Monday, August 01, 2011

Frank Turk, and "Internet Apologists"

Frank Turk has written a 3-part "open letter" to apologist Dr. James White (Part 1, 2, 3), bascially being a continuation of his attack on 'watchbloggers'. As it is probably expected, the first 2 parts are a waste of time for everyone involved, with only the 3rd part being somewhat substantive.

As one reads Turk's open letter, the same issues come up over and over again. Who after all is for "people who are heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power"? The issue is always of Turk's application of what he teaches that is the issue.

The Church is sick. That there are unaccountable half-baked "apologists" going around is a fact. But what is the solution? Is Turk's solution of attacking "watchbloggers" and "internet apologists" even worth considering at all? What does it accomplish except to create an extra "Turk party" of "watchers of watchbloggers," continued antagonism and multitude of hurt souls who require care rather than harsh rebuke?

THAT is the issue, and has always been the issue, an issue that Turk it seems is blind to. Since Turk is especially adamant on keeping things at the local church level, when will he obey his own advice?

4 comments:

DMG said...

Amen. Well stated. Thank you.

mikeratliff said...

I listen to Dr. James White's Dividing LIne as often as I can and I cannot remember any instance where he was anything, but Biblically correct in his handling of doctrinal issues and those preaching heresy. Personally, I can't wait for Dr. White's response.

PuritanReformed said...

@DMG:

you're welcome

PuritanReformed said...

@Mike:

Dr. White has indeed been handling issues much more clearly than Turk could ever have done. Since Turk admires Dr White, perhaps he should do the same of defending the faith rather than attacking others.