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Opening Statement: James White

Fundamentally speaking, what is Biblical Christianity, and what aspects of Biblical Christianity cannot be compromised? Without such a definition of terms, all distinctions become meaningless. Can a Muslim Imam, for example, deny that there is only one God, and further deny that Mohammed is his prophet?

God is the creator of all things, and man is created in God’s own image. God interacts with his creation personally and can communicate with his creation, and because of man’s nature, man can also communicate with God.

God has a purpose in creation and that purpose, the purpose of everything that exists, is to Glorify God.

We start with theocentric presuppositions, not anthropocentric.

How has God revealed himself? He has revealed Himself in creation, and all that creation reveals His glory and beauty when the truth isn’t suppressed. He has revealed Himself through the law that is written on man’s heart that comes with being made in God’s own image; the law that reflects God’s holiness.

Christians have always believed that the Scriptures are the Word of God. It is Bishop Spong’s assertion that the Bible is *not* God’s Word, though Jesus himself believed it.

Male and female roles were a result of creation, not evolution, and have a purpose. There exists a mutuality and reciprocity between male and female that doesn’t exist between either male/male or female/female relationships. Paul exalted marriage and commanded men to love their wives and give their very lives for them. God has always protected marriage in his law; Moses was a step down. “He said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.”” (Mat 19:8 ESV)

[Read Romans 1:18f, emphasizing v. 32]
Suppression of the truth brings these sins. This is an expression of their rebellion; this is bad news. You can’t skip the bad news, because without any bad news you don’t have any context for understanding the Good News. You have a long list of sins here, homosexuality being only a part. What about disobedient to parents? This is a laughable thing in our society, but according to the Scriptures this is a serious sin and deserves God’s wrath. It is deception to think that all you have to do is tip your hat to God, then you can live however you like. There is no Good News then at all.

It’s misrepresentative to say that God is a big mean ogre when he is actively redeeming people. He’s making a people of His own who *honor* His law and His truth, he’s changing people’s hearts. Why take out a heart of stone and give a new heart if in fact it wasn’t depraved? The people of Corinth were guilty of the very same sins, but they didn’t continue in those sins. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Cor 6:11 ESV) Every sin, including homosexuality, was represented by the congregation there in Corinth, but they turned from those things and turned to Christ. They did not demand that Christ adopt their standard of morality and demand from God his blessing anyway. You can’t go around saying that God made you a covetous, or hateful, or [insert sin here] Christian, and I was just made that way, without being responsible for that sin. If we accept this kind of perspective, Jesus Christ died for nothing; without a sin, there’s no penalty for sin, and without a penalty for sin, there was no reason for Christ to die as an atoning sacrifice. The message is beautiful; it’s a beautiful call of grace preached to everyone no matter their station in life nor their past sin. But if you agree with God, and agree with Him you must, then grace is all-sufficient for all who repent.

Amen, Dr. White! I really like how you end by offering the all-sufficient grace of God to needy, hell-deserving sinners!

Dr.White, thank you for once again presenting the Truth of the Gospel of The Glory of God. You are a true Ambassador for Christ. My prayer is that God would open the hearts and unstop the ears of many in the audience as well as those who witness this debate in the future.

Hi Sean. Thanks for the helpful summary. Will the rest of the debate be forthcoming on the blog at some point, for those of us who are stranded up here in the Great White North?

Hello Ransom, yes Sean is working on the posts and will continue posting when he gets internet access.

Thanks Paul! I'm looking forward to reading the rest.

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