UPDATE: "Dr" James White has answered and completely refuted this post! I am sorry to inform all my friends, James White has answered my piece with the devastating critique below. Take a moment and read it in full:
"The current spate of angry and vile (let alone loony and dishonest) attack being hosted by Peter Lumpkins seems to be related in large part to vengeance over the exposure of Ergun Caner."
You see, my angry questioning of James White's misogynist language is shown to not only be vile, dishonest, and loony, but directly connected with Ergun Caner.
I now see why the whole world fears the mind-blowing analytical skills of Alpha & Omega.
With that, I am...
On a recent comment thread at SBC Tomorrow, an unusual number of comments were logged concerning James White's disrespectful comments toward women. I took the time to listen to the broadcast in question. I now understand precisely why one Christian lady took extreme offense at White's remarks>>>
Below is an audio collage with three snippets pulled from the same broadcast. If you want to listen to the entire Dividing Line program, you may download it here. Otherwise, the clips below are just under three minutes combined:
For my part, to even begin to defend this nonsense on the public airways is morally absurd. James White and his trusty sidekick, Rich Pierce, need to publicly apologize for these offensive remarks toward not only Mormon women, but ethnic women. Imagine the indefensible embarrassment and shame missionaries would feel if White and Pierce's words were to be broadcast to their cross-cultural contexts.
If Russian women look like Russian men, what is the comparison that can be drawn between Polish men and women? What about Swedish men and women? My son is married to a Swede and lives in Norrkoping, Sweden. And, here Christian ministries are making sport of the way ethnic women appear. As a Swede, does she have manly characteristics? What are these guys thinking?
In addition, were I a supporter of James White, I have to tell you, I'd be wondering what he was saying about my wife to everybody else. And, all those trips to Salt Lake where there's really some "pretty women up there." How does this make the Mormons feel to whom White claims he loves and ministers? Does it lead to greater opportunities to share the love of the Lord Jesus? Does it earn him respect in Mormon subculture? If so, how? If it hurts, why would this be said, and why would White's supporters defend such crass behavior?
What's more, even if Pierce nor White intentionally meant to, they projected a typical, 21st century playboy philosophy--i.e, women are objects to view...and men want worthy objects to view...worthy women are beautiful women, women pleasing to the eye. A woman's worth starts with her outward beauty.
Nor may my lament be dismissed as hostile simply because I am not "Reformed." One Reformed Christian lady and a supporter of James White had this stinging critique:
"WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE MEN!? Phil Johnson posting "ugly mugshots" for shock value and then defending it when confronted and further insulting those who dared to confront him. This kind of boorish behavior is not right especially from Christian men. I thought White was a gentleman? We can't all be trophy wives like his, I guess. First John Piper pronouncing Rick Warren orthodox, then Phil Johnson in the wake of that, then Bob DeWaay stumbling, then Chris Rosebrough acting completely off, and falsely accusing Ingrid and Deb Dombrowski, then James White acting like a boor? I'm scared to think what's next.
This is the kind of juvenile "your mama is so ugly" stuff people like Richie Abanes does if you are a woman who criticizes Rick Warren. I can't even mention the sort of personal insult that might be necessary to illustrate a comparable insult to a man.
What on earth is going on? I can't imagine someone like Macarthur ever saying something like this. Will we see R C Sproul making jokes about the size of a woman's bust or seat? Perhaps flat chested women could've turned Sproul into an Arminian.
(I agree, it's tasteless and it sets my teeth on edge even to type that out).
It makes me literally want to cry sometimes. Every time I turn around truth is stumbling in the streets. Not just out in the world, but inside the church. Not only in the church, but in the very watchmen who are supposed to be on guard up on the city wall.
If there ever was a time for Southern Baptists to squeeze an influence out, it is now. Misogynist language like this coupled with White's Hyper-Calvinist theology is simply too much for Southern Baptists.
With that, I am...