SABBATH DEBATE: Edwin M. Cotto Vs Alvin Gitamondoc

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INTERNATIONAL DEBATE ON THE SABBATH TOPIC

Edwin M. Cotto – Adventist Defense League VS Alvin Gitamondoc – Catholic Faith Defenders
TOPIC: Prove/Resolve that Saturday Sabbath is still normative for Christians according to the Bible.

INTRODUCTION

It is not my habit to look for debates. In fact, I try to avoid them unless I feel a critic is acting the part of a Goliath. Alvin however approached me and asked to debate the topic of the Sabbath, and I agreed.

MY ASSESSMENT

A few important details about this debate you should keep in mind:

1) ALVIN WENT OFF TOPIC
Our topic was in regards to whether Saturday Sabbath was still normative for Christians according to the Bible, of which I was in the affirmative. As you watch the debate, you will notice that Alvin did not address at least 95% of my initial affirmation. He went off on various other things, such as the origin of the Sabbath, among others.

2) ALVIN BROKE THE RULES OF DEBATE
Alvin took advantage that I allowed him to have the last final word (which, in the rules of the debate, was actually supposed to be me), and decided to surprise me with a few new arguments he knew I could not get to for lack of time. In debates, you DO NOT bring up “new” arguments at the end. That is cheating. Alvin saved Colossians 2:16 and others to the very end, and I was denied the opportunity to respond. Our original moderator, a Baptist, had to leave and the new moderator, a Catholic associate of Alvin’s, showed extreme bias towards the Catholic cause.

3) CANCELLED THE QUESTION AND ANSWER FORMAT
Since I was denied there possibility to respond to Alvin’s new arguments, I had called the audience to ask me the question on Colossians 2:14 to I can then answer it. Of course, Alvin and his moderator refused to do the question and answer time with the excuse that the debate went on long. That was no excuse. We planned for it.

4) ALVIN WAS RUDE
Alvin must think that raising your voice and name calling helps him win debates. Fellow ADL member Christopher Sernaque and I did two debate debriefs talking about these incidences and some other of Alvin’s awkward moments. See “Debate Debriefs” below.

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

I created a video highlight of one of my favorite moments in the debate. I will be creating another one soon. Click on the image below:

HIGHLIGHT: Does Hosea 2:11 abolish the Sabbath?

THE POWERPOINT

As I mentioned above, Alvin did not address nearly anything I presented in my initial presentation. I am making my PowerPoint available for a donation of your choice for anyone interested. Click HERE to donate, and in the memo, type “please send the Sabbath debate PowerPoint to my email.” Be sure to put your email.

THE DEBATE

To watch the full debate, click the image below:

Who won this debate? The comments make it crystal clear.

DEBATE DEBRIEFS

PART 1: Catholic vs Adventist: Debate Over Sabbath Issue | ft. Christopher Sernaque

PART 2: Catholic vs Adventist: Debate Over Sabbath Issue | ft. Christopher Sernaque

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About The Author

Edwin Cotto

With over 12 years of experience in apologetics, evangelism and youth directing, Edwin has worked with various ministries including Our Higher Calling and spanish ministry El Ministerio Internacional Jesús es la Solución. With these ministries Edwin has had the opportunity to travel to various states in the USA, and also to Venezuela and Mexico to conduct evangelistic meetings and outreach efforts. Edwin made his first televised appearance on 3ABN's Celebrating Life in Recovery with Cheri Peters. His education includes training in the Medical Field, Adult Education at Valencia College, Biblical Hebrew with the Israel Institute of Biblical Studies, and Evangelism with Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism. He is also a Bible Worker for the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, an elder, a business owner, and a family man. His 3 year old boy means the world to him.

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