Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Talpiot Tomb to Regular Listener
10/31/2008 - James White
Congrats on 25 years! That is amazing to see any single ministry last that long, and still hold to the truth with the same conviction. Over time many "sell-out" and it is truly a blessing that you haven't.
At any rate, I have not been around long, but your ministry has had a large impact in my life and ministry. It was interesting, I have been learning apologetics and looking around the internet for about four years and never ran across your ministry (besides reading the discussion you had with Tektonics, and at the time I did not know who this "James White" guy was). But during the Jacobovici empty tomb mess a friend of mine pointed me your way.
After listening to a couple episodes of the Dividing line concerning the tomb business, I found the ministry to be interesting and kept around. When I was first saved, I was pretty Wesleyan. As I worked through more of my theology I started drifting more reformed, but after a few weeks of listening and reading what is at AOMin, I found myself being more of a Calvinist. And that has had a huge influence on my life. The way I read the Scriptures, interact with believers and non-believers alike, how I worshipped, and how I lived life with a newfound, stronger, trust in God. Also, though AOMin I have been introduced to like-minded people and ministries. Which have been a great asset to my walk with the Lord.
My apologetic has been sharpened seeing the form of debate that Dr. White uses. I have not only been edified by the truth spoken, but I have seen it done in a respectful way. Listening to the debates, the Dividing Line, reading the articles, etc. have shown me better how to think about, confront, and deal with many of these issues.
I have also had the pleasure of meeting both you guys (Dr. White and Mr. Pierce) on the last cruise (out of Seattle).
God has used AOMin to strengthen my relationship with Himself and many of the things I have learned will be taken with me into my ministry and life. Thanks for keeping your head down and doing the work of God. Thanks again for 25 years and be encouraged that the Lord is using your work to bring Glory to His name.
Reasoning from the Scriptures
10/28/2008 - James White
Over the years, as I have personally navigated the evangelical spectrum of beliefs, I have come to find, by the Lord's gracious hand, a stalwart and excellent ministry in Alpha & Omega.
James White's works have been a huge help in finding that elusive balance of proper understanding and application of solid biblical doctrine. Due to the lack of sound teaching, and in depth teaching in my local area churches, I have had to rely on such ministries, whilst not neglecting those who feed my soul here at home.
It has been a pleasure & learning experience to read the books, blog posts,watch the DVDs, and occasionally participate in the webcasts of AOmin.
Perhaps the most significant lessons have been in how to approach apologetics and how to reason from the Scriptures. I have applied these things to evangelism with Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses, and others, on all kinds of topics with good success. As well, I have fully embraced a God-centered, Reformed view of grace.
Thank you all, and especially James White for his hard work and generous ministry. Only at the Throne will you realize the rewards and the impact of your daily labors in the Word and doctrine.
Out of Africa
10/26/2008 - James White
You can count me as another follower of Christ deeply impacted by your ministry. While I was raised as a Mormon, I came to a crisis of faith in college. I was trying to convince my girlfriend (now my wife) of the "fullness of the gospel" when I began to see overwhelming evidence against Mormonism which simply could not be refuted. By God's grace, I found real freedom in the true Jesus Christ.
At the same time, He used you to help me navigate through the many challenges that I was struggling with. Many of your books made Christ's revealed truth understandable. Is the Mormon My Brother?, The Forgotten Trinity, and The Potter's Freedom are just a few of your books that were foundational in my budding faith. As a tech-geek, I read through much of your web site (even though you struggled to keep it up-to-date!) and started listening to the Dividing Line online (back when it was still a Phoenix radio show). Once I began seminary, my fellow schoolmates and friends would get tired of me mentioning you so they poked fun in return by always asking "what does James White say?"
Even to this day, God continues to use you in my spiritual growth. Your blog is in my feed reader. I continue listening to the Dividing Line and reading your books. My wife and I were even able to finally meet you in person through being a part of last fall's AOMin cruise. I have included a picture of us together from the cruise.
You have been a gift from God in my life as well as a gift of God to His church. Without you, I can honestly say that I would not be preparing to defend our Lord against cults and error in East Africa. I pray that Christ will continue to bless your ministry as you "contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints"!
Because of His grace,
Director, Africa Center for Apologetics Research
Web Site: www.acfar.org
You Never Know Who is Listening and Watching...
10/25/2008 - James White
Not really a testimony - I've been an atheist all my life. But I do respect that you are at least honest in your beliefs. You might be dogged in pursuing a point in debate, but that's not really 'mean'. Just to let you know - there are consistent atheists who are able to look nihilism honestly in the face. I read the God Who Isn't There - I agree there are a lot of faux atheists, people like your daughter's poly sci professor are our Fred Phelps's. Of course an atheist who gets worked up over moral issues believes in *something* *transcendent* and is therefore a phony if he just says he's an atheist.
After listening to you I realize that the Pauline epistles use terminology consistently, and are not just strings of pious phrases as I had previously thought. Thanks for clearing up a lot of his frequently (to me) tangled phrases. But of course a *consistent* system doesn't necessarily indicate a *true* system.
Good luck in your arguing against Islam, Mormonism and JWs. They are indeed fake religions. They are recent enough so that we can document conclusively that they are fake as you do so ably.
On the Sharing of Chips and Salsa....
10/23/2008 - James White
I came across Alpha and Omega ministries in 1999 while in college. At the time I would have considered myself a conservative Christian (Baptist tradition). I was about 26 years old, enjoyed studying the bible and defending the faith however… I was not reformed, had no clue about the doctrines of grace, had a surface level knowledge of theology (very basic), knew nothing of church history, knew nothing of textual criticism, knew nothing of Greek….. the list goes on. (My idea of deep biblical study was listening to Chuck Missler and his views on aliens and the Nephilim…. Yeah it was that bad).
One day while defending my faith against some Mormons at school, the issue of the atonement of Christ came up. At the time, my older sister had been a Mormon for about 15 years so I thought I knew all their arguments. While I was discussing what Christ did on the cross for sinners, I took the "Christ died for everybody" approach. At which time the Mormons asked a great question… if it's true that Christ was our substitute in the biblical sense, and He died in the place of everyone for their sins, why was not everyone saved from hell? I had never thought of that before. So I began to search for answers which included an internet search… and I found Alpha and Omega ministries.
Alpha and Omega Ministries literally changed my life forever. The Lord used this ministry to open my eyes to many things I had never considered before. Every Christian I know would say they love God and I did too… but now I know how to express my love for God by loving His Word, His Truths, His Gospel. A heart that truly loves God will submit to what the scriptures teach. My goal was no longer to convince people of God's gospel but rather to honor God in the proclamation of it… to present the purity of the Gospel of Christ with clarity.
Thanks to the ministry now some nine years later I can say that I have an un-quenching thirst and love for the Scriptures and the doctrines of Grace, I'm a student of theology, I'm a student of New Testament Greek (with Hebrew to come in the future), I'm a student of Church History, I'm a student of Textual Criticism. I have a brotherly love for James and Rich who have devoted their lives to the defense of the Christian Faith. They are my friends and brothers in the faith and I am blessed to know them both. My newborn son's middle name "James" was named after Dr. White. Not because Dr. White is intelligent, funny, a dear friend, a scholar, a gifted debater…. Though he is all of these things… but rather because it is my desire that my son will one day have a love and passion for the truth of the Gospel of Christ that Dr. James White has and continues to have. May God continue to bless this ministry and James and Rich for all of their hard work as well as their families.
