Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Thanks from Brazil
11/27/2008 - James White
On behalf of E610 Ministries International, our deepest thanks and praise for the work God has led you to continue for twenty-five years now. Even more today I personally am benefiting from the web site as the Lord has recently asked me to serve Him by moving to Brazil where I am doing long term mission work while also working to complete my M.Div at CES. Not only are the dividing lines encouraging and edifying, they also connect me to apologetics happening real time at home in the good ole US of A.
Prior to moving in to full time Missions, E610 relied on your video tapes and CD series extensively for training with our street evangelists who remain at work back in the USA today for His glory. We have links to your site at our believers area at E610 and continue to support the work you are doing in prayer and petition to our risen King, that He might continue, protect, and bless the work you continue this and each day.
Thank you – to you and Rich, to your family, who make sacrifices in order for you to take time to devote to your work with AOMIN and please know how important each installment is that you make. Keep the tape rolling and know you are all loved and appreciated deeply across the world. I never imaged years ago when I began following AOMIN I would be listening from the mission field. Praise God for His provision to us all.
Testimonials During Thanksgiving Week
11/24/2008 - James White
I want to praise God for what he has done through you guys. My introduction to your ministry came through The King James Only Controversy. Then as I was learning about the doctrines of grace you were again very helpful in both my understanding and defense of those truths. From Mormonism to Jehovah's Witness to now Islam, your ministry has been a huge blessing in my life.
I was a KJV-Only proponent for seven years. I taught Bible studies on the superiority of the KJV and embraced the circular arguing and double-standards upon which this divisive teaching depends. I read James' King James Only Controversy at least three times and the Lord used it to open my eyes and mind. I am deeply grateful for his work and the skillful and well-researched writing he presents.
Don't ever let anyone dissuade you from your work due to the false argument, "no one ever changes their minds on deeply held traditions." That isn't true. You have changed mine and my whole family is grateful.
Brothers James & Rich…
I can’t begin to even tell you what kind of blessing AOMIN has been in my Christian walk over the last 9 years. I was a new believer when I found www.aomin.org. Your books, tapes, and videos really helped me through the “cage-stage” years! I thank God for raising up men like you. I admire your love for the local church and the emphasis you always put on it.
May the Lord Bless and keep you and AOMIN going strong for another 25 years (if not more!).
I love you guys in the Lord and thank you (and your families) from all my heart for your hard work and sacrifice.
A Deep and Abiding Love of the Deep Truths of God
11/15/2008 - James White
I first encountered Alpha and Omega several years ago, when looking for apologetics resources. I freely admit that I was a young, ignorant and theologically shallow wannabe apologist, with a heart to defend the faith, but none of the knowledge or theological depth required to do so. Due to the patient teaching (and often correction) of Dr. White and the men and women he has surrounded himself with, I've come to an understanding of the doctrines of grace, and been granted a deep and abiding love of the deep truths of God - the theology necessary to truly defend our God, and His Word. Further, I've been exposed to such a wide variety of works, authors, fields, disciplines, and apologetic arenas, I can honestly say that there is no better training ground in apologetics and applied theology than at the feet of Dr. White, Rich and the other people peripherally involved in his ministry. I'm now working on church history and apologetics classes for my own fellowship, and seeking to pass on what I've learned! I'm deeply indebted to Dr. White, and all of his faithful companions in the ministry of the Word of God - and I look forward eagerly to the day where I am allowed to witness Christ bestowing upon him the crowns he has been graciously gifted to earn, along with a hearty "well done, good and faithful servant." He is truly an exemplar of Titus 1's description of the faithful overseer, and carries out 1 Peter 3's injunctions as we all should aspire to do. We owe this man, and his faithful fellow-bond-servant Rich, a great deal for their faithful, and usually unknown service on behalf of the Kingdom of our Lord.
May they continue to be richly blessed by God through us, as they bless us through their ministry.
