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President Reagan’s Faith, Interaction with Dr. Albert Mohler, Brief Comments on Justice

Started off expressing thanks for the recently discovered letter President Ronald Reagan sent to his father-in-law shortly before his father-in-law’s death in which Reagan gave a clear call to faith in Jesus as the only way of salvation. Then I moved to interact with and respond to some of the comments made by Dr. Albert Mohler of The Southern Seminary in the Q&A chapel from last week, focusing specifically upon the comment related to why he has not signed the statement despite saying that he agrees with major portions of it.  I had the video all cued up but never ended up playing anything as I kept moving from point to point (having listened to it multiple times) in providing background until I had pretty well covered everything.  Also included a section of commentary on the injustice of lodging 30+ year old allegations of misconduct and how the current cultural moment attempts to bring cosmic justice into our present reality (an impossibility).

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Gorgeous Goatskin Greek New Testaments, 3 Mormons, Open Phones

Started off showing off my new Nestle-Aland 28th Edition Large Print Greek New Testament as rebound in gorgeous turquoise Italian goatskin by Post Tenebras Lux Bible Rebinding, run by Jeffrey Rice.  I had Jeffrey call in and talk with me about his work. Now, I know some will think I am just causing everyone else to covet, but, I know my audience is probably really into super well done Bible rebinding, so I just wanted everyone to see what could be done. It truly is beautiful!  Then we talked a little bit about the lengthy Twitter thread I posted today regarding John MacArthur’s initial comments on ethnicity and the gospel, looked at a few more minutes from the 3 Mormons, and then took calls, including a lengthy (ten minute) discussion from a recent convert to Romanism on sola scriptura.

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A Dividing Line of Clarification

We provided clarification on a number of points today, starting with Bruce Jenner’s reported “marriage” to a trans-gender “woman” 47 years his junior. Then we provided clarification on Mitt Romney’s ironic tweet about “religious bigots.”  Next we provided clarification on an Islamic video accusing me of inconsistency regarding the Trinity and the fear of the Lord.  But the majority of the program was taken up providing clarification about “colorblind theology” and the discussions in social media regarding the Lord’s table, “black spaces,” and the call for an ecumenical council to declare me a heretic!  Last DL for me for a while as I leave for Africa tomorrow, but Rich says he has “plans” for others to sit in, but won’t tell me about them (which is frightening).  So stay tuned!

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White Supremacy, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Theology, Imputed Guilt by Race, Kyle J. Howard’s Fear, Racialism, Open Phones

Spent the first hour going over developments over the past few days, including discussions of the Washington Rally with the National Council of Churches, the MLK50 Conference, Martin Luther King’s own professed theology, Thabiti Anyabwile’s imputation of guilt to our grandparents, and finally Kyle J. Howard’s public statement that he would not feel “safe” meeting with me alone “as a black man.” Then we opened the phones with all sorts of calls—none of which were on the topic of the first hour!

 

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Alpha and Omega Ministries – A Personal Reflection

In the year 1988, at the age of sixteen, I stumbled into a class called Witnessing to Mormons. Our church was a fairly large church in the Phoenix area and on Wednesday nights there were numerous options for youth. After attending several of them, I found the youth-oriented options to be fun, but not overly satisfying. I was not overly sure what I was looking for, as I was only 16 years old, but it seemed to me that the classes that only addressed dating, peer-pressure, and similar youth-oriented topics were missing something even more fundamental, but I could not quite figure it out. As I looked through the Wednesday class options, I saw “Witnessing to Mormons” by someone I had never even heard of (and in such a large church, I knew a lot of people). I had already read several books on Mormonism by the Tanners and some others, but I wanted to be able to ask questions.

Sitting in that class, I found out that almost all of my questions were answered long before I could even ask them. Answers to questions I never even had were answered – I was amazed at the knowledge and clarity and, most of all, the substantive teaching. The teacher was Rich Pierce, and I wanted to absorb everything he knew about the subject.

I was disappointed when I walked in a few weeks later and another teacher was going through the material. I was hoping to hear from Rich Pierce again, but I thought I would give this guy a chance. Again, I was simply awestruck at the level of knowledge, the command of Scripture, and the ease by which Mormon arguments that tripped me up were easily and soundly dismantled. My heart was afire! I did not think it was possible to exceed Rich Pierce’s understanding of these topics, but this man had. His name was James White.

Suddenly, I realized that this was a Christian ministry that took Scriptural study and the preaching of the Gospel very seriously, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it in some way. It turned out that Alpha and Omega Ministries was planning to witness to the Mormons in Mesa during their Easter Pageant. I jumped at such an opportunity, as I enjoyed sharing my faith. I continued to study, I listened to as many tapes of debates, lectures, and studies from this ministry as I could get my hands on.

The Witnessing to Mormons class even had role playing, using the best arguments that the Mormons had and required the class to draw upon what it had learned in order to articulate the faith clearly and compellingly. Mr. White (as he was before he received his doctorate) prefaced the Role Playing section by saying the following (paraphrased from memory), “Role playing is useful in preparing you to address the best arguments the Mormons have so that you can present to them the Gospel of Christ. We are not here to defeat an opponent, win an argument, or tear down a belief system. We must have a redemptive purpose. Our desire must be that they hear the true Gospel and that they believe in the true God and the true Savior. If that is not your purpose, this entire class is not for you.” Years later, Rich Pierce told me that one of the founding members of the ministry, Mike Beliveau, said something similar when he was teaching the same class.

My first time out passing tracts, I was a quick-trigger with a Gatlin gun of Bible verses ready to be used, and a teenage-level irreverence to go with it. I was placed with Mike Belliveau on the east gate of the Mormon Temple. I doubt that after all these years, he even remembers our time there, but more than once he had to gently, but firmly, chide me for my manners. “Watch the zingers”, he would say. “Mike, if you don’t love these people, you are no good to them, no matter how many verses you give them.” “Mike, you are not the Holy Spirit.” These rebukes silently hurt my pride, but taught me that I was relying far too much on myself to argue men into the kingdom of God. Suddenly, a lesson my father had earlier taught me finally sunk in (I had once asked him why cult groups do not see the truth in Scriptures). He told me, “It is not an intellectual issue. It is a sin issue.” I realized that James, Mike and Rich were putting everything they taught in class to practice. I had a lot to learn. I had to remember that it is God who saves, not my persuasive words of speech.

Decades have passed and I am now Vice-President of Alpha and Omega Ministries. In all those years, the message, method and approach has remained refreshingly consistent. Dr. White has and still expects that our ministry be in the business of tearing down false teachings, but always with a redemptive hope, and always building up with the truth of the Gospel. There are a lot of lost folk in this world, and a lot of people who have placed their hope in a false Gospel. Our ministry exists to proclaim the Gospel to those caught up in deception, to provide pastors and laymen with the tools to defend their faith and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It further exists to encourage Christians to patiently and peacefully engage this culture with the Gospel.

By the grace of God, we hope to continue in this effort until the Lord relieves us of duty.