Alpha and Omega Ministries thank you for all that you do.
[Personal note: the title comes from the fact that I first met "Figgy" in person over chips and salsa up in Sacramento. I can't wait till we can have chips and salsa with Mrs. Figgy, Figglet, and Lil' DrO!]
10/18/2008 - James White
I hardly even know where to begin telling what AOmin has meant to me, my family, and many friends. The reason it is so difficult to express is because there was once an attempted excommunication of me for heresy in June 2006. I was accused of being a Calvinist. It is difficult to express what happened and would sound so ironic, in fact outright wierd if I told the whole story. Nevertheless, when I was among the Plymouth Brethren, I was kind of in the middle between Calvinism and Arminianism. I still affirmed free will, and questioned limited atonement. I was confused about what I believed concerning the doctrines of Grace.
About 4 or 5 months after the attempted excommunication for heresy, AOmin came into the picture. It was after this trouble that I began reading the debate book by Hunt and White. It was then that my journey to Calvinism began. It was in the months after my attempted excommunication that I began reading Calvinists for the first time. The debate book on Calvinism lead to reading Geisler's "Chosen but Free." Then White's "Potters Freedom." I read internet articles on monergism.org. I read RC Sproul, John MacArther, and other papers and books by Arminians. About one year after the attempted excommunication, I began to see the unity in the Doctrines of Grace. There is a theory of atonement that is really not 5 separate doctrines, but one idea of the atonement. James White's books and debates, and the DL shows helped me to see that. After about one year of reading and thinking about the questions raised by my attempted excommunication, I had become exactly what I was being accused of..... a "Calvinist." Others not directly involved in this excommunication have watched from afar. I used to lead or assist in leading a college bible study in a secular college.
Some of these students joined me in my journey to Calvinism. Most of them have either resettled in more Reformed Churches, or remain in more gracious Arminian Churches. Many are young families. I am surprised how quickly many of them are becoming leaders in their Churches and taking the doctrines of Grace into their churches. I have met one of the pastors and he seems eager and happy to have them. All seem to be doing very well. My point is that what I have learned from Dr. White has not just affected me, but many others. Some of these college students still have a bible study and are reading books by Dr. White. They also now read MacArther, Piper, Sproul, and other reformed authors. I am glad for them. --DM
Lindsay Brooks from Apologetics.Com
10/15/2008 - James White
Dear Dr. White,
If not for your ministry, I would surely not be an apologist today...
I remember attending a Bible study taught by our mutual friend Tim Staples on the subject of the book of Ephesians. He was saying things about what "your Protestant neighbors" believe. As one of those "Protestant neighbors" I didn't hold to a bunch of stuff he said, so I challenged him afterward. That discussion blossomed into Tim quoting the Bible in Greek, quoting the Early Church Fathers and pretty much leaving me beaten and bloodied on the floor (figuratively, of course).
"Never again," I said, and steeled myself for the hard road of getting up to speed in language, history and exegesis. Not long afterward I had listened to a bunch of your debates and lectures streaming on the old straitgate website. This incited my Aomin store buying spree where I bought almost everything I could and listened on my long Los Angeles commutes.
Within a year I was posting on online forums learning to apply apologetics to people and not just to arguments. I had a regular diet of the Dividing Line and that encouraged me to learn Greek and read what of the ECF I could. Getting a grip on philosophy and method was next.
I ended up a staff member on Apologetics.com and regular radio panelist on their weekly show. Now that I'm a regular co-host of the show I still use the lessons I learned from you. Whether it's how to do exegesis (The God Who Justifies), how to understand Mormonism (Letters to a Mormon Elder, your lectures on the subject and the articles section of Aomin), how to engage in clear discussion with Catholics (too many resources to name!) or simply how to get up when people knock you down and keep proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, there's a bunch of James R. White pulsing through my apologetic veins.
So when you agreed to come on my show, I felt like I had an opportunity to let other people know of your work for the Kingdom, and give others a chance to benefit from your tuition.
Attached is a cell phone pic of you and I at the Shabir Ally debate at Biola. For all you and Rich have done to keep me on a steady diet of solid apologetics, thank you.
Eirene kai agape,
I Really Didn't Like You...
10/14/2008 - James White
I didn't like you when I was first introduced to you and Alpha and Omega ministry.
I was a staunch and vocal KJV-Only apologist and I thought you were a pompous academic windbag who used clever argumentation to deny the truth about God's one and only Bible.
Of course, that personal evaluation came from a 23-year old punk who had deluded himself into believing G.A. Riplinger was a man and a reputable Bible scholar and competent researcher.
A friend gave me a booklet you wrote exposing her so-called "errors," and even though I first learned from you that "Gail" was really a woman, I was still convinced you were mistaken about the modern translations, so I was even more determined to refute your "attacks" against her tragedy of a book, New Age Bible Versions. When the "King James Only Controversy" was released at our church's bookstore, I think I was the first person to purchase a copy. I probably read it twice, each time underscoring vast sections and writing my rudely mocking comments in the margins. Sometimes in all CAPS.
But God is a gracious God, smiling patiently from heaven as we slowly mature.
Though I was a strident KJV-Onlyist, God was opening my heart to the glorious truth of the doctrines of Grace. I read everything I could get my hands upon concerning Calvinism. So, you can imagine my surprise when I discovered James White was also an unapologetic Calvinist. For many years I was thinking you were a moron regarding Bible versions, but you were swiftly becoming one of my favorite spokesman defending the biblical teachings on salvation. I responded to the "Potter's Freedom" much differently than I did the "King James Only Controversy" and I can say that book was probably one of the sources God used to open my eyes to the bankruptcy of KJV-Only apologetics.
Those men from whom I learned my KJV-onlyism were also the men who venomously attacked Calvinism, the doctrines which were so precious to me. Their argumentation against Calvinism I knew was ridiculous and sad. Then I began to think, "If they are mistaken with much of their arguments against Calvinism, perhaps they could be wrong about their arguments defending KJV-Onlyism?"
Thus began my re-evaluation of my KJV-Only convictions. This time, I picked up "The King James Only Controversy" and read it with different eyes. What you argued defending the transmission of God's infallible and inerrant Word, supplemented well a lot of the other good material I was reading which refuted KJV-onlyism. I am grateful to say now, some 15 years after I read that little booklet about New Age Bible Versions, Alpha and Omega Ministries was truly used of the Lord to free me from such crippling beliefs regarding our God's revelation.
Thanks Brother (And thanks for not laughing too hard when I showed you my marked up copy of the "King James Only Controversy").
Theology Matters in the Philippines!
10/14/2008 - James White
Dear A&O,You might not be aware of this, but your ministry is also being used by God to change lives here on the other side of the globe. I am from the Philippines (Southeast Asia). I myself, like most of my countrymen, am a cradle Catholic. My parents became Christians when I was young child. As a result, I did not grow up to be a good and practicing Catholic. They pulled me out of the Catholic school I was attending. I stopped praying to Mary, to various saints, and angels, a practice which my mother in her previous ignorance taught me to faithfully do. Having been raised then in an evangelical church that hardly proclaims the solas of the Protestant Reformation, I was not prepared for what I would encounter when I entered college.
