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Curtis Cates A. Jr.

Director

Memphis School of Preaching

HQ Phone: (901) 751-2242

Memphis School of Preaching

3950 Forest Hill Irene Road

Memphis, Tennessee 38125

United States

Company Description

The Memphis School of Preaching is a truly great collegiate institution. The Forest Hill eldership has all through the years shown outstanding leadership, and I love them dearly and treasure their deep friendship. The faculty of the School is second to no... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Professor
Faulkner University

Professor and Academic Vice President
Southern Christian University

Affiliations

Representative
Covenant Eschatology

Representative
A.D. 70 Theory

Education



Alabama Christian High School

Doctor of Education degree

University of Alabama

Master of Theology I degree

Southern Christian University

Web References (37 Total References)


Sermons and Essays*The Present Crisis Within the Churches of Christ

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Curtis Cates, Director of the Memphis School of Preaching and co-editor of Yokefellow, laments the fact that many within the Churches of Christ are no longer "set courageously for the defense of the Truth.

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[20] In 1990, C. Leonard Allen published a book [21] that also caused him to come under "fire" from Cates as a false prophet.Cates accuses Allen of disrespect for the Word and also charges him with treating the Word as "unrealistic" and "fairy tale-like":
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[12] Curtis Cates, The Second Incarnation: A Pattern for Apostasy (Memphis, Tennessee: Cates Publication, 1992), 18.
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[20] Curtis Cates, The "Core/Bull's Eye Gospel" Concept Refuted: Shall We Have a New "Cultural Church"? (Memphis, Tennessee: Cates Publication, 1994), 15.
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See also Cates, Incarnation, 27-28.


Sermons and Essays*Singing and Playing: Ephesians 5

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It is in this vein that Curtis Cates, Director of the Memphis School of Preaching, writes about the five-acts of worship. See Curtis Cates, Worship: Heaven's Imperative, OR Man's Innovations (Memphis, Tennessee: Cates Publications, 1993), 21, where he writes: "Please be assured, dear reader, that there are five items of worship set forth clearly in the New Testament; there is a Divine pattern for worship.


Curtis Cates, director of ...

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Curtis Cates, director of the Memphis School of Preaching, has authored a book The A.D. 70 Theology a hyper-critical and caustic review of realized eschatology. 3 What is his slant on the betrothal/marriage issue? Commenting on Romans 7 he says that Christ, "could not have been 'married' to another people (His spiritual household, the church/kingdom), had the old law not been nailed to the cross--such would have constituted spiritual adultery and/or polygamy (Romans 7:1-6).

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Cates, defender of Truth and orthodoxy, says that to say Christ was not/is not married to the church is an "egregious error. We suggest that these men get together and talk about their differences before they attack Realized Eschatology!
Dobbs' position is more correct in one regard, that the marriage between Christ and the church (see below for the proper context of the wedding), would occur at the parousia. He has simply misplaced that event chronologically by 2000 years, and placed it at a supposed end of time instead of at the end of the Old Covenant World!
Cates on the other hand totally ignores the Biblical evidence as to when the wedding was to occur, at the coming of the bridegroom. Look at the evidence.
1.) Matthew 22--This parable very plainly presents the wedding as taking place after the invited guests refused to come and the Master then destroys them and their city. The parallelism between Matthew 22 and Revelation is too clear for the serious Bible student to ignore.
2.) Matthew 25--Cates applies Matthew 25:1-13 to the final, end of time coming of Christ. 5 But this text places the wedding at the time of the Bridegroom's coming! Thus, if Christ was married to the church at Pentecost, then since this text teaches about the wedding then Cates must apply this text to Pentecost!
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The wedding had not yet taken place, they were betrothed. (And, please take note that Romans does not say that the Law had died, as Cates believes.
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Cates would call such an idea "false doctrine!"
If the church existed before Pentecost, and clothed herself with righteousness, before Pentecost, just exactly how was that possible? Isn't righteousness only through the New Covenant and faith in Christ? Wasn't righteousness unobtainable prior to the giving of the New Covenant and the faith (Galatians 3:20f)? If Cates is right to affirm that the church and Christ were fully married on Pentecost, then undoubtedly, the church did exist prior to Pentecost, and obtained righteousness through some other means than through Christ!
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Question: would Dobbs and Cates ignore the emphatic time statements of imminence if they were made about the kingdom?
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The problem, the reality, of the nearness of the wedding, after Pentecost, is a huge problem for Cates.
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Furthermore, as the director of the Memphis School of Preaching, Cates has held mock debates, against Covenant Eschatology at the school. However, when William Bell held a formal public debate with Stephen Wiggins in Memphis, a short drive from the Memphis School of Preaching, Cates and the faculty informed the students that they were not to attend the debate!
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And as a final note, Cates spoke at the Denton Lectureship, Denton, Tx., (1995), and introduced his book. During one of his speeches he is reported to have said that he wished that there was a representative of the "A.D. 70 Theory" present so that they could defend themselves. Lamentably, I was unable to be there due to a kidney stone problem. However, since then, Cates has let it be known that he has no interest whatsoever in debating any representative of Covenant Eschatology, demonstrating that his statement was nothing but empty braggadocia. If Cates seriously wants to engage an advocate of Covenant Eschatology, I will happily oblige him. I suggest a formal debate on the campus of the Memphis School of Preaching.
[3] It has been my experience that a man's meanness is directly proportionate to his desperation. The more they feel threatened and unable to meet the challenge the meaner their spirit becomes. If this is true then Cates' book is proof positive that Covenant Eschatology is making serious inroads and Cates and co. feel helpless to stop it.
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[4] Curtis Cates, The A.D. 70 Theology, (Cates Publications 9194 Lakeside Dr. Olive Branch, Ms. 38654, 1995)68-69.


