Contribution/Discussion Note

This paragraph is in my “About” page:

This site is intended to allow discussion of theological matters, from a Christian perspective. I will attempt to show how to apply Scripture to everyday life in practical ways. Additionally, I will focus on how to understand, apply, and share Scripture: read the Bible, study it, disciple, teach it, preach it, and evangelize. Feel free to respond.

This should be our guiding principle, Ephesians 4:2-3:

2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Rememeber we are to reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature (Ephesians 4:11-13).  This can not happen if people are not free to discuss things and be led by the Holy Spirit to the truth of the matter. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Indeed, 2 Timothy 4:2 tells us to “preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” People are EXPECTED to use Scripture to teach others about God. If your position can not be supported in Scripture, you can expect to have people correcting you – and you might have them doing so even if it IS supported in Scripture. If you do not like that, then feel free to not participate.

But I want to make it perfectly clear that everyone who feels like engaging in any discussion on this blog is free to do so.

EVERYONE is on moderation, so *I* decide what gets approved. I almost always approve comments people make.

Please do not let anyone convince you to not participate. Feel free to ask questions, speak up, or make your thoughts or feelings known. I only ask you be polite, be careful as to the type of language you use, and not bait people.

No one should be rude enough to ask you to not participate on my blog. IF someone should do so, please ignore that request and let me know about it.

This blog is intended to allow people to have a chance to discuss things and to agree or disagree (as frustrating as that can be sometimes – and it is, even for me), and perhaps to learn something – indeed, I pray God will use it to bring people to Him through faith in Christ and make growing disciples. For that to happen, we have to be loving, as defined in 1 Corinthians 13. To shut someone out of a discussion is NOT loving. It is certainly good to not be carried away by strange teachings as we see in Hebrews 13:9. For that to happen, we must ask for wisdom, knowledge of God, His will, and we must believe, not be blown about like a wave (2 Peter 1:2-8; Colossians 1:9; James 1:6). This blog is not intended as a place to divide people, but to help us grow together to become more like Christ. Build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love…. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear…

If someone does not want to discuss something with someone else, then feel free to either ignore their comments, or simply do not read.  You do not have the right to decide who engages in discussion on this blog, although you DO have that right on your own blog. Feel free to ask people to not participate on your own blog, if you should feel the need. But do not try to do so here.

We are all to be charitable and loving and kind, as we see in 1 Corinthians 13. Shutting people down because you disagree with them is not doing that.

Should you feel that people are being stubborn and malign the way, and you feel the need to leave as Paul did in Acts 19:9,  then follow his example and leave, avoiding those who cause division and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to what God has taught (Romans 16:17-18). But do not tell or ask people to not engage in conversation on my blog.

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