I’ve been having some discussion with Shawn over at Randy’s blog, and it’s been interesting. I need to comment on this here, because from what I understand, Shawn’s church in Texas supports the work that Johnny Robertson, Norm Fields and James Oldfield have here in Martinsville. So, since these men won’t participate in our discussions, I see Shawn as a substitute for them – and it seems like they all went through obstinance training together.
It’s really interesting to see how they respond the same way on the different mediums of blog and TV. Shawn and I had a long period where this was the only thing he would say to me:
“It is a sin to add food elements to the Lord’s Supper. YES or NO
If YES please provide the passage that forbids adding food elements.
Are you an illegalist? YES or NO”
Now, this started out as questions he was asking someone else. I made the mistake of interjecting my own questions, and then BOOM! He started asking me this question over and over, ad nauseum. Sounds a bit like the way Johnny, Norm and James don’t like to have anyone other than themselves in control of the conversation on their program, doesn’t it?
Well, I went ahead and answered his questions. But, did Shawn ever come back and answer mine? Nope.
You see, over the last few months, as I’ve studied these men and their methods, I’ve realized that what they do best is control. And if they can’t control, they don’t play the game. It’s especially interesting how Shawn has attempted to maintain control of the conversation in our blog discussion, by basically resorting to what they call on the internet, “trolling”. This has made me relook at the methods our big 3 use on the air – that they were trolling before trolling was cool!
But, even more interesting has been how I’ve seen their doctrines crumble when closely examined. You see, they claim to follow a pretty strict pattern, which they say is following God’s Word. However, they only follow it as far as they are comfortable, but their way is the ONLY way. I’ve mentioned a number of times on this blog how none of them greet one another with Holy Kisses, but they say it was only a custom, and they aren’t bound to it.
Isn’t it interesting how they decided that THAT was a custom, and not binding, but heaven forbid if you don’t observe the Lord’s Supper each week!
Another thing – they argue that theirs is the only church in the NT. I will give $1000 to anyone who can find “church of Christ” in the NT! It just ain’t there, folks! And yet they claim that it is. And, heaven forbid that you follow Jesus in any other church, because those churches just aren’t found in Scripture.
Anyway, this has been enlightening, and I hope that anyone else who spends time studying these men and their teaching will also see just how many holes can be poked in their doctrine.
Now, the question begs to be answered – Nathan, why do you care? Well, I take umbridge to the fact that these men come on the air each week for four hours, and essentially tell us that they are right and everyone else is wrong – that they and their churches are the only ones heaven-bound. If they want to believe that, and they meet and enjoy each other’s company and do their own thing, I don’t mind. But, when they invade my home, my community, the way that they do – video cameras and secret recordings on their hips – that is when I take offense and go on the offensive.
I just wish they’d come here and play with us! But, thank goodness for Mr. Shawn – the only one of them all willing to step out from behind the shadows and engage us in conversation.