The spring of 2002 was my first experience in apologetics. Before then, I had never known that the Christian faith could be defended. What did this experience entail? One of my friends wanted me to drive 3 hours to see this dude speak on creation/evolution. So I decided to go. This "dude" happened to be Kent Hovind. Yeah, thats right...the guy with the million dollar reward for evolution, who is now in prison. But you know what? Although he is dead wrong on a lot of things and is now in prison for not paying his taxes; if it weren't for him, there is no telling where i'd be today. I probably wouldn't be on here writing blogs on defending the faith, thats for sure!
Anyways, as I was really getting into this guy, I found myself in a very vulnerable place. I pretty much ate up everything he taught! He was very anti-Calvinistic, and so was I (geez, how things have changed!). He was a young-earther, and so was I (and still am!). He was a King James onlyist, and so was....I? That last one was a big struggle for me. It was a bit odd how Hovind found a way to mix in his King James onlyism with his young earth creationism. But he managed to do it; along with many of his other odd-ball teachings. I was very close to being sucked into this. In fact, I used to listen to Gail Riplinger lectures in awe (now, I can only listen to that woman in disgust!) and couldn't refute anything she said. I wasn't an all out King James defender, but I was close.
It wasn't until I found James White that I learned how to refute this silly mindset. And I say "silly" because thats exactly what it is! King James onlyism is poor scholarship and nothing more than an attempt to defend the King James in a way that the translators themselves would have never dreamed! Anyways, recently James White did a YouTube series refuting Kent Hovind's teachings on the King James. I found it to be extremely helpful and wanted to share it with you all.