God was pleased to send me to a "non-sectarian" Roman Catholic university. During my third year, I accidentally found books in one of the shelves of one of our libraries written by men like Scott Hahn, Robert Sungenis, Dave Armstrong, Steve Ray, Jimmy Akin, et. al. I was dumbfounded to read the contents of their books (esp. Ray's Crossing the Tiber and Sungenis' Not By Faith Alone). To my dismay, I did not know how to answer their claims. I considered the possibility that my evangelical church's beliefs and practices were wrong, and that I had abandoned the faith of my infancy. I almost approached one of the priests in our school to "confess" my sins. (I recoil in horror as I remember this.) These Roman Catholics apologists' argument from the fallibility of private judgment and history, and the fact that most of them were formerly Protestants, seemed convincing at first until I learned of this ministry called A&O Ministries.
It was this ministry that exposed me to the errors of the claims of Rome, and how Biblical the solas of the Protestant Reformation are. As a Christian in a predominantly Roman Catholic country with mostly Roman Catholic relatives and friends, I realized that Rome does not preach the gospel. Much of what is called Roman Catholicism in our country is identified with syncretistic, superstitious and idolatrous beliefs and practices which even the Roman Catholic bishops of the Philippines cannot stop. They are against many of it, but seems to tolerate them. This alone demonstrates the missing mark, church discipline. I also realized how problematic modern evangelicalism has become. Repentance is hardly preached in many of the evangelical churches here. At first, I did not like Dr. White's emphasis on the doctrines of grace. But gradually, I finally accepted them as Biblical and therefore true. I no longer see the Reformed emphasis on the inability of man, election and atonement, for instance, as minor and divisive since they involve the very gospel itself. It was A&O Ministries and the centrality of the gospel in its endeavors which God used as one of the instruments in bringing me to genuine repentance and faith, having been enslaved by the heresy of antinomianism, and a life of licentiousness. Despite my Christian background, this made me realize all the more that salvation is all of grace. I could be a child of Christian parents, but still on my way to hell. I would never have truly searched for God if he had not caused me to search for Him. Soli Deo Gloria!
Finally, A&O Ministries compelled me to do more study on Reformed Theology, and other topics relating to cults. In this year alone, I was able to meet and fellowship with various brethren coming from Reformed Baptist and conservative Presbyterian backgrounds. (Yes, there are Reformed Baptists and conservative Presbyterians even in this part of the world!) Though I am closer to the Presbyterian view of the sacraments, and church polity, I appreciate the greater fellowship these two groups have achieved in recent years. We truly are united by our commitment to Christ and His gospel. In a country that has become a melting pot of cults (both foreign and local) that deny the Trinity, I find Dr. White's articles a good starting point in equipping the saints in the defense of historic Christianity. Thank you for all the work you have had and will have. May God bless A&O Ministries all the more in its defense of the gospel. :-)
A Needed Work
10/12/2008 - James White
To all at A&O MIN., Your hard work at providing a wide gamut of subjects over the years remains unparalleled. You guys remain on the cutting edge with solid reporting and interaction, let alone your ministry products. I've said to myself as the years have passed, what would we do without A&O MIN.. The Lord has raised up an incredible ministry and you have exhibited a tremendous amount of integrity, responsibility and character. Enough words cannot be expressed to ever make known the gratitude that is in my heart for A&O MIN.. Always and all the best in Christ to you guys.
A Canadian Testimon-eh
10/12/2008 - James White
Happy for to wish you a 25th Ann.
This swish come from up north in Ontario, Can.
Way smarter you made me in Reformed doctrine
Convict me way more of my Totally Sin
On Election- was hanging my chads for to see
Then resigned with an Eh? Elohim, why me?
Had a Limited knowledge of the Atownement,
Till unlimited logs to the AOMin Mint.
You guys not you seem are so Resistable
My Bookmark de Windows has you top of the roll
May you Perservere for eh, ... 25 more,
Or till the role is called up-eh-yon-door.
Sorry, a bit of silliness there. Thanks again to Rich who told us where to go Aug 10th. Thanks to Pastor Fry for a wonderful sermon. Dr. White's Sunday School was good too. What a terrific church!
May you remain faithful to Him,
A Long Road Out of Rome
10/10/2008 - James White
Though brought up a "cradle Catholic," I cannot say I was well catechized, despite being confirmed. I had a very clear understanding that Jesus was Savior and Lord from a young age, but couldn't explain the details. As I learned more about Catholic theology, I realized I had never learned most of it growing up. My understanding was simple: Christ died to save sinners who believed on him, and I was a sinner. Strangely, though growing up in a Hispanic family, I was never comfortable with what I now view as some of the major Catholic errors--I couldn't bring myself to pray the Rosary, and felt offended at the entire concept of praying to Saints in general. It seemed to me very obvious that what I observed with regards to adoration of Saints and images was plainly idolatry, and I knew the commandments enough to name it as such. I couldn't understand why Catholics did these things.
I married a Catholic woman who seemed to have this exact same level of Christianity--the most base level of understanding Jesus as Savior--who also did not know her Bible well at all, who also did not partake of some of the major Catholic errors. I didn't believe in transubstantiation, though when a friend pointed me to John 6, I accepted his interpretation with very little effort put forth and made myself believe it for a time. But I still had doubts the more I thought about it.
In my mid-20s, I came to the place where I decided I could no longer be double-minded. I knew a little about what some "Protestants" believed--basically, they seemed like stripped-down Catholics. They focused on Jesus in ways that made complete sense to me. I seemed to have more in common with what little I knew of them, and liked that they read their Bibles (I was starting to read, and it was confusing me as to, again, why Catholics were following certain practices/beliefs). I decided that I either needed to commit to my Catholic faith or leave and go elsewhere. I would be a rosary-praying, frequent mass-attending, scapular wearing, literal meat-of-Christ eating Catholic, or I'd leave.
The same friend from above gave me a Scott Hahn book as an encouragement. I was completely unimpressed, and I found a subsequent Hahn book to be nearly insulting to my intelligence. I bought "Not By Scripture Alone," and there my work began on a more serious level. On the Protestant side, AOMin was a major resource. It was an exhilarating time--I had no idea people were still debating these issues, had no idea about the depth of church history that was known and available, and did a ton of reading. I listened to every debate James White did, multiple times. I asked questions, including on Julie Staples' now-defunct message board.
It did not take very long before I started seeing the shell games Catholic apologists played with many of their arguments. But I didn't make my move quickly--I think I was waiting for some Catholic magic-bullet to undo the bad argumentation I'd been hearing on their part. I stayed in my Catholic church through the next 12 months or so (longer than Beckwith, and it sounds like I did more reading). I dug deep--reading church fathers in their original contexts when quotes were suspect on either side. I didn't read any of White's books (but did read the blog) for not wanting to be a "minion." But the entire Holy Scripture series by King/Webster, works by Svendsen, and other heavies like George Salmon (which I tracked down in hardcover) finally obliterated any doubts I had, among other works. But those debates were the root for finding areas to further research. The blog articles as well contained tons of helpful and truly meaty information.
