The odd logic of James WhiteWonder of Wonders! "Dr." James White has released a statement on what he believes about regeneration. He says,
If you encounter someone confused by others about my views, correct them. If you encounter one who claims to know my heart better than I do and who refuses to accept this confession of faith, dismiss him as the addled ranter he is. There is no reasoning with those who will not listen and who profess personal infallibility on matters about which they are completely ignorant or, worse, dishonest.
The problem with White is that he has no understanding of the law of noncontradiction which states, "one cannot say of something that it is and that it is not in the same respect and at the same time." Logic has never been a close companion of James White when it comes to regeneration.
In his statement, James grabs onto Spurgeon and a traditional Calvinist confession. However, James' published writings conflict with his new statement. In The Potter's Freedom (page 101), James says, "The Reformed assertion is that man cannot understand and embrace the gospel nor respond in faith and repentance toward Christ without God first freeing him from sin and giving him spiritual life (regeneration)."
There you have it. According to James White, regeneration must first occur before faith and repentance. Life (regeneration) occurs before faith which is exactly what the Catholic Church believes.
As Bob Ross has pointed out in various articles and on this blog, the view that regeneration occurs before faith is neither a biblical nor a Baptist position. James new statement on regeneration is at odds with his published remarks. Will James recant what he wrote in The Potter's Freedom? Or will he insist that the law of noncontradiction applies to everyone but him?