Former Open Theist
11/14/2008 - James White
At one point in time I truly had a great deal of disdain for the Reformed view on just about any Christian doctrine you can think of. I was a self-avowed Open Theist and got most of my theology from that end of the spectrum as well as Dave Hunt and his Berean Call. Reading, "What Love Is This?" changed all that and sent me on a search that led me to where I have been these past 4 years: A full fledged 5 Point Calvinist, Amillennial, Orthodox (Partial) Preterist.
In these past 4 years, I have benefited immensely from your ministry. It has given me a greater appreciation for just how unique the Christian faith is in comparison to the religious systems of the world. I now have a fully realized view of Scripture and the authority of such in the believers life. Christianity is not simply a set of doctrines and do's and don'ts anymore, it is the full demonstration of God's Spirit and His undying Grace towards undeserving sinners, of which I am chief (ht: the Apostle Paul). The Christian faith, especially in it's Reformed configuration, is truly beautiful to me. I have your ministry and your unwavering defense of the faith to thank for that deeper appreciation of Christ and His work.
May the Lord continue to bless your labors in the harvest and sustain your work for another 25 years,
Another "Out of Africa" Note
11/13/2008 - James White
Congratulations on your anniversary which is evidence of God’s persistent and enduring grace in this ministry.
In 2003 I received a Dave Hunt audiopak and in it was a tape called “Debating Calvinism”. As an ardent free-willer and a flaming arminian I lapped the debate up and was enraged by Mr White’s argumentation. I was really angry as most arminian’s tend to get when they are confronted with the undiluted exposition of the doctrine of God’s sovereign grace in salvation. I lapped up the book “What Love is this?” and gave it to a friend who attended a church plant in Pretoria South Africa started and pastored by Joel James of Grace Community Church and the Master’s Seminary. An ongoing discussion lasting years ensued – he gave me a long-letter by James White in response to that book.
Eventually over time as God had mercy my views started changing and so did my theology. One day the penny dropped. As Spurgeon stated, it was almost like getting saved all over again. From an arminian Pentecostal I became a reformed Baptist and have since grown lapping up the richness of this evangelical tradition. From a Calvin-hater in spite of knowing nothing about him or his writings I became a “Calvinist” – not because of Calvin but because of Jesus, the prophets and the apostles. I started the Institutes (1536 version) last night and as an Italian ex-catholic I am enthralled at what I am reading from a young man saved in the midst of error and apostasy.
On behalf of myself and the others who have benefitted from your ministry in South Africa we wish you Godspeed and hope to see you here in the future. I will be forever grateful to James White for standing on scripture alone and leading me to a better understanding of my “Perfect Saviour who never fails and His Father who is greater than all”. I have recently got a pyromaniacs T-shirt from Phil Johnson and will have to add an aomin sweater to my wardrobe. I am thrilled to see you partnering PJ in this upcoming conference. I have been telling my pastor Tim Cantrell, also from the Master’s Seminary that we NEED both of you guys out here TOGETHER. Man, won’t have to take my Ritalin for weeks! We are busy involved in organizing a John Piper event that will co-incide with Rick Holland and the Resolved Team in 2009. We need the “Pyro” and the “Great White” hot on their heels to keep the flame burning!
A Greatly Encouraging Note from Indonesia
11/12/2008 - James White
I am an Indonesian who live in Indonesia. I discovered your site around the year of 2000. Since the internet connection we had at the time was dial up connection I could only benefit from your writings. Nevertheless, they helped me a great deal in dealing with RCs, Islams, and Jehovah Witness.
Two years ago, we had better internet connection and thus I could benefit from the Dividing Lines and also your Youtube files and other large files. I downloaded them and in one case I trans(cribe-late) your debate with Hamzah Abdul Malik into Indonesian and posted it on my blog. Your most recent material that I benefit is the materials on 'I AM statement'. In my most recent discussion with Islam they are forced to admit that Jesus did explicitly claim that He is GOD. This is quite an achievement because this is one of the most common objections we face here that has been so difficult to defeat.
