Well I have no intention of going onto Viola’s blog to answer him but will post this openly as I did with his good friend Wolfgang Simson answering his ad hominem attack of my person. I have re-posted part of Mike Ratliff’s blog article from that I believes sums up things up to deflect justified criticism of teachings that do not align with the Bible. My comment on the blog speaks a bit to many of the dangers I see with this deflecting of criticism and also can be read on our site at The Organic Church? Based on God’s Word or Truth from the Dung Heap?
Link to: A Real Jerk « Possessing the Treasure by Mike Ratliff
Those who cannot tolerate criticism and try to deflect by posting articles like The Art of Being a Jerk Online: 9 Sure Ways, do so by trying to make themselves out to be victims and those who are obedient to God’s mandate to be discerning are just mean, and are, therefore, jerks because they are divisive. Look at what is going on in the pop-culture soft-gospel part of the visible church right now. Everyone is embracing one another across their nearly non-existent, man-made doctrinal lines and all becoming one big happy visible church family. However, those with discernment and the courage to stand firm in the face of this “nonsense” are seen as “jerks” and will always be on the outside looking in here because they are not politically correct nor do they play ball to become popular with the masses nor do they really care what imposters who call themselves theologians or Christian leaders or pastors or whatever think of them or say about them. No, all that matters is their obedience to God, not man (Acts 5:29).
I consider articles like Frank’s to be bait in a trap that I have no intention of taking.