*On James White’s site are posted letters he’s received encouraging and comforting him in his time of deep sorrow for not only dealing with a “fallen” brother but also for the ceaseless "attacks" White has endured because of his pure passion for biblical holiness and the Kingdom of God...
According to his encouragers, White’s purpose has been swept clean of any traces of total depravity. One wrote, “I for one, with a tear in my eye, just thank God for you- a man of profound integrity and everything the words "man of God" are meant to describe.”
And very moving.
We all need an encourager in our time of need.
I did notice, however, White did not post the identity of the writers of the letters (some were ‘initialed’). But I, for one, find his reluctance to do so very odd. Why?
Well, when White receives emails he deems not so encouraging—in fact, some letters of which he thinks are highly critical of him—he shows no hesitation in revealing who the author is. Indeed many times he offers a point-by-point, line-by-line rebuttal of every word contained in the presumably intended private correspondence. And, one often gets the impression he is doing his best to embarrass the author of the correspondence.
But when White gets encouragement from presumably personal letters, he protects the person’s identity. Why?
Well, White thinks since one of the comforters is a Liberty University student, he doesn’t want retaliation to be possible by the LU community . Retaliation? What has retaliation have to do with openness and honesty about which James White has been so ceaselessly adamant? If James White has comforters at LU, should they be about a big cover-up? I thought that was White’s whole point in all this hoopla…being who one is…standing up for what one believes. Yet, White leads the charge in covering up and hiding behind what someone is not?
I have to admit, I’m a little confused.
Hence, since much of the encouragement did not come from LU students, why doesn’t James White reveal the encouragers’ name? He sees no reason to protect the identity of those who criticize him in private letters. Why is he reluctant to identify those who commend him in private letters?
This is really, really bazaar to me. Or, in James White’s favorite words, “I find this an amazing mentality.”
Now one might suggest it’s because White is humble and therefore just wanted to be biblically modest. But not posting anything at all and just being encouraged in one’s heart is much more consistent with such a proposal it seems to me.
So, in the spirit of fairness, I do have a few guesses from whom the letters originated:
- Tom Ascol
- David Woods
- James White’s dog
- Columbia Evangelical Seminary
- Timmy Brister
- Mohammad Khan
- Alan Kurschner
- David Hewitt
- Debbie Kaufman
- Don Fry
- Wade Burleson
- Phoenix Primitive Baptist Association
Perhaps some readers have some educated guesses (if so, be nice!).
With that, I am…