I got banned from another forum. It's not a badge of honor, certainly, but I think it reflects more on the particular forums that I'm involved with than it does about me.
I go to these forums in part because I want to find out the sorts of things I need to include in my book, to counter what I perceive as lies being foisted upon very susceptible individuals. I spoke pretty boldly about what Scripture talks about certain things, and then was challenged for doing so.
Some people felt insulted, apparently, with what I said, though what I shared reflects 2,000 years of Christian tradition. Another individual suggested that I apologize to those who felt offended by what I wrote, and I refused to do so, and quoted the following passage from John 8:
42Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me. 43Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? 47He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."
If someone has become a heretic, and teaches lies, I don't believe that they belong to God, and indeed are serving the father of lies.
I got banned for a month for saying so, apparently. It's a dark corner of the web, so I'm not sure if I'll go back anyway.