so. There is so much muddled thinking on this issue in our day, and ecumenical dialogues that start with an abandonment of the gospel as a definitional element of the Christian faith only add to the confusion. Here's the program.
Why You Will Want to Listen to Tuesday's Dividing Line Live
09/14/2009 - James WhiteI will be slamming more church doors in my face tomorrow on the DL as I begin working through the entirety of the Timothy George/Frank Beckwith dialogue from Wheaton. What I mean by that, of course, is that it is grossly unpopular to address, in a fair, biblical, historical fashion, the subject of Roman Catholicism, and even more so, to criticize non-Catholics who refuse to see the real issues of the gospel that are at stake when we speak of Roman Catholicism. But, it must needs be done. Someone has to speak up when men are intent upon reducing the gospel to a mere matter of opinion. So I will begin working through the dialogue--all of it--on the program tomorrow, beginning with Timothy George's opening assertion that the gospel of Rome saves---not that he said those words, but, within the first minute he referred to Beckwith as his "brother in Christ," making it very clear from the start that whatever "differences" that exist, they do not separate us from salvation. Beckwith likewise provided a number of quotes I will be adding to the chapter I had already finished (but will now expand) on whether he ever actually crossed the Tiber in the first place. The Dividing Line airs live at 11am MST.
No DL Today: Plague Sweeps A&O Headquarters!
09/10/2009 - James White
OK, not quite the plague, but Rich has had this sinus stuff since Monday, and I got it Tuesday. I told him to stay home and rest, and I will take it easy while packing for my trip to Santa Fe. I surely pray I won't have any problems speaking this weekend at Discern 09! I'm on the "downside" of it anyway, so I don't think I'll be "spreading the joy" anyway. Lord willing, we will be back live, and healthy, for the DL on Tuesday. I know I am looking forward to reviewing the George/Beckwith dialogue on "Evangelical Catholics" at that time.
Yesterday on The Dividing Line
09/09/2009 - James WhiteA two-part program, basically. In the first half I discussed the debate between TurretinFan and William Albrecht on the topic of the propriety of the use of the phrase "Mother of God" with reference to Mary, and in the second half I took a call that took up the whole half hour on the subject of Mormonism and the Book of Abraham. Here's the program.
Ratzinger on Purgatory, Then Calls on Acts 13:46-48, Islam, and God's Sovereign Decree
09/03/2009 - James WhiteHere's the program.
Today on The Dividing Line: Steven Anderson Gets Famous, Some Calls, and More William Lane Craig
09/01/2009 - James WhiteAs the video I posted earlier documents, I took the first quarter of the program to discuss Steven Anderson of "I Hate Barak O'Bama" fame, then took some calls and played more of William Lane Craig's defense of Arminianism. Here's the program.