Started by Alpine, August 24, 2008, 03:07:50 pm
Quote from: sharonl on August 24, 2008, 03:32:43 pmI agree with you that the ones here are truly sincere - I just pray we can keep it like that and the false ones don't find their way here.
Quote from: MissConStru on August 24, 2008, 03:19:32 pmIt never hurt my faith but it really hurt my irritation/aggravation factor!
Quote from: Pete on August 24, 2008, 05:35:28 pmI was talking about this with Charity just the other night on (shameless plug) the CHAT ROOM. But seriously...I was a lot like you when I joined CF, Alpine. I had hopes that I had finally found a Spirit-Filled board that would welcome me. I had lurked in other "Christian" (and I use the term loosely..) forums, and I discovered that Charismatics and Spirit-Filled people were, generally speaking, looked down upon and mocked in these other forums. So I was greatly encouraged to find that CF had a Spirit-filled forum, and even MORE encouraged to find a "WoF" section contained within. I'd heard the term WoF before, but I never really identified myself as such. but at that time, there were people in the WoF forum, where I lurked for a month or so before joining, and I began to realize, this was what I believed.So, I finally took the plunge and registered, hoping to find some good Christian fellowship. But what I found was a bunch of bickering, arguing and non-stop strife. I found myself responding in kind to those who were rude to me, and I did not like who I was becoming. It was then that God began to deal with me about how I was posting, and my posting made a dramatic change.I remember VIVIDLY God pointing out to me my hypocrisy. He had me go back through my posts, and read them. It was almost as if he had removed a veil from my eyes. Suddenly, I could see so clearly that I was guilty of the very thing I said I was standing against. I repented.And from that moment on, I made a focused effort to try and make a difference. I did not always succeed, because I still allowed those little barbs and jabs to sneak into my posts from time to time, but it slowly became less and less.I'll never forget when I was responding to a post, and I was going to use the old "God's not a child abuser" line, something I had used repeatedly, over and over and over again, when God said to me,"Do you really think that anyone at CF believes in their heart that I am a child abuser?". And I said, "Well, probably not, but it sure SOUNDS like it sometimes!". And God said to me, "If you don't think anyone believes that I'm a child abuser, why do you keep bearing false witness against them by saying it?" And I said " ..... " It has been a long journey, and I am not the same person that I was 3 years ago, 2 years ago, or even last year. God has used CF to teach me many valuable lessons.That said, I think it's getting worse. Much worse. Or perhaps now that we have a place where that true Christian fellowship is occurring, it is more obvious to us that we've been settling for a counterfeit for so long...In any event, I treasure this place, and all of you people. This forum is fast becoming the Christian fellowship that I thought I was signing on for when I joined CF. We needn't agree on every doctrinal detail, but "iron sharpens iron" can and should occur concurrently with a spirit of edification and encouragement, as opposed to a spirit of strife and contention.It is my prayer that this will be that place. An oasis from the strife.
Quote from: Alpine on August 24, 2008, 03:07:50 pmDoes engaging in "debate" and constant bickering online hurt your faith?
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