James White and Child Rape – What Next, Antwoord?
Antwoord Bedieninge, a Christian apologetics institution who has hosted many sound, biblical and genuine Christian apologists and philosophers in the past, seems to have made a dive for the worst when they invited the Reformed Theologian, James White, to debate several people in South Africa. He was here from 2 to 8 October this year.
Antwoord Bedieninge introduces James White as follows on their site.
James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a presuppositional apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He received a BA from Grand Canyon College, an MA from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a ThM, a ThD and a DMin from Columbia Evangelical Seminary (formerly Faraston Seminary), an unaccredited distance-learning school. He has served as a professor of Greek, Hebrew, systematic theology, and various apologetics topics at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary’s extension campus in Arizona and the unaccredited Columbia Evangelical Seminary.
He is also a critical consultant for the Lockman Foundation’s New American Standard Bible. White is an avid debater, having participated in over 100 public moderated debates, covering topics such as Calvinism, Roman Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, the King James Only movement, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Atheism.
White has also been an elder of Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ, since 1998. He is married to Kelli and they have two children; a son called Joshua and a daughter called Summer.
My question is this. Why would anyone in his right mind invite a man who believes that God decrees child rape to address Christians and Muslims when South Africa is called the child rape capitol of the world?
According to the Daily Maverick “The rape of a child is an abomination so horrific that it seems an impossible task to attempt to explain it. But if we are to defeat it, it’s essential to understand something about our enemy.” I’m sure every normal human being will heartily agree with this statement. Nonetheless, James White suggests that God Himself is the enemy because He actually decrees child rape.
SAMJ, The South African Medical Journal, reports that:
“The majority of rapists are known to the victim; relatives of victims comprise 21% of sexual offenders.3 Schoolteachers are the most common child rapists and are responsible for 33% of rapes of minors. 3 And, just when they most need support, many rape survivors feel alone and let down by loved ones, friends, and the institutions that ostensibly exist to protect them.4
My experience working in the four rape crisis centres (CCs) in the eThekwini Health District (at Addington, Prince Mshiyeni Mission and Mahatma Gandhi hospitals and the Pinetown District Surgeon’s Office) has shown that despite systematic reforms in health policy, there has been no significant change in the quality of services offered to rape survivors. Over the period 2002 – 2010, there was a 43% increase in the numbers of rapes reported at these CCs.”
According to statistics the numbers could actually run up to 1, 548, 366 rapes per year of which 45% of rapes reported to the police are child rapes. One of the major reasons for these rapes is the abominable assumption that child rape is a cure for aids. The statistics for aids in 2013 are as follows
According to Dr James ( lily) White, God is not only responsible for aids but also for its alleged cure – child rape.
Those who, after watching James White admitting that God decrees one of the most heinous and horrific sins imaginable (child rape), are determined to remain in Calvinism, are not only the enemies of humanity but of God Himself. I urge you to repent before it is too late. Get your God-given free-will into gear and repent of your evil doctrines.
There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, (Pro 6:16-17)
And then there are some Calvinists who have the nerve to say that free-willism is akin to offering strange fire. while their colleagues and fellow-Calvinists assert that it’s OK to charge God with child rape. They are raving mad to believe that God decrees child rape. They are making a mockery of God’s socereignty. They are not exalting God but insulting Him to the uttermost levels of despicability.
Some Calvinists would probably say that Dr White’s opinions are his own interpretation of Calvinism or that it does not represent the normal run of the mill opinion of most Calvinists.
Calvinists are well-known for their insidious back-pedalling as soon as they are confronted with their own doctrines. I have heard many Calvinists on Facebook say: “I am a Calvinist but I do not agree with everything John Calvin said and taught.” (This kind of back-pedalling is conveniently called a “Calvie-disclaimer”).
Imagine a Christian saying something similar: “I am a Christian but I do not agree with everything Jesus Christ said or taught.”
Let’s take these remarks to their logical conclusion. Calvinists assert that their Doctrines of Grace or Reformed Theology are the purest form of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this to be true, everything John Calvin said and wrote must of necessity be in complete accordance with everything Jesus Christ said and taught. Hence, a Calvinist who says he/she does not agree with everything John Calvin said and taught is equivalent to saying: “I am a Christian but I do not agree with everything Jesus Christ said and taught.”
So let’s sum up Dr James White’s “Child Rape Theology.”
- It’s OK to rape a baby. Why?
- Because God who is the sovereign Lord of the Universe decrees it.
- He decreed it because there is purpose in his sovereign methodolgy.
- His purpose is to redeem the elect child rapist whom He predestined unto salvation before the foundation of the world. If the baby is an elect, he/she too will be saved. So, in this particular case both the child rapist and the baby served God’s sovereign purpose. Hooray!
- But, in the case of a non elect child rapist and the non-elect baby, where the rape was a meaningless and maliscious act of evil intent, God did not decree that rape. So, God cannot be held responsible for this kind of child rape.
- QED. So, according to James White, first make doubly sure that you are an elect before you venture to rape a child because then and then only will you be acting out a decree in obedience to God and subsequently be saved.
- Woe to you, you non-elect varmints who rape children. There is no redemption for you in this whole child rape scenario because your evil deed was not decreed by God. There is NO purpose in your malisciously contrived rape of a child.
“How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Molech (the one who decrees child rape), then follow him.” And the people (Calvinists) did not answer him a word.” (1 Kings 18:21)