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Francis, Oklahoma
February 23rd & 24th 1987

The first night, David Bonner affirmed the proposition: “The Scriptures teach that the local church assembling for the Lords Supper may partake of the cup (fruit of the vine) from a plurality of cups.”

The second night, Joe Hisle affirmed: “The Scriptures teach that when the local church assembles for the Lords Supper only one cup  (drinking vessel) may be used for distribution of the fruit of the vine.”

Please excuse the quality of the recording. It was made back in 1987 using a tape recorder by a person in the audience.  We believed Joe Hisle’s outstanding defense of the truth deserves to be heard, as he pulls down David Bonner’s “strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ . . .” (2 Cor.10:4,5).


First Night of Debate
February 23, 1987


David Bonner 1


Joe Hisle 1


David Bonner 2

Hisle 2nd-Negative

Joe Hisle 2

Second Night of Debate
February 24, 1987

Hisle 1st-Affirmative

Joe Hisle 3

Bonner 1st-Negative

David Bonner 3

Hisle 2nd-Affirmative

Joe Hisle 4


David Bonner 4

The Ancient Faith website is a thematic collection of scholarly yet simple Bible essays and sermons, many of which were composed by Restoration preachers such as J.W. McGarvey, Moses Lard, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Campbell. These courageous men of faith through hours of Bible investigation studied themselves out of denominationalism, asking for “the old paths” (Jer. 6:16) and seeking to return to “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). We hope you will join with these men in their fervent plea to restore “the ancient order,” “the ancient gospel” or, as it was sometimes called, “the ancient faith.”