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Another Self Proclaimed "Defender of the Faith" Refuses to Defend It!
by Don Preston
Wayne Jackson is a well known apologist in the church of Christ fellowship. He has debated numerous atheists, and held other debates on a variety of topics. He is considered by many in the churches of Christ, and perhaps by himself as well, to be one of the leading "defenders of the faith."Wayne Jackson is a well known apologist in the church of Christ fellowship. He has debated numerous atheists, and held other debates on a variety of topics. He is considered by many in the churches of Christ, and perhaps by himself as well, to be one of the leading "defenders of the faith."I immediately responded to brother Trapp that I would gladly debate Jackson, but that Jackson simply would not do so. Nonetheless, I encouraged him to make the offer. Below, I have cut and pasted the correspondence between Daryl Trapp, Wayne Jackson, and myself, about the possibility of a debate between Jackson and myself. It is troubling to say the least.
I emailed Wayne Jackson the other day concerning the possibility of having a debate with you on the "end times". My letter and his response follow.
Have you ever considered a debate on preterism with
Don K. Preston?
Wayne Jackson's reply is as follows.........
No, I've not considered debating Don Preston. Some years ago, when Preston was a Max King-wanna-be, I offered to debate King out here in California, but he refused. I was then, and still am now, not interested in messing with his students. I published a book answering King's major positions; it has been extremely popular and will soon come out in an entirely new format. I see no need to waste further time on the A.D. 70 issue, to any significant degree.
Unfortunate. He seemed to be rather upset with the
fact that I even suggested such a thing. Oh, well.
Here is my response to brother Trapp:
I am not at all surprised to read this response. Wayne is, quite frankly, scared to death to debate me. He knows that I know his position inside and
out, and I also have known him personally, and thus his personal positions for years.
Wayne knows full well that Max King no longer debates, due to health issues. He also knows that I have had several public debates on the issue--more in fact than Max King-- and am in fact fully capable of defending the truth of
Here is an interesting tidbit.
When I challenged Wayne to debate me years ago, --actually I responded to an article he wrote saying that there needed to be some open discussions-- he pulled this, "Preston has no prestige," "Don is just a King wanna-be"
nonsense. I offered, and did obtain, a letter of commendation from Max King, saying I was and am fully capable of representing the preterist position. Wayne flatly rejected that and has consistently ignored all challenges.
Interesting thing is that in 1984 Wayne accepted an open challenge from Walter Martin to debate a member of the c of C on the issue of baptism. When
Wayne accepted, Martin responded by saying that Wayne was a nobody, and was not a recognized representative of the c of C. Wayne got letters of
representation from some of the leading c of C ministers, saying he was representative. Martin still refused, insisting that Wayne was a nobody.
Wayne wrote that up as Martin being an example of a man of no integrity. Yet, Wayne has done the identical thing as Martin! If Martin was less than
honorable, what does that make Wayne Jackson??
By the way, I know for a fact, that Wayne's book is considered to be a horrible response to preterism even by some anti-preterists. I have spoken with them personally, and when Wayne's book is brought up they have said they would not under any circumstances try to defend what he wrote! It is one shoddy piece of work.
You may feel free to forward to this Wayne if you wish, by the way.
Thanks for your efforts,
In contradistinction to Jackson's flimsy, insulting, excuses, we commend F. LaGard Smith for his willingness and courage to meet me in debate on the John Anderson radio show this last Sunday night, (Jan. 11, 04). We had an excellent exchange. Smith demonstrated himself to be a gentleman. Anderson extended an invitation to Smith to meet me in a two day formal oral debate in the future. While Smith did not respond to that, perhaps he will give it some serious thought.
It is our hope that since a man of Smith's status engaged in this debate, this will open the door for other profitable exchanges, radio, public or otherwise, with more "friendly foes." Such dialogue can only promote the cause of Truth.