Oneness vs. Unitarianism, Part 1 - Oneness Response to Unitarian Tom Raddatz, ‘Challenge To Debate’

Unitarian Socinian Tom Raddatz has refused to dialogue or debate against Oneness Theology but he is not reluctant to post a written attack against Oneness Theology entitled, “An Open Treatise to neo-Gnostic Modalistic Monarchian apologists Mark August and Steven Ritchie.”

MR. RADDATZ WROTE: “Mr. August and Mr. Ritchie, I heard about the two of you from Andy Denny, who is a new-found friend of mine … So, on one hand, you make the grandiose claim, without any biblically stated support whatsoever, that without highly educated apologists, our son of God movement has little validity…”

ONENESS RESPONSE FROM RITCHIE: I never made any comments to suggest that Denny and Raddatz Unitarian view had no validity because they lacked “highly educated apologists.” Mr. Raddatz continued by spending a great deal of time attacking me based upon a few comments that Brother Mark August had allegedly made. After communicating with Brother August, I think that Mr Raddatz has distorted what Brother August was saying. Brother August told me that he was trying to get a debate for me so he was purposefully trying to get their attention.

I do not know Brother August personally other than by our email correspondence. Brother August had sent me some emails to notify me about Unitarians attacking Oneness Theology while claiming to be Oneness believers. I had asked Brother August if he could pick a debate with a Unitarian apologist for me because I have been very busy preparing my book for printing and I have been asking Unitarians for debates for the past three and a half years with no success.

I am not a scholar because I have not graduated from eight years of accredited Bible College. I do not believe that one has to have 8 years of Bible College to be considered scholarly in the word of God. That is why many, including myself, have been offered Honorary Doctorate Degrees from accredited Bible Colleges (I declined the offer). Thus I cannot and would not confront anyone’s theological position based upon the idea that none of them are recognized scholars. Therefore Mr Raddatz’ allegation that I believe that one has to be a scholar in order to teach theology is not what I believe so I would greatly appreciate it if Mr Raddatz would stop using this as an argument posed against me.

I would prefer to debate with a Unitarian Pastor or Leader in their movement rather than just anyone who holds this doctrine. Since Andrew Denny wrote a book against Oneness Theology, I would consider a formal debate with him.

UNITARIAN RADDATZ WROTE: It is written: Rom. 1:28...God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, *DEBATE*, deceit, malignity; whisperers... 32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they *which commit such things are worthy of death*, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

2 Cor. 12:20For I fear... lest there be *DEBATES*, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults...

Have you not read what these passages say about debates and the traits they are listed alongside? They are things God turned over to reprobate minds to do! Would you challenge someone to a “formal fornication”? How about a “formal murder”? If not, then why is challenging someone to a “formal debate” a good thing to you when debating is clearly listed as an ungodly characteristic right along with murder and fornication?

So, you feel it is important to sin against God in order to “legitimize” your doctrine. How very sad. How very carnal … So, whereas I have no desire to enter into a “formal debate” with you anymore than I wish to engage in a “formal murder” with you, I am interested in preaching and teaching to you or whoever will listen, the true gospel.

ONENESS RESPONSE FROM RITCHIE: Mr Raddatz spent a great deal of time attacking me personally based solely upon his citations from the KJV about the word “debate.” The original Greek word which is NOT normally translated as “debate” simply means “strife”, “argument”, or “quarrelling,” as reflected in most translations. Therefore the inspired text states that “strife” and angry “arguments” are characteristic of the works of the flesh rather than controlled debates which Paul clearly participated in when he debated in the synagogues.

Paul “powerfully refuted the Jews in public debate, proving by the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ (Acts 18:28 BSB).”

Romans 1:29 in the KJV says, “… full of envy, murder, *DEBATE*, deceit, malignity; whisperers...” but no other translation I could find uses the word “debate” in Romans 1:29.

New International Version They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,

New Living Translation Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip.

English Standard Version They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,

Berean Study Bible They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and hatred. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips,

Berean Literal Bible being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness; gossips,

New American Standard Bible being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,

King James Bible … full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, The KJV is the only translation I found where it is translated as “debate.”

Christian Standard Bible They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips,

Contemporary English Version They are evil, wicked, and greedy, as well as mean in every possible way. They want what others have, and they murder, argue, cheat, and are hard to get along with. They gossip,

Good News Translation They are filled with all kinds of wickedness, evil, greed, and vice; they are full of jealousy, murder, fighting, deceit, and malice. They gossip

Holman Christian Standard Bible They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips,

International Standard Version They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, quarreling, deceit, and viciousness. They are gossips,

Paul debated with the Jews in the synagogues to prove that Jesus is the Christ. Paul ”powerfully refuted the Jews in public debate, proving by the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ (Acts 18:28 BSB).”

Mr. Raddatz falsely accuses me of the works of the flesh and of having a reprobate mind because I had requested a formal debate with him. Since Paul debated in the synagogues, is Mr Raddatz willing to accuse the apostle Paul of the works of the flesh and of having a reprobate mind as well?

RADDATZ WROTE: This is a scripture that certainly applies against your man-made contention that theology can only really be taught by the highly educated scholars.