You will be hated because of your blog

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Christians who blog about the Gospel should learn to accept the fact that they will be hated for it.

Jesus knows this, commands you to stand firm, and gives you the power to overcome.

“Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
-Mark 13:13

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
-1 Corinthians 1:18

I get where the hate comes from and why. I have been called every name in the book, had my intelligence insulted, had people tell me they hope I die of cancer, had people tell me social services should take my kids away because taking them to church and teaching them about Jesus is a form of child abuse…the list goes on.

But what I have never heard, until today, is that I am no better personally than a cold-blooded murderer and guilty of deranged and psychotic thinking.

But my point stands: with that type of deranged, psychotic thinking, James (and whomever else agreed with his post) would happily walk into a women’s health clinic and gleefully murder people, just like their Christian-terrorist brother did the other day. These people are ISIS on paved streets.

This is beyond reprehensible.

So, I am deeply effected by this on a personal level? No. As I said, hate because I preach the Gospel is expected. Besides, if I were thin skinned enough that I cried into my beer or lost sleep every time someone spewed ridiculous hate at me, I would blog about fishing, cooking, or gardening, not Jesus.

All I have left to say on the matter is this. The blogger who allowed this comment (ironically, he is against angry rhetoric when it comes from conservatives and religious folks), the blogger who wrote it, and everyone who comments in the thread where it is found and endorses it by not speaking out, are now forever banned from leaving any comment whatsoever on this blog.

You can hate me all you want, I don’t care. But I have no obligation, biblical or otherwise, to put up with you or interact with you in any way.

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36 replies

  1. Godlessness manifests itself in absurd allegations like the above anti-Christian quote.

    We all need to pray for the writer. I once thought like him/her but Christ had mercy on me and saved me.

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  2. Even if you blogged about gardening, there would be those who would use you as a target for their hate. If you open your mouth to express anything, someone will hate you for it. So…when we open our mouths it should be with the purpose to say something worth being hated for. For me, that is Jesus which also, comes with the requirement of responding to hatred with divine love. Brother, forgive them because they don’t know what they are doing. Block them, turn them over to God, and let Him sort them out. Then continue the work God called you to do. God bless.

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    • I do forgive them Pam and I don’t really hold any grudges. The point of this post was to highlight some of the hate and to inform the offenders (they read this blog) that they are no longer welcome here.

      The Bible says we will be hated but it also says not to cast pearls before pigs and to shake off the dust and move on.

      Scoffers will be scoffers but I am done interacting with them.

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  3. Sometimes, it borders on downright ridiculous!

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  4. Nicely said James. That was an uncalled for statement and nothing but inflammatory hyperbole…..or worse

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  5. I don’t hate you, James. I think you are a fool, yes. But hate? That would make me as stupid as you, and that I will never allow.

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  6. Lord Jesus loves all… so go front with Jesus grace and dont bother about others comments… One day Jesus gives you rewards,….Thank for your nice post..Jesus bless you..

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  7. I fully support your approach. We all have discovered (I hope) ways to deal with what you describe. Yours is a great solution. Be blessed. God is with you.

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  8. Unfortunately, most people say things from behind a keyboard that they would never repeat to a stranger—they’d get a swift fist to the face! I am disgusted and appalled by the way in which people choose to attack the writer more than the writing. I don’t take issue with contrarian views, but most people think that the more vicious they are, the better their debate. To me, it just makes them look foolish.

    Keep on writing—when people are convicted they will respond by changing their lives or going on the attack.

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  9. One thing good about banning such people is that you make others more willing to comment. Some people are pushed away by abusive and derogatory atheists, thereby silencing what could be honest dialogue with true seekers.

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  10. No james. I don’t hate you either. No need to paint yourself as a martyr or under persecution. I disagree with alot of what you say and mostly with how you say it… how you conduct yourself in exchanges leaves much to be desired, but hate? No, I’d have to care about you much more to develop that intense an emotion towards you. Have a great nite.

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    • This isn’t about me, you, or anyone else in particular Mike.

      It is about the message of the cross and the palpable hatred it gets from the world.

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

      James

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      • oh, I thought the post was titled about being hated fro your blog. pardon me.

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        • If you read the post, it was about much more than the headline.

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          • read it. it was more about including yourself in the ‘martyr for Jesus’ category. if you want to think of yourself as the heroic blogger, suffering the slings and arrows of ‘hate’ and derision for Christ’s sake, you’re welcome to. but there are many who actually do suffer and are tangibly and physically assaulted and even killed for his name. you sir, don’t qualify as being persecuted or tortured. you write on a blog. people disagree, sometimes very disagreeably, with you. not even close. it’s only pride and arrogance that leads you to see yourself as some kind of hero missionary. those of us who have actually been missionaries in foreign lands or even dangerous streets here in the US would be well within our right to call you on it.
            but… enjoy your day anyway.