A Trophy of Grace
11/11/2008 - James White
I am a 6 time arrested convicted felon and former i.v. drug user, the Lord begin to draw me back in 1995, and after a long process of seeking various paths beginning with the Catholicism I was raised under, he providentially set me one night in 1997 right up front in a meeting with the one and only Dave Hunt! My disdain for Protestant preachers was high at the time, being raised in the town were Jimmy Swaggart ministries is located, but , my sister had promised me that this guy was not a preacher…….,and he gave a very convincing presentation of how you can trust the Bible to be what it claims to be,and then he told us not to take his word for it but to be like the Bereans and go home and study the Scriptures to find out for ourselves if these things were so. I did what he said, the Spirit moved, and I was born again.
My wife was a third generation Mormon, and her grandfather, who served as a bishop, was trying hard to convert me , someone at my new church told me of your book, Is the Mormon my brother, and so, armed with the Scripture and your book, I was able to show my wife the error of Mormonism and she was led to Christ as well. Longer story, made short, in 2001 I surrendered to the ministry and started as and assoc. Pastor at a small So. Baptist church. After much study, weeping and gnashing of teeth, along with discovering your program, the dividing line, I became soundly, theologically reformed in 2003.
I thank God for Alpha and Omega ministries, I have read many of your books Dr. White, and I listen to the Dividing Line regularly. As the most unlikely guy to wind up being a preacher that I know, and having absolutely no seminary training, your ministry along with others, has, and continues to give me my theological education, so I Praise the Lord for Alpha and Omega, keep plugging away, and know that your efforts are helping to produce what is clearly a resurgence of sound doctrine and theology all across our land.
Grounded in the Scriptures
11/10/2008 - James White
Couldn't pass up the opportunity to give testimony to the blessing AOMin has been over the past few years. I was involved with the JWs before becoming a Christian, and when I had been a charismatic Christian for a few years, nearly became a Roman Catholic. The articles and audio from the ministry were invaluable to me in getting my head straight about the Trinity, the authority and canon of scripture, and any number of other issues that should be baseline teaching for a Christian, but sadly aren't nowadays.
Since getting a decent grounding in those things, and, in God's mercy, becoming a member of a sound local church, I've been greatly helped by AOMin in witnessing to many, online and offline, atheists, Muslims and JWs. It's particularly encouraging to be able to direct skeptics who insist that Christians are anti-intellectual to the many tremendously intelligent resources you provide. I absolutely thank God for your ministry, and pray for you every day.
From a Former Mormon
11/08/2008 - James White
Words can not express how happy I am to have found your ministry. Your ministry was one of the solid rocks of doctrinal information I found after my conversion from Mormonism. It is your ministry's constant incisive arguments that have taken away what ever appeal Roman Catholicism once had for me when I was lost and unsaved. The weekly pod cast of The Dividing Line is one of the high points of my week. Thank you once again for your ministry it is truly used of God.
Eight Years of Blessing
11/07/2008 - James White
AOmin, I am excited about this opportunity to say "thank you." I thought this opportunity would only come in Glory.
Thank you for being vessels used for Christ's kingdom. You guys are very capable men who could make a lot more money somewhere else, but you choose the better path. That decision has made a world of difference in my life.
James, thank you for making me think for the past 8 years. I have enjoyed your books. Your simple discussion of the hard topics is a breath of fresh air, especially after reading John Owen. I am even working through Dudes and the Door with my daughter, and she is enjoying that book. Most importantly, thank you for developing my critical ear through your debates and Dividing Lines. I have been witnessing to a Jehovah Witness for the past 3 years, and I am able to hear his inconsistencies due to listening to your working through your opponent's sermons and lectures. Your eternal crowns are definitely multiplying with your passive investments in your listeners/readers.
