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After the bliss of last night’s actual debate, tonight we were back to business as usual for the Church of Christ broadcasts and debates. It started out with Johnny making fun of Armando for getting lost. He made fun of their lack of discernment, but there isn’t any evidence in Scripture that a person with the Holy Spirit can’t get lost while on the road. It seemed pretty spiteful and petty of him to make fun of this, considering that these men are from out of state, and not from this part of the country. Maybe there was more going on here, maybe Johnny was upset about something these men did behind the scenes, but it wasn’t a good way for Johnny to start out.
Later in the broadcast, one of the Church of Christ assemblers called in and quoted Revelations 21:8 as some sort of condemnation of Armando, alleging that Armando was a liar. Now, the only potential lie in tonight’s broadcast of which I am aware was when Johnny said that this website contacted Armando and “told him he shouldn’t come because he’d hurt [our] movement.” And he said it TWICE!
First, I am the moderator of this website. I did contact Armando before he came, but only to warn him of the way that Johnny has traditionally conducted these debates. I never NEVER told him not to come.
Second, I don’t host a “movement”. I host a blog. And this blog is simply a place where normal folks come together to discuss the things that Johnny Robertson, Norm Fields and James Oldfield teach, because it’s so controversial, and in my opinion, it is often not correct. And they don’t like it for some reason, although they spend so much time challenging pastors of other churches to come on and then lambast them when they do not.
There are two possibilities here: one, that Johnny misunderstood what was written on the blog. If that is the case, then I apologize for calling Johnny a liar, and I’ll ask him to go on his next program and retract that I contacted Armando and “told him he shouldn’t come because he’d hurt [our] movement.”
The second possibility is that Johnny made it up. If that is the case, I’ll ask Johnny to go on his next program and repent for making up that I contacted Armando and “told him he shouldn’t come because he’d hurt [our] movement.”
So, I hope the next episode of “What Does the Bible Say?” has Johnny either retracting or repenting.
Now, what really came to mind after watching tonight’s final “debate” was, “By their fruits you shall know them…” [Matthew 7:20].
This was the thing that made Armando’s argument more compelling tonight and overall – he really seems to have a humble, Christlike heart. I still don’t buy his theology that denies the idea of the trinity, but I agree that Johnny spends his time degrading folks, and that degrading people is pharisaical. “He that loveth not knoweth not” [1 John 4:8].
Now, by the end of the broadcast, Johnny seemed to have gotten a hold of himself. He seemed tired, possibly just really ticked off. I’m not sure which. I would imagine that it must be tiring to feel like you are always fighting everyone around you. I’m praying for you, Johnny Robertson! (I really am).
This night was a waste of time as a debate, but mildly entertaining as an Ultimate Fighting match. I’m sorry that Johnny set such an ugly tone for the evening, and felt like Armando definitely demonstrated a Christlike attitude throughout the debate (tonight and other nights as well), even when he was frayed at the edges from Johnny’s “fervent style”. In short, tonight was no contest.
Nathan’s Blog Final Debate Result:
Armando – 1 / Johnny – 0
And the AnsweringChurchofChrist.wordpress.com
Declared Overall Debate Winner Was:
Armando – 3 / Johnny – 2
If anyone else has any closing thoughts on this series of Church of Christ broadcasts, please feel free to post them here!
Sola Dei Gloria!