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Davis/Lanier Debate

Resolved: The scriptures teach that one must be baptized in order to be saved.
Affirm: Myles Davis
Jeremiah Lanier



It has been a great privilege to get to know Myles Davis over the last year.  Myles is energetic, passionate, and highly intelligent, and has dedicated all three qualities to the love of the Lord and the study of the Scriptures.  Myles is also still in high school, which makes his knowledge of the Scriptures and articulate defenses of his positions all the more remarkable--plus, one just has to love the chutzpah of a teenager regularly challenging people twice or more his age.


Jereremiah Lanier is another such remarkable person.  He, like Myles, is a high-schooler who exudes a passion for the Lord and His Word like few others, and is more than willing to be mentored even as he strives to grow beyond his teachers.  I consider it a great honor to number him among my students.


It's a good thing that both of them get into the usual sorts of trouble in high school, or they'd be too good to be true.


Knowing two such remarkable young men, what else could I do but introduce them to each other?  And having "met" online and over the phone, should it be any surprise that they would decide to duke it out on the intellectual field?


Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I present the following debate to you.  I've done a few nips and tucks on the grammar and spelling, but the actual arguments are all Myles' and Jeremiahs.  I hope this debate stands as an encouragement both for those who say, "I can't, I'm too young," and for those of the older generations who worry about the state of faith in teenagers today.


Myles Davis' Opening Statement (new)


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