Internet Message Boards- an Occasion to Sin

July 2, 2009

Most of you have probably heard of the tragic death of Pastor Greg Baker, pastor of Faithway Baptist College and president of Faithway Baptist College in Whitby, Ontario. Much prayer is needed for the pastor and family. It does appear that he committed suicide, which only multiplies the tragedy.

If you were to check in on some “fundamentalist” message boards, like Fighting Fundamentalist Forum, you’ll find some discussion on Bro. Baker. Most of it is Christian, but there will always be some troll who will rejoice in the fact that a pastor killed himself. There is actually such a person at the FFF. I won’t dignify this person’s “internet name” but his reasoning was that because Baker was a “KJV Onlyite” (a hateful and slanderous term) and an anti-Calvinist (nothing wrong with that), that God was “cleansing his church” through Baker’s suicide. He basically thanked God that Bro. Baker committed suicide, that somehow God was judging him because of his stand for the KJV and his stand against Calvinism.

Yes, such hellish thoughts from a professing Christian on a Christian message board.

Unfortunately, the woods are full of such people, who will dance on a dead man’s grave or rejoice when a preacher falls. And they usually take to message boards to spew their bile, never under their real name, however. Cowards always hide behind an alias and shoot from the bushes.

Internet message boards, like the FFF or Sharper Iron or Baptist Boards are really nothing more than outlets for such nonsense. They degenerate into nothing more than electronic gossip parlors, where anyone can say anything with no consequences. Much of what is said is ungodly, slanderous, hateful, if not downright unscriptural.

I used to post at Sharper Iron and the FFF and got fed-up with both boards. Sharper Iron is so heavily moderated that the atmosphere is stifling. With all the “young fundamentalists” that populate SI, with their multi-versionism, soft stand on music and separation and general lack of discernment, my brief time there was extremely frustrating and not edifying.

I tried the FFF for a while and came to the conclusion that it was little better than a secular message board. Profanity, gossip, slander, flaming, and the like are on open display. Christian attitudes are hard to find there. There are no redeeming qualities as to what goes on at the FFF and a genuine Christian spirit is hard to find.

I’ve finally had enough of the whole mess. The tragedy of Bro. Baker and the resulting attacks on him posted on these boards show that internet message boards (even Christian ones) are no place for a Christian. I’ve wasted some time over the years on a few secular ones as well and now that has to stop as well. Posting to such boards simply is not edifying nor does it help one’s spirituality or walk with God. It would be a good thing for the church if such boards shut down and Christian went “cold turkey”. To think that one would long for the “good old days” when such gossip was confined to pastor’s fellowships!

Less time on message boards, more time in prayer and study. That sounds like a better stewardship of time.


Romans Studies 1 and 2 Are Posted

March 18, 2009

My speaking commentaries on Romans are starting to be posted at our website http://www.pilgrimway.org. The first two studies are posted and more are to come. Each study is about 28 minutes long.


Watch This Space

March 13, 2009

Some projects that I am currently working on that will eventually make it to the website:

1. A re-editing of all my current commentaries, starting with Romans. I currently have commentaries written on Song of Solomon, Daniel, Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, James, 1-3 John, Jude and Revelation. They all need a good scrubbing and re-editing.

2. I’m currently working on a commentary on 1 Corinthians and chapter 1 is finished. That will be posted as well.

3. I’m going to start a speaking commentary through the New Testament. This will allow me to do in-depth, verse-by-verse studies through these books that I can’t always do from the pulpit. I am recording them and will also post them to the website. They will be about 30 minutes long. I did Romans 1:1-4 the other night and will be posting that soon. If I ever finish a book, those audio studies will be burned to a DVD.

Although our church is small and we don’t have a Christian day school, I have enough on my plate just with these projects to keep me busy all day without having to work my secular job!


Two New Sermons Uploaded

February 15, 2009

Check out the front oage of our church website http://www.pilgrimway.org for two new sermons:

1. Temple and Tabernacle- 2 Samuel 7:6

2. Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye- Isaiah 40:1,2


Ten Commandments Day

February 14, 2009

Our church participated in a Ten Commandments Walk, sponsored by the Smyrna-Clayton Boy Scouts.  I’m an ex-Boy Scout so I’ve always had a soft spot for them.  The Scouts marched to various area churches and the pastor expounded for a few minutes on a Commandment.  I had the 6th Commandment, which is a rather hard one to really talk about (Thou shalt not murder).


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