Housekeeping, continued: "If anyone thinks himself to be religious..."

If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. (James 1:26)

(Tim) "Sherman, the other day you let fly a comment here that was one of the most personally offensive comments I've seen on this blog. Immediately I pulled it and wrote you to explain why it was inappropriate--just in case you were clueless concerning the damage your words would do to the woman concerned.

But your comment was returned with a fatal error: turned out you'd chosen not only to withhold your last name, but you hadn't used a real e-mail address, either.

Sir, until you write me personally from your real e-mail address, signing your real first and last names, you may not comment on this blog. Our rules require everyone, but particularly those who attack others personally, to sign their real first and last names and to use genuine e-mail addresses.

Of course, beyond those rules David and I have, there is the rule of the Holy Spirit found above, from James.

Tags: 

Comments

I'm glad Baylyblog is doing its bit to try to bring civility to the Web. Anonymity isn't the only reason the Web has so much rudeness. The other reason is that we tolerate rudeness. We don't have to. If someone sends me a web comment that would cause me to punch him, admonish him, or walk away from him if it were said to me in person, why should I tolerate it any more just because it is on a computer? The blogger at least has the ability to delete the comment. It is like painting over grafitti. And as with graffiti, it not only reduces the amount of ugliness in the world; it reduces the temptation for the sinner.

Please, brother. Don't be such a pussyfooting weasel. I didn't say anything to damage a woman. All I did was say I wished preachers would still preach against the wicked sin of smoking. [NOTE FROM TIM: Sherwood, I specifically asked you not to post again until you identified yourself to me, first and last name and real e-mail address. You have not done this, and yet here you do precisely what I told you not to do. Further, you lie about what you had said. You were publicly cruel to a woman at one of the most vulnerable times of her life. You will not do this here again, so this will be your last comment.] Should we not call sins sins if someone might be offended? Then you should pipe down about queers and abortions because that kind of talk offends a lot of people. And if Eric R thinks I'm rude, then maybe he should just stick to bakking cookies and cleaning the house and leave the hard work of preaching the Gospel to the men.

Shermen?

I don't think anyone said "queers" and abortion offends a lot of people, you know infanticide tends to ruffle feathers, go figure.

As far as smoking. These pastors don't subscribe to the 20 commandments theory where Moses dropped and broke/lost a tablet that had the other ten commandments on it which included such notables as, "Thou shall not smoke" and "Thou shalt never offend anyone by speaking against sin."

I don't particularly like my name on my posts - my employers could Google me and find out I'm non-PC - I say some pretty stupid things but honestly, why would you want to hide from your comments. Are you afraid we're all going to hunt you down and in some dark alley ... read scripture to you?

Everyone,

I think Sherman is engaging in satire here. He's enacting an extreme version of the wrongs he thinks those who write on this blog are guilty of. Don't take him seriously.

"He's enacting an extreme version of the wrongs he thinks those who write on this blog are guilty of."

Yep, David.

"Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him."

--Proverbs 26:4

"Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him."

--Proverbs 26:4

Michael,

I don't disagree with you that there isn't a point where you stop answering someone but one way to read this verse is that you don't answer them in the same manner, not that you don't answer at all.

It's important not to be too quick to dismiss people - after all where would we all be if we were quickly dismissed by God who for us is long suffering.

Sherman, I started to say something on here that got eaten by the computer but I was saying, your talked about sodomy and abortion as offensive things so I talked about Tim not subscribing to the idea that we must never offend even if we speak truth.

The way women are supposed to be treated in scripture is with respect that the world never shows when they allow a woman to choose to murder her child and thus also a part of herself. You will probably be surprised by the way we quickly stop someone who mistreats a woman here (though I don't know what you actually said since the post isn't here) - treat women with respect and consider that if you're not a Christian then we will look backward to you. A people that has turned their back on God is backward but will perceive good things as evil from a corrupted mind - which side are you on?

> I don't disagree with you that there isn't a point where you stop answering someone but one way to read this verse is that you don't answer them in the same manner, not that you don't answer at all.

Right, Clint. I was thinking it looks like he is just trying be abrasive and offensive to get us riled up for his own amusement. So we have to be careful to not let him succeed by our responding as he expects.

Hopefully, I'm wrong, but a discerning person would not tell the host "Don't be such a pussyfooting weasel," or tell other men they need to go back and finish the dishes.

"Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel."

--Proverbs 20:3

Comment 2 is a nice illustration of my point in Comment 1 (wouldn't it be nice if the software put a number on each comment?). Our anonymous commentor insults me in a way he clearly would be scared to do in person, since even on the Web, at a safe distance, he is too scared to list his name.

It's interesting, though, that he's come back to see what other people have to say. I would have thought fear of being criticized would keep him away.

Add new comment