Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
More Great Encouragement from a Brother in the Lord
12/28/2008 - James White
Your debates and teaching on the sovereignty of God helped me over the years to come to the confident conclusion of the Reformed position on election. I enjoy the Dividing Line and the podcast. My son, now an adult, also listens to your debates and gets your books. I don't see how you keep up with all the work. I enjoyed reading about Summer's encounter with her professor. As a former high school teacher I was happy to see that she stood up to him. Bravo! At the age of 61 God called me into the pastorate and role models like you and John MacArthur encourage me to fight the good fight for the integrity of the Word and expository preaching. Thank you very much. May the Lord continue to bless.
12/27/2008 - James White
Dear aomin team,
Congratulations on your 25th anniversary!
I got to know about your website a year or more ago, and its been such a blessing to me.
I work as an IT Analyst and love to defend my faith with people of various ethnicities and varying levels of intellectual interest.
And being a 5 year old Christian, there are times when I've struggled with tough questions in the Bible myself.
Throughout these tough times, I've found support, information, help and encouragement on your website and your chat.
Earlier, I followed a more evidential approach to Apologetics, but all along, I knew there was something missing.
After my acquaintance with your ministry, I've begin to ground all my thinking down to Scripture.
Ever since I was touched by the Lord, I have been really fascinated by the account of God's sovereignty in Romans 9 and I didn't know that there
are people who believed just what Paul was saying - God controls salvation, period. Now I've found you guys and its been so good!
I've enjoyed your books, your mp3s and everything I can get my hands on.
I pray that the Lord will make you guys more fruitful and use you to reach people in the Middle East!
I want to learn Greek and Hebrew and Latin and just about anything that will make me a skilled handler of God's Holy word.
So, do pray for me.
p.s: Mutato! Love to you dude!
Dear Dr. White,
Thank you, first of all, for providing this opportunity to us so that we may express our thoughts. Should these ever be made public, I can't wait to read the ones from all those who have faithfully called the Dividing Line at your invitation. You know, Tim Staples, Jimmy Akin, Steve Ray, Art Sippo, Patrick Madrid etc. I also look forward to reading the words of love from Dan Barker, Gail Ripplinger and Peter Ruckman. All these have come to greatly appreciate you and your ministry. I have no doubt that George Bryson, Dave Hunt and D.A. Waite will voice their appreciation also. In fact, Ergun Caner MUST have been just as eager to respond as he was to engage in that memorable Calvinism debate.
I'm certain there are many I've neglected to mention but no doubt I will be rejoicing as they make themselves known.
As for myself, in order to never miss a thing, over the last four years I use AOMin.org as my homepage. Yes, sir, each and every day I am greeted by you as I embark upon my online experience. Why have I done this? In all seriousness, it is because I have grown to love and respect you. Like others, I could write several paragraphs on the impact you have upon my individual Christian life. But it is because of the breadth of your work that I hold you in as great esteem as those who are considered the historical giants and pillars of our Christian Church. I have learned much from those men of years gone by but as we are privileged by God to have the same caliber of men in our own day, please know your contributions have brought clarity and understanding. I am convinced if there were to be a true modern day Reformation, once the history of this day were written in the ages to come, your name would be spoken of in the same breath as any of the greatest of our Reformation/Puritan forefathers. And I have heard you say this is your desire; to leave behind a body of work that will benefit and enhance future generations of Chist's own church. As God has already granted this to you, may He also grant you length of days.
I am saddened as I hear those who will slander and deride in order to enhance their own supposed stature and audience. Yet you handle such things with grace and temperance. I know the difference when men selfishly and egotistically promote their own views and agendas and when they simply wish to honor truth with proper humility. I have at times purposely tried to hear you as these accusers describe and I must say you are continually above reproach.
Lastly, your sense of humor in the face of much provocation while never being dismissive concerning the serious nature of your task is most winsome. See, folks...Christianity CAN be entertaining while being educational! Just listen to Dr. James White and you'll see!
May God continue to grace you with soundness of mind and may we as the Church be ever thankful to Him for AOMin.
A Really Encouraging Note
12/26/2008 - James White
Dr. White and Rich,
I'm about to graduate from seminary and its all because of you Dr. White. Because I admired you and your ministry so much, the moment I heard you say [several years ago] that learning Greek and Church history have proven to be the most valuable "tools" of you apologetic ministry, it inspired me to learn Greek as well. Now some 4 years later [after taking the Greek and Church history courses I decided to pursue a degree] iI will graduate this academic year. Thank you for your courage, your diligence, your hard work, and faithfulness in proclaiming, defending the truthfulness of God's word; and in fulfilling His call on your life. You are truly a blessing to all of us who wish to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Also, thank you Rich for your "behind the scenes" work and technical support you have given Dr. White over the years. May God bless you both.