Finally, I made my decision, with a clear understanding of the Gospel. I had been explaining the issues to my wife, who--with far less hand-wringing--accepted the teachings as if they were the most natural thing ever. After leaving, I began talking to my younger brother--within a short time he was transformed in a way I never imagined he could be as he finally delved into the Bible. He didn't need debates and long arguments--the truth was clear from Scripture alone, and he also left. Soon, a friend of ours followed, as he asked questions of me. He was seeing me as knowledgeable and knew I was patient. He, as well, has left the Catholic church. 4 people (so far) affected, 3 of whom haven't really ever been exposed to AOMin. Your strong opposition to Rome when so many others want to pad their disagreements with them, is necessary in a confused age when people are not willing to stand for truth. Though you are moving in other directions, and I pray God's blessings on them, please don't forget the Catholics. There are so, so many Catholics who are stuck in an ignorant but simple faith, who are waiting for someone to reach them with the truth and aren't defensive of the church. Keep reaching out to them patiently, though you've covered the issues a million times before, perhaps. Souls are at stake.
It has been an honor to support your ministry over the years, and I hope to continue so doing.
Debates Clarify Key Beliefs
10/09/2008 - James White
I cannot express enough my gratitude to God for establishing this ministry and leading me to it. This ministry has done so much to help me understand my own faith better. I deeply appreciate the debates, the books, and the teaching of this ministry.
By watching the debates, I have been able to better understand what it is that I believe as a Christian. In the process of combating the many false religions/doctrines James White has presented the clear and historic Christian faith. I have a much clearer and better understanding of the Trinity, TULIP, how my Bible came to me as I have it, and the many other topics that Dr. White has debated. Because of this, I have been able to much better engage the Mormon missionaries that come to my door and want to share their "faith" with me. It isn't so much that I know what they believe but I can present an easy to understand presentation of orthodox Christianity to them. They have also given me questions to ask the missionaries to help move the conversation along and to engage the missionaries.
Speaking of Mormonism, the books that James White has written have deepened my faith tremendously. I am thinking most specifically Letters to a Mormon Elder. This book presents an in-depth look at Mormonism and presents a clear Biblical response. Again, I learned more about the prophet Isaiah by reading that book then I had in my seminary course on Isaiah. That is nothing against the prof. but White's exegesis of the Isaiah texts really helped me to see Yahweh as Isaiah, and the Bible as a whole, presents him in all of his majestic splendor.
I can remember a pair of sermons that James White preached last year in Canada and he mentioned that he was preaching from the original languages, both Hebrew and Greek. That really inspired me to learn my GNT and Hebrew Old Testament well enough to preach from the originals. I cannot explain why, but seeing Dr. White's command of the oringinal languages and how it aids in his preaching was something that I feel every preacher should have--whether it is practical or not is another issue. My own desire to learn the languages have only increased because of his preaching and webcast. I want to be able to present the Scriptures to the people with the most authoritative and correct way possible. I deeply thank Dr. White for showing me what it looks like when a person will master the languages (even his learning Arabic to better engage Islam).
Dr. White, your ministry has deepened by own relationship with Jesus Christ because of the things you all do. Do keep up the good work and I wish you would have done the resurrection debate with Ehrman at Midwestern Seminary in KC this past February. I actually shook the man's hand and that was fun. I would have enjoyed what you would have brought to the debate (the Dividing Lines were good interactions though).
10/09/2008 - James White
Greetings from sunny Miami, Florida!
I remember when I was first introduced to Alpha and Omega ministries. It was 2001, and I was a sophomore attending Clearwater Christian College taking Greek for the first time, and I had a dear friend of mine that was KJV only (actually there were four of them, but I'm only going to mention one of them). One morning a chapel speaker came and used the NASB as his text, and not the KJV. Before I go on, let me just say that the CCC did not take a "KJV Only" stance, but used the KJV for the sake of tradition (whatever that meant), and so required the speakers to use the KJV when they spoke in chapel. So I mentioned it to my friend in a kind of joking manner about the use of NASB, and he was not happy about it. So I asked him plainly, why he took the stance on the KJV. He basically told me that it came down to the Greek Text. He explained to me about the TR being the superior Greek text, and that the CT was just a "man made compilation." Needless to say, I was distraught and felt ignorant because I had never heard that before. At the time, I thought it was just Hebrew and Greek and I didn't know there was any such thing as a Textus Receptus or a Critical Text. It also bothered me because I wanted a NASB because of it was a literal translation. I called my brother on the phone, who was attending seminary at the time, and told him this argument that was presented to me. He was also caught off guard with that argument!
For weeks I prayed and thought, and then...it happened. My roommate, who also took Greek with me, said that he just found out that Erasmus had "back-translated" a part of the TR from Jerome's Vulgate. I was suprised, and I asked my roommate where he found such a jewel of information, and he said to me that it came from "James White's website." So I thought to myself, "Ok someone who has answers." So the next day I talked to my KJV friend about my discovery, and he really didn't have an answer for it. Soon after I was getting ready to drive to Miami for Easter break, and my brother calls me and says, "Juan, get over here before you go home, I have something for you to listen to." So I went to my brother's apartment and he said, "I have a debate between a KJV guy, and this guy James White, have you ever heard of him?" I said, "Actually, I just heard about him." So I stayed at my brother's apartment for a while, and listened carefully to your debate with Dr. D.A. Waite of the Dean Burgon society. I was fascinated with your responses, and your clear presentation of the transmission of the New Testament. After that day, I have been a regular visitor to your website to not only read and hear about "KJV-Onlyism", but also Roman Catholocism, Islam, and your defense of Calvinism. AOMIN.org has been a starting point to much of my research on said issues. I also direct people all the time to check your website when they want information about certain Christian issues.
In 2002, I was further blessed when I was able to see you debate live against John Sanders on the issue of Inclusivism and Open Theism in Clearwater and Orlando (yes I was part of group of college kids who followed you around Central Florida). Now that I'm back in Miami, I pray that I get to see you debate again in January against Bart Ehrman.
I listen to the Dividing Line every week, as well as watch your videos on YouTube. I pray that the Lord continues to bless your ministry, as you continue to give a ready defense of the hope that is within you.
A Testimonial from Pennsylvania
10/08/2008 - James White
I am very grateful that God brought my attention to the ministry of James White and A & O Ministries. About nine years ago I came into contact w/ a fellow Christian at work who was TR Only and thus against the modern Bible translations. He had a lot of information from most of the KJV Only advocates. I didn't have an answer at the time for his objections. However, they seemed so outlandish that I wasn't going to throw away my NIV yet. God spoke to me through the NIV, I just had a hard time believing all the strange conspiracy theories about it. Back in 2001 I attended an apologetics seminar that had Dan Wallace speaking. This greatly increased my confidence in the Bible I was using. Also, on the books for sale was a copy of the KJV ONlY Controversy. It was highly recommended by the sponsor of the lecture; Jeff Downs. I read it and very quickly. I not only gained greater confidence in the modern translations, but, was also taught how to think my logically and critically about how we got our Bible and how to respond to many of outlandish conspiracy theories that some KJV ONLY advocates espouse. Also at the same time my friend and chiropractor lent me a copy of the show that Dr. White did on the Bible Answer Man show. This also helped me gain more confidence in the Bible I was using and gave me a greater appreciation for how we got our Bible. I then checked out A & O ministries web site. I had some Mormon missionaries come to visit me. I purchased several radio debates Dr. White had done with Mormon apologists. I also purchased LETTERS TO A MORMON ELDER. I used many of the arguments in that book while dialoging with the Mormon missionaries.
