Hi Cat...I've copied and pasted a part of a post by the Administrator, Martin that addresses this issue. Based on history at the forum, the free will/sovereignty
issue falls in this category, as does actual debating
as well. Obviously discussion
is encouraged, as this is a discussion forum
, but as the FW/Sov issue has been a major problem, so has allowing discussions to escalate to outright debating; which then has become arguing, insulting, and mud-slinging. My opinion is, you particular participants in this discussion were all pleasant, respectful, etc. However, as a mod and knowing the guidelines in which we are operating, it was my opinion that we were teetering on entering into territory that is
off-limits for this
Please note in Martin's comments his statement about "approaching the fire with gas"...history here says we just have not been able to go deeply into this particular discussion without it becoming actually quite nasty. And it's been decided we're just not going to go there, or even let it approach that. Believe it or not, I actually watched the conversation a bit, restraining myself, letting you guys have some say (as you were handling it well), but suspecting we would be coming to a pretty quick cutting off point. Because I'm not kidding...my guess is about 5 or 10 more posts and perhaps less than 24 hours and we would already have some tension going on as others joined in, things heated up, and the dividing lines began to be drawn. And again, it's been decided we're just not going to allow that to happen, with the preventative measure of cutting it off when we're ankle deep as opposed to waiting until we're drowning. Then there's all kinds of messes to clean up
. If everyone would handle it like you guys were, we'd be fine. But history has shown us that's not what happens. So we've encouraged folks who specifically wish to continue a particular such topic to use the private messaging section where you can discuss as much and as long as you like, including with several different participants if so desired.
Some moderation decisions will be made because of content and the limited, narrow purpose of this forum, while other things may find censorship simply because of the past history of this forum where for whatever reason it wound up being a sore spot with causing a whole lot of unnecessary strife that we wish to avoid... the purpose of the forum is a straight and narrow purpose and debate and strife isn't a part of our focus. So, if for whatever reason it's knowingly or unknowingly the canister of gasoline approaching the fire we have going around here, then we will clamp down on saying not to start pouring... Such moderation would never be meant as a personal attack, but would be meant to keep things on track with the purpose of the forum and an avoidance of explosions around here.
Moderation will be biased towards tone/attitude, content in keeping with the purpose/agenda of the forum as laid out by Gary, and previous history where something just kept exploding in our faces once upon a time and we're simply not going to go there again in order to keep the peace. Please abide by all moderation decisions or find another forum to post on. Thank you!
Also, try to remember that the Tentmaker Forum is owned by Tentmaker Ministries and the final word on the very existence of the boards lies with Gary Amirault, the site owner. Administrators of the Forum are appointed by him and Administrators and Moderators in submission to the New Testament and to their understanding of Gary's wishes for the boards must have the final word regarding what's posted on the boards, as is the case with nearly all of the forums that you would ever find on the internet that, posted rules or not, someone somewhere has a final word about this or that.
....thefinal word on any additional tabboos must be at the discretion of the Administrator and Moderators as additional things come up that it becomes necessary to address in keeping with the spirit/unity/atmosphere/direction that's being maintained and their best understanding of Gary Amirault's wishes.--end quote
Please let me know if I can help in any way. Any honest searching needs to be responded to, when possible on the boards, if not, then by PM, or even by setting up a private thread with the mods.
God's blessing, and please don't hesitate to contact me or anyone else. James.