I’ve Been Banned!

* * *Rant alert * * *

It happened once before. Back in 2005 when the movie End of the Spear came out, a group of bloggers took it upon themselves to reprove the people behind the production. I don’t want to rehash those issues, but I took a stand, largely based on the fact that God has called Christians to unity and I didn’t think the the debate was promoting unity.

I voiced my opinion in a way that … apparently didn’t promote unity either because the owner of the blog I was commenting on banned me. 🙄

And now it’s happened again!

Sort of the same problem, too. This time the blogger was taking to task a well-known Bible teacher for sloppy exegesis of Scripture. I can agree that if this actually happened, it is appropriate to address the issue. However, this blogger went a step farther and said this person who is affiliated with a certain evangelical group he came out of is trafficking in the same false teaching he left.

Uh, that would be not true.

I’ve got some personal knowledge about this teacher’s body of work, though not about the latest title that this blogger’s source quoted. I undoubtedly voiced my opinion too harshly, and I’m sorry for that, but here’s my on-going concern.

A lot of bad stuff is flying under the banner of Christianity, but instead of taking a look at those believing in universal salvation or groups deconstructing Scripture or denying God’s sovereignty, we have this blogger telling others this godly, Bible-believing teacher espouses a false faith.

The thing is, I found this blog post because a blog I subscribe to had a follow-up article—an “ah-ha, I wondered if something was fishy with this teacher” article.

It’s heart-breaking that someone with an ax to grind can go after someone on the Internet and influence others to “go and believe likewise.” Hopefully my comment to the blog I subscribe to will at least cause that individual to investigate on his own.

But what about the others out there? Especially considering Mr. Ban-her cut off the discussion before you could legitimately call it that.

The odd thing is that I’ve come out so recently saying Christians should stand up and call false teaching, false. I suspect that one reason we remain silent is because of people like Mr. Ban-her who wants to call anything not aligning to his position “false faith.”

Another strange thing, I admitted in my comments (all three he let through) that I don’t always agree with said Bible teacher. And I don’t. But his position was, sloppy exegesis in the instance passed on to him meant this person was habitually incorrect in their handling of Scripture—and he was right, I was wrong, so I should SHUT UP! Well, he didn’t use those words, but he did type an entire sentence in all caps telling me how I really had nothing of value to say.

Sometimes getting banned from a site ain’t all bad. 😉

Published in: on March 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm  Comments (9)  
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  1. […] I've Been Banned! « A Christian Worldview of Fiction […]

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  2. Heh, Interesting post 🙂

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  3. thus so important that we as Christians must know our theology so that we can weed out the true and the half-true from the false. Just because Joe Blow over and JOEBLOWBLOG said it, doesn’t mean it’s true. We’ve got to be able to search out scripture ourselves. AND, we need to major on the majors and minor on the minors when it comes to our doctrine.

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  4. Good points, Chris. It’s a balancing act.

    I probably shouldn’t have, but I checked on the blog again today to see if by any chance he let my last comment go through. He didn’t, but a host of “agree-ers” posted, all adding their negative thoughts about this Bible teacher, though not pointing to sin or error in this person’s theology. They just think this teacher pulls something from Scripture they don’t see.

    The latest though, is this comment from the blog owner (and remember, I am banned so cannot give a reaction to this at his site):

    Thanks for sharing that Paula! I think Rebecca has an idolatry problem, but that is just my impression, God didn’t tell me that. 🙂

    So now it’s not just the Bible teacher he gets to disparage, it is me as well. This is not good!

    Becky

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  5. If I could, I would ask the blogger, “Why does a discussion/debate have to descend into personal attacks? How does that benefit anyone? And how can the truth be reached if only one point of view is presented? How do you know you’re right?”

    After all, as Christians, are we not supposed to “tell the truth in love”?

    Such personal jabs tell me everything I need to know, and any discussion in which such methods are used will not lead anywhere fruitful or spiritually edifying.

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  6. “Sometimes getting banned from a site ain’t all bad.”

    I think that says it all. Don’t worry about it. I refuse to go back to one particular site because the owner just wouldn’t listen to reason and threatened to ban me via email. (Of course, she didn’t do it in the comments section for all to see.)

    So, chin up. Don’t worry about it. Consider it a red badge of courage. Doing what God says sometimes means we will be misunderstood and abused.

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  7. Elizabeth, you’re right that discussions and debates so easily deteriorate into name calling and yelling. I have to own responsibility for setting the wrong tone, however. When a new commenter starts out saying “I’m appalled …” it doesn’t come across as an invitation for fair minded discussion.

    Honestly I tried to ignore the personal attacks and get to the issues, but by the time I realized my fault in the matter and wrote to apologize, I was already banned. What can I say …

    God saved me a lot of time, I think, because I wasn’t going to get my point across to that blogger or his audience, as the comments that followed clearly demonstrated.

    Becky

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  8. Actually, Daniel, God used the experience to teach me a valuable lesson about my reaction and need to forgive. Interestingly, it all coordinated with the non-fiction project I have been struggling with, the one I wasn’t sure I should commit to.

    God knows what I need!

    Becky

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  9. (At first I accidentally posted this to another post of yours! [“Does Love Eequire Kindness?”] Please delete that one, and be encouraged that I had two of your items up at the same time …)

    Becky, thanks for an awesome and thought-provoking post yet again. By definition, those of us commenting would surely have also had experience with censorship or other comment conflicts!

    I had that happen to me too, some time ago with a certain blogger of “perfectionistic” persuasions. (He is a Christian brother, I still believe, but with his own multiple bad exegeses — and implicit rejection of 1 John that says, among other things, “if [Christians] do sin, we have an Advocate,” Christ.)

    Said blogger refused to put through my gently argued (I believe) but opposing comments about a controversial film … though I don’t know if technically I was “banned.”

    It would be wrong to shout “free speech!” or something like that, when the blogger has absolutely every right to regulate comments on his own site. But it does result in the sin of deception, doesn’t it, when the blogger presents a false front of only agreement with his own views?

    Ultimately he would be responsible before God for his own sin (notwithstanding the truth that if he is saved, Christ has already paid for that sin in His death). And I would be responsible for my sins, by feeling bitter against this blogger (someone I hardly know, anyway!) or insisting on “fairness” when if all was strictly “fair” I would already be in Hell today.

    Pessimistic? Self-flagellating? No! A realistic assessment, a la the Apostle Paul (Romans 6), that should humble myself and glorify God, and put things in a God-centered perspective.

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