October 20, 2017

Bales To Reply

By A.C. Grider

In the July 1959 issue of TRUTH Magazine, I wrote under the heading "The James D. Bales Tract." In
the article, I examined some arguments Bales had made in a tract called: "The Law of Love." Because I
considered the arguments to be too shallow for Bro. Bales' intelligence and understanding, I said (more than
once) that I couldn't believe that "Bales doesn't know any better."


In his announcement that he "may reply" to my review of his tract, Bro. Bales takes particular exception
to my "sitting in judgment" on his motives. Perhaps I was wrong to so do. However, I would like to raise the
question: Was Paul "sitting in judgment on Peter's motives" (Gal. 2) when he accused Peter of hypocracy? Be
that as it may. Let me approach the matter on the assumption that Bales DIDN'T KNOW any better. In his
reply we shall see.


In order to settle once and for all the question of whether it is a question of motives or understanding, let
me set out again the questions, raised in my review of Bro. Bales' tract. Then in his reply, he can deal
specifically with the points:


First, I showed him his tract (pp. 26-27) that Bales placed caring for orphans on a par with caring for the
sick. Then I showed that he contended that churches could build and maintain orphan homes (Benevolent
Societies) in which to care for orphans. I then showed that, according to his reasoning, churches could build
and maintain hospitals in which to care for the sick. But I said Bales wouldn't take the position that churches
could build and maintain hospitals. And I concluded that Bales surely KNEW that caring for orphans did not
include building and maintain Benevolent Societies. In his review, let Bro. Bales deal specifically with this
issue. Let him tell us: 1. Can the churches build and maintain Benevolent Societies, such as Boles, Potter, and
Tennessee Orphan Homes? 2. Can the churches build and maintain hospitals? and 3. If the churches CAN build
the Benevolent Societies, and CANNOT build the hospitals, how does he reason that caring for orphans and
caring for sick are parallel? If he answers these questions, he will have replied to my charge that he knows
better than to argue as he did in his tract. If he hedges and dodges these questiens, he will confirm my charge.


Secondly, I showed from his tract (pp. 23-24) that Bales placed orphan homes on a par with colleges
operated by our brethren. Then I showed that he contended that churches could build and maintain the orphan
homes (Benevolent Societies) because they were not in competition with churches. But I also showed that he
said colleges were not in competition with churches. I then showed that, according to his reasoning, if churches
could build and maintain benevolent societies, they could also build and maintain Colleges. Now in his review,
let Bro. Bales deal specifically with my questions. 1. Can the Churches build and maintain Benevolent
Societies, such as Boles, Potter and Tennessee Orphan Homes? 2. Call churches build and maintain Colleges?
and 3. If Churches CAN build and maintain Benevolent Societies, and CANNOT build and maintain Colleges
how does he reason that orphan homes (Benevolent Societies) and colleges are parallel? If he answers these
questions, he will have dealt with my specific charge that he KNOWS better than to argue as he did in his tract.


Thirdly, I showed from his tract (p. 17) that Bales placed orphan homes on a par with the trustees of
church property. Then I showed that he contended that churches could build and maintain orphan homes
(Benevolent Societies). Then I showed that, according to his reasoning, churches could band together and form
a TRUSTEE ORGANIZATION to take care of the church property of all the churches. In his review, let Bales
deal specifically with the questions I have raised. 1. Can churches build and manitain orphan homes
(Benevolent Societies) to look after orphans for all of the churches? 2. Can churches build and maintain a
trustee organization to look after the property of all the churches?, and 3. If the churches CAN build and
maintain orphan homes (Benevolent Societies) to care for orphans for all the churches, but CANNOT build
and maintain trustee organizations to care for the property of all the churches, how can he reason that orphan
homes ( Benevolent Societies) are parallel with trustees ? If Bales candidly answers these questions, he will deal
with my charge. If he hedges and dodges these questions he will confirm my charge that he KNOWS better.


Fourtly, I showed from his tract (p. 15) that Bales placed orphan homes on a par with church houses and
preacher houses. Then I showed that he contended that churches could build and maintain orphan homes
(Benevolent Societies). But I showed that, according to his reasoning, churches could build and maintain
Church House Building and Preacher House Building Organizations to build church houses and preacher
houses for all the churches. Let. Bro. Bales, in his review, deal with this matter. Let him answer these
questions: 1. Can churches build and maintain orphan homes (Benevolent Societies) to care for orphans for all
the churches? 2. Can churches build and maintain Church House Building Organizations and Preacher House
Building Organizations to build church houses and Preacher houses for all the churches? and 3. If the churches
CAN build orphan homes (Benevolent Societies) but CANNOT build Church House Building Organizations
and Preacher House Building Organizations, how can he reason that orphan homes (Benevolent Societies) are
on a par with church houses and Preacher houses? If he deals with these questions, he will deal with my charge
that he KNOWS they are not parallel.


Finally, I showed from his tract (p. 13) that Bales placed orphan homes on a par with the church housing
some orphans in the church building. This parallel (?) by Bro. Bales was so fantastic, it really needed no
comment. However, in his reply, let Bro. Bales answer these questions. 1. If the church houses some orphans
in the church building, isn't it the CHURCH doing the work and overseeing the work? 2. If Potter Orphan
Home (A Benevolent Society) houses some orphans in a building, which THEY built, isn't it the
BENEVOLENT SOCIETY doing, the work and overseeing the work? and 3. If it is the CHURCH in one
instance and a BENEVOLENT SOCIETY in the other, how does he reason that they are parallel? A candid
answer will either refute my charge that Bales KNOWS better or it will substantiate my charge.


I am aware that Bro. Bales is far more advanced in educational attainments than I am. But he strongly
urges that if his argurnents are faulty, it is a matter of intelligence and understanding, rather than one of
motives. I still find it hard to believe. However we await his reply to my question in this article. This should
clear up the matter.


Truth Magazine IV:4, pp. 22-23
January 1960

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