REVEALING FACTS ABOUT JAMES WHITE’S BOOKS AND POSITIONS
By Bro. Peter Dimond
Having read a number of James White’s books, I came across many revealing statements, omissions, and facts. They further demonstrate that Protestantism is false and unbiblical. On occasion, as time permits, I will add some of those quotes and facts to this file. They are relevant because they show the falsity of James White’s views and positions – positions that are shared (for the most part) by many Protestants. They are also important because they touch upon issues that should concern everyone interested in the Bible and Christianity. The most important points, however, are covered in the documentary and the other video above.
- In his book, The God Who Justifies, James White purports to do careful exegesis of Galatians chapter 3. He goes all the way to verse 25 and then stops (e.g. The God Who Justifies, pp. 304-306). Why is that? He stops, in my view, because verses 26-27 declare that one puts on Christ, and becomes a son of God, through baptism. The passage thus clearly teaches that one receives the faith and new life in Christ through baptism (baptismal regeneration). Since he would have to spend numerous pages attempting (unsuccessfully) to explain Gal. 3:26-27 away, he figured it’s better to stop at verse 25 and not address it.
Galatians 3:26-27- “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through the faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
- In his book, The God Who Justifies, White purports to carefully examine the Bible’s teaching on being “made alive” in Christ (i.e. regeneration). As our documentary shows, Col. 2:12-13 is a crucial text in that regard. White addresses Col. 2:13 in two places of his book (e.g. pp. 58, 98.), and admits that it refers to regeneration. But he doesn’t address or even quote Col. 2:12 at all. That’s a major omission when one considers that regeneration is central to the matters discussed in his book, and Col. 2:12 is a major text on regeneration. Why doesn’t he quote it or address it? It’s clearly because Col. 2:12 connects regeneration with baptism. Since he would have to spend numerous pages attempting (unsuccessfully) to explain Col. 2:12 away, he figured it’s better to not address it.
Colossians 2:12- “… having been buried with him in baptism, by which you were also raised with him through the faith.”
- In his book, The God Who Justifies, White purports to do careful exegesis of Galatians chapters 1 to 5. When he gets to chapter 5, however, he stops at verse 12 (e.g. The God Who Justifies, pp. 313-316). Why is that? He stops, in my view, because verses 19-21 warn the justified about losing salvation for mortal sins. Since Galatians 5:19-21 refutes the entire Protestant position of faith alone and once justified always justified (as our documentary and video on the matter cover), White figured that it’s better to stop at verse 12 and not address it.
Galatians 5:19-21- “Now the works of the flesh are evident: fornication, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, heresies, envy, murder, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
INCONSISTENCIES / CONTRADICTIONS
- In his book, The God Who Justifies (and elsewhere in his teaching), White condemns the idea of baptismal regeneration as a false gospel.
James White, The God Who Justifies, p. 310: “The same could be said of the many false teachings that have developed since then. The Church of Christ denomination seeks to add baptism to the work of Christ. Paul would say to them, ‘I Paul, say to you that if you undergo baptism, thinking that it brings about your salvation, Christ will be of no benefit to you!’ And he would say the same to the modern Roman Catholic as well.”
This clearly means that someone who believes in baptismal regeneration cannot be saved by Christ. According to White, such a person is not a true Christian. Yet, at the same time, White apparently regards early Church fathers St. Justin Martyr, St. Irenaeus, and St. Athanasius (who all believed in baptismal regeneration, as the documentary above shows) as true Christians. If White were consistent, he would condemn those fathers as heretics who taught a false gospel. But he doesn’t. He wants to give the impression that his views have some link with the ancient Church (with Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Athanasius, etc.) when they don’t.
- This file may be greatly expanded as time permits… these were only a few examples that I had time to quickly list.