Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Sorry About the DL Today!
02/28/2008 - James WhiteI did the DL today: but there is no recording of it. Sorry! Rich was sick, I had only a few minutes to try to set everything up and do it all myself, and I simply forgot to start the recording before the program began. I probably should have just used that hour for something more useful anyway, I guess! We live and learn! I will definitely do that in the future: no more solo DL's! But, Lord willing, we will be back next Tuesday.
Today on the Dividing Line: Steve Ray Exposed, William Albrecht Reviewed
02/26/2008 - James WhiteWent a little long today because I had a lot to cover. First, Neil from Toronto called to give us a quick review of the Hunt/Ally debate from last Friday. Then I launched into Steve Ray's now completely documented dishonesty, and his promotion of William Albrecht's video responses to my series on Ignatius. So I reviewed Ray's blog article (noted below), documented its obvious dishonesty, and then went to William Albrecht's video reviews, as recommended by Steve Ray, showing that if this is the best Rome has to offer, well, the battle is surely over. Another amazing display of just how far Rome's apologists will go in service to "Mother Church." Here's the program (free/high quality).
Today on The Dividing Line: Texe Marrs and Revelation 1:1:1, and Other Stuff
02/21/2008 - James WhiteI'm putting together a video or two for YouTube documenting the amazing antics of one Texe Marrs. So today I played the recording of Marrs' call to KIXL Radio back in 1994 during my radio debate with D.A. Waite. Then we took a good call on the Book of Mormon, then I reviewed some Jimmy Akin comments on predestination. Here's the program (free/high quality).
Now, I mention a letter Marrs sent to me back then. I also mentioned that when I replied, he sent it back with red letters written across the fax saying he didn't want anymore of my "evil trash." And it was sent to me in a particular envelope that had written on it "Rev 1:1" next to "Alpha and Omega." In his initial letter Marrs had scribbled that I was "a sinner in need of redemption, so arrogant & uninformed you do not even know that the new versions take out the "Alpha + Omega" --the very name of your Fake "ministry" in one passage of Revelation." So in my response fax I provided him with the following information:
Secondly, you assert that I am "arrogant and uninformed" with reference to the phrase "Alpha and Omega" in the book of Revelation, and the fact that there is one place where the modern texts do not include the phrase. I can assure you, sir, that I am not in the least ignorant of the textual variation found at Revelation 1:11. We chose the name Alpha and Omega Ministries on the basis of Revelation 1:8 and 22:13, not 1:11. The phrase is found in that passage only in the MA text type; it is not found in א A C 1006. 1841. 2050. 2329. 2351. MK lat sy sa. Hence, the Nestle-Aland, UBS 4th, and Majority texts do not place this reading in the text, and rightfully so. Of course, this is in no way, shape, or form does damage to the plain identification of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. As I have shared this precious truth with many, many Jehovah's Witnesses over the years, I can assure you that they are hard pressed to explain this clear teaching of Scripture. And I am just as hard pressed to understand both the hard, mean-spiritedness in your letter, and your willingness to defend what is plainly a later addition to God's Holy Word. I despair of your providing a meaningful answer to this question, but why do you invest infallibility in Desiderius Erasmus, a Roman Catholic priest, who made the choice of including this passage in his text? The inconsistency of this action, given your other statements, is exceptionally plain.Keep this information in mind as you listen to today's DL and especially as you listen to Texe Marrs put on one of the most amazing displays of documented dishonesty I've seen.
Today on the Dividing Line
02/19/2008 - James WhiteOK, I blame TQuid for sending me the Dave Armstrong clips, and Rich for pointing me to the Three Dog Night song (which I had never heard till today, honestly). But the result is...an unusual DL! Here's the program (free/high quality).
Yesterday on the Dividing Line
02/15/2008 - James WhiteYesterday on The Dividing Line the callers drove the topic after I spent the first portion of the program discussing the renewed move to define Mary as Co-Redemptrix, Co-Mediatrix, and Advocate for the people of God, as discussed by Art Sippo in a recent blog article. Then the callers had some pretty tough exegetical and hermeneutical questions. Here's the program (free/high quality).
Augustine, Origen, and Other Patristic Stuff, on The Dividing Line
02/13/2008 - James WhiteFor those who like church history/patristics oriented programs, yesterday's Dividing Line was for you! Discussions of Augustine, Origen, and whether you should interpret the New Testament in light of Christological definitions created three and four centuries after the time of the Apostles filled our time on the program. Here's the program (free/high quality).
Preparing to Visit an Islamic Presentation on The Dividing Line
02/07/2008 - James WhiteFirst three quarters of today's program involved talking to a brother from Florida about what kind of question he can ask of his Muslim friends at a presentation on the Qur'an as the "final revelation from God." I made reference to this video and played it during my response. I also mentioned the video below, which I had just posted on YouTube. Here's the program (free/high quality).
Today on the Dividing Line
02/05/2008 - James WhiteCovered a range of items again today, starting off with a truly excellent Christopher Hitchens impression by yours truly (really, I mean it!), and some discussion of his hatred of God, followed by a call from Stephen up in Toronto about the Deedat videos and Dave Hunt's debate with Shabir Ally coming up. Then I reviewed Steve Ray's comments on Catholic Answers Live about the apostolic fathers. Here's the program (free/high quality).