I am grateful for the great resources that Dr. White has put out. I have learned so much and continue to learn. I consider Dr. White my professor from afar. I live in Lancaster PA.
Another thing I'm grateful for is learning the truth about Reformed Theology and the doctrines of grace. I guess you would have called me 4 pointer. I went to a Bible college that affirmed the doctrine of eternal security, but rejected reformed theology. Through Dr. White's ministry I got a much better understanding of Calvinism. When I saw that scriptures do teach man's inability to accept Christ, unless God grants that sinner the ability, I had no choice to accept the truths of the doctrines of grace. However, I accepted them joyfully. Although, I am commanded to evangelize, it is not up to me to get results. Only God can change a sinner's heart to accept him. This was very liberating for me.
Through Dr. White's ministry, I have not only been equpped and taught. I have also learned how to think more critically. Listening to Dr. White's debates with various groups of people has taught me more how reason better and argue and dialogue more effectively. The tools I've gained listening to the debates has helped me in my experiences with folks who are trapped in a cult or with people that misunderstand the doctrines of grace. I continue to listen to past debates often as I gain something new out of them.
I've been blessed to have the opportunity to volunteer at the A & O book table at the last two great debates in Long Island, NY. It was a joy to help out with something that I totally believed in. It was also a joy to work with Rich Pierce. Much of what was being sold, I had a copy of , so I able to inform the folks of the value of the books and debates. I look forward to a time, I can do it again.
Over the last couple of years, I've developed a large collection of the debates Dr. White has done on dvd. I've had Apologetics and Theology nights at my home, and had people over to watch them and eat pizza. These debates have been a blessing to those people as well.
I continue to be blessed by the ministry of A & O Ministries, as I listen to the pod casts of the Dividing Line, listen to old and new debates, listen to lectures and research the site.
May God continue to bless Dr. White, Rich Pierce of Alpha and Omega Ministries and use them to defend the truth, bless the saints and share the gospel with the lost for His glory.
From Prison to Seminary
10/08/2008 - James White
I first found aomin about 10 months after being out of jail (approx. 2003). I was at a point in my life where I wanted to learn as much as I could about the faith I had embraced after a life of drugs and violence and I wanted to learn how to defend that faith. I came across Dr. White's debates with catholics and Mormons and bought them all (I still have many VHS tapes). I don't remember how many times I watched, studied, and memorized those debates or how many people I watched them with (including my brother and his wife who were catholics but became Christians after watching them with me over the course of a few months.
I was openly a Geisler-ite (I read a lot of Norman Geisler's works) and thus I utterly opposed calvinism as the very doctrine of Satan that I understood it to be. But after listening to some aomin CDs on the issue (the atonement, the biblical doctrine of salvation), I got a little nervous and Geisler, Hunt, and Bryson just weren't giving any real answers to many of the questions I had. Eventually I broke down and bought the White vs. Bryson debate and painfully watched for three + hours as the so confident-in-his-books George Bryson did everything he could to avoid answering Dr. White's questions. And after Dr. White's closing statement I uttered a few uncontrollable and deeply emotive profanities before beginning a real Bible search and picking up a few books from the other side (crazy idea, huh?). AOMin then became a source of encourgement for me as I struggled to uphold and contend for the sovereignty of God in a world of Molinism and rationalism in my undergrad studies as a philosophy major. I was on AOMin after just about every philosophy class for a couple of years. And finally, to top it all off, I was able to meet Dr. White when he came to Biola to debate Shabir Ally. He came out with me and some of my friends and we had dinner at El Torito, where he put on my hard hat and took pictures with us. That settled it for me, and now I am a constant supporter of AOMin. If I had money, I would give more of it to the ministry, but Westminster is a cruel mistress, and thus I can barely buy two tacos and a small water on taco Tuesdays . . . .
BB is proof of the divine nature of the Christian faith. If I can hang out with BB, who has about as different a past and background from mine as any human being could have, then clearly, there's something to this "body of Christ" stuff. BB and his brother WFP are great guys I am proud to call my friends. In fact, I'm even willing to be seen in public with them both, despite their...uh...reputations. :-) In fact, at the last debate I did, I had BB and WFP video tape it using my little Casio camera. And as they always do, they left me...little presents along with the videos themselves. Here's one such present. You gotta love these guys. Oh, and I learned all my cool Kung Fu/Ninja moves from WFP. It's in his genes, you know.
From the Marian Debate on Long Island
10/07/2008 - James White
Greetings in the Lord,
In 1996 I was saved and shortly after that glorious day, I noticed a poster hanging in the church that I had started attending (the first and only non-Catholic church I'd ever stepped foot in up to that point--AA meetings not-withstanding). The poster advertised "The Great Debate--Mary Queen of Heaven or Sinner Saved by Grace?" I was intrigued because I had no idea that there was even a debate about things like that. When given grace to believe the Gospel, I trusted that Jesus paid for my sin fully and totally, and then I went to the first church I knew of--the non denominational one that the saint who shared with me had been a member of. I had no bridges to burn because my Roman Catholic upbringing was cultural and not theological. I recall in ignorance telling my unsaved Father to "go back to church...any church." And then came the Great Debate--I sat in complete disbelief--did Rome actually believe and teach these things?! Poor Gerry...forgot his notes and everything.
It was there that I got the bug in my ear to be an apologetic Christian--and I never looked back. During the next few years I had been turned on to the Doctrines of Grace (partly due to the Mass debate in which I was told by your opponent that if I weren't a Calvinist, you were against me too, or something to that effect.) So, I read Drawn by the Father among other works and I was convinced that these doctrines were true and necessary.
Since that time, I've listened regularly to the Dividing Line and I've even called in a few times. Dr. White's other published works have also helped me immensely in my personal study as well .... So I send my thanks and praise to you for Aomin's defense of the faith once delivered to the saints.
May the Lord richly bless you,
~Mike from NY
Of Air Guitars and the Way International
10/07/2008 - James WhiteI will briefly summarize how Alpha & Omega ministries helped change the direction of my life to the glory of God.
As the end of my college career approached, I was unsure about my future and even more doubtful of my Christian beliefs. I was recovering from a serious drug habit, and also still grieving the loss of a best friend who took his own life due to his own drug addiction. My despair only deepened as I tried to enroll in church again in some attempt to fix myself. Growing up in a traditional Christian home in the religious climate of the South, I was implanted with the deep roots of fideism - the lackadaisical kind that doesn't encourage deep study of the Scriptures but instead "just taking it by faith and living a good life."
