On February 18, James White will debate Thomas Ross on the text issue. You can learn more about the details of the debate here. I look forward to the debate for several reasons. Let me tell you how:
First, my appreciation for James White
I understand if some of my KJVO friends don’t share my enthusiasm for James White. He has handled some of us pretty roughly over the years. But I do have an appreciation for Dr. White. I have had the privilege of meeting him; I have had the opportunity to get to know a fine young man planting a church in Salt Lake out of Apologia Church, and we share several mutual friends. Despite several significant differences, I believe Dr. White to be a brother in Christ. That said, here are a couple of things I appreciate about Dr. White.
First, I live and serve the Lord in Utah. I cannot express the value of Dr. White’s ministry in this state. For many years, he has traveled to Utah to preach the gospel to the LDS and engage them in debates or discussions. I have to say that he has set a tremendous example for the way we ought to engage these neighbors. My good friend, Pastor Jason Wallace, hosts Dr. White almost annually and has held a variety of debates at the University of Utah – including one infamous debate with a nut-wing professor who attempted to get Dr. White to drink antifreeze on stage. Dr. White has shown a willingness to engage unbelievers from nearly every form of unbelief, but I believe his best work has come from his engagement with the LDS. I had the privilege of sitting in on a discussion he had with Alma Allred, which I consider to be one of the most important public discussions with a Mormon in the past decade.
Second, I appreciate Dr. White’s willingness to continue to engage on the text issue. Yes, I recognize that he wants to defeat the position I hold dear. But I am grateful that he believes we are still worthy of debate.
Third, Dr. White believes in presuppositional apologetics, as do I. I consider this key in the debate with Thomas. We should take a presuppositional approach to preservation.
Second, the opportunity to hear a Biblical case for textual criticism
I am excited to hear Dr. White present a presuppositional case for textual criticism. I have searched the Internet, hoping to find someone who would make the case from Scripture for textual criticism, and so far have come up empty. Perhaps one of my readers can point me to a book, YouTube video, or website that lays out the case from Scripture for textual criticism, but I have yet to hear one.Continue reading “Here’s Hoping for a Solid Debate on the Text Issue”