15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (NASB)
I have debated Pelagians. I have debated Atheists. I have debated Agnostics. I have debated Campbellites. I have debated Semi-Pelagians and Arminians. I have debated Antinomians. I have debated Hyper-Calvinists. In every case I must say that I would much rather debate believers who have the same respect for the Word of God that I have….
The hardest to debate are those whose Bible knowledge is superficial at best. What little they have has been spoon-fed to them from their favorite teacher of whatever Biblical error they hold. Instead of searching the scripture to see if what I say is so, they quote Brother So and So or read some commentary or book that supports their doctrine.
The Word-Faith adherents are the worst that I have encountered. If you counter what they say or teach with scripture that clearly refutes their point, they simply say they know I’m wrong and I just need to give them time to find out what passage says that I’m wrong then they will get back with me. Well, we must never forget that using scripture out of context is the mechanism of some of the worst heresies. I have yet to have one of them successfully counter the truth from God’s Word. Since they are obviously not following what God’s Word clearly teaches us, their errors continue to get worse and worse. Sadly, the numbers of their followers also seem to continue to expand.