Please be assured, Witness, that Tentmaker Ministries is firmly rooted in the work of the Cross. Without the Cross, the Blood, His resurrection, and His Lordship there is nothing for anyone at any time except for misery. It was a no-brainer that if someone's going to be attacking ministries that are centered firmly on the Cross of Christ, such as Gary Amirault's and the ministry of Charles and Paula Slagle, then there wasn't really anything fruitful that could come out of someone like that joining Gary's forum. Gary has forbidden debates from occuring here.
And we're not doing what the Sanhredrin did because we've forbidden absolutely no one from preaching Christ and Him crucified, His Blood being the removal of all sin, and Christ's soon coming to bring about the New Earth where righteousness will dwell in the heavens. No one has been forbidden from following their conscience in matters of practical ministry as to whether or not they water baptize or don't, as to whether they teach in the malls and in the downtown areas of their cities, etc.
I'm personally in favor of all Civil Disobedience that's specifically related to getting the Gospel out
and I frequently recommend Henry David Thoreau's brief essay on Civil Disobedience as required reading. But as far as people's conduct on the Tentmaker Forum, that is something that Gary has requested strictness about, and I'm simply abiding by his wishes that UR discussion be promoted, but no tit-for-tat silliness be allowed here that distracts from the mission of this forum of seeking and saving the lost, destroying the works of the devil, and discipling the nations where the UR message of Christ's Blood is concerned -- including Christians that are being delivered from the Eternal Hell heresy.
The thread was allowed that mentioned the attacks on Gary and Charlie because it was interesting that there are Christian Universalists out there that would try to form divisions among UR folks that are genuinely spending their lives to get the Gospel out. But the thread would not have been allowed to have turned into a linching of Paul Cohen and nobody around here would have a heart to do that anyway. Hence my comment in calling the criticisms "cheese" rather than going into a Scriptural issue of what the Bible actually calls that kind of thing.
If I wanted to, I could probably come up with a couple of webpages for each of several UR ministries that come to mind and go into this long-winded AntiChrist Hank Hannegraff type of behaviour with all of the slanders that necessarily accompany opening your mouth against a brother for whom Christ's Blood was shed. But instead, I devote my time to praying for all of the UR ministries that I personally have very major issues with. I'd have to trod under foot the Blood of the Covenant to say anything against my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ that have embraced Jesus' Lordship and have renounced the works of the devil. And I refuse to do it.
Apart from what I'd have to do where the Blood is concerned in going after fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, it's honestly just promotions of the works of those that I don't wish to promote, so you never find that kind of thing on any of my websites. It's spending website space to say anything about another ministry, plain and simple. It's free promotion of them, which I personally find objectionable to ever dignify certain things that I've personally been aware of that are going on in the UR community. But as far as Gary and Michelle Amirault and Charles and Paula Slagle, they're completely innocent of the blood of all men. And though I can't keep folks from talking trash about them on other websites, I definitely can do something about that nonsense either being spread to this forum or to my forum.
It's as simple as that. If Paul Cohen sincerely wants to discuss the Blood of Christ in a light where he's not going after other UR ministries and grieving the Holy Spirit, then let him talk to the Holy Spirit about it and about his behaviour and the Holy Spirit will let me know to lift the ban when all such foolishness has ceased. In the meantime, Diotrephes can continue to do what he's doing elsewhere
. I honestly need folks on the Tentmaker Forum that'll make much of the Blood of Christ and the Scriptural calls to repentance given in Acts 17 and Acts 20. But we'll continue with what we've got if it's a matter of having folks that are more doctrinally correct but deficient in love, or if it's a matter of having folks that don't have all of their doctrines worked out but love Jesus with all of their hearts and are more loving towards people. I'll lift the ban ASAP after the Holy Spirit says that Paul Cohen has put away what Isaiah 58 forbids. God will bring what we need here at Tentmaker Ministries, in terms of [additional] folks that hang on to the basics, in His own timing. The Blood is drawing them, according to Ephesians 2:13 and I have zero doubts about that.