I need to change my mentality & approach towards academic and theological discussions. I think, perhaps, that sometimes I am too... 'robust'.
1 Tim 1
3As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer 4nor to
devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies
rather than God's work—which is by faith. 5The goal of this command is love,
which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6Some
have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. 7They want to be
teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what
they so confidently affirm.
1 Tim 3
8Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere . . . They
must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
1 Tim 6
3If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound
instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4he is conceited and
understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels
about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5and
constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth
and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
20Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.
Jude 1I want people to know me as a guy who has a good time, who keeps hold of his faith strongly, but who is marked by gentleness.
8 . . . these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject
authority and slander celestial beings. 9But even the archangel Michael, when he
was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a
slanderous accusation against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" 10Yet these
men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things
they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals—these are the very
things that destroy them.
I don't want anyone to suffer under the lashes of my passion or convictions.
Brothers and sisters out there in the Blog-O-sphere, please accept my apology for any fervent words that might have caused offense.