PS: God has a remnant of black people [small as it may be] who want, desire, and appreciate sound teaching when they hear it.
More 25th Anniversary E-Mails
12/15/2008 - James White
"I have been a Christian for almost seven years now and next to my parents and early Sunday School experiences, Dr. White has had the largest influence on me and my Faith; I was introduced to the Doctrines of Grace through "The Sovereign Grace of God" and "The Potters Freedom" when I was only a year old in the Faith and that has made all the difference in my growth. It was these books that were instrumental in the growth of my roommates faith my sophmore year of college and the small reformation that was touched off later that year in a school were the "Emergent" style of Christianity dominated.
Both in school (I am a theology major at Dordt College and pursuing seminary.) and outside of it, Dr. White's work has been of great use to me. I have referenced him in my papers and speeches and have given his books and audio recordings away to friends seeking answers on the tough issues of the day. The Lord has done a mighty work through this brother in the Lord. I can honestly say that I would not be the man I am today without the proclamation and defense of the Gospel from Dr. White and Alpha and Omega Ministries.
Thank you so much and May God continue to bless you and Rich, your families, and Alpha and Omega Ministries!--SS
Twenty five years of ministry is quite an accomplishment, Dr. White, but more than that, it is a testimony of God's grace and mercy, and that is a wonderful thing to behold!
Although I have only been aware of Alpha & Omega Ministries for a short time, I could discern from the beginning your love for God and His Word. Your God-given passion, with which you use to defend the truth, is awe inspiring!
I praise God for this ministry, and the way the Lord has used you, Doc. I have listened to you explain seminary level information in a way that a 15 yr old can understand, or in my case, a homemaker & college drop-out. :-)
Another 25th Anniversary E-Mail from Overseas
12/14/2008 - James White
Three years ago I was a happy-go-lucky agnostic, caring for her family, loving her job, never giving one thought to the matters of existential significance. Well - I was reading thick philosophy books and loving psychology - being a teacher in the most secularized country on Earth, Sweden, kind of compells you to do it - but basically God had no place in my life.
Then something happened. A long process of looking for answers in a completely different sphere led me to Christ, and in June 2006 I confessed Him my Lord and Savior, to the dismay of my entire family and horror of my husband, who had abandoned the faith many years before.
I was 45, and very hungry for Word. I discovered some good web sites teaching sound Reformed theology, and one of them featured "Cornerstone" - a song by Steve Camp. The word 'Calvinism' did ring a bell to me, but in a very negative sense, bringing some distant memories from the time of my university studies of English history and literature, where the ideology (that is what they called it) was connected to WASP's and material prosperity as a sign of being chosen by God.
I listened to the songs, read Campi's blog and web site, followed the links from it, and experienced the shock of finding out that all of that was within the frames of Calvinism. Only this time I saw nothing wrong with it. It was sound teaching of the Bible...
One of those links led to aomin.org. And to the blog. And - to the podcast. I started listening to the podcast early last spring, and never stopped since then. Of course, it took a lot of patience to listen to the lectures on Textual Criticism fairly early on, but I survived that pretty well :)
Thank you, Dr. White, for your relentless stand on the Truth of God's Word, for your courage in using the Sword of God to fight the heresies, for your zeal in pointing Muslims to the true God of the Scriptures. Thank you for equipping me with sound and first class apologetical arguments for my talks with atheists and people from other religions.
More 25th Anniversary E-mails
12/13/2008 - James White
Greetings Dr. White and fellow AOMIN laborers.
I have a wonderful testimony to share about how the Lord used your ministry to open my partially blinded eyes. It would take multiple pages to relate. So, I'll heavily abridge it and try to just hit the major points. For some years I was deeply involved in KJV Onlyism. I was an Independent Baptist fundamentalist who immersed myself in KJVO material, thought Reformed theology was satanically influenced, believed women shouldn't wear pants, and went as far as to refuse celebrating Easter and Christmas because I thought they were pagan holidays, etc. I knew of your name, as it was mentioned disparagingly by a few of my favorite KJVO authors. They had me thinking you were nothing more than a horribly arrogant KJV hater. One day, about six years ago, I decided to visit your website to see what you were all about. I read your correspondence with Tex Marrs and was immediately impressed with your calm, cool, and logical explanations in contrast to his irrational ranting. Then I read your exchanges with (my former hero) Peter Ruckman and was equally very impressed. I started really questioning, for the first time, if I was in fact in the truth with my beliefs. Realize that what I just related and what I'm going to elaborate further about was taking place over a period of weeks. I purchased The King James Only Controversy and read it. I was blown away. By the time I finished the book, I was determined to jettison my KJVO position.
