Statement of Faith 1) The Holy Scriptures, in it's original form, is the inerrant Word of God. 2) There is only one God who reveals Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 3) We are separated from God due to sin. 4) God's Son, Jesus Christ, was born of the virgin Mary, died on the cross for our sins, and rose again on the third day. 5) We can only be saved by repenting of sin, and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior by faith as stated in John 3:16. (The faith mentioned here will produce actions) 6)This salvation is provided by the grace of God. We cannot be saved through our own efforts, our works or by the intervention of man on our behalf. Mission The Christian Forum Site exists for the following reasons: 1. To provide a friendly place for believers to discuss Biblical, theological and social issues in a rational manner. 2. To promote and support mutual spiritual growth and biblical learning among forum Users. 3. To provide a place of fellowship and prayer for believers. 4. But, most importantly to Glorify our Savior, Jesus Christ. Forum Rules Content of posts Rule 1.1 All postings or messages express the views of the author, and not the owners of Christian Forum Site. Rule 1.2 This is a strictly Moderated forum. The owners and staff of Christian Forum Site reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason. (Note: Staff includes Administrator, Moderators and Helpers) Rule 1.3 The use of all capital letters in member posts is prohibited. All such posts will be eliminated and members given a 1 point warning. Continued violations will result in the member account being suspended. Rule 1.4 The use of Avatars must comply with the following. Avatars must not be offensive Avatars must not contain content which other members could find distressing Avatars must be suitable for persons aged 13+ CFS staff may remove avatars if they are not deemed suitable Rule 1.5 The use of usernames must comply with the following. Usernames must not be offensive. Usernames must not contain content which other members could find distressing. Usernames must be suitable for persons aged 13+ CFS staff may remove member accounts temporarily if the username they have chosen is not deemed suitable or is suggestive and not worthy of Christian values; this can be changed upon request. Common courtesy Rule 2.1 Common courtesy and civil dialogue is expected from all participants. Common courtesy is a generally understood concept and too broad to fully define here. In short, if you have doubt on whether you should say something, DON'T! Rule 2.2, a & b If someone disagrees with you: (a) Do not immediately jump to the conclusion that they are not truly saved just because they disagree. (b) Do not attack the person. You may call a statement stupid, but NOT the person making that statement. Smart people can say dumb things. Rule 2.3 Members starting threads on specific topics expect that the threads will stay essentially on topic. Any member, other than the person starting the thread, who takes a specific thread way off topic and derails the content of the thread will be given a friendly staff notice. A second derailment or continuation of the off topic direction by that member will result in a warning and all non topical posts in that thread will be eliminated. A third off topic hijacking by that member will result in a 1 week time out and all non topical posts in that thread will be eliminated. A fourth offense will result in a permanent ban and all posts by that member will be removed from CFS. Unacceptable posts Rule 3.0 Disruptions to the friendly environment at CFS by anyone will not be tolerated. When discussing any topic, please bear in mind the words of Paul in Romans 14: 1 Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. 2 For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. 3 Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let Him judge whether they are right or wrong. And with the Lord’s help, they will do what is right and will receive His approval. 12 Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. 13 So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. 22 You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right. Rule 3.1 Members may not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, demeaning, threatening, or insulting to any person or group; repeated in many posting areas (spam); or otherwise violates any laws. Such posts will be deleted and the Member warned or banned. Rule 3.2 Members may not post inflammatory remarks simply for the purpose of evoking reaction or starting fights with other Members, or promote a spirit of divisiveness in the community. Such posts will be deleted and the Member warned or banned. If you are responded to in an angry manner, do not respond in-kind. Alert staff to the situation by utilizing the report button. Rule 3.2a Certain topics have always sparked heated arguments and will be monitored by Forum Staff. Threads will be deleted and warnings and/or restrictions issued at the discretion of Forum Staff. The list of topics that can not be discussed at CFS are located in a pinned announcement at the top of the Doctrinal Discussion area. Members are warned not to mention these topics at any time. Rule 3.2b ChristianForumSite.com has a wide variety of members from around the World. This Forum does not allow the elevation of one Christian belief system over another. This is demeaning and belittling the beliefs of other Christians while promoting another system so as to create an atmosphere of superiority. Any such posts or threads will be removed and a reminder, warning or ban issued as necessary. Rule 3.2c Any discussions about any individual, teacher, preacher, pastor, minister, evangelist, media personality, organization, etc., will be closely monitored. Any claims that a named person or organization teaches or supports false doctrine MUST be well documented. Unsubstantiated claims, rumors or hearsay will not be allowed. Any such posts or threads will be removed and a reminder, warning or ban issued as necessary. Rule 3.2d Due to liability concerns, CFS does not, under any circumstances, allow the posting of professional, clinical or psychological advice for members. This is especially enforced in the "Personal" posting areas. Anyone who offers professional, clinical or psychological advice may face warnings or banning from CFS and all posts will be removed. Even those persons who are licensed psychologists or therapists MAY