Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 10:28 AM

It has been a week now since we took note of the error on James White's website where he alleged in a headline that --

"Bob Ross Supports and Encourages Anti-Lordship Viewpoint"

We offered to James or anyone else $100 for every statement I made in my recent email which "supports and encourages the anti-lordship viewpoint." Neither James nor anyone else has offered to collect the money.

Yet I noticed today on James' website that he continues to post this error, and continues to offer nothing to substantiate it. The question I keep asking is, "Why?"

Whenever we have been misrepresented, we have never been given to the practice of assuming that someone has "deliberately lied" about us, but we have tried to always first consider what other cause or reason might account for their erroneous representation. In most cases, it has evidently been due to misinformation or lack of information on the part of the one who has not properly represented our views.

I may have come upon an answer of sorts in the case of James' misrepresentation. A local friend and brother called my attention to a website of a gentleman in Oklahoma City, and he published a blog on his website in which he briefly reviewed the debate James had with Bob Wilkin. This brother says he is a Calvinist, but he was not greatly impressed by James's effort. In fact, he says he was "greatly disappointed." Here is an excerpt from his blog:

Last night I had the privilege of attending a formal debate between Dr. James White and Dr. Robert Wilkin at Oklahoma City University, concerning the nature of regeneration. Regeneration being the redemptive blessing purchased by Christ for those the Father has given Him.

I must admit, I was greatly disappointed. Not in the sense that I regret attending, I regret nothing - but I was disappointed by the... for lack of a better word, mediocrity. . . .

It appeared that Dr. White failed to sufficiently prepare for this debate, merely picking a couple data-points and "winging it" from there. Hardly indicative of the quality of his past work and impressive reputation.

Moreover, I sensed a weariness in Dr. White - an uncharacteristic snappishness that first emerged in his strange dealings with Michael Spencer and the irreverent motley crew of the Boar's Head Tavern. I understand that Dr. White has been under a lot of pressure lately and I fear it has begun to show itself in his work.
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Is it "pressure" that has caused James to misrepresent me and continue to publish the error on his website? That may be a possibility. Even I -- and I do not make a habit of regularly reading James' blogs -- but even I have noticed some expressions in his recent writings which seem to indicate he is under a great deal of stress, even frustration.

In my infrequent past communication with James over the years, it seems he has followed a certain "pattern" of behavior. Whenever we have had some sort of "jostling" with him, he resorted to withdrawal and avoidance. For example, a few years ago when he upbraided me for being critical of John MacArthur's one-time non-creedal view on the Sonship of Christ, rather than discuss the matter James simply offered his "potshots" then withdrew from the field. Later, when MacArthur acknowledged and recanted his former view in favor of accepting the same historic creedal view of Sonship for which we contend, I never heard a word of apology or comment from James. He has since followed a similar pattern of behavior when we have called attention to a few of his faulty views in relation to some other significant matters.

I doubt that our calling attention to this current error will prove to be any different from instances of James' past "mechanism" of behavior. Naturally, this type of irresponsible behavior would most likely engender a certain amount of stress and pressure. It's a heavy load to try to rationalize error so as to evade the responsibility of acknowledging and correcting it.

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