Religiosity vs. Faith

by Mike Ratliff

This morning I logged into Possessing the Treasure to process the comments that came in overnight as usual. I always approach this with a sense of anticipation. However, awaiting me were two comments from one person who had a huge problem with the fact that I moderate comments using a set of rules that is publicly displayed on my blog. He wanted free reign to say whatever he wanted to say without any control by me whatsoever. Our flesh says that that sounds reasonable. However, this person’s comment was couched in bitter anger. He called me a fascist. He insinuated that I should allow people to say whatever they wanted to say any way at any time. Why? Why would someone demand that on a private blog? My response was that to comment in rebuttal on Possessing the Treasure will only be allowed from arguments from scripture alone. Why? We are proclaiming the truth from God’s Word. We are not proclaiming another way to be religious. Instead, we are attempting to proclaim the way to walk before the face of God in full submission to Him because He is the source of our spiritual life. Therefore, rebuttal arguments must be based within the same foundation that we use, which is scripture. Why? This forces those who desire to contend with what is said here to not respond in hot anger, but instead, calm down then go to the Word of God to seek the truth. I contend that if people will do this, many of their perceptions about our faith will be shown for what they really are in that they are contrary to what the Word says.

8 thoughts on “Religiosity vs. Faith

  1. Mike,
    I know you don’t need my encouragement, but I will give it anyway. Hang in there!

    Your antagonists do not understand the principles of “Freedom of speech.” Your blog is your private domain just has your home is. And we who view it and respond to your words have been invited in. Just as if I was invited to your home, I would assume there are rules and limits to my freedom in your home.

    I doubt that any of your antagonist would allow me into their homes and say anything I wanted. Even they, surely, have rules of conduct when someone enters their private domains.

    So you are a fascist. I dare any of your critics on this issue to go to their local Pro Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey stadium and put up a derogator sign about the local team and see how fast it comes down. Fascism, no; rules, yes.
    fishon

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  2. fishon,

    I am encouraged in the Lord, but your encouragement is most appreciated brother. I really liked your explanation of “Freedom of speech” as well.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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  3. Mike, you are a vicious fascist and your profanity laced tirades are offensive. You never allow a free willer like me to comment and your testimony wreaks of pride. How long must we put up with your impatience and your insistance that only you know the whole truth?

    The above tongue in cheek comments are meant to illustrate the absurdity of antone claiming that Mike is anything other than a true yokefellow who loves Christ. Not only does Mike allow comments from other points of view, he encourages them as long as they are presented in a spirit of Christian communication and respect.

    Oh well, Mike, go back to finishing your book, Mein Kampf !

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  4. Have these people considered that this blog and all of our blogs belong to God and we only manage them for His glory? This should make one stop and be cautious about what one says and make sure that what they are saying is from Scripture. As the Psalmist said when we sin we sin against God and only against God. Putting forth one’s own opinion and not Scripture is sinning against God and causing hardship on one of His own. Thank you Mike for glorifying God in all you write!

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  5. Recently I was reminded while reading ( I wish I could recall where to give credit where credit is due) that my thoughts, reasoning, opinions are of no value, and shall all be consumed with the chaff. All that matters is God’s thoughts, the LORD’s reasoning, and the LORD’s proclamations about what is true, good and worthy… and what is not so.

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  6. Kim,

    Very thoughtful comment. I believe that our thoughts and reasoning when we are Spirit-led are of value because we under the control of the Holy Spirit, but the rest of the time we are just flesh and that is of no eternal value. Good comment.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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