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          • Again, you are misrepresenting what I write.

            And why the personal judgement? Can you say with any amount of certainty I haven’t been on international missions and that I haven’t /don’t to this day do missionary work in dangerous inner cities?

            This is about the message of the cross and those (like you) who campaign with hatred against it.

            What, specifically, do you have against Jesus and His message Mike? Why do you almost tirelessly confront those who are trying to reach people for Christ? Why do you single out Christian bloggers you supposedly care little about by name and ridicule them simply for what they write?

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          • sorry… not going to argue this one with you. have a nice day

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          • Good, an argument with you is something I have never asked for anyway.

            Hope you have a nice day as well.

            “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”

            2 Corinthians 1:3 
             

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  11. For readers who chose to click on KIA’s avatar and read his blog, be warned that he is a false teacher.

    His latest post on snake handling and the Bible is a clear and deliberate misrepresentation of the Bible and what it actually teaches.

    Snake handling, as practiced by some misguided churches, is not a biblical endeavor. Mark 16:17–18 is used by some as a basis for handling snakes: “These signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will . . . pick up snakes with their hands.” Churches that practice snake handling have special services in which people actually handle venomous snakes, supposedly giving evidence that the church members are true believers who are empowered and protected by God. It’s true that Mark 16:17–18 says Jesus’ followers will “pick up snakes,” but there are several problems with the modern practice of snake handling.

    First, the practice of handling snakes for the purpose of “proving” one’s faith (or proving God’s protection) is a violation of God’s command not to put Him to the test: “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test’” (Matthew 4:7; cf. Deuteronomy 6:16). Trying to force God’s hand by requiring that He perform an obvious miracle is more than foolish; it is sinful. To test God’s presence and power by purposely placing oneself in an unsafe situation is expressly forbidden in Scripture. Daniel did not seek out the lions, but when he found himself surrounded by them, through no fault of his own, he found God was there. Likewise, we trust God in dangerous situations, but we never purposely seek out danger.

    Second, it is important to remember that there are serious questions regarding whether verses 9–20 of Mark 16 belong in the Bible. The evidence suggests that these verses were not originally part of the Gospel of Mark. Some of the oldest and most reliable Greek manuscripts do not contain verses 9–20. Other manuscripts contain verses 9–20 but set them apart from the rest of the Gospel. The most likely explanation is that Mark 16:9–20 is an interpolation. As a result, it is unwise to use anything from Mark 16:9–20 as the sole basis for any doctrine or practice. Snake handling is one such example of a dubious concept drawn fromMark 16:9–20. For more information, please see our article “Should Mark 16:9–20 be in the Bible?”

    If we assume, despite the evidence to the contrary, that Mark 16:17–18 does belong in Scripture, does it teach that we should be handling snakes in church? Absolutely not.Mark 16:17–18 contains no imperatives. The verse does not say, “Go out and handle snakes”; it says, “They will pick up snakes with their hands.” It is a declaration that something will occur, not a command that someone make it occur.

    Again assuming that the snake-handling passage belongs in Scripture, we could say that Jesus’ words were fulfilled by the apostle Paul in Acts 28:3–5: “Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. . . . But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.” Notice that Paul was not seeking out snakes to handle. He was handling firewood and was bitten by a snake against his wishes. God intervened and miraculously protected Paul from the effects of the snake bite. Jesus’ words in Mark 16:17–18 gave His apostles the assurance that, as they faithfully served God in the spread of the gospel, He could protect them from anything that crossed their paths.

    If the snake-handling churches were consistent, they would also observe the second part of Mark 16:18: “And when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all.” Why not drink a vial of strychnine or arsenic and “prove” one’s faith that way? Why stop with the snakes?

    God can and will protect us, according to His will, as we are serving Him. But we are not to put the Lord to the test. Just as Jesus refused to jump off the pinnacle of the temple and just as Daniel did not go lion-hunting, so are we not to intentionally seek out situations that require God’s miraculous intervention. While not speaking directly of snake handling in churches, 1 Corinthians 10:9 could apply: “We should not test the Lord, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes.”

    From gotquestions.org

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  12. Does the Isaiah 53:5 Project have its own article about Mark 16:9-20?
    The “Got Questions” article about that passage has several problems, some of which I have described at
    http://www.thetextofthegospels.com/2013/07/the-got-questions-website-and-mark-169.html .

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