An Open Letter to the Teenagers within the Restored Church of God

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I understand an open letter to anybody for any cause normally doesn’t attain the supposed viewers. However an open letter is an try to attract consideration to one thing that’s so profoundly improper that focus nonetheless must be drawn to the subject.

That is an open letter to the teenagers, AND adults who’re affiliated with the Restored Church of God underneath the management of David C Pack in Wadsworth, Ohio. I’m writing in response to the next article and related instructions to teenagers AND adults in RCG to chorus from running a blog on the web or having a private web site, except strickly for enterprise, as now being forbidden by RCG, in accordance with this text. The intro to the article is as follows. That is from the Ambassador Youth Journal, as written by Kevin D. Denee on behalf of the management of the Restored Church of God.

“Blogs and God’s Youth

The “blogosphere” permits individuals to share each day journals, pictures and audio–instantly. However ought to youngsters and others within the Church “specific themselves” to the world via blogs?”

Clearly, from the intro children, the reply goes to be “NO, you shouldn’t be running a blog.” It’ll take a while to get there, with typical warnings about pedophiles and giving up private info to the net, which is smart, however that is simply the intro to the actual level. That time is summed up properly close to the top of the article and is the entire level of all that preceded it, which I can even touch upon to your personal sakes.

Right here is the conclusion of the matter for teenagers, AND adults, so lets be clear, the article was not written only for teenagers in spite of everything and is a warning to ADULT church members to additionally keep away from running a blog and web sites that aren’t permitted by “the Church.” “To teenagers and others,” is code for “everybody had higher be listening to me.” Let’s go proper to the conclusion first. I will let the creator of the article communicate for himself…

“The Conclusion–and Answer

So what have we discovered? Recall {that a} weblog supplier said, with blogs “there are not any guidelines.” That is clearly not true with God. He does have guidelines and pointers, however not every part is spelled out within the Bible. We should take rules and contemplate the general massive image.

Ought to youngsters and others within the Church specific themselves to the world via blogs? Due to the plain risks; the clear biblical rules that apply; the truth that it provides one a voice; that it’s virtually at all times idle phrases; that teenagers usually don’t suppose earlier than they do; that it’s performing out of boredom; and it’s stuffed with appearances of evil–blogging is just to not be carried out within the Church. It needs to be clear that it’s pointless and in reality harmful on many ranges.

Let me emphasize that no one–including adults–should have a weblog or private web site (except it’s for respectable enterprise functions).

When this coverage, now being instituted, was mentioned with Mr. Pack and different Headquarters ministers, there was not a shadow of doubt in anybody’s thoughts that blogs are one thing youth shouldn’t be doing in any means.

As has been stated earlier than, Jesus Christ and His Church have requirements. Those that need fewer requirements ought to go to the splinters or to the world.

When attempting to justify one thing, youngsters will usually slender in to particular areas, and say, “Nicely this explicit factor is not improper!” They may then use this as proof that the bigger factor is okay. Don’t enable your self to suppose this fashion. Contemplate all the weather we have now mentioned.

Running a blog has change into a socially accepted practice–just as are courting critically too younger, underage consuming and common misbehaving. However simply because another person “jumps off the cliff” doesn’t imply you must do the identical.

Some questions naturally come up: “Can I’ve a photograph gallery?” For instance, perhaps you visited an unique nation and wish to share your images with shut mates. This may be carried out, however sure pointers apply. In fact, there ought to by no means be any inappropriate footage (once more, watch out of the looks of evil); it needs to be non-public and password protected, and solely proven to household and closest mates.

Is this text saying that each weblog on this planet is improper? No, after all not! Once more, there are some professionals and specialists who use blogs to serve a correct objective.”

Kevin D. Denee. Restored Church of God.

Most of you have got learn the whole article or ought to. Within the run as much as the ultimate decree that you’re not to have blogs, or learn blogs of others, or also have a web site, in addition to YOUR PARENTS, except they’re in knowledgeable enterprise, you had been reminded that you’re actually out of line to even need a voice to start with and that you just having a private voice is self-importance. Your pastor has a private voice on a regular basis and topics you to 2 and 4 hour sermons telling you that his voice is extra vital than your voice. Let us take a look at the article once more.