Well obviously I hadn't lived a very good life; even though I professed faith at a young age I had steered dangerously off course during college. During that time of reckless living I was introduced to a lot of arguments against the Bible and the existence of God. As I tried to go through the motions of church for a second time, it was obvious that there were many complex intellectual questions about Christianity. There must be more to this than just having faith; indeed, who is the object of this thing called faith? I remember praying one night for God to grant me wisdom and discernment because I just wanted to know the truth about Him so that I could truly love and serve Him. Conviction from the Holy Spirit didn't come right away, but at the advice of C.H. Spurgeon I continued to pray for the Holy Spirit's presence. I knew Christ had died for me, but had I really thought the implications of it through or was my decision of youth misdirected? Oh the joy of an answer from the Lord!
A few weeks later during a conversation with my pastor about Bible translations, I was loaned a copy of The King James Only Controversy. I had mentioned Gail Riplinger to him (after seeing a video about modern Bible translations), and apparently he had already read this book. I read through it carefully, and literally had the roof of my worldview blown away. Dr. White's concern for bringing clarity and truth to the Scriptures was something I had honestly never encountered in all my years of sitting in church. Had God really communicated propositional content to man so that we can know things about mankind, the world, and most importantly God Himself? Looking back, I know God was preparing me for what was to come.
Needless to say, after finishing the book I purchased an NASB study Bible?ok so that part is really a coincidence but it's a funny one!
Later that year it was time to find a job, and I decided to roll the dice and accept an offer that would relocate me from Virginia all the way out to Boise. The Lord's providence is truly amazing. I found a church there, and befriended a slightly older guy named Drew. He had been raised in a group called The Way International, which denies the deity of Christ. During a conversation, Drew mentioned that he really came to know Jesus as Lord for the first time while reading a book called The Forgotten Trinity. When he told me the author's name, a little light bulb went off; was this the same James White? Eventually, Drew and I became roommates so that he could save money for his upcoming wedding. Just picture a philosophy major and a computer geek sitting in the living room playing air guitar and singing to the Dividing Line intro music! Yup, pretty scary huh?
It's been a year since all those wonderful things came to pass, and the Lord continually motivates me to learn and apply His truth. I am passionate about theology and apologetics, and in addition to learning basic Greek in my spare time I am planning on going back to school to study the Bible in greater depth. I owe so much to Alpha & Omega ministries; the edification provided by your debates, books, and podcasts is simply beyond measure! Praise God from whom all blessings flow, and thank you guys for all your tireless effort in proclaiming and defending the Gospel.
Eight Years Benefitting from A&O
10/06/2008 - James White
Greetings Dr White
I would like to express my gratitude for the blessing that your ministry has brought me. My interest in the serious study of God's Word and theology started when I first listened to the Dividing Line 8 yrs ago. Your ministry exposed me to serious scholarship in theological studies. After studying and embracing the doctrines of grace, I can honestly say that theology has impacted my Christian life greatly. Yes, theology does matter! May God continue to give you opportunities to proclaim the gospel with boldlness and clarity.
Soli Deo Gloria
Another Former Oneness
10/05/2008 - James White
Greetings from Florida,
Many years ago I read an article by James White in the Christian Research Journal on the doctrine of the Trinity. This article caused me to understand the subject better and enabled me to witness to folks in the UPCI. Our church has hosted two debates on the subject in the past five years and we have seen some folks strengthened from these discussions and we have seen some leave the UPCI. I personally pass out "The forgotten Trinity" at these discussions as well. All of this is a result of reading that one article.
I was formally anti-Calvinist as well, though still not a Calvinist, I am now open to seriously studying the subject because of James' attitude with others that are non-Calvinist. I now have many friends that are Calvinist and have realized that you can't judge all Calvinist alike.
Finally, this ministry continues to bless me with the wonderful articles, books, and especially the debates. I pray for James and alpha and omega ministry on a regular basis. This is a very unique ministry indeed and it must continue.
From a Fellow Chess Player
10/04/2008 - James White
Dear Dr. White,
I first discovered Alpha & Omega Ministries about eight years ago. I was looking at the NIV website, and at the bottom was a link to ?New Age Bible Versions Refuted.? I had never even heard of the King James Only issue, but I read your article and eagerly looked for more. That was only the beginning!
Aomin.org is the first website I pull up on my computer in the morning. I have read all your articles, listened to every Dividing Line webcast, read three of your books (and am looking forward to ordering the new edition of ?The King James Only Controversy? when it comes out), and have mentioned your site many times to others as a great source of information. Call me a junkie if you like, but that?s okay.
Eight years ago I had no idea what Christian apologetics was. Though I had been a Christian for ten years by then, I knew next to nothing of most of the topics with which you deal, and had never even heard of many of the theological terms. Nowadays my pastor refers to me as a ?good apologist,? and I was frequently asked for my views during his recent class on bibliology. Furthermore, I am going to lead our weekly men?s Bible study soon, and I plan to teach the proper biblical interpretation of Matthew 16. Without the information I?ve picked up from your apologetics work, I would have had no interest, much less the tools, to do such a thing.
But well beyond theology, your work has taught me critical thinking skills that I have used in other arenas. I can spot poor argumentation and the proper methods of combating it. I have gained an appreciation of the importance of preparation. I have come to see the importance of scholarship, but have also seen the importance of not attaching infallibility to it. Even if I were to never see or listen to your output again, I have gained that much.
I?d love to get together with you sometime and enjoy a theological discussion over a game of chess (my peak USCF rating was 2035) [VB: mine was just over 1800, but that was when I was 14!] Failing that, I would love, beyond seeing a continuation of your present work, to have you bring out an ?Apologetics Study Bible,? such that it would contain your concise notes next to the myriad of verses that get debated so often.
May God continue to bless your ministry for many years. Please also pass along my kindest regards to Mr. Pierce, whose hard behind-the-scenes work we all appreciate so much.
VB: Stop tempting me to go back to chess! I love the game, but lack the time any longer to stay sharp. But I'll take you up on that game. The best way to improve I found was to get beaten like a bongo drum. Thanks for your note.
From a Cradle Catholic
10/04/2008 - James White
James -- As a cradle Catholic and pretty much a life-long Catholic (who seriously considered studying for the priesthood at one point), and even a veteran of several years' worth of Opus Dei "evenings of recollection," I cannot thank you enough for your ministry. I was one of those who was a happy Catholic, and overjoyed with the publication of ECT. That is, until I started looking at the issues. And just about that time, the Internet started coming on line, and I was able to look at both sides of that issue with clarity, thanks to your efforts. I mentioned your name specifically as an influence, when I sent "Father Dan" my resignation letter from our parish. (That was no small decision on my part -- I was the guy with five kids who frequently sat up front, holding two little ones in my arms, who frequently had to exit, red-faced, carrying a crying baby).
I am a long time web fan of yours and I have read a number of your books. Particularly helpful to me were "The God Who Justifies," "The Potter's Freedom," and of course, "The Roman Catholic Controversy."
As well, I can second the letter that you posted earlier, in that "I have actually learned how to think logically and biblically by reading your correspondence with others. I find the manner in which you communicate with those whom you disagree as graceful yet bluntly honest. I notice the great dishonesty and flat out bad argumentation of those who try to debunk you (really debunk actual Scripture or historical accuracy). Your direct refutations with fact and documentation are wonderful. Stick to the honest facts, and truth will prevail. I have learned what honest argumentation is in contrast to the flawed and egregious."
