Comment Policy

Please, let’s be civilised and avoid personal attacks or inappropriate personal comments. Contributions can be robust and challenging but should be informative and constructive. Whatever our faith position many contributors at least consider themselves “Christian” and should behave accordingly. Remember, “Do as you would be done by.”

That said, strong views are held and sometimes in robust discussion offence is taken when none is offered. Let’s be grown up about this and not hide behind feigned expressions of hurt. George Orwell wrote, “Liberty is the right to tell others what they don’t want to hear.” There is no such thing as the right to not be offended.

Please try to stick to the subject under discussion in any given post. By all means introduce what might be appropriate and helpful related issues but keep these relevant. If you must follow a tangent somewhere not germane to the post why not suggest it as a separate discussion?

In discussion quotes are appropriate within reason but we don’t tolerate wholesale cut-and-paste jobs. It is just lazy to expect others to do your thinking for you. We solicit your views, not the views of your leaders, or those whose books/sermons/blogs/web sites you admire. Links to outside sites will be allowed though carefully monitored and short messages like, “nice blog”, accompanied by links designed to do no more than advertise another blog/website will not be posted. (Comments with Chinese characters NEVER get through)

We prefer contributors not remain anonymous, although we understand why some would prefer that and will not have a hard and fast rule about this. We like to know who we are talking to however and this doesn't seem unreasonable since anyone can know who we are and, anyway, what have you got to hide? This doesn't mean your comments will not be posted but they will be considered carefully.

Finally, if you’re a Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, etc. in whatever language you couch it, you believe our Christian Church to be apostate since the earliest days, and mainstream Christians (Christendom) hopelessly corrupt and blind. To you this is fair comment and we accept your right to express your faith in those terms so relax and say what’s on your mind.

By the same token, we and other Christians regard Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc. to be counterfeits of the true Christian faith, a dangerous deception, cults and that too is fair comment since these terms accurately describe our honestly held view. After all, as apologists for our faith, what else are we to do but “contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the Saints”? (Jude 3) So, let’s get over ourselves and actually talk about issues. Who knows, maybe we will all learn something along the journey.

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