On this page you will find the most common claims made by James White about the Confessional Text Position with links to posts, audio/video resources, etc., that show that Mr. White just doesn’t know what he is talking about. I will be using his most recent speech at the Coram Deo conference from April 5th, 2019. You can watch it here: Textual Traditionalism. The time in mm:ss format will be provided for his false claims. Each claim will link through to the refutation of the claim. Those without a link will be added later or will be dealt with inline if a post is unnecessary.
03:07 – The TR was a default Greek text
04:04 – Erasmus Rushed to Print
05:07 – Erasmus and the Comma Johanneum
07:30 – KJV translators heavily influenced by Latin (no proof ever given)
07:53 – Erasmus half a dozen manuscripts
08:45 – No cataloging or collation of mss during the time of the Reformers. (The TR is a collation of manuscripts.)
09:00 – Universities couldn’t communicate what Greek mss they had. (They did have a cataloging system and they communicated with each other through letters.) The cataloging system that existed before the current was most likely similar to the one used by Herman C. Hoskier that he mentions here.
16:55 – The papyri are important (See 13:47)
17:10 – We have more knowledge about the ancient text of the NT than any generation before us. (See 13:20; also ignores the fact that the Reformers mentioned and used texts that are no longer extant. Therefore it is impossible to substantiate this claim.)
18:00 – Claims Reformers would loved to have the 5800 Greek mss we do. (Considering that they rejected the readings now favored by textual critics because those readings teach heresy, this claim is simply false.)
24:50 Claims we can prove the critical text of the NT we have today was the NT held to by the early church. (This he cannot prove without recourse to verification through comparison with the autographic texts which we don’t have.)
30:00 Concerned about those who hold to the Confessional Text Position which he calls Textual Traditionalism
30:40 Upset that we don’t want to use Restorationist Textual Criticism. (But why would we use something based upon atheistic reason that originated in the 17th century with the papist Richard Simon as an attack on Sola Scriptura.)
32:47 Mewls about being accused of being unconfessional because he rejects 1 John 5:7. (But on the DL he admits he was called unconfessional because he rejects the historic understanding of WCF/2LBCF 1.8.)
34:10 Scrivener’s GNT based upon the AV implying that it could be a back translation.
35:00 Because the CJ wasn’t originally in Erasmus’ edition, this disproves its inclusion. (Erasmus had anti-trinitarian leanings. And if he had no qualms with printing his back-translation as is claimed, why didn’t he do that here?)
42:28 – Again claims what Erasmus & the Reformers did is the same as RTC. (This is just simply false. The philosophy and methodology of RTC originated with the papist Richard Simon as an attack on Sola Scriptura. And the Reformers, unlike the modern RTC advocates held to the Biblical Doctrine of Providential Preservation.)
43:44 – Claims we’re in a better position today than the Reformers because of the amount of data we have today. (This is an explicit rejection of the doctrine of Providential Preservation.)
46:59 – Claims we’re asking for a perfect copy. This is a lie
48:45 – Makes claims about the book of Revelation in the TR that can’t be proven. The main claim is that Erasmus created readings that are so completely different that they’re different from everything else. Mr. White also claims later that the Reformers never did any collation on the last 6 verses and took them as is and that the Aldine text is the same as Erasmus text. The below charts shows that to be a gross over exaggeration.
52:58 – Claims we use Kruger on canon. We don’t. We merely use his book to show he’s inconsistent. Gaussen’s book on the Canon is contains the biblical doctrine of the canon over against Kruger’s unbiblical conclusions.
53:34 – Continues to ignore that our position is an affirmation of the Biblical Doctrine of Providential Preservation. This doctrine is best explained in Garnet Milne’s Has The Bible Been Kept Pure?
53:55 – Claims that until this day, we could offer no significant challenge to the muslims and especially if we use the TR. The Doctrine of Providential Preservation, and not an atheistic philosophical interpretation of history is how we defend the text of Scripture against those who reject it.