Rich, thank you for challenging me in using my abilities for Christ's kingdom. After hearing about all the things that you do to keep AOmin running properly, I know you are very talented man who could be successful in many different fields. Your sacrifice for the Church has challenged me to search for ways to serve our loving God outside of lectures and sermons. Serving others with the hammer, computer mouse and a whole lot of duct tape has been fruitful. It opens up many possibilities for evangelistic Bible studies. Rich, thank you for your hard work.
Honor the Word of God
11/06/2008 - James White
I have had the pleasure of listening to Alpha and Omega ministries for about 8 years now. Although I have been truly edified by all I have watched and listened to, there is one priceless thing I have learned above all else, and that is how to honor the Word of God. Before I became aware of Dr. White's ministry, I knew very little about the principles of hermeneutics and exegesis that I have seen faithfully taught here throughout the years. I believe this is the main theme that embraces every endeavor of this ministry, whether it be outreach to Mormons or Muslims, and even other Christians. I take with me a gift of knowledge that will remain with me for the rest of my life.
We Still Want to Hear from You!
11/05/2008 - James WhiteI still have, well, literally over a hundred testimonies to publish, and yes, I know, October is officially over, but hey...after twenty five years, we can celebrate a bit longer! So if you just forgot to send in your testimony at email@example.com, you still have time. Eventually we will have to shut down that address (yes, that's right, spammers have no honor), but for now, you can still get yours in. I have been greatly blessed by the many I have already read, and look forward to any others that may come in. Here's another from my testimonies folder.
I would first like to thank you for the opportunity to respond to you and your associates and tell you just how much I have enjoyed and appreciated your ministry. I first learned of you this year when I saw one of your videos on youtube. I've been hooked ever since.
I very much appreciate the way in which you handle the Word of God, and the respect you've shown your opponents in your debates. You've handled yourself in a very professional and Christ-like manner. I've tried to take notes on how best to handle situations I might someday find myself in when dealing with cults and other religions. Between your ministry and that of the late Dr Walter Martin, I've learned a great deal in how to handle these sorts of challenges to the faith.
I know it must be hard for you and your family to be going around all the time here and there in your ministry, but I just want you to know that the Lord sees all that you're doing and someday it will be worth it all. As a young minister myself, I know how hard it is to do the work of the Lord and to understand his will sometimes. The road may get tough, but take heart because it won't be much longer til the Lord comes for his Church. I feel that we don't have that much longer to wait for his appearing, as long as we remain faithful and true he will see us finish this race that we find ourselves on.
I'm praying for you in your upcoming debate with Bart Ehrman, I've watched the man before in several instances and know that he will use every trick he can to dilute the Word. It is my prayer and hope that you might say or do something that might reach him and the Lord can bring him back into the fold.
I'de like to especially note that I've really enjoyed your recent debates on Islam, someone has got to set the record straight between Christianity and Islam. Your debates on Catholicism have been great too, keep up the good work! I've also very much enjoyed that series you did on Church history, and have learned alot from it.
Back in the Days of Cassette Tapes (Hey, That Wasn't That Long Ago!)
11/02/2008 - James White
I just wanted to briefly provide a testimony to let the ministry know how much of an impact that Alpha and Omega has had on me and my family. I started listening to the program back in high school prior to the days of cd-burners and mp3's and actually started to record the programs on an audio cassette in order to listen to them on the way to work after I graduated and began attending college. Your program gave me a passion for the Word of God that continued to blossom and grow even as I decided to attend Bible College in order to further my education and eventually practice full time ministry. I really appreciated the debates with Roman Catholic apologists which greatly helped me to further my understanding of the true nature of the Gospel. While at first I was resistant to the doctrines of grace, I understood how arguing from that perspective was the only one that could biblically and soundly defeat the opposing arguments from not only Roman Catholics, but from other perspectives as well; from atheism to mormonism.
