Archive for the ‘Anonymity’ Category

Steve Hays Almost Blows My Cover!

March 5, 2009

The juicy details can be found here (link).

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Note to Blasphemer

November 4, 2008

Someone (presumably the same guy who is also the forger mentioned in a previous post) has been busy blaspheming God in the comboxes of this blog, and having his posts speedily rejected for publication. This is not a light matter in God’s eyes, sir. Forsake your evil ways, and turn in repentance unto the Maker and Provider of the Universe:

“one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” (1 Corinthians 8:6)

This is the word of that same God, which should make your heart tremble at the judgment that awaits you, unless you repent:

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

You who blaspheme: that’s you with the evil heart that brings forth that blasphemy. Seek God’s forgiveness and mercy. Recall that Jesus said, “All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.” Matthew 12:31 So then, seek God earnestly in prayer that you may be forgiven of your sins, that your heart may be changed, so that from the treasure of a good heart, you may be forth “fruits meet for repentance.” Matthew 3:8

I realize that may not be what you want to hear, but that’s what you need to hear right now. Those words of God connect and resonate in your heart, for you know that they are true. You cannot escape them, so hear them, fear your Maker, repent, and believe the gospel to the saving of your soul.

-TurretinFan

Internet Anonymity Series

June 6, 2008

David Anderson at More than Words has provided an interesting series on Internet anonymity. While I don’t fully agree with him (otherwise I wouldn’t post pseudonymously) he has a number of thought-provoking posts on the issue:

Ultimately, my own commentary on this issue is as follows: if you are posting anonymously, pseudonymously, or even simply un-disciplinably, consider your motivations. I believe that there can be proper motivations for doing so, but there can also be very improper motivations for doing so.

A few critical observations:

* Paul’s example is all very well, but Paul was also – at another time – let down by a basket from the city walls.

* I strongly object to the claim, “Anonymity removes the messenger from the message, which is a move without any Biblical approval.” There are plenty of anonymous books of the Bible. While it is clear there that the underlying author is God, a properly motivated anonymous or pseudonymous Christian seeks to point the reader to the Word of God, not the message of man.

* People can be pseudonymous and still be accountable to their family, friends, and elders.

* Anonymous and Pseudonymous dialog has an important purpose, especially in a society in which Christian behaviors such as proselytizing, spanking one’s children, and denouncing sin are prohibited, restricted, or at risk of being prohibited or restricted.

* Anonymity/Pseudonymity can provide a layer of prudential protection to Christian evangelists. I cannot think of any good reason, for example, to insist that a Chinese evangelist would have to give everyone his full name and the name of his elders, and their mailing address, in order to satisfy any kind of Christian obligation.

Thus, on the whole, I believe that Mr. Anderson’s posts are interesting and thought-provoking, but ultimately not persuasive (at least not for this pseudonymous blogger).

-TurretinFan

A Different Apologetic Approach – ANON vs. Scientology

January 26, 2008

As many of you may already be aware, a hacker group known as “ANON” (as in “Anonymous”) has recently declared war on Scientology. (open letter by video here) They are a very capable and elite group of hackers. Their stated goal is eradication of Scientology from the Internet. This not their first mission, and they have been generally successful in their past missions, from what we know.

Scientology is evil, and it is good news that it is being opposed. On the other hand, while ANON is taking a stand against an evil organization, we must not therefore fully endorse ANON’s methods or mentality, for both are contrary to a Christian worldview.

1. Christians must have a respect for the civil government.

Many of ANON’s techniques are illegal. There is no denying this, and ANON would certainly agree. ANON may seek to justify the illegality of its actions by appealling to the end (goal) of the actions. The ends, however, do not justify the means.

2. Christians must forgive

We have been forgiven much. A proper understanding of the sinfulness of our own sin should make any Christian willing to forgive others. ANON’s anthem is “We do not forgive, we do not forget …” but this is not Christianity’s message.

3. Christians must seek the glory of God

ANON’s message is that they have chosen to take down Scientology for a variety of reasons, but one of the top reasons is for their own amusement. I believe that this stated reason is sincere on their part. Scientology represents a very challenging target: it is far more litigious, technologically savvy and resourceful than virtually any other body. To defeat Scientology on the Internet would represent an enormous feather in their collective hat. Furthermore, Scientology represents much that hacker world hates most: censorship.

Christian apologetics, however, must be motivated by the glory of God. We share with ANON the goal of eradicating Scientology, but we have radically different reasons. We oppose Scientology because it is a false gospel.

Conclusion

It is difficult to predict the ultimate outcome of ANON’s attempts to destroy Scientology. I cannot think that it will be entirely successful (Scientology is very well connected politically and very wealthy), but I would be happy to be wrong. Nevertheless, unless those burdened with Scientology are brought to Christ, it will all be in vain. There is little value in removing someone from a false gospel, if they are not brought to the truth.

-Turretinfan


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