Civility: A call to biblical behavior in our discussions.
Azusa Report was started in an attempt to look through the smoke and find the fire in the Pentecostal church. The movement is a mess right now and the need for polemics from within the Pentecostal movement is beyond critical. We often complaint about how many “discernment websites” are Anti-Pentecostal. The question becomes, “Where are the Pentecostals questions some actions from within?
Azusa Report is among other things a Pentecostal polemic website. It does exist to expose false doctrine, teachers and prophets within our circles. We can not be like the church in Thyatira that tolerated evil behavior of the saints. Which that said, Azusa Report also operate with a call to compassion and understanding the power of the Blood.
There is times that Azusa Report does have to call out people that have been confronted numerous times about their false teachings and in some cases, personal failures. Any “expose” of a teacher or prophet has been very hard to do and only after much prayer. If possible, I have always tried to contact people in relationship with them to do it “behind the scenes.” I do not delight in name dropping and telling people’s “dirty laundry.”
With that said, the following must be said
Azusa Report values and is committed to the principles of free speech and, as a consequence, I do not ban people simply because I disagree with them. I have many that agree and disagree with any article that is published. However, in order for this to work, there must be a committment to civility.
Personal attacks or bullying is not tolerated and to be honest, it is a criminal act. Bullying on the internet is a major problem and it has led to some very strict laws across the United States. It is beyond creepy to spend countless hours to research an author or person who comments on Azusa Report.
Anyone that does these type of behavior will be banned and their IP address will be banned as well. I also keep an active log of IP addresses. I have even considered banning a whole country as most abusive comments seem to come from the Philippines. (However, I do not think this is fair to the 100 million other people in that country who are not abusive.)
We live in a time that being overly obnoxious has become normal. People get on the internet and say things their parents would be ashamed of. They think they can hide behind screen names and be as mean as possible because they are behind a keyboard.
All comments are currently being withheld for approval and only myself can approve them. This is to make sure no hateful nonsense is published on the platform of Azusa Report. It is quite the challenge at times.
All of that to say this, because of the nature of Pentecostals (sadly), the need for polemics, and in some cases, just mean spirted people; there is a troll brigade that comes to Azusa Report just to post hateful comments. Their IP addresses are banned as soon as they post. Their only mission is to tear down Azusa Report. They need to be put back under the bridges these troll came from.
Lastly, we must not grieve the Holy Spirit. While there are several ways for this to happen; Ephesians 4:29-32 puts it in context of relationships.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
It is sad that something has to be said about this. However, if people can not comment on Azusa Report in light of this (and other passages), they have a bigger problem in their life: willingful sin. They are in danger of be left outside the City of God due to their shameful and deceptive acts. Revelation 21:27 makes it clear that they are currently saved and their names are not written in the Lamb’s book of Life.