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Reply to Anonymous “Young Christian”

Editor’s Note: The following article has been featured at the Truth Magazine website for a while now.  It has engendered much discussion, and brother Hafley sent it for inclusion in Watchman as well.  Though we are a bit “behind the times” reprinting it, for those Watchman readers who may not have read it on the Truth Magazine site, here it is.  We appreciate brother Hafley’s kindness and candor in dealing with this young person. Continue reading » Reply to Anonymous “Young Christian”

Editorial: Honor in Controversy (Revisited)

In August of 2000, in the midst of the controversy stirred by the publication of the “Open Letter” on the Creation “Days” controversy, I penned an editorial entitled Honor in Controversy. In the article I pointed out the carnal tactics to which some resorted at that time. I sought to point out the need for brethren to behave righteously during times of controversy as we discuss differences which exist. It is a lesson that needs repeating time and again.

It is inappropriate for any child of God to behave in less than a righteous manner. Peter wrote, “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:11-12). The term “honorable” in the passage (translated honest in the KJV) is defined by Vines, “good, admirable, becoming, has also the ethical meaning of what is fair, right, honourable, of such conduct as deserves esteem” (Vines, Vol. II, pge. 229).

It is important for Christians to be “fair” and “right” in their dealing with others, especially brethren. This is what God expects of us. Further reading in 1 Peter 2 reveals this, “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men; as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king” (vss. 15-17).

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The Miller – Streutker Debate

September 24-25, 2001
Cincinnati, Ohio

In May of 2001, a David Steinmann challenged Tom Roberts concerning what Steinmann called “baptismal regeneration”. Tom, of course, had only stood for the truth of God’s word that Jesus commanded and His apostles taught water baptism for the remission of sins. Both Stan Cox, editor of Watchman Magazine and myself, as Associate Editor supported Tom and answered Mr. Steinmann through several e-mails. In an e-mail of May 26, under the subject line “Pony Up Stan” Mr. Steinmann offered a challenge to a public debate. His challenge was very weak, but did produce a serious response from Stan Cox:

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Response to: Internet — Boon or Bane?

The above title appears on an article written by Gary Ogden and published on July 16, 2000 in THE PLANT CITY PLANTER, the regular bulletin of the church in Plant City, Florida.  I am deeply concerned with both the tone of this article and with what I consider to be the tremendous danger it poses to those who would keep an open and receptive heart to search the scriptures daily with a noble heart (Acts 17: 11).  I will reproduce brother Ogden¹s article in its entirety and then my response to it will follow.  It is my desire that brother Ogden and the elders at Plant City will carefully read both of them with an open and receptive heart and with a sincere determination to believe and teach only that which God has revealed in His Word.  I can assure you that such is my only desire.

Internet — Boon or Bane?
 by Gary Ogden
“And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear…” (Mark 4:24).  “Take care what you listen to” (NASB.)  “Consider carefully what you hear,” (NIV).

“Take heed therefore how ye hear” (Luke 8:18, KJV).  “Therefore take care how you listen;” (NASB).  “Therefore consider carefully how you listen” (NIV). Continue reading » Response to: Internet — Boon or Bane?

Voices from the Past: The Christian and Controversy (Clinton Hamilton)

Truth Magazine, October 1956 (Volume 1, Number 1)

There is an attitude in the hearts of some Christians that regards debating as beneath the dignity of the followers of Christ and as detrimental to the spread of the Kingdom. The world regards debating with suspicion. This almost universal disapproval of religious debating outside the church has had its effect on the members of the church. For this reason it is good to examine the Scriptures to learn the true attitude one should have toward such matters.

Truth is in constant conflict with error. In view of this situation, what should be our disposition and action amid such a conflict?

A Clarification
Some of those who find debating obnoxious remonstrate with us when we try to reason with them by saying that “debating” is condemned in the Bible. They then quote Romans 1:29 and 2 Corinthians 12:20 from the King James Version: “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers…,” “For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults.” The words debate and debates in these passages are pounced on to condemn religious discussion. Continue reading » Voices from the Past: The Christian and Controversy (Clinton Hamilton)

Voices from the Past: The Polemics of Christianity (Cled Wallace)

[From the original Gospel Guardian, 10-1935.]
Reprinted in The Gospel Guardian, Vol. 24, No. 39, Feb. 8, 1973.