12-2013 - Gospel Broadcasting Network

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Tribute to Curtis Cates

GBN Info Curtis Cates image Romans 13:7 says that we are to render honor to whom honor is due. On October 25, 2013, brother Curtis Cates passed from this world into the Paradise of the Lord. On December 23rd, 2013 the Gospel Broadcasting Network will be airing a special tribute to brother Curtis Cates.
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For more than forty years, Curtis A. Cates trained gospel preachers. He was a professor for three years at Faulkner University, was Dean of the College, Columbia Christian College, Portland, Oregon, and was a professor and Academic Vice President of Southern Christian University (now Amridge University) for twelve years. He served as Director of Memphis School of Preaching for twenty-four years, and afterward served as Director Emeritus and taught until he died. He was also on the graduate faculty of the Turner School of Theology, Amridge University (forty years). His numerous years of training gospel preachers and church leaders through the extensions of Southern Christian University (Amridge) carried him to teach in thirty cities in ten states. His undergraduate and graduate classes were attended by more than one thousand preachers, Bible class teachers, and elders. More than anything, he was a faithful soldier of the cross.


A Matter of Consistency: The Marriage of Christ Otherwise Known as Cates -vs- Dobbs

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Curtis Cates, director of the Memphis School of Preaching, has authored a book The A.D. 70 Theology a hyper-critical and caustic review of realized eschatology. 3 What is his slant on the betrothal/marriage issue? Commenting on Romans 7 he says that Christ, "could not have been 'married' to another people (His spiritual household, the church/kingdom), had the old law not been nailed to the cross--such would have constituted spiritual adultery and/or polygamy (Romans 7:1-6).

...
Cates, defender of Truth and orthodoxy, says that to say Christ was not/is not married to the church is an "egregious error. We suggest that these men get together and talk about their differences before they attack Realized Eschatology!
Dobbs' position is more correct in one regard, that the marriage between Christ and the church (see below for the proper context of the wedding), would occur at the parousia. He has simply misplaced that event chronologically by 2000 years, and placed it at a supposed end of time instead of at the end of the Old Covenant World!
Cates on the other hand totally ignores the Biblical evidence as to when the wedding was to occur, at the coming of the bridegroom. Look at the evidence.
1.) Matthew 22--This parable very plainly presents the wedding as taking place after the invited guests refused to come and the Master then destroys them and their city. The parallelism between Matthew 22 and Revelation is too clear for the serious Bible student to ignore.
2.) Matthew 25--Cates applies Matthew 25:1-13 to the final, end of time coming of Christ. 5 But this text places the wedding at the time of the Bridegroom's coming! Thus, if Christ was married to the church at Pentecost, then since this text teaches about the wedding then Cates must apply this text to Pentecost!
...
The wedding had not yet taken place, they were betrothed. (And, please take note that Romans does not say that the Law had died, as Cates believes.
...
Cates would call such an idea "false doctrine!"
If the church existed before Pentecost, and clothed herself with righteousness, before Pentecost, just exactly how was that possible? Isn't righteousness only through the New Covenant and faith in Christ? Wasn't righteousness unobtainable prior to the giving of the New Covenant and the faith (Galatians 3:20f)? If Cates is right to affirm that the church and Christ were fully married on Pentecost, then undoubtedly, the church did exist prior to Pentecost, and obtained righteousness through some other means than through Christ!
...
Question: would Dobbs and Cates ignore the emphatic time statements of imminence if they were made about the kingdom?
...
The problem, the reality, of the nearness of the wedding, after Pentecost, is a huge problem for Cates.
...
Furthermore, as the director of the Memphis School of Preaching, Cates has held mock debates, against Covenant Eschatology at the school. However, when William Bell held a formal public debate with Stephen Wiggins in Memphis, a short drive from the Memphis School of Preaching, Cates and the faculty informed the students that they were not to attend the debate!
...
And as a final note, Cates spoke at the Denton Lectureship, Denton, Tx., (1995), and introduced his book. During one of his speeches he is reported to have said that he wished that there was a representative of the "A.D. 70 Theory" present so that they could defend themselves. Lamentably, I was unable to be there due to a kidney stone problem. However, since then, Cates has let it be known that he has no interest whatsoever in debating any representative of Covenant Eschatology, demonstrating that his statement was nothing but empty braggadocia. If Cates seriously wants to engage an advocate of Covenant Eschatology, I will happily oblige him. I suggest a formal debate on the campus of the Memphis School of Preaching.
[3] It has been my experience that a man's meanness is directly proportionate to his desperation. The more they feel threatened and unable to meet the challenge the meaner their spirit becomes. If this is true then Cates' book is proof positive that Covenant Eschatology is making serious inroads and Cates and co. feel helpless to stop it.
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[4] Curtis Cates, The A.D. 70 Theology, (Cates Publications 9194 Lakeside Dr. Olive Branch, Ms. 38654, 1995)68-69.

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