54:51 – Claims Erasmus & Beza would support him. But their writings, and those of the other Reformers, show they did not affirm the philosophy and methods of Richard Simon.
55:59 – Everything following is simply his accusation that we are traditionalists in our argumentation when instead we affirm the Biblical Doctrine of Providential Preservation and believe Scripture should be our final authority in how we evaluate Greek mss and their variants. Mr. White believes atheistic reasoning should be the standard. Scripture condemns his position as foolishness.
The Character of Mr. James R. White
Mr. White’s bearing of false witness against Dr. Theodore Letis
In an online interaction with the late Dr. Letis, Mr. White made the following false accusations against Dr. Letis:
- Claimed that Dr. Letis was an anti-trinitarian
- No friend of Baptists of any stripe
- That he was a Lutheran Theonomist
Reformed Baptist Pastor Jeff Pollard called on Mr. White to repent for his bearing of false witness. Mr. White has never done so. *http://www.holywordcafe.com/bible/resources/dismal_stuff1.pdf
Mr. White’s bearing of false witness against a Reformed Pastor from Georgia
In 2016 Mr. White bore false witness against a Reformed Pastor in the Facebook group the Reformed Pub. Even his own daughter said he was mistaken. Mr. White has yet to repent.
Mr. White’s lies about Erasmus
Mr. White continually makes claims about Erasmus that have either been proven false or the claim itself is impossible to substantiate.
- Erasmus only had 6 Greek manuscripts. Sometimes Mr. White says 6 or 7, but it is usually 6. There is no factual evidence to support this claim. The purpose of such a claim is to denigrate the work of Erasmus in compiling from mss, a Greek New Testament for printing.
- Erasmus rushed to print. This myth was refuted back in the 1986 by M. A. Screech in his Introduction to the Annotations of Erasmus. As Mr. White claims to be a scholar, then he has no excuse for not knowing this. Furthermore, he is aware of Dr. Jeffrey Riddle taking him to task on this and other points. (http://confessionalbibliology.com/2017/09/10/erasmian-myths-the-rush-to-print/)
- Erasmus only included the 1 John 5:7 because of a wager he made. H. J. de Jonge, an Erasmian scholar, has refuted this. Even the late Dr. Metzger retracted his claim due to the work of de Jonge. Mr. White, who slavishly follows Dr. Metzger, has no excuse for ignorance on this point. (http://confessionalbibliology.com/2016/03/02/erasmian-myths-the-comma-wager/)
Mr. White slandering the work of godly men
Mr. White has repeatedly claimed that those who hold to the Confessional Text View have no apologetic, no ministry, are not able to witness effectively to Muslims, are schismatics drawing believers after themselves, quasi-Romanists, etc. He has also for decades lumped the Reformers, men like Dr. Joel Beeke, Dr. Jeffrey Riddle, Rev. John Greer, David Silversides, Pooyan Mehrshahi, Dane Kristjan Johannsson, Taylor DeSoto and the men of the Trinitarian Bible Society under the pejorative term King James Version – Onlyist. This is done to lump them into the same group as Dr. Peter Ruckman and Gail Riplinger. Furthermore, Dr. Joel Beeke regularly witnesses to Muslims with no issues. As does the Iranian Christian Pooyan Mehrshahi who translates Christian material into Farsi.
*I use the prefix Mr. and not Dr. as James White has never earned a doctorate. He bought his “doctorate” from the degree mill Columbia Evangelical Seminary. (http://www.holywordcafe.com/bible/resources/IRRBS-04-20-02.pdf) His so-called dissertation was the non-scholarly work, The Forgotten Trinity. Let’s also not forget his lying about his teaching work. (http://peterlumpkins.typepad.com/peter_lumpkins/2011/04/update-the-fallout-begins-on-james-white-fudging-his-teaching-experience-by-peter-lumpkins.html)