Plus I have come into contact with some great people (in real life!) through your ministry.
Many thanks for all that you do. I hope you continue to do what you do for a long, long time.
From A Special Ops Soldier Overseas
10/03/2008 - James White
Dear Dr. White and Mr. Pierce
I am currently serving in the Army in the Middle East on my third tour (fifth, if you count pre-9/11 deployments). I am in a special ops unit and in my job, I travel extensively around the country and interact closely with the local population. As a result, I am not able to attend church very often while I am deployed. I rely heavily on books and my iPod to provide me with Christian teaching, encouragement and a steady diet of biblical exegesis during these times. It can be very difficult to resist discouragement and bitterness when you are cut off from the public means of grace and Christian fellowship for a long time while simultaneously dealing with friends and acquaintances who are killed or severely wounded in the line of duty. I've seen up close and personal the horrors of what the Islamic religious/political dream of a society really looks like in a real world situation. I'm not talking about the war, I'm talking about the day to day life of rank and file Muslims and the brutality which I believe to inherent in the Islamic worldview. It is truly disheartening to see western, secular liberals falling all over themselves to accomodate and frantically bow and scrape before Muslims in an attempt to appease them. They can never be appeased except through Islamic dominance and dhimmitude of all other peoples. They are engaged in a strenuous effort of delusion and self-destruction of Western civilization.
But that is not why I wrote this email. I wrote to let you know that your work has had an incredible influence on me ever since I became a Christian while in drill sergeant school in the mid-90's. The articles, books, tapes and now, iPod broadcasts have provided me with the tools I need to be confident and encouraged in my Christian walk and have called me back to a life of holiness when tempted to stray over and over again. As a direct result of your ministry, I've had the opportunity to debate Roman Catholic students while in college and grad school, engage in countless street evangelism ministry opportunities, teach Sunday School classes (using videos of your debates as examples of how to engage various viewpoints), and engage in evangelism to Mormonism and Catholics (the communion in which I was raised). I once helped lead a team to Nauvoo, Illinois during the dedication of the temple on the site of the original to hand out tracts and talk to Mormons. Your book "Letters to a Mormon Elder" and "The Potter's Freedom" were required reading for those who wanted to attend during the train-up classes (as well as the Westminster Confession of Faith and, of course, copious Scripture). I don't take pride in any of this because I was merely following what I felt was your example in trying to be consistent with my professed faith in Jesus Christ, which is the example of the Reformers, the early Church Fathers and of course, the apostles. I'm only an unprofitable servant, doing what little I can do. I only tell you this because I want you to know what an impact Alpha and Omega ministries has had on my life.
Your book, "The Potter's Freedom" was instrumental in leading me out of the church I was converted into (Plymouth Brethren) into the PCA. I was licensed to preach in the PCA and am currently serving as an elder in my home church....My wife is Reformed, my Christian friends and family always get your books as gifts, and my children are being catechised daily using the WSC during family worship. I've been strongly convicted by your ministry of the need to present a consistently CHRISTIAN apologetic for the faith when I interact with unbelievers, and I have labored to study men like Bahnsen, Van Til, Reymond and other presuppositional apologists. When dealing with cultists and false religionists, I've been strongly convicted by the demand to be honest and fair in knowing and accurately presenting my opponent's position, which has led me to read and study Mormon Scripure and publications, the Quran, and Catholic Magesterial publications As a lay preacher, I fear the day I will stand before God to give an account for what I have taught others and I know I can always count on my worn out James White books when I cover texts you have exegeted.
Now I don't want you to think that I only rely on you. I read the Puritans, Dabney, Calvin, Luther, Knox and Edwards as well as well as many others. But if I had to point to one ministry that has most affected my very small and feeble efforts to minister to the people of God and labor in the Word, I would without hesitation point to Alpha and Omega ministries. You have been a strong encouragement to me and a strong rebuke when I am tempted to be lazy or lax in my Christian walk. I pray for you and your ministry, your family and your health. I am so glad that you have started engaging Islam and have done so by learning Arabic and studying the original sources. Your recent work has been very helpful in witnessing to Muslims I come into contact with while over here. If you ever wonder who you are reaching or if you have made any real impact, then please rest assured that for me and those around me, your work has been tremendously used by God in changing people's lives and equipping us for the work of the ministry, for the edification of the Body of Christ.
I hope to be back home in North Carolina by the time the "Truth War" conference kicks off in Durham, and I pray that I will be able to attend. I'm sure you will receive tons of emails like mine and will not remember this one. But that's OK. I would like to simply shake your hand and thank you for your labors. God bless you and your elaborate staff (that's a joke, by the way).
Forget this one? Hardly, this one is in my "top ten." I pray God will preserve your life and allow us to meet next month.
Through a Lecture on Textual Issues...
10/03/2008 - James White
Hi Dr. White and Rich,
Hopefully this e-mail won't be too long winded and you will be able to persevere to the end and gain some encouragement from my little testimonial. I don't expect a personal response as I know you are probably getting tons of these (though I would not turn one down.) :-) I wanted to briefly tell you my story of how I became aquatinted with Alpha & Omega Ministries and then touch on what your ministry continues to mean to me today.
I remember clearly how I was introduced to A & O. I had ordered a tape series from Greg Koukl and Stand to Reason. It was their yearly "Masters Series." This particular set contained a lecture by Dr. White on KJV Onlyism and the reliability of the NT manuscripts. I had never heard of Dr. White before this, but was very familiar with STR and trusted them very much. I had recently run into some KJV Only stuff through some DVD's by Kent Hovind that were being promoted with some people I knew. I checked out the DVD's and was troubled by his many attacks upon modern translations. So I started doing some reading and research and Dr. White's lecture was one of the tools that I used to help counter this new teaching that I hadn't run into before. Through this lecture, I became very interested in textual criticism and the NT manuscripts and used this lecture as a source for a speech I gave in college and for some apologetics Sunday School classes at my church.
At this particular time I was also coming into contact with Calvinism and Reformed theology. I was raised in a non-denominational church that was pretty strongly Arminian, but I was basically unaware of any of the issues involved. I just thought what our church taught was what
everyone taught. I was ignorant. Well, because of how much I learned from the NT lecture, I visited aomin.org and got ahold of many more of Dr. White's books (Potter's Freedom, The Forgotten Trinity, KJV Controversy, RC Controversy etc.) I really had no idea that Dr. White was "Reformed" (not that I even knew what that meant to begin with), but as I began listening to the Dividing Line regularly and reading your online articles and listening to debates, I was brought around to becoming a full blown Calvinist myself! :-) Looking back now, it is so clear how the Lord strategically used many things, especially A & O, to bring me to a fuller understanding of salvation and the Doctrines of Grace and the beauty and consistency and livability of a full orbed Reformed worldview.
I continue to be an avid Dividing Line listener. My girlfriend jokes with me because Tuesday's and Thursday's are "Dividing Line days." :-) I also recently began a resource ministry at my church and we are currently carrying the Forgotten Trinity which I recommend all the time. :-) As the ministry grows, Lord willing, we will carry more books and hopefully DVD's of debates.
