Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Quick and Final Addendum
04/05/2006 - James WhiteDespite the clarity of the documentation refuting him, Bob L. Ross continues to engage in the most desperate form of dishonesty even today:
The fact remains, if John MacArthur held an erroneous view in the past, and if James White defended that view as "SOLID TEACHING," then James White was defending an erroneous view -- whether he in fact held that view himself or not. Has he ever repented of the eroor [sic] of his way?
Think about the irrationality of such thinking. Let me give you another example. I actually disagree with John MacArthur on more than one issue, and no, I'm not talking about eschatology. I disagree with his understanding of Titus 1:6 and the issue of "believing children." When his view was presented to one of our elders back in the mid to late 90s, I was asked to respond for the church, which I did. When I wrote my paper responding to his view of Titus 1:6, did I attack John as a person? Did I raise issues about his character? Did I assume that if I believe him wrong on his exegesis of Titus 1:6, that must mean he is a false teacher? No, of course not. In fact, it was my respect for him as a teacher of God's Word that even prompted me to respond. And along with that, as soon as I wrote the paper, and before sending it to the person who had inquired, I sent it to Phil Johnson to pass on to Pastor MacArthur just as a courtesy and as a means of letting them both know that I had written the paper and did so with admiration and respect for MacArthur's ministry. Did this somehow prove that I actually held to MacArthur's view? Of course not. You can look at a man's ministry and say, "God has used him mightily" without agreeing with every single word he ever utters. ...
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Bob Ross: Painter of Happy Little...Falsehoods
04/04/2006 - James WhiteFor years, if you wanted to read Spurgeon without worrying about who edited his sermons to "fit" their theology, you were dependent upon Bob Ross of Pilgrim Publications. No, this Bob Ross (it's Bob L. Ross) knows nothing about happy little trees, and I have no idea if he can paint a pretty picture in less than thirty minutes or not. But he did everyone a great service by publishing Spurgeon's materials. Unfortunately, he could learn a lot today from the other Bob Ross, because he has taken to being simply dishonest, and that is not a good thing for a man who claims to follow Christ.
I was surprised, years ago, to discover just how irascible a fellow he could be. In some context, I don't even remember what it was now, I found him going after John MacArthur over MacArthur's views on the "eternal sonship" issue. Now, I have always held to Christ's eternal sonship and have defended this viewpoint. That means for quite some time I disagreed with MacArthur and others on the topic. A brief glance, for example, at the paper I posted years and years ago on the Trinity (found here) would make that plain. But it was clear that Ross was attacking MacArthur 1) without grace, 2) without a concern for the truth, and 3) without a concern for accuracy. And so, though I disagreed with MacArthur, I likewise disagreed with Ross' attacks upon him, and pointed out the excesses in his vitriolic and belittling verbiage.
Well, I have now learned, you never cross Bob Ross, for if you are on "the other side" on any issue, he follows the Dave Hunt methodology of reading and writing: he sees only what he wants to see in what you write, hears only what he wants to hear in what you say. Over the past few years I attempted to ignore the barbs he would hurl my direction, but of late he has become so incessant that I can't write a word on this blog without him firing off some kind of inane missive about it. I have tried to correct him in private, but he is unwilling to accept anyone's correction, even when it is about his own misrepresentation of what I believe (evidently he is a greater authority on my faith than I am).
A number of folks have contacted me, having seen his rants, and asked what has gone wrong with Bob Ross. I confess I have no idea. I just know he's become addled with reference to the issues of truth. And today I find that, through his mouth-piece "Charles the Brave," the anonymous anti-Calvinist who lacks the integrity to back up his own claims in public, Ross has now decided to get down to the nitty gritty of slandering me: here is a portion of what he is now saying: ...
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