David Padfield and Mac Deaver

Debate On Limited Church Benevolence

In 1994 Mac Deaver and David Padfield engaged in a four night public discussion in the Chicago area on the limits of church benevolence. Deaver affirmed it was the responsibility of the local church to build and maintain hospitals, nursing homes and recreational facilities as a means of drawing people to Christ. Padfield maintained that the gospel itself is the only drawing power God uses to bring men to His Son. The following links will take you to articles and files related to this debate.

Debate On Church Benevolence

Download the Charts from the Padfield-Deaver Debate. 117 overhead charts used by Padfield in this debate. You will need Acrobat Reader, available free from Adobe Systems, in order to view the charts. You are free to print the charts and use them in sermons and Bible classes. (PDF file size: 488k).