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Lets Get Cfs Back To Friendly

Discussion in 'Important Things To Consider' started by Jeffin, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. A few years ago CFS used to be a place where you could fellowship, discuss, laugh, share stuff without the fear of being attacked by a fellow member. Now that we have grown to 7000+ plus members, we no longer have that atmosphere here. I want to encourage all members here to post in the nicest way possible also encouraging others to do so. Let's all behave like one family - children of God. Our staff is there to assist whenever you need help.

    Here's a joke I wanted to share:

    Terri asked her Sunday School class to draw pictures of their favorite Bible stories. She was puzzled by Kyle's picture, which showed four people on an airplane, so she asked him which story it was meant to represent.

    "The flight to Egypt," said Kyle. "I see ... And that must be Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus," Ms. Terri said. "But who's the fourth person?"

    "Oh, that's Pontius-the Pilot.

    :D :D
     
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  2. That would be great Jeff.

    That reminds me of my little brother.

    One Sunday he came home from kindergarten Sunday School, looking tired and moody....He dragged himself to the kitchen table, and when Mom asked him what was wrong, he glumly said:

    "Oh...It's that kid's school I'm in on Sundays.
    All we do is cut and paste, cut and paste......When are they gonna tell me about Jesus?!"
     
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  3. Thank you for agreeing with me Rusty. Our staff feels the same way and we have been at times reminding the community to bring back the friendly atmosphere.

    Children have such good and loving hearts. They are always learning and are happy to receive correction and humble. This is probably what Jesus liked about them and He wants us to be like them. Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
     
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  4. I'm all for realigning the Forum! It's gotten way out of hand.

    Another kid story from my little brother:

    Around the same age period, our family had come home from a Christmas pageant or outdoor manger scene reenactment at the church. Again he looked a bit miffed by the whole scene.

    "What's wrong?" we all asked.

    "Oh...I'm just confused by the part when they all sang 'Silent Night' and everybody gathered around the manger and sang. I just didn't see him."

    "Him? Who him?"

    Wrinkling his 5 year old brow at us as if we were nuts, he says--

    "You know....The man in the song...Round John. I saw everybody else there; the shepherds, Joseph and Mary the Wise men...but no Round John! "

    We were utterly baffled so we asked him to explain. He did it by singing "Silent Night" to us......then he got to the problem part, as he sang.....

    Silent night, holy night
    All is calm, all is bright
    Round John, Virgin Mother and Child
    Holy Infant so tender and mild
    Sleep in heavenly peace
    Sleep in heavenly peace
     
  5. Reminding? I think it can be well stated that I've been doing more than reminding, I've been downright enforcing it. I look forward to the day that the enforcement becomes lesser while the compassion, love, and respect for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ increases.
     
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  6. Thanks for being pro-active Banarenth. It's sadly much needed right now.
     
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  7. Ban.......I am afraid that it is here like it is in every church. When the preacher hits home on something that effects every single person in the auditorium, the ones who need to hear it the most always point to the person in front of them and say......
    "He is talking to THEM......NOT ME".
     

  8. If people would go into a regular church with the attitudes they come here, they should be shown the door. I cannot imagine the level of disrespect that I find from posters occurring anywhere in civilized discussion. But, I also know what you mean. I'm sometimes amazed when I step in only to be supported by the people who were the main reason that I stepped in. On the other hand, I've found that I have to be really careful when I preach because people are incredibly self-centered. A simple statement can sometimes be interpreted as preaching AT someone, or even outing some secret fault to the entire congregation.
     
  9. I understand completely Ban. But I must tell you that with age comes a lot of freedom when preaching. Now, at my age and longevity, I am not careful at all in the pulpit. It is what God says and if anyone has a problem with it, they need to talk to Him and not me.

    I just like you have had people approach me and say......"Why did you out me"......."Why did you tell everyone about what I did". I have to tell them that it is not me but the Spirit of God who had convicted them and exposed their sin......not me!
    I have never exposed the sins of anyone but I can promise you thar God has do so many times.

    As for the disrespect shown here.......may I also say that IMO it is the same as on all other forum sites. That is what I have seen over and over and over.

    It seems to me that there are many people who can feel safe behind a computer screen seperated by thousands of miles from someone they are talking with. Many people have personality problems, ego situations and yes even mental concerns that are manifested by their inability to comunicate with others. They will say things that they would never say face to face. It is one of the failures in on line computer "forums".

    Some men you just can't reach and others can not be preached to. So you get what we see here again and again, which is actually the way the person wants it.

    I am reminded of the phrase from the warden to "Cool Hand Luke".........................................
    "What we have here is a failure to communicate."
     
