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Why I Don’t Always Respond to Comments

I was inspired by Ed Stetzer’s post on why he doesn’t respond to Twitter comments.  I agree with him and I would add those to my own blog as well.  Here are my own reasons why I don’t always respond to comments on my own blog and these would apply to Twitter too.

1.  I’m Not A Debater.

Contrary to what you might think from reading my blog, I don’t enjoy theological debates.  I enjoy conversations.  I enjoy talking to those who disagree with me but I much prefer in person than online.  Online debates are often tedious and require much time spent at a computer.  I would rather be spending time with my family, praying, working, or reading a good book than debating online.  Further, I have never debated publicly in my life.  I have tried to once.  I try to arrange a debate with a local “Word-Faith” teacher in a city I was living but he would not debate me.  That was the only time I tried to arrange a public debate.

2.  I Don’t Respond to Trolls.

I know there are both Arminians and Calvinists who spend time trolling Twitter or blogs looking to debate someone.  I don’t get lured into those debates.  Often I delete their comments and so you’ll never see them much on my blog.  I am not into mean-spirited debates.  I am not into calling people names.  I prefer to leave the judgement of someone’s salvation to God and not upon whether they hold to my views on Arminianism (2 Timothy 2:19).  Frankly, the Bible says that we are not to argue over words.  Notice the words of Paul in 1 Timothy 6:3-5:

3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

3.  I Don’t Believe Arminianism is the Gospel.

Unlike some Arminians or some Calvinists I know, I don’t hold that Arminianism is the pure gospel.  I agree with Arminius on most issues.  I believe he is a solid theologian, a man of God but Arminius has never saved one sinner.  Only Jesus saves (Acts 4:12).  Arminius, I believe, was correct to point out the flaws of Calvinism but he was not perfect and he never shed his blood for the forgiveness of my sins.  If a Calvinist loves Jesus, they are saved (John 3:1-7).  Jesus doesn’t save theological positions.  He saves sinners who repent (Acts 17:30-31).  Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) and not to redeem theological positions.  This means that I am not going to get into a debate over non-essentials.  We can disagree over the extent of the atonement but if we have not been saved by the atonement, what is the point?

4.  Time.

I don’t have time to debate online.  I am a full-time driver.  A full-time father.  A full-time husband.  Not to mention my own time with the Lord and my own love of reading both my Bible and my books.  Debates are time consuming and I don’t have time to go back and forth online debating.  Plus it does nothing for me spiritually.

5.  Frankly, I Would Much Rather Us Pray than Debate.

A man of God is not created by reading Arminius or Calvin.  They are not closer to God because they know Greek.  We are only closer to God when we seek Him (James 4:8).  Prayer takes us into the presence of God (Hebrews 4:14-16).  Prayer teaches us to trust God and not give up (Luke 18:1).  Prayer is what the disciples of Jesus most wanted to learn from Him (Luke 11:1).  Is that true of you?  Of me?  Do you or I know more of our theologians than of Jesus and intimacy with Him?  To sit around and debate election does not add to the kingdom of God like prayer or evangelism.  It may be fun at times but seriously, I would rather us get on our knees and cry out to Jesus than to debate.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/12/2012 at 11:16 PM

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  1. Great post. These are the same reasons I don’t post much anymore. I just don’t have the time. There are more important things I need to be doing. Still, I feel the need to challenge those who feel Calvinism is the gospel and are convincing others of the same. However, I am getting less and less interested in personal debates in the comboxes. It is hard to let it go though, especially when I feel others may be mislead. I have often thought about just not allowing commenting on the my blog, but then as you note, some good conversations will never take place. It is tough to know how to handle it, but I appreciate this post. I can really relate to it and it is nice to see you have your priorities in order.

    God Bless and Merry Christmas!
    Ben

    kangaroodort

    12/14/2012 at 9:14 PM

    • I changed my blog to allow me to moderate comments. I don’t always allow comments these days. I had a guy who was not only against Arminianism but against Christ Himself. He was blasphemous so I had to stop allowing free comments because of his wicked tongue. I do think we can learn much from each other through debates but the spirit of them are what upsets me. People have little tolerance for allowing others to express their views and even admit when we are wrong or don’t have an answer. I confess that I am no expert on either Arminianism or Calvinism nor of Scripture itself. I have much to learn.


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