Great stuff! I had a discussion with Dr. White on the same issue recently. He puts his money where his mouth is ecclesiastically.
This is one of the many reasons that James White is my favorite apologist. He not only faithfully and ably defends the Christian faith as it is presented in Scripture, he actually seeks to live it out just as faithfully. And isn’t this the best defense of all? A life transformed by Christ through the power of his Word!
Yes, I concur with this post. The individualism of many Christians is appalling.
Many street-preachers I know of are sort of “free-lance” and not tightly connected with local churches. Some missionaries I know of also barely know their supporting churches and have no single sending church as their main source of sending authority, counsel, support, and prayer
While I would hate to discourage anyone speaking about Christ, I wish many efforts in misssions, evangelism, and apologetics were backed and supported and sent forth with the commendation of local churches.
We are not to be those who merely run forward by our own steam, we must be sent forth by the power and authority of the Larger Body of Christ.
At the same time, here is another thought:
There is a great need for more workers in missions, evangelism, and apologetics. It would severely lack balance for us to be very vocal in critiquing the irregular methods of some if we are not, ourselves, vigorously sending out folks with good methodology. Dr. James White puts his money where his mouth is, and so earns collateral and weight in his critiques of other apologists. I pray that every one of us who has seen his video, likewise, will be able to speak with authority on this issue, due to their own vigorous efforts at evangelism.
Great comments. Oh for the days we recover such a high view of the church.
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