“E.J., I know you did it, you might as well confess,” said Bobby Jarrell.
“Sister Effie, you’d have been proud of your son,” said Gene, his pale blue eyes twinkling over the rim of the coffee cup. “Just picture it: the giant auditorium packed to the rafters.
people from all
over the world waiting to hear the final tally of the vote for General
Overseer. Charles W. Conn got so many
votes—it was in the hundreds. Ray
Hughes—he got even more. And Reverend Robert Jarrell—one.” Church
“Everybody laughed at me. They thought I voted for myself,” said Bobby.
Sister Effie laughed. "Makes a mother proud."
“You’ll have to come out to the debate in Folsom, Sister Effie. Your son’s going to be the moderator.”
“E.J. here got challenged by the Jesus Only’s," said Bobby. “They’re bringing in their top gun, the number one man in the whole
, J.L. Welch." United Pentecostal
Gene said, “They think they’re gonna kill a gnat with a cannon. He’s got a wall full of degrees and all I’ve got is a high school equivalency. But I’ve been memorizing scripture since I was eight years old and I don’t mean to brag but I can handle myself on doctrines of the church with anybody. I’m going to pour the scripture on them.”
Gene's nerves were humming. “They see me being just a young guy out here pastoring a church in the country and they think their top debater is going to come in here like Babe Ruth and hit a home run.”
Fast Forward 50 years to Jan. 2015:
From: Bobby Joe Jarrell
I'll be more than happy to share what I remember. I'm honored that you asked.
There was a Oneness Preacher in
by the Name of
Lamb. Bro. Lamb had a radio program on Sunday afternoon. He challenged anyone
under the sound of his voice who believed in The Trinity to a debate. Lamb said
he had a place secured that was big enough to hold the crowd, the Debate
Agreement drawn-up, and that he was ready. Covington
Now, although The Reverend E.J. Reynolds had a Sunday Morning Broadcast, he chose to call Mr. Lamb instead of using the AirWaves to accept the challenge.
The Reverend Reynolds told Lamb that the only way he would be willing to do so is if Lamb could show him where that was ever done in the New Testament. Lamb not being able to produce the Scripture, went around town telling that Reynolds refused to debate him.
Several days later Lamb had the misfortune of running into The Little Pot-Stirring Reverend Robert Jarrell. After a brief handshake The Reverend asked, "how does it feel for a Church of God Preacher to tell you what you can & can't preach on your own radio program"?
Lamb said, "I didn't want to preach about that anymore."
E.J. kept plugging The Trinity Doctrine on his Radio Program, but not to the point of being overbearing. He was always a man of class.
Well, the Oneness had a HotShot debater named J.L. Welch from
They called him the "GeorgiaBullDog." So they got in touch with J.L.
He & E.J. came to terms and set a date. Georgia
Probably one of the things I'm most proud of about The Reverend Robert was that The Reverend Reynolds chose him as his Moderator for The Debate.
All of The Oneness said, "after J.L.'s first 30 minute segment of the Debate that Reynolds was going to jump in his car and go home."
The first night of the Debate, E.J. passed out a pamphlet listing 2000 Undeniable Scriptures proving The Trinity.
Through-out the Debate the Oneness done everything physically possible to shut Reverend Reynolds down. They would clap their hands as fast & loud as they could in order to drown-out the Voice of Brother Reynolds. They also removed his BlackBoard from the stage.
It's my understanding that E.J. & J.L. gained a mutual respect for each other during the debate, became friends and stayed in touch with each other.
And Brother Lamb learned the art of SelfControl.
-Bobby Joe Jarrell
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