I attended an interesting lunch time Bible study today. It meets once a week on Wednesdays here where I work. The leader said that since they were still working out technical difficulties, we would talk about what is on our minds. I took a question with me:
“Was James White ‘unequally yoked’ with Yasir Qadhi in Memphis?”
I just happen to be in the middle of a study in 2 John and already have some good notes (I am blessed to teach the class)! Talk about timing!
There were four of us and none of the others knew about Memphis, so it was perfect, as far as I was concerned. No chance of the others already having made up their minds.
I provided the necessary background and then read from a really good and fair article that was published by a Christian news outfit.
One of the other men had no problem with a general discussion about two religions, and did not see any ‘yoking’ going on (I shared the definitions from 4 separate commentaries.) One of the men had some of the same issues brought up by those who have already aired their ‘issues’ with James White. The last of the three other men didn’t give an opinion.
It was a good time of ‘dialogue’.
I learned something else that was disturbing. I heard Jimmy DeYoung, one of the regulars on Brannon Howse’s program (from the July 7 show) say
“James White does not believe the word of God and is a heretic. We should mark him and just forget about him. . .the man’s a heretic.”
Then Shrahram Hadian chimed in and said that Dr. Andy Woods said in a conversation with him that Dr. White should be given over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh. Fine Christian men, these!
And last but not least, in his latest podcast, at about the 1:20 mark, there is an interview with an actual missionary in Iraq that is quite illuminating and should be listened to by all of those who are ‘rebuking’ (bashing) Dr. White, especially the fellow on another blog that told me my missionary analogy was ridiculous.
My point was that the answer to being unequally yoked can be yes, no, or maybe, and maybe is probably the best answer.
Anyway, this whole ‘Christian’ fiasco has been a vehicle for this guy to dig a little deeper into His work to sharpen the few exegetical skills I might have, as well as taught me a bit more about ‘Christian’ behavior and humility
I think saying James White is a heretic is waaaayyy overboard
Just a bit. While I understand some of the ‘concerns’, I don’t understand why some Christians just picked up Brannon Howse’s rant and went with it. We need to become better critical thinkers. Then we can discuss things more rationally and gain something from our own dialogue.
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In my opinion Howse added more heat than light to the issue. I agree with you here: “We need to become better critical thinkers. Then we can discuss things more rationally and gain something from our own dialogue.”
I have to agree with that. And he continues to do so.
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