While I write this, I am in the middle of today's Dividing Line (8-2-08) and it is a perfect example of why your ministry means so much to me and the group of Christians that I am involved with the most. You are not afraid to put yourself out there and speak the truth about our culture and the wrath of God. Especially when so many around us are unwilling to "go there," your conscience is captive to the Word of God and not to "what is popular" or "politically correct." Even as I write this I am getting a little emotional just because of how much I appreciate and value your willingness to stand for Christ in a culture that is increasingly hostile to the Gospel (and that is saying something because I don't usually get misty eyed.)
I better end this to have any hope of you reading the whole thing. :-) However, I just want to reiterate my extreme gratitude and thanks for your tireless and faithful work for the Gospel and for the glory of God. It is hard for me to "rank" a ministries effect upon me because many of them "overlap" quite a bit in touching on the same subjects. However, it is quite easy for me to say that your ministry has served me in ways that no other ministry has, and the resulting effect cannot
really be quantified. Your ministry is utterly unique in the range of subjects that you address as well as your almost constant availability for communication and contact on the Dividing Line or through e-mail or in #prosapologian. Please be encouraged to continue your ministry and work for the Gospel for as long as the Lord grants you life and breath. And please know that when you have finished your race, you will know that you have not run in vain or labored in vain. What I have learned from you and your ministry is beyond measure.
Deliverance from UPCI...
10/02/2008 - James White
About five years ago, the Sovereign Lord was gracious to me and my family in rescuing us from the grip of the United Pentecostal Church. We were serving as pastors a of new church plant for the UPCI in Providence, RI, when the Lord began to open my eyes and heart to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We were able to take along with us out of that cult about 15 others. One of the ministries that helped us out and continues play a role in my own personal spiritual development is AOMIN and Dr. White's books. I searched everywhere for biblical PROOF of the doctrine of the Trinity and could not find anyone with answers to my questions until I picked up a copy of "The Forgotten Trinity." That book helped solidify in my heart and mind the soundness and biblicalness (is that a word?) of the Trinity.
Now, the group of 15 souls that the Lord was gracious to lead out of error into truth has grown to a reformed congregation of 250 people in the heart of the inner city of Providence, RI.
God bless you and AOMIN.
From New York...
10/02/2008 - James White
Dear James, Rich and all of you faithful brethren at Alpha & Omega Ministries,
Happy 25th Anniversary!!! Congratulations on reaching such a milestone in your ministry, by God's grace!!! It is extremely difficult for me to adequately put into words how much your labors for the furtherance of Christ's Kingdom have meant to me personally. The decade of "The Great Debates" that we orchestrated on Long Island further convinced me year after year that leaving Rome for the Gospel of the Reformation was the only move one could possibly make with a good conscience before God if he or she was exposed to the true evidence from both Scripture and history and enlightened by the Holy Ghost. And let's face it, perhaps this next point is not the most profound element of my experience with those debates, but I cannot remember ever having more fun in my life. Those years produced memories I will treasure forever.
Our Sovereign Lord has also used Alpha & Omega Ministries to further fan the flames of the enthusiasm and excitement I have gained for theology. I truly believe that if I had never been exposed to your ministry I would not have pursued a position as a Christian talk radio host. It is always a joy to hear from listeners in the "Iron Sharpens Iron" audience whose lives have been dramatically blessed through Alpha & Omega Ministries, and even from Roman Catholics and others who do not yet know the Gospel of Free Grace who report great appreciation for much of what you have done and continue to do.
I also must add here how I love to hear from pastors, and members of their congregations, out here on Long Island whose churches have been tremendously touched and theologically strengthened through your speaking engagements often connected with "The Great Debates". It is particularly wonderful to hear how some of the formerly non-Reformed saints have come to embrace the Doctrines of Sovereign Grace as a result of our God working through your New York visits.
Thank you so much for your continued, faithful friendship, and for everything you do to help all of us who value your ministry understand the deeper things of God more clearly. I pray that our friendship strengthens over the years to come, and that the Lord provides us with many more opportunities for ministry together in His Vineyard.
In His grip,
Iron Sharpens Iron
A Great Encouragement
10/02/2008 - James White
I will try to get the first of the wonderful testimonial e-mails posted today. I have so many to choose from! It has been a great encouragement to us to read through these e-mails. I can tell many of you put a lot of thought into your submissions, and that came through. Well, except for John Samson, who just wrote, "I was a newt...but...I got better." Those Brits.
Seriously, thank you so much! I look forward to hearing from more of you over the course of the next few weeks. Here is one that actually was sent in a few months ago, but it sort of gave me the idea for the e-mail address anyway:
Dear Dr. White:
There are many of us who immensely appreciate your ministry. Since the days of Mitch Paqua and the debates on Long Island until now ... I have been reading your blog and reading much of what you have written. I have actually learned how to think logically and biblically by reading your correspondence with others. I find the manner in which you communicate with those whom you disagree as graceful yet bluntly honest. I notice the great dishonesty and flat out bad argumentation of those who try to debunk you (really debunk actual Scripture or historical accuracy). Your direct refutations with fact and documentation are wonderful. Stick to the honest facts, and truth will prevail. I have learned what honest argumentation is in contrast to the flawed and egregious. I owe this to you Mr. White. I can honestly say that I am reformed because God led me to read the Scriptures with honesty and openness-even when it spoke against the grain of my own flesh. Theology matters extensively. Eventually all Christians will be tested by their theology, and we need to be fortified when it happens, otherwise be a casualty, or worse, the cause of casualty. I wanted to let you know that I am extremely thankful to have stumbled upon your ministry. It has taught me volumes. As it becomes even more difficult to proclaim and defend the Gospel and dialogue with others in the arena of ideas, only the honest exegesis of Scripture will stand against the most cunning attacks of the world and our enemy. Those whom their tradition and philosophy guide will ultimately be stumped somewhere by someone simply because their theology is not consistent with Scripture; i.e Dave Hunt and (Norman Geisler-Whom I respect). I believe sometimes our brothers need to be encouraged. This is my intent for writing. Thank you Dr. White, for obeying God even when it hurts. I am blessed and a better Christian for it. -PM
This morning I was thinking to myself, "I wonder who the first person will be to abuse the address and send me a nastigram?" Well, that prize goes to Nicholas (James S) Winchurch, a Roman Catholic. Here's his kind submission, which, to any honest person, speaks for itself:
Just a note to thank you so much for your ministry. I have read I think six of James' books, and they have certainly helped me to see the way that I should go. That way is certainly not James' way. I found his books condescending, narrow and suggestively quoted. He picks from the Fathers of the church only what supports his bigoted views. He hates Catholics, Mormons and anyone else who does not go to the "Reformed" Baptist church. Thank you, james, for showing me what a Christian isn't.
Thanks Stu! Is that why you have called the DL regularly to document your claims? :-) Lord have mercy on you, sir. Your e-mail is, in fact, a testimonial, for those who refuse to love the truth are caused to love a lie, and if you have been so fully exposed to the truth that you can mock and deride it, well, you should look very seriously to the state of your soul. Cry out for mercy, sir, I exhort you.