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  10. To offer some insight into my perspective, I'll tell you what I see. I see a lot of people who in their own views are very confident. Most seem to have rejected denominations of any kind without realizing that all they have done is create their own personal denomination based entirely on their own interpretation. There is something about that mentality that, while not inherently wrong, almost always seems to lead to a level of arrogance that I fail to understand. The arrogance that is represented comes across as possessing greater knowledge and greater wisdom than the entirety of Biblical scholars and theologians throughout the course of history, and somehow they simply don't realize it.

    A always ask myself a fairly simple question. Am I willing to accept the fact that I might be wrong? Whenever I answer that question with a no, I dive into my prayer closet as vigorously as possible. To not be willing to accept the potential that you are wrong, or that your perspective, experience, and understanding cannot be universally applied to others on the same level as God's voice speaking into their lives is the epitome of arrogance. So from my perspective, I think I'm being very patient with it simply because I realize that we all get very wrapped up in our beliefs. They are what shape up and form us. We are passionate creatures, and we will defend what has been a defining factor in the shaping of who we are as Christians. It is when so, so many are just far too ready to trample on the same foundation of another that I begin questioning the foundation upon which they are standing.

    In the end, what I see so often is Christians expressing exactly how little we've grown as a people since the days of the Pharisees. Some very, very narrow interpretation of Scripture trumps the simplest and purest truths of the meaning behind the Scripture. The LAW is used as a weapon against the beloved sheep, except we don't call it the Law anymore. Sadly, there will be many such violators that will read this very statement and rally out against others who have not offended nearly as bad.
     
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  11. I would say that you may have just ID'd the situation! I agree 100%.

    Especially the comment of...........
    "Most seem to have rejected denominations of any kind without realizing that all they have done is create their own personal denomination based entirely on their own interpretation."
     
  12. Well....I've seen a lot of entrenched denominationalists here as well, so wouldn't put the rudeness on that factor too heavily.

    We lost a good member here recently because she saw folks "ganging up" on others and trampling on their "foundations" as you say Ban.
     
  13. There are certainly a lot of entrenched denominationalists here and everywhere. My point is that many of the most entrenched denominatinalists are the ones that claim to reject denominations entirely. I've known many good Christians who have for good reason rejected the Institutional Church, but I've also found that it really isn't the Institution that is the problem. People are quite capable of coming up with barriers to the Gospel on their own.
     
  14. I don't see the "Institutional church" as the same thing as denominationalism, especially when it comes to a Christian's opinion...But that's another topic.

    I just think fingering those of us that do not join a certain creed should be blamed here.
     
  15. I'm not universally blaming anyone. In fact, my only grief is with arrogance, which while traditionally fueled by denominationalism in the "real" world, seems to be more fueled more by personal doctrines in cyberspace. Unlike the real world, where denominations have largely stopped waging wars against different doctrines, the practice seems to be very much alive here.
     
  16. Ahhhh....That I understand and agree with, yes. Oddly I find folks that claim a certain denom in cyber space are far from "inline" with that denom's creed and weave personal spins of their own as coming from God Himself through them!

    So yeah...whether part of labeled church ID or not....the vaunting of so many mini-prophets is rife on the web. It's just the rude and crude one's that are a bother for me.
     
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  17. Yes. All one has to do is read some of the "Bible teaching" pages on the forum and it becomes crystal clear.

    "Personal doctrines fueled more by cyberspace" than by the Word of God leads to a level of arrogance which seems to always lead to confrontational attitudes and attacks are the norm. BUT........again, it is not unique to THIS particular site. It is universal in ALL Christian forums.

    It IMO fulfills Bible prophecy of 2 Timothy 4:1-5.......(KJV)
    "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry."

    Preachers and teachers who appeal to itching ears tell people what they want to hear not what they need to hear.
     
  18. I'm brand new to this site, just signed up...
    This is an unfortunate occurence that happens on many boards who start off small, then grow. Perhaps, it is a microcosm of life, and even Christ had to deal with strife and dissention. But, it's hard to watch christians go at it against each other. I've seen that on another christian site, and it was a shame. I hope to be a source of encouragement for others here. We can always agree to disagree, at the end of the day. :)
     
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  19. I've got into to many fights on secular forums to be a wise one on this but I agree it does seem a shame for it to happen here (or anywhere really I've got into fights I shouldn't have....)

    I think there are always things we will disagree on but at least for this (I think) non denominational head, it gets pretty rotten when you see the bible used as a whipping tool to prove who is right on some finer detail. Everything stems from love God and love thy neighbour yet we are capable of making it all so complicated and nasty.
     
  20. I kind /sorta of get yer meaning, jonbanjo---------------------:but what is the diff for you between denominational ideas and complications?
     

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