- Did Johnny really say that he uses love to accomplish his task? Johnny, what’s your definition of love?
- Johnny mentioned that he had Biblical authorization for being a cessationist (a person who believes that miracles have ceased), but didn’t tell what that authorization was. Will we find this out later?
- What was this about someone cutting off the callers while Johnny was talking? Did they have one of their guys behind the scenes hitting the hold button like they usually do themselves when someone talks over them? And notice that Johnny doesn’t have a problem talking over others, who don’t have the luxury of a hold button.
- Johnny said that the Church of Christ in the community has quadrupled in the time that he’s been here. Well, first of all, I doubt that he had many people when he first started, and so if you have four, and you quadruple four, you only get sixteen. So, that’s really not so impressive. However, I have been told by folks inside the Martinsville Church of Christ that the attendance has actually gone down since Jason left. (Why did he leave, Johnny? Oh, that’s right. Nobody’s talking about that – I wonder why?)
- Armando said that the Holy Spirit and God are not persons. I disagree. More on that later.
- Did Johnny really say, “Here’s what the Bible says on the other side”, as if his interpretation is just that – just another interpretation? Wow, that’s a first. I wonder what was making him be so magnanimous?
- Johnny was making the point against Armando that there was only one example of a person who wasn’t healed immediately. But doesn’t that mean that Armando has Biblical authority for claiming it can happen? Johnny and his Church of Christ brethren use one Scripture to say that they are authorized (and actually COMMANDED) to take the Lord’s Supper each first day of the week, and it’s the only verse that they use for that command. He also uses Romans 16:16 to claim authority to exist, and it’s the only place in the Bible where Paul uses the term “churches of Christ”. Heck, “church of Christ” isn’t mentioned at all, but they somehow have the authority. “Greet one another with a holy kiss” is there five times, and they refuse to do it. Sounds pretty uneven to me.
- Did you see how much Johnny loved it when it looked like Armando’s associate might join him? “This is what we love – two against one!” I guarantee we’re going to have to hear about that for weeks to come.
- As to the former Church of Christ caller, Armando and his associate were correct when they told Johnny that his television broadcast is not a church. It’s a television program where all callers should be given equal time. What’s Johnny afraid of, not letting that person speak?
- Johnny said, “Every call I’ve given Armando the chance to answer first.” No, Johnny, you didn’t. Go back and review your recording of the program. I hope that when you put up any inconsistencies in your guest’s speech that you’ll include this inconsistency in your own.
Nathan’s Blog Result of the First Night:
Armando – 1 / Johnny – 0
And by the way, did you notice that the usual Church of Christ supporters weren’t calling in tonight? I wonder if that was purposeful? Were they instructed to not call in for some reason? Perhaps to give Armando a feeling of false security? Hmm….Thoughts on the debate?