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Jan 20, 2009

What Many in Usenet or Internet Forums do not Get...

After Jesus had died, risen and ascended to Heaven, the Disciples had to think about what to do now. Our good God left them and us someone in His place, the Holy Spirit, who was poured upon them on Pentecost. The same converted Saul on his way to Damascus, and Saul became Paul. The Holy Spirit led all those people who belonged to Jesus Christ then, harmonising them in one Spirit, in one accord, and He is doing so now, too. That is why Christians recognise each other soon.

But it did not take long after Pentecost and the Christians split up. Paul's letters speak of that, and he warns the Christians of it, because we all have just ONE LORD..

"God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." (1 Corinthians 1:9-10 KJV)

Now what many do not get is this:

"Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 1:1-3 KJV)

It says that Paul wrote this letter to the CHURCH at Corinth, not in an open and public newsgroup or forum. It is clearly defined who belongs to the Church of Christ - or the Christians - by the God they worship, not by the different denominations as long as they worship the same Jesus Christ. This is granted in churches that are led by people who are led by the Holy Spirit, and they will have pastors who seek the truth in God's Word rather than make up their own god.

Paul's job - as much as Peter's and others' job - was to find the right way how to re-organize the services they knew from the Jewish tradition according to the new Christian standards and teaching, to interpret the Commandments Jesus had given and transfer them into this new world order that started when Jesus Christ was born. (Our calendar still starts counting the years from this point zero). Apart from the Gospels and the Book of Revelation, the New Testament mainly deals with that, and it is great to have this for the churches.

The question that comes up is the following, however:
In how far can this all be applied in a public newsgroup or forum?

What is easily confused is the idea that all the group members are in such a group for the reason of fellowshipping, and that they all serve the same God or seek doing so. This is not the case, and many here are doing the same like in Jesus' times, namely using the public forums and groups for taking a political influence in public, and even anonymously. A newsgroup is no Christian cyber space per se, and the space can be - and mainly is - hostile. Christians should be very careful not to fall into the devil's traps in usenet and elsewhere. They soon start to be nice to devil's spawns as if they were some brothers or sisters at their church. They publicly and fellowship with false teachers, blasphemers who call the Christian faith a lie from satan, unrepentant sinners who fight for their so-called rights to keep on sinning, the gay lobby that tries to have the Bible burnt as hate literature, cherry pickers who ignore parts or even whole books of the Bible, attackers of the Body of Christ, Wiccans, trolls etc... They think they have to hold peace above truth in an open and free forum for opinions.

We are not at a church, but we are still: CHRISTIANS by the ONE GOD whom we share - and that is our OWN legitimating. Born again in His Spirit we stand together in ONE ACCORD, also in a free and unmoderated newsgroup. Those who oppose the Christian basics can be two different kinds of people: those really interested in the Christian faith looking for information, or those who want to torpedo our faith. And that is where we have to draw the line! We Christians should really stand in one line against those of the latter mentioned, and they would not be able to get a hold of the Christian cyber space.

If people do not bring the teaching of the faith in that same God Jesus Christ, we are to reject them, if they like it or not. Most posters here try to teach their own gospels, things that Jesus; Holy Church has never taught over the years. Believe it, God is able to see to it that His Word and His Church is still standing. Churches are like humans – they are not perfect. But Jesus Church will be blameless one day in the future, and He will have perfected His Church Himself then.

I would like to appeal to those Christians who should be in one line against the forces of darkness. It would be good if they rejected those who are just here to torpedo our faith, thus be able to teach what the Bible says. Otherwise posting to usenet would be in vain. Why not just proclaim God's Word instead of petting all the trolls? It has gone too far downhill with most of you here. meanwhile you are standing in one line with enemies of the cross against those who still hold the truth up (not mine - GOD'S!).

I will pray for you and anyone of the Christians to turn to the truth again. This truth -to remind you - is Jesus Christ and the Bible are holding up. This truth is not made up by some libellers who torpedo God's Word.

Get up, think about it, pray about it - find out who you are, who God is, what your job is and start again in one line with your fellow believers who should be dealt with according to Christian standards in Christian cyber space, but do not include those who bring strife between the Body of Christ. Kick those out of your rows who still want to stand in one row with false teachers, blasphemers who call the Christian faith a lie from satan, unrepentant sinners who fight for their so-called rights to keep on sinning, the gay lobby that tries to have the Bible burnt as hate literature, cherry pickers who ignore parts or even whole books of the Bible, attackers of the Body of Christ, Wiccans, trolls etc...

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so:
but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous:
but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
(Psalms 1:1-6 KJV)

If anyone teaches a different doctrine, and doesn't consent to sound words, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, he is conceited, knowing nothing, but obsessed with arguments, disputes, and word battles, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, constant friction of people of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. Withdraw yourself from such. (1 Timothy 6:3-5 WEB)

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. (Romans 16:17-18 KJV)

Brothers, if any among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20 WEB)

God bless you,

vera 6

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