Christianity was born and has triumphed in the heat of controversy. It claims and demonstrates divine origin. It treats all opposition as rebellion against God, and every manifestation of “Anti-Christ” as a huge and destructive lie. It spurns all offers of compromise or fellowship with rival religions. He that exalts himself against its perfect and exhaustive principles of truth is called a “son of perdition” and is denied the salvation that can be found only in Christ. This sure and dogmatic attitude precipitated a conflict that loosed tidal waves of persecution and drenched the earth with blood.Jesus, the Christ, is called “the author and perfecter of our faith.” He came down from Heaven with the expressed purpose of doing the will of God. He propagated no opinions of his own. He was the mouthpiece of supreme authority. “For I spake not from myself; but the Father that sent me, He hath given me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life eternal; the things therefore which I speak, even as the Father hath said unto me, so I speak.” (John 12:49-50) Continue reading » Voices from the Past: The Polemics of Christianity (Cled Wallace)

Queries and Explications: How Do We “Fight the Fight”?

As you may know, last month we reviewed an article by an attorney, H. John Rogers, a New Martinsville, WV Methodist. (If you are a new reader, please click here for the article.) We received two critical responses to our review of Mr. Rogers. Incorporated and included below are the replies made to those who were displeased of our handling of Mr. Rogers and his material. Our critics have done us a favor by expressing themselves. Since they may speak for many today who do not believe it appropriate to”argue the Bible,” especially when sarcasm and sharp rebuke are employed, we thought it good, not to defend intemperate words, but to provide material for consideration.

Frankly, the non-controversial, non-combative, non-confrontational approach to preaching is cause for alarm. Often, though certainly not always, such a spirit resides within those who are liberal minded and who have no respect for “the good fight of faith” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 1 Timothy 6:12; Jude 3). Not being sure that error condemns, and not being convinced that denominationalism is not of God, some have begun to sympathize with false teachers and apologize for those who oppose and expose them. Continue reading » Queries and Explications: How Do We “Fight the Fight”?

Debate: Inherited Sin (Second Negative)

Proposition: The Scriptures teach that, as a result of Adam’s fall, all men are born sinners.

  • Affirm: R.L. Vaughn
  • Deny: Steven Deaton

Second Negative

Regarding the questions:

1. Adam was made in the image of God, free of sin, which God called “good” (Gen. 1:26-27, 31). Yet, Adam sinned. The same is true today–we are created free of sin, “good,” then chose to willfully disobey.

2. Read again Hebrews 2:14-17. We wonder if Mr. Vaughn thinks a person does not exist until they are born and how that may affect his view on abortion?

3. If both, then all babies are born alienated from God and doomed if they die in infancy. Jesus redeemed us by his physical death–sacrificing his body and shedding his blood (Matt. 26:26-28; Heb. 10:5-7). Continue reading » Debate: Inherited Sin (Second Negative)

Debate: Inherited Sin (Second Affirmative)

Proposition: The Scriptures teach that, as a result of Adam’s fall, all men are born sinners.

  • Affirm: R.L. Vaughn
  • Deny: Steven Deaton

Second Affirmative

Answers to Mr. Deaton’s Questions

  1. The serpent deceived Eve, but Adam willfully disobeyed (Gen. 3:1-6; 1 Tim. 2:14).
  2. No. His body was created in the womb of Mary by the Holy Ghost. He existed BEFORE He was born.
  3. Both physical and spiritual death. By what death did Jesus redeem us? Physical or spiritual?
  4. They are born sinners before they sin. However, being born sinners, they immediately begin to transgress God’s law. They lie “AS SOON AS they are born” (Psalm 58:3).
  5. All are saved from Adamic sin; this is not universal salvation because all who do not believe on the Son of God are condemned. Continue reading » Debate: Inherited Sin (Second Affirmative)

Debate: Inherited Sin (First Negative)

Proposition: The Scriptures teach that, as a result of Adam’s fall, all men are born sinners.

  • Affirm: R.L. Vaughn
  • Deny: Steven Deaton

First Negative

Mr. Vaughn states at the beginning that this is about the NATURE of man. So, this discussion is NOT about whether or not man sins, and it is NOT about whether or not men die a physical death as the result of Adam’s fall. It is about whether or not men are born with a depraved, sinful nature inherited from Adam.

