A RESPONSE - Introduction


To Dr. Kennedy's Report on the Ron Minton Controversy


By Michael D. O'Neal, Pastor, Gospel Light Baptist Church
P.O. Box 3071, Albany, GA 31706 (912) 432-0039 Church / (912) 698-2127 House
Email: brothermike@brothermike.com
8/19/97

INTRODUCTION

The following response is not intended to be an attack upon any individual, including Leland Kennedy, Parker Dailey, or Ron Minton. Nor is it my intention to somehow overthrow the verdict of Dr. Kennedy and the trustees of Baptist Bible College concerning Dr. Minton's employment. Recently a BBFI pastor friend of mine, who was not on the Internet during the time of Dr. Minton's participation, asked for my detailed evaluation of Dr. Kennedy's report. This was due to the fact that he had been accurately told I had been active in public and private correspondence with Brother Minton. I decided to type up my observations, in the event that others might be interested.

May I say at the beginning of this review that I believe Professor Ron Minton believes essentially the same on the issue of the King James Version controversy as Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Parker. In my opinion, it would be hypocritical for them to fire him over his position. I understand Dr. Kennedy's reasoning for keeping him on staff, and I certainly see his justification in placing him on probation for insubordination. I believe that all three men mentioned above believe and teach contrary to the fifth point of the BBC policy statement on the King James Version.

However, when it comes to the King James Bible issue, Brother Minton is NOT a King James Bible believer. I say this as one who believes the King James Bible is infallible and inerrant. I rejoice in others who hold that same position. I encourage others to accept that position. Brother Minton has stated to me that the KJV has shortcomings because it was produced by sinful men. I believe, as do King James Bible believers, that the KJV has NO shortcomings. We believe the KJV is worded exactly as God wants it to be worded.

Brother Minton stated to me that the NASB, NIV, and NKJV are all clearer on the deity of Christ in Titus 2:13. King James Bible believers, on the other hand, believe the KJV is worded PERFECTLY in Titus 2:13, and we would never make a claim that the NASB, NIV, or NASB are more accurate than the KJV IN ANY VERSE. Brother Minton stated to me that my view of the Bible (that the King James Bible is God's infallible, inerrant word) does not reflect a determination to proclaim the truth. He has a right to his opinion, but his statement is indicative of his rejection of a belief in the inerrancy of the King James Bible. These are just a few examples of the many times he wrote me to criticize the King James Bible and my position that it is God's perfect word in English.

Brother Kennedy's report paragraphs will begin with his initials (LRK), and my remarks will begin with mine (MDO). This response will be lengthy, because I am including Brother Kennedy's entire report. My remarks will actually be rather brief in comparison.