Eventually, through hearing your defense of the Gospel of God's grace so many times, and from my own personal study of the Word, I came to see the truth of the nature of man and what it truly takes to raise him from the spiritual death he is naturally born into. It was when I understood this that my mind was finally open to understanding the very nature of the Gospel and set me free from the chains of my previous traditions. To understand that it is the work of the Holy Spirit by the sovereign hand of God that causes someone to awaken from spiritual death and see the glorious love of God through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross has helped me greatly understand my role in evangelism. I can see the difficulty some have with Calvinism due to those who are practicing hyper-Calvinists, but I now long for others to come the same understanding of the Gospel that is so clearly taught in Scripture, that frees us from the fear of man. Thank you Dr. White, and thank you Alpha and Omega for being a beacon of God's grace in these perilous times.
Because of your ministry, I have been continually equipped in my study of God's Word which has helped me grow and better provide an answer for the hope that is within me.
Another One Who Didn't Like Me! :-)
11/01/2008 - James WhiteI came from a charismatic background and as you can imagine there wasn't much emphasis on biblical exegesis of any sort. I grew up arminian and when I came of age I essentially ended up with the half-baked semi-pelagian free-will man-centered doctrine that is so prevalent on christian radio today. A certain bible answer man was my favorite teacher at that time because he seemed to be one of the first to actually demonstrate that you could be a christian and have a brain. A couple of years back a friend of mine let me borrow "What Love is This?" by Dave Hunt. The author mentioned this person named James White a few times in that book (as well as in his magazine) wonder of wonders you ended up on the Bible Answer Man around the time I finished the book. There was supposed to be a "debate" between yourself and George Bryson and I was anticipating that he would wipe the floor with you. From the very beginning it became clear that Bryson was having a tough time and so the moderator of the debate decided to join and debate against you (?!) What I heard in those few hours was one of those defining moments in one's life. There was the Bible Answer man being questioned about certain verses in the Bible (John 6, Gen 50) and he was DODGING THE BIBLE! Now I've told you before I didn't like you after that interaction, but I had to give the debate to the one who was faithful to the scriptures. Long story short, that lead me on a journey through much reading, and many Dividing Line broadcasts. It was during those years of listening to the Dividing Line that I was able to hear the reformed faith articulated and defended in the most convincing fashion I've ever heard. The nuance and precision of the argumentation as well as the application of these truths were nothing short of life-changing.
It is also important to point out that since I became a "calvinist" i have had many opportunities to present the biblical view of God and man to others in my local body.
*One of the elders arranged a debate in which I was called upon to defend reformed truths and it had a convincing impact on those who heard.
*I was called upon to present a defense of "calvinism" to a group of friends at a 20 somethings bible study and you wouldn't believe the things that happened as a result of that interaction.
One of them came to me and said:
"I used to be afraid to share the gospel with certain people, but now that I know that God's in total control I just speak the truth and leave the rest up to him"
*Another who was a staunch Arminian when I met her has actually come to embrace the biblical understanding of God's grace. (I was also able to show this person the value of expositional teaching and also explain the importance of doctrine in our day and our generation specifically. which has also been a staple of your teaching.)
*I've got a friend who attends Liberty University (!) who described himself as a "four-pointer". I pointed him to your site and shared a few of the things i've learned and now he's embraced limited atonement.
*I am currently in the middle of another bible study in which I am able to present a brief history and an "in-depth" look at the five points with a few friends.
It's funny, people always ask me what seminary I went to. I honestly believe that the time i've "spent" with you is more beneficial than if I had gone to some of the seminaries that are out there today.
So praise God for Dave Hunt, George Bryson, and that Bible Answer guy. You were not treated fairly on that show but I can tell you that it has borne fruit in my life and in the lives of others. I know you all are small, I know you may not be a big name, I know you attract much unfair criticism, but brother, you have been used MIGHTILY by the Lord!