Re: Romans 5:12, 18: These verses do not say, “All men have sinned in Adam.” They give a comparison and contrast of the actions and results of Adam and those of Christ. Adam introduced sin into the world, like AS Christ introduced a way of escape from sin. Notice Romans 5:19, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were MADE sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be MADE righteous.” Consider: Thomas Paine MADE many infidels, but was his infidelity transferred to them? No, by his actions he influenced many to reject the belief of God. Likewise, by the actions of Adam, many have been influenced to commit sin because he introduced it into the world. Continue reading » Debate: Inherited Sin (First Negative)

Debate: Inherited Sin (First Affirmative)

Proposition: The Scriptures teach that, as a result of Adam’s fall, all men are born sinners.

  • Affirm: R.L. Vaughn
  • Deny: Steven Deaton

First Affirmative

ARE YOU BORN IN SIN? Or are you born without sin? Mr. Steven Deaton and I invite you to consider the following proposition:

The Scriptures teach that, as a result of Adam’s fall, all men are born sinners.


  • The Scriptures – 66 books inspired by God, often called the Holy Bible [quotations are from the King James Version].
  • Teach – cause to know
  • Result – something that arises as a consequence of
  • Adam’s fall – Adam’s disobedience to God’s command (Genesis 2:16,17) and his subsequent separation from God (Gen. 3).
  • All men – the whole number of the human race.
  • Born – having certain characteristics from birth.
  • Sinner – one that sins. Continue reading » Debate: Inherited Sin (First Affirmative)

Voices from the Past: Paul – The Agitator (Cled E. Wallace)

Bible Banner ~ July 1938

“But they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and rushed upon him with one accord; and they cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon the Lord, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (Acts 7:57-59).

This is our introduction to Saul of Tarsus, chief of sinners, who afterward became Paul, the apostle, chief of missionaries. Bitter war was raging between Judaism and Christianity and Saul sat high in the councils of Judaism. Judaism was materialism and its weapons were carnal. When argument did not suffice, it took up the sword. Christianity was a spiritual system whose adherents used words for weapons, fled before the sword or died praying for their enemies. He that was born after the flesh was persecuting him that was born after the Spirit (Gal. 4:28-31). The struggle was to end in the casting out of the handmaid and her son, the overthrow of Judaism and the triumph of the gospel, but not until Saul of Tarsus changed sides. Continue reading » Voices from the Past: Paul – The Agitator (Cled E. Wallace)

Voices from the Past: The Spirit of Christ (N.B. Hardeman)

Tabernacle Sermons, Volume 3, ca. 1928

In looking over this great audience assembled, I am reminded of days gone by. There is genuine appreciation in the heart of every one who loves the truth, because of the wonderful opportunities that are to us granted. I want to join Bro. Cullom in expressing appreciation of the presence of so many delegations from the various parts of our land. I want to thank, especially, our colored brethren for coming in a body this afternoon. To all of these services, you are most cordially invited. Unto God be all the praise and to us the encouragement. I think you ought to know that any man, appearing before an audience of this kind, is deeply impressed with the great responsibility resting upon him. I know that impressions are going to be made. God forbid that anything shall be said or done other than that which is in harmony with His will. I beg of you to study carefully and to consider thoughtfully all that may be said at this service. Continue reading » Voices from the Past: The Spirit of Christ (N.B. Hardeman)

Militancy in the Defense of Truth: The Value of Debate

Rather than relying upon Webster’s Dictionary to define “militancy,” we shall direct our attention to the definition, description, and demonstration of Divine revelation.

First, Jude defined the term when he said that we “should earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude 3). Second, Paul described militancy when he said, “We were bold in our God to declare unto you the gospel of God with much contention” (1 Thess. 2:2). Further, by way of description, he said, “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:4, 5–NASB). Third, militancy was demonstrated by Elijah in his debate with the prophets of Baal (1 Kgs. 18), by Jesus in his discussions with the Jews (Matt. 12:22-30; 21:23-46; 22:15-46; John 8), and by the disciples in their disputes (Acts 6:10-7:60; 13:16-52; 17:2-10; 19:8, 9, 23; 28:22-29). After reading and savoring the implicit implications of the Scriptures cited, if one still does not know what it means to be militant in the defense of truth, Webster will be of little help.

(Let it be understood that a debate is not the only way to be militant in the defense of the truth. Our study concerns religious debating because that is the assigned topic.) Continue reading » Militancy in the Defense of Truth: The Value of Debate