Thursday, October 19, 2006

slice of laodicea shuts down comments

Ingrid writes:

"As of today, Slice has become a non-interactive news and commentary blog. We deeply appreciate those Slice readers who have added intelligent and helpful comments to the body of Christ in the past, but due to the abuse of the comment section and its becoming a source of divisiveness and further confusion in the church, we have decided to permanently remove the sound and fury and get back to our main focus. We at Slice view what we do as a ministry, not a hobby. Our desire is to put forth information, sermons, articles and devotionals that will strengthen the body of Christ in our Laodicean times and warn about the encroaching error as well. We are not here to please people or to give a platform for the opinons of others. We're accountable before God for our own stands on critical issues and we are now limiting the site to those views. Anyone desiring to discuss a post or an issue privately with a Slice contributor can do so by email. If you want a public forum for your views, you can start up your own blog very easily. Thank you, Slice readers, for caring about truth in an hour when some groups are even debating its existence. Forward in Christ!"

- link

ht: charlie wear, who also reports he's had to get more involved in Next-Wave comments.


blind beggar said...

That is a wise and helpful decision on their part.

Stephen said...

Hi Rick,

Now that wasn't my first thought, but perhaps you're right. Can you say more?

mo said...

Hey Stephen. I don't think I've commented here before, but I've been reading your stuff through Blogtimore for a while.

I agree with Rick, this was a very wise decision. I've been reading Slice since it was brand new & have often appreciated the posts (even if I don't agree with them), but been very dissapointed by many of the comments.

I do find it amusing to see what it was that finally convinced them to turn off the comments. About a week ago Ingrid & the other contributors were encouraging dialogue & debate with Dan Kimball on Steve Camp's blog. Some slicer's turned on Ingrid & co. & started calling them "heretics" for dialoguing with the "heretics".

Funny how quickly the comments get turned off when the shoe is on the other foot.

blind beggar said...

“…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, ” (1 Peter 3:15, ESV).

“Don't hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you've got it in you, get along with everybody. Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do.” “Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that's your job, to bless.” (Romans 12:16 and 1 Peter 3:8-9, The Message).

Sorry for the scripture quotes, but I sincerely believe that the Father has been very specific about how we are to act towards both non-believers and believers when in any situation, including a discussion of what we hold to be true. We are not required to “buy into” someone’s arguments, but we are admonish on how we are to act towards others, even those who don’t agree with us. Unfortunately, SoL provided an environment where the Father’s instructions were not observed. IMHO, allowing such an environment is harmful to the Kingdom and must grieve the Father. Therefore, regardless of Ingrid’s motivation, it was a wise and helpful decision.

Just my humble thinking on the subject.

iggy said...

"but due to the abuse of the comment section and its becoming a source of divisiveness and further confusion in the church"

Now wait a minute!!!! I thought it was their posts that were abusive and causing divisivness and adding to the confusion of the church..... Could I have been wrong all this time?

Now I am confused...