Meanwhile, I was drawn to your website more and more. I thought, "If he was right about the KJV issue, then let me see what he has to say in defense of Reformed theology." On your website, for the first time, I actually read what the "other side" had to say in defense of Calvinism instead of negative criticism about it. Over a period of a few more weeks, I found myself saying, "Wow. This material makes total sense. I think I'm becoming Reformed!" It wasn't long after that until I was on board. I left my KJV Independent Baptist church and began attending an Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Talk about a gigantic shift in my Christian walk all within the period of a couple of months! I couldn't ever grasp the Covenantal theological position, though. Well, I am now completely Reformed Baptist in my beliefs and I also love reading my NASB and ESV bibles! I've since moved and currently attend a great Southern Baptist church where the pastor and all the elders are Reformed. I'm now six years into my journey and have learned so much from you and men like Piper, Sproul, the Puritans, Spurgeon, etc. I read your blog almost daily and download the Dividing Line every week. I also have several of your books, many of your debates on MP3, and pray for you when you do your debates. I can't wait to listen to the Ehrman debate when it becomes available.
First of all, congratulations on your ministry being around this long. I think a recent quote from your own lips sums up the miracle of your ministry. The paraphrase was that if you want a small ministry, just be Reformed, speak against Catholicism and Islam. How true is that!
It's quotes like that that have encouraged me these last couple years in my walk in Christ. I grew up in the Catholic church, but have left that community. It's really a blessing to know if I run into a problem understanding issues with Rome and the reformers, your ministry has great resources to help. May God bless and keep you guys going until the rapture if need be. :)
It's hard to try and be brief when it comes to sharing what I've gotten from Aomin...it would be better to say that I don't know how I could have possibly have grown as much as I have WITHOUT their ministry!
From the moment God saved me (Oct 15 2005) I've had a love for His word above all else...and Aomin is a resource that I realized is an abberation in apologetics cyberspace. There are only a handful of sites that consistently provide trustworthy, accurate information, and Aomin is at the top of that very short list.
BUT...If I had to single out one thing that Dr. White and crew have done for me it would be this: they have taught me to look critically at my own beliefs, see where my faulty reasoning is, and not be afraid of changing my beliefs based on God's word because it's truth.
It's Still Our 25th Anniversary!
12/10/2008 - James WhiteThe London trip interrupted my posting of the testimonies that have been sent in in celebration of our 25th anniversary. I have had a bunch of folks tell me that they wanted to write in, "but never got around to it." Well, you still have a chance! firstname.lastname@example.org is still operational, but the spam bots are finding it, so don't hold off forever! Send us your stories!
Your ministry led me to discovering Reformed theology and deepened of my faith and understanding of the Word more than I'd ever experienced.
The Dividing Line broadcast, your debates, articles and the blog have meant so much to my family and I over the past few years.
Thank you a thousand times for what you do - I pray for God to provide you with strength and blessings to continue for years to come.
I have been listening and learning for about four years now, and I have learned much about how to answer the claims of so many false religions either when they show up on my doorstep, I show up on theirs, or when I go to my in-laws. You have also been instrumental in my spiritual growth as I was saved not long after I had been listening to the DL and reading the blog. I have become solidly grounded in my reformed (Baptist, that is) faith, and I have developed a real appreciation for the giants of the faith that the Lord has raised up before us throughout the history of the church. I could go on, and I’m not just saying that. But the most recently exciting news, though, is that my wife came to Christ from Roman Catholicism a few weeks ago; and the Lord used many of the things that I’ve learned from you and shared with her (probably more than I realize) to bring her in.
Dr. White, I pray that the Lord gives you strength for years to continue doing what you’re doing enough that you could debate a Muslim, a Mormon, and a Roman Catholic all in the same day after having hip surgery when you’re eighty! Thank you all. Alpha and Omega Ministries is truly a gift to the church.---MG
In the spring of 1998 I was given a little book on John 6, written by a man I'd never heard of before. Having just come out of a heavily charismatic/free will background with more questions about doctrine than I had answers for, the timing was perfectly orchestrated that this book would make it's way into my hands. I'd never read anything like what I was about to read in this little book called Drawn by the Father. Suddenly, I understood, and understood in a way that wasn't written in language that was hard to read, but simple and yet thorough. Finally, questions were answered and I had a brand new desire to study the Scriptures to learn even more.
That was my introduction to the work and the ministry of Dr. James White. Alpha and Omega Ministries has continued to bless me in tremendous ways over the years. The twice weekly webcasts, the books, the blog, the chat channel and just in the last year, the video channel. My husband and I have had the pleasure of meeting Dr. White at two different conferences, and were blessed as well by the fellowship with him, and the tireless dedication he has for encouraging the saints to know the word and defend it. I have and do recommend this ministry and it's resources, to anyone.
Happy 25th Anniversary Alpha and Omega Ministries, and may the Lord be pleased to continue to bless this much needed ministry, for many more years to come. ---CR