(or Ingrid never ran over my puppy)

OK, people, time for a level-set.

It would appear that the (irrelevant and inaccurate) references to this site in the meta of Tim Challies’ post the other day have garnered us some new readers.  To them I say “Welcome”.  This post is actually in response to “pre-Challies” readers of this blog who seem to have missed something.  Before you new folks make the honest mistake of ascribing to the same misconception, maybe we ought to clear it up (again).

Many of the veteran detractors of this site routinely state that the purpose of this blog is to spew hatred against a select few.

The Greek word for such a viewpoint is “skubala“.  A (very) rough English translation would be “baloney”.

Some time ago, Chris Lyons (with input from other contributors here) wrote Our Mission, detailing what this blog is all about.  Chris outlines six guidelines for this blog, only one of which deals with the addressing of points in which we disagree with those that write the various watchblogs out there.  In fact, Chris calls this “the lowliest” of these six tasks.

Even if we throw several bones to the skubala-merchants and ignore the existence of the other five tasks, their viewpoint is still inaccurate.  Which brings me to the point of the title of this post.

I don’t hate Ken or Ingrid or Chris R or PB.  Regardless of the mutuality of the sentiment, I consider them all Christian siblings of mine.

Now, admittedly, I do hate theological error — very much so — especially when it is presented at the expense of others.  And this is what I write against.  This is why I am here.  The fact that it often happens to be presented by one or more of the afore-mentioned people (that I allegedly hate) is either purely coincidental or cited as an example.  While I sometimes cross the line, I do my best to remember that my anger is not directed at them, but at the error that they are presenting and the damage that it can do to others.

Sidenote: I do find it rather telling that one of the most vocal (and oft-repeated) accusations against Tim Challies’ post was that he didn’t “name names”.  The fact that he didn’t screams that his “beef” was with a concept, not a person.  Such writing demands that the reader not simply write Tim off as a “hater”, but actually determine if the points he made are applicable to themselves.  (Or at least gripe about the fact that he didn’t “name names”.)

As Chris noted about himself recently, I used to wield a weed-eater indiscriminately, too.  But God worked on my heart, both directly and through others, to see my sin.  My purpose here is to try to be the “others” for someone else.  Not as someone who has arrived, but as someone that’s been to a few “places” that you’re better off avoiding.

For you new(er) folks here, please be warned — the veteran dissenters on this site will state unequivocally that I am lying and what I have written here is not the true nature of what’s in my heart.  They will most likely misappropriate the first half of Matthew 7:16 as proof-text of their ability to read my heart.  These are people who apparently ignore passages such as 1 Samuel 16:7.  By tacitly stating that they are God (by the measure of this latter verse), they are committing nothing short of blasphemy.  I would ask that you think for yourselves, rather than take the word of a blasphemer.

Maybe even use a little discernment.

  • Share/Bookmark
This entry was posted on Friday, April 10th, 2009 at 4:47 pm and is filed under Blogging, Commentary, Commenting, In Tone and Character, Schadenfreude. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
+/- Collapse/Expand All

15 Comments(+Add)

1   Chris P.    
April 10th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

“Now, admittedly, I do hate theological error”

So as to the question you are posing….why are you here?

You guys are so christ-like and humble I bet your wives can hardly stand living with you.

2   Neil    
April 10th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

With the possible exception of you “they are God” reference I agree – which is no surprise. I really do wish we could engage Ingrid, Ken, the Chris’s in a dialogue over substantial issues.

Sometimes that works with Pastorboy, and when it does it’s good.

Until then, I guess we can only point out error where we see it.

3   Joe    
April 10th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

You guys are so christ-like and humble I bet your wives can hardly stand living with you.

Shows what you know! Not everyone here is married. ;)

4   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
April 10th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

“You guys are so christ-like and humble I bet your wives can hardly stand living with you.”

Nope, I demand complete and unquestioned obedience and I must be referred to as “Lord”. You Chris P. seem to be a compromiser. Does your wife run the show??

5   Brendt    http://csaproductions.com/blog/
April 10th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Wow, Chris, you almost engaged the topic at hand.

Almost.

6   Brendt    http://csaproductions.com/blog/
April 10th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Chris P (#1):

I bet your wives can hardly stand living with you.

Stellar example of how we’re the ones who attack and are filled with hate.

7   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
April 10th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

I have several wives, all obedient.

8   nc    
April 10th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

That wives comment was AWESOME!!!

9   nc    
April 10th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

On the other hand, Chris P talking about “christ-likeness” and “humility”…that’s just funny.

We all know you think this site is awful and a waste of space…

why are you here?

unless it’s just to perpetuate your god-complex and to glorify thy name in all the internet.

10   iggy    http://wordofmouthministries.blogspot.com/
April 10th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Chris P needs to validate his own assertion this is a waste of space… note waste of space above with comment #1

iggy

11   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
April 11th, 2009 at 8:58 am

All Christian blogs should represent Christ first, and then pursue the more defined purpose. This site should provide posts that teach, that correct, and that generate interaction on the comment threads. Personal attacks should avoided, but strong confrontations about the mischaracterization of Christ should be openly challenged.

If only one person is thinking, the other is unnecessary. All of us should be participating in order to share something of value, and receive something of value.

12   iggy    http://wordofmouthministries.blogspot.com/
April 11th, 2009 at 10:26 am

Rick,

Though Chris P may be necessary, his judgmental and condemnation is not… there is not condemnation in Christ so how can one who is in Christ condemn others so freely?

I do not condemn CP, but only view his comments of condemnation as unnecessary and mischaracterized Jesus…

iggy

13   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
April 11th, 2009 at 10:46 am

Chris P. offers nothing of value.

14   Neil    
April 11th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Let’s not make this about a detracter who refuses to engage…

15   nc    
April 11th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Yes…let’s not.

Besides…he’s too busy glorifying himself unto his own thrice holy angry name. We wouldn’t want to distract him from sustaining all things by his insulting word.