Monday, November 15, 2010
Reformed Hate Blogging
Some folks wonder why I would be averse to remaining in the blog culture, and what kind of comments I was referring to when I noted the Reformed are especially mean-spirited and ill-mannered. Here's a good example. The author of course doesn't use a name, identifying himself/herself only as 'Anonymous' in the comment thread at another site.
If this represents the Reformed world, can you blame anyone for fleeing in terror to join the Methodists, Baptists, or Catholics? Hey, most of those folks are fairly nice.
I read your blog loud and clear, except for those archives that you nuked, which in all my years in the field I have never seen anyone do under any circumstances (I wonder what compelled you to do such a thing). I am concerned, however, for your reading and comprehension skills, because it appears that while you post data on the web, you don’t read what you write or, in the least, you don’t act in accordance with what you write.
You and I differ on the nature of toxicity, seeing your choice of friends and their rabid contribution to the blogosphere. Do you really need me to quote some of the despicable rants of Jeffery Meyers and James B Jordan, men whom you describe as a “blessing” to you? In fact, now that I think about it, can you please tell us if you are among the select few in the PCA who have not bowed the knee to Baal, and while you’re at it, can you please tell us if Pastor White is among the anti-Christs whom James B. Jordan anathematized a couple years ago. This would be helpful information to know.
And I don’t think you’re “ashamed of affirming the importance of the Westminster Confession and that people criticizing it should not expect a sympathetic hearing in Presbyterian circles.” I think you’re a dissembler, saying one thing confidentially, in private, among your BH buds, and another thing completely opposite in public. That’s just my opinion, and every smarmy syllable of yours in this thread confirms it.
A couple of things:
1. The author having read the blog post that I wasn't going to blog any further didn't read the follow up post that noted I would blog about Toni's health updates, publish sermon notes, and pass along news.
2. He doesn't like some of my friends. Gosh. Oh no. Start the heresy trial.
3. He's ticked off that I 'nuked' all my old blog posts. In his vast experience (?), he's never seen anyone do that. I love being a pioneer. I have all my sermon notes, which in my opinion was the only thing worth preserving. You really want me to archive my praise of the 08 Cubs?
4. I have no idea who "Pastor White" is, but obviously that's a big deal to him. Why it should be to me escapes me.
5. Despite the fact that I was examined in depth for ordination and transfer by two presbyteries and found blameless, not to mention being examined by Bob Phillips (!), and preaching for several years here without the slightest complaint about some funky doctrine I might be teaching, and teaching the confession to successive Officer Training classes, this dude/dudette sees that in fact I am a total hypocrite when it comes to the Reformed Faith. Wow - who knew? My guess is that my colleague on the SJC - who is also the chairman of the credentials committee for the South Texas Presbytery - would've picked up on my dissembling ways.
In short, it is exactly this kind of stuff that is no longer worth dealing with at any level. I offer it here for information purposes only, to assist readers in understanding the weirdness that is out there and why encouraging and enabling such behavior - and I could cite far worse - is neither profitable nor edifying.