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The Cost of Following Christ---Indeed
02/23/2010 - James White
I would like to thank Doug McMasters and the folks at TRC for getting me through morning rush hour traffic in London this morning to the studios of Premier Christian Radio for my two programs with Justin Brierley. These were my fourth and fifth appearances on the Unbelievable program, and I really enjoyed my time with Justin. The first program was with Adnan Rashid, and we discussed the Bible and the Qur'an, Surah 4:157, and as I knew what Adnan really wanted to argue about, the Gospel of Thomas. Adnan interrupted me regularly, so it was not quite your normal episode of Unbelievable, but Adnan has never realized that engaging in that kind of behavior (including the swipes and comments that he used in our debate in 2008, and again this morning) only detracts from his presentation. Then we had a few minutes break and went directly into an encounter with Sir Anthony Buzzard on the pre-existence of Christ. This was a very different discussion, since Sir Anthony is very genteel, and would normally respond with "thank you" even after I had said something akin to "Sir Anthony's position is rank heresy." So it was a very different exchange.
I do not know when the programs will air, but I would assume probably March 13th and 20th on Premier Radio. I subscribe to Justin's podcast, so when I have a better idea of the specific dates, I will try to post something.
My next engagement is Thursday evening on Revelation TV, doing an hour long discussion on the reliability of the New Testament. Those in London and the surrounding areas should be able to watch live, and, if I have my times right, you should be able to watch on the Internet at 4pm EST here. I hope, anyway.
As most of my readers know, my daring to expose the false statements of Ergun Caner wherein he accused me of engaging in "Jerry Springer" like behavior in my debates has brought out the worst in many Southern Baptist types. It seems that Dr. Caner can say anything, no matter how outrageously false, and he has full freedom to do so. He can impugn my character about the matter publicly, but if I dare point out the falsehood, I am supposed to repent of the heresy of questioning "the Lord's anointed." This kind of mentality is rampant in many circles. It is a sad thing to observe.
Tim Rogers provided us with a post that illustrated the "Caner can do no wrong, let's not talk about what he has really said" attitude just recently, as I noted in a previous blog entry. In the comments that followed we could discern quickly how this activity takes place in these very insulated circles. The process goes like this:
1) Do not even acknowledge the problem (specifically, the documentation that Dr. Caner uttered a clear and plain falsehood on national radio, one that is easily documentable). Ignore it completely.
2) Attack anyone personally with untruths and ad-hominem who would point out the problem with the anointed leader you wish to defend (seen by Peter Lumpkins' first comment).
3) Sound the call to circle the wagons and do everything in your power to make sure the real issue---the matter of truthfulness and integrity---is drowned out by the shrieks and cries of the defenders of the anointed one.
Rational and reasonable people observe this for a while, maybe even attempting to point out the obvious disrespect for truth being displayed by these people, but eventually they give up, recognizing that no rational thought is taking place in the midst of the venting of the emotions of blind loyalty. And once again the real issue is ignored and covered over, the anointed one being allowed to get away, once again, with irresponsible behavior....
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Quick Note from London
02/20/2010 - James WhiteGreetings from the other side of the pond! Have had a wonderful time with the fine folks at Trinity Road Chapel the past two days, and look forward to ministering the Word tomorrow in both services. Monday and Tuesday will be "crunch time" with the debate with Abdullal al Andalusi Monday night, and the two Unbelievable radio programs Tuesday morning, one with Muslim Adnan Rashid, the other with Socinian Anthony Buzzard. Pray for God's truth to be heard, believed, and obeyed, to His Triune Glory!
I was re-installing UltraFractal today to show the McMasters (my hosts here in London), and happened to create a gorgeous fractal on my first run (rather unusual). I thought I would share it with you all, since I haven't posted a piece of my fractal art in ages. You can click the image to download it (original size: 1440x990).
London, Here I Come!
02/10/2010 - James WhiteMy thanks to all who prayed that the Lord would open the way for me to get to London by granting my visa in time. It was granted today, so it will arrive in time for me to depart next week! I am so thankful, and look forward to meeting all the saints there! Yes, we could still use your support (see the banner ad) to cover costs. See all my English friends at Trinity Road Chapel!