During the last few weeks, I’ve invited Wayne Jackson, who posts at the popular Christian Courier website, to come over here to discuss the Regulative Principle. He never responded.
Then about two weeks ago, I invited the speakers at the “Profiles in Apostasy Lectures #1” to post over here to discuss what causes a Christian to become an apostate. I also sent Dub McClish, one of the speakers and the editor of The Gospel Journal, an invitation via Facebook to engage in the same dialogue. I’ve received no response.
However, one of the speakers at the lectures, David Brown, did ask me to help him find an opponent to debate the proposition, “The Scriptures teach that salvation is by grace only” in a four-night oral debate. He was looking for someone to take the grace-only side. I responded, “I’m confident no one among my readers — conservative, progressive, non-institutional, etc. — would find that an interesting proposition for a debate.” I’m pretty sure that’s true. I certainly find the prospect of such a debate uninteresting.
I’m not surprised at this lack of response — and I’m not going to say that this is some kind of victory. A refusal to discuss differences is not any kind of victory at all.
So I think we’re left with what has always been the best form of communication known to man — word of mouth. The most effective way left for us to spread the truth of God’s gift of grace among the conservative congregations is for friends to share the good news of the kingdom of Jesus Christ with friends.