James and Michael traveled to the Revelation TV studios in Malaga Spain for two debates. Both of these debates can be found on our YouTube page in the Christian Controversies playlist.
UPDATE: I am still traveling back from Spain, having been stranded overnight in Philadelphia. In any case, I wanted to thank Michael Brown once again for joining with me in discussing these important topics. I realize people view debates in very different ways, and I cannot control how folks judge these things. I debate with a particular audience in mind, and those outside that audience may well come to very different conclusions about the discussions. But I do believe that Michael and I try to hold ourselves to a pretty high standard in our discussions, and for that I thank him once again.
I have not had time (as most of my time since last night’s debate has been spent in airports, airplanes, and I just now got to a hotel to get some sleep before an early AM flight home, Lord willing!) to look at much of the commentary on the encounters, but I did see one comment that I wish to respond to. Steve Hayes wrote a review of the healing debate, and one thing he said truly bothered me. He wrote, “Apparently, White hadn’t studied Brown’s position.” Even though this was arranged in amazingly short order (especially for an international trip), I did the following in preparation: I listened to a nearly 2 hour sermon on healing MB delivered in Brownsville years ago; I read Hyper-Grace and Authentive Fire, his two newest books; and I read the vast majority of Israel’s Divine Healer, including all the material relevant to our debate. I do not know how someone could have been more diligent, in fact, to know what Michael’s position actually was. I do not understand Steve Haye’s regular unwillingness to give me the benefit of the doubt, and I often just try to overlook his barbs aimed my direction, but there is one thing I do: I prepare for my debates. To say otherwise is simply groundless.
Of course I addressed the wider and more popular view prevalent in Charismatic circles, and pointed out how often MB differed with it. But for crying out loud, we were on a Charismatic television channel and were taking calls and emails from the audience! How could you not address those very issues?
Personally, I would like to see Steve Hayes in the same situation. It is pretty easy to snipe from the bleachers. I would imagine he would seek just a bit more fairness in his audience than he seems willing to grant to others.