NOT offer professional advice at the CFS Forum or by way of Private Messaging. The staff at CFS recommends that members who need answers should meet with a licensed and insured local Christian Consultant in your home area. Rule 3.3a - Behavioral Post Moderation. If any member posts in a way that would initiate a staff warning under our Rules, that member may be placed on temporary Post Moderation - where posts from that member will be screened for content by a staff committee before they are published in the Forum. The CFS staff reserves the right to accept or reject any post from any member who is placed on Post Moderation - for conduct issues or if a new member has details in their application that may indicate that they may be here only to sell products or in any other way to violate CFS Rules. False registration Rule 4. Registration with false information is grounds for immediate and permanent banning. Multiple registrations by the same General Member using different usernames is not allowed and all usernames and IP addresses for the General Member will be banned. Registration with many persons using one username is immediate grounds for banning. If two different General Members are sharing a wireless router or Internet connection that may show the same IP address, we would appreciate a PM notification to any staff member about that so the situation can be logged. Rule 4.1 Any Member under the age of 16 (sixteen) years of age must supply contact information for a parent or guardian when requested, so the CFS Administration can verify permission has been granted to participate here at CFS. Falsifying birth dates to be excluded from this requirement will be immediate grounds for permanently banning the Member. Moderator/Helper requests Rule 5.1 All Members are required to immediately comply with any Moderator or Helper request. Rule 5.2 If you believe that a Moderator/Helper directive is incorrect you should not discuss it in the open forum. Instead send a private message to the Administrator or a different staff member for discussion. Threads or posts in the open forum discussing CFS members who have been disciplined in any way, criticizing CFS Rules or criticizing CFS staff members will not be permitted. Such threads or posts will be deleted and warnings and/or restrictions will be issued at the discretion of the Forum staff. Personal Details - Postal address or email address Rule 6.1a Do not give your personal details, such as postal address or email address, to anyone except the Administrator or a Moderator authorized to ask for a mailing address as directed by the Administrator. Providing a mailing address to the staff to send out a Prize to a CFS sponsored contest winner is acceptable. Rule 6.2a A General Member may not ask other Members for their phone number, street mailing address, email or instant message information. If someone annoys you through email or PM, notify the Moderators or the Administrator immediately and we will notify the respective authorities about this behavior. Do not reply to unknown emails. Links to other Websites Rule 7. Our Forum contains links to other Web sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another Website for which The Christian Forum Site has no responsibility or liability. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different from ours. The Moderators/Administrator at CFS cannot possibly monitor all the numerous daily postings of off-site linking. Anyone visiting a site linked at CFS by MEMBERS does so at your own risk. Be especially wary of those sites which sell products, services or ask for donations. Again, the Staff at CFS takes no responsibility what-so-ever in the claims or statements made in ANY linked sites. Please report postings here at CFS which contain objectionable material as well as objectionable material contained in offsite links posted by CFS members. Use the "Report Post" button below the poster's name to tell us about your concerns. Rule 7.1. If any member wishes to place a link in this forum to any site that requests financial donations or sells any type of products, they must first obtain permission from our Administrator via PM. Please include the off-site link in your PM request as well as a list of products or services that are offered through that site. This permission will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. If permission is granted they must also post the following warning notice together with the link. MODERATOR'S WARNING The link in this post goes to a website which sells goods or services or solicits donations. Members are advised to be wary of ANY such donation requests or sales and to research the group making the request or sales and to PRAY before sending ANY donation or before purchasing any goods or services. The following Forum rule is included for your reference: Links to other Websites Rule 7. Our Forum contains links to other Web sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another Website for which The Christian Forum Site has no responsibility or liability. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different from ours. The Moderators/Administrator at CFS cannot possibly monitor all the numerous daily postings of off-site linking. Anyone visiting a site linked at CFS by MEMBERS does so at your own risk. Be especially wary of those sites which sell products, services or ask for donations. Again, the Staff at CFS takes no responsibility what-so-ever in the claims or statements made in ANY linked sites. Please report postings here at CFS which contain objectionable material as well as objectionable material contained in offsite links posted by CFS members. Use the "Report Post" button below the poster's name to tell us about your concerns. Copyright Issues Rule 8. Any time that you "quote" someone else's works or provide a video, you must be certain that there is a Copyright © Waiver or reposting authorization posted in the original source indicating that you can quote all or part of that original author's work or use a video. Text of copyright waivers, author permissions or public domain statements from source pages must accompany any copied materials that members post at CFS at the bottom of the copied post. If you just copy and paste text randomly or post a copyrighted video without regard for the Copyrighting © of that text or video, you bring liability issues into the equation and we at CFS will take appropriate action to keep infringement issues out of this forum.