An Open Challenge to Followers of Jack Hyles
The issue of repentance in salvation is important to you.Â It is important to me as well.Â You deny that repentance must accompany faith in salvation.Â I affirm it.Â You consider my position to be heresy.Â I consider yours to be heresy.Â You blacklist those who teach repentance and faith.Â We speak against those who deny it.Â
Seems to me that we have sufficient grounds here for a debate.Â We have a fundamental disagreement, that disagreement is over an issue that we both think is important, and we both have arguments that we think will ultimately win the day.Â
So, here is a proposal.Â I will offer to let you debate the issue on this blog.Â Rather than relegating you to the comments section, we will give you space on the front page.Â I will write and you will respond, or you will write and I will respond.Â Either way.Â Others will be permitted to respond in the comments section.Â But the affirmative and negative cases will get front page exposure.
Think of the wonderful opportunity this will afford you.Â You will stand for truth and against error.Â You will have the opportunity to expose the doctrine of repentance as a true enemy of soul winning.Â And while you do, you can consider your work as part of your soul winning requirement.Â After all, you might win someone to Christ right here on this blog, and besides, hundreds and hundreds of people read our blog every day.Â You might be famous… the next big name in Fundamentalism.Â
We will negotiate what the resolution will be.Â Here are some possibilities —
Resolved: Repentance must accompany faith in salvation.
Resolved: The teaching that repentance must accompany faith in salvation is adding works to salvation.
Resolved: Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
(oops! didn’t mean to put that one in there.Â Guess you probably wouldn’t want to debate THAT!)
Resolved: In order to be saved, one must repent of his sin.
Resolved: In order to be saved, one must simply believe.
We can negotiate affirmative and negative, the stated resolution to be debated, and so forth.Â The format will be quite simple.Â The affirmative will state his case in three typed pages or less, and the negative will have a day or two to respond.Â Both will be posted at the same time, so that the posting will be simultaneous.Â We will limit the debate to between four and six exchanges, although that also can be negotiated.Â The negative will get the last word.
I think that about covers it.Â Of course, any Hyles Follower is welcome to answer the challenge, although I do have my wish list… including (but not limited to) Stephen L. Anderson, Tom Neal, Greg Neal, Brent Neal, Jack Schaap, Ray Young, Bob Hooker, any Hyles staff member, any staff member from Tom Neal’s school, or Bubba Jones.
Of course, if you’re really chicken, you could always use a fake name.
Interested parties will please contact me via e-mail at email@example.com