by Weylan Deaver


CHICAGO, Ill. (BNc) — Next week Mac Deaver debates a Baptist opponent on Calvinist doctrines.

A public debate will take place Apr. 27-30 in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg between brother Mac Deaver and Matthew Black of the Baptist Church.

The issue will center around the nature of man, addressing questions such as: Are we sinners from birth? Do we inherit a corrupt nature because of Adam’s sin? Do we have free will to obey the gospel?

The four-night discussion will take place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday in the building of the Schaumburg congregation.

Deaver will affirm and Black will deny the following proposition:

“The Scriptures teach that a person is born innocent (free of sin) and becomes a sinner when he first transgresses the will of God, and that as a sinner (person in sin), he is able to respond to the gospel so that he can become a Christian.”

Black will affirm and Deaver will deny this proposition:

“The Scriptures teach that a person is born hereditarily totally depraved and prone to sin, and that as such, stands in need of salvation. A person that responds to the gospel does so in faith and repentance as drawn and enabled by the Holy Spirit.”

Black is an Illinois native and minister for the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Hanover Park, Ill., according to Matt Clifton. A graduate of Bob Jones University, Black is pursuing graduate studies in the area of Biblical and Systematic Theology.

Deaver works with the Sherman Drive church in Denton, Tex. He received a B.A. from Oklahoma Christian College, an M.A. from Harding University Graduate School of Religion, and a doctoral degree from Tennessee Bible College.

Glenn Jobe serves as minister with the Schaumburg church.

The address is 601 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, Ill.

For further information, call (847) 985-0028 or email

The debate audio will be streamed live on the internet at this link.