David N. Gray posted a comment · Sep 03, 2022
I have been worrying about the comment from "Swkh310" about "genuine believers". It seems to me that Dr. Brown gives an adequate description for this purpose here as "people who are serious about loving and serving the Lord", and "recognize the Bible as God’s Word". Looking for deeper requirements seems to miss the whole point of this article, which is to unite Christians instead of divide them. As for "who decides", only Jesus knows who is sincere in their heart; it is not our place to judge that. (Mat 13:28-30) Our default should be to assume that people mean what they say when they acknowledge Jesus as Lord. Note also Dr. Brown's sixth point.
czarpaul posted a comment · Aug 28, 2022
I agree we need to talk to each other but there is a slight problem with your Vietnam analogy. The protests didn't happen in a vacuum if they had maybe parents would've been willing to talk to their kids but the youth had already spent YEARS spouting anti-American slogans and defying the parents, more than just normal teenage rebellion, so when the Vietnam war protests happened they had no credibility to stand on for the parents to want to listen to them. Credibility matters and the youth had blown theirs. Also we didn't know a lot about Vietnam then but in WWII we didn't know a lot about Hitler and the Nazi atrocities either. When we sent first our airmen then our soldiers over we didn't know about the camps the antisemitic propaganda used to dehumanize Jews and Hitler was no threat to the US he could reach us without crossing an ocean so we would be aware of his coming and prepared to fight. We were going to liberate Europe. The soldiers went because they were told to. People joined because the government asked them to it was that simple. They may not have understood everything but they went. They understood they're are some things that the military understands the people don't some things that the military can't reveal to the public. If the youth hadn't told their parents we don't need you because we have newer better idea than you old fossils and then railed against their own country maybe their parents would've explained it to them.
Swkh310 posted a comment · Aug 27, 2022
Key line: "I’m talking about genuine believers." Two questions: (1) What is a "true" believer; and (2) Who decides? According to wikipedia (I know, not the most reliable source ever...), there are 2.6 billion Christians in the world; and as many of 30,000 denominations within Christianity. I wonder if Dr. B. would be willing to define "genuine believers" for us. Somehow, I doubt it.