“However what does this must do with blogs?

The Web–and extra particularly blogs–has enabled everybody to have a voice on any matter. Now everybody’s ideas are “printed” for all to see. Whether or not or not it’s efficient, as quickly as one thing is posted the individual has a bigger voice. It usually makes the blogger really feel good or makes him really feel as if his opinion counts–when it’s largely senseless blather!…

Ask your self, “Do I generally tend to wish to have a voice?”

…The extent of vanity and emotional immaturity this represents is astonishing! Within the grand scheme of issues, why would the world at giant care?

Folks naturally wish to make a mark on this world; they wish to make a distinction, and plenty of imagine blogs will enable them to do that. Nonetheless, most blogs, particularly by youngsters, function nothing greater than public diaries. (In fact, there’s nothing inherently improper with a private diary, so long as it’s saved non-public.) Though sure skilled weblogs could make a optimistic distinction inside some parts of society, teen running a blog doesn’t.”

So there you have got it. You are voice is invalid, unimportant, shallow, makes no distinction, one which nobody needs to listen to anyway and in the end simply blather. Ask your Pastor if he had a voice when he was a teen and would he be prepared to increase to you a similar rights he did have as he sought out what appeared to be fact for himself as a TEEN. The reply to the query, “Do I generally tend to wish to have a voice?” shouldn’t be the identical as asking you, although it’s framed in such a means, as “Do you generally tend to lie, cheat and steal?” The query is requested in such a means as to make you’re feeling badly for saying “sure” regardless that sure is the one reply there’s for most traditional individuals. When your church or authorities get your voice, you have got misplaced your freedom and your thoughts.

You’re being informed that to have a private voice, which suggests private views, opinions and the flexibility to watch what’s going on round you with a important eye and pondering, is self-importance. The article goes on to say…

“There’s a technology which are pure in their very own eyes, and but shouldn’t be washed from their filthiness. There’s a technology, O how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up” (Prov. 30:12-13).

For those who put up mundane particulars of your life, you might be in impact saying that your life is vital and that individuals ought to examine it. Additionally, whether or not or not you admit it, having a weblog along with your identify, your image and your opinions strokes the human ego–it lifts you up. It basically advertises the self! Many youngsters say, “Hearken to me, world, and what I’ve to say,” when they need to be targeted on altering and cleansing up their lives.

For those who weblog, are you positive you don’t partially take pleasure in it as a result of your carnal nature is inclined towards self-importance?”

The creator is making it sound such as you say you might be researching porn however, in reality, he thinks you prefer it.

Please perceive, that your church’s web site,you already know, essentially the most stupendous, largest and bestest on the entire planet, in accordance with your Pastor, is a glorified weblog of Mr. Pack’s identify, image, opinions, concepts, interpretations and views too. Nobody man embodies fact, it doesn’t matter what you have got been led to imagine. For those who doubt it, go see what number of sermons he permits others to put up on the positioning or how lots of the explanations of all of the doctrines, beliefs and guidelines are left for others to write down and outline. So to weblog is to be useless for teenagers. That may be a lie.

You’re informed that your phrases are idle, you solely weblog since you are bored and that you just aren’t sensible sufficient to keep away from the looks of evil. Persevering with…

“Younger individuals ought to spend time doing issues which are productive. Our purpose in life is to change into a more practical person–to get baptized into the Church and construct holy, righteous godly character for the remainder of one’s life. However what does running a blog in the end obtain? Nothing!

Some declare running a blog is therapeutic. If that’s the case then here’s a basic instance of somebody “therapeutically” expressing himself: “Im feeling unhappy once more…so many issues I am unable to inform anybody and so many emotions I would like to deal with…do not even attempt to ask me why, and begin telling me it’s going to assist if I let it out. I do know it will not assist. Belief me, telling will make me extra troubled than I already am. however simply ur listening/studying my [expletive] posts is sufficient to make me really feel higher. thanks…”

Speaking is therapeutic. It helps one make clear one’s ideas when nobody else will pay attention. I didn’t communicate up usually sufficient in WCG as a result of I didn’t wish to let the individuals down by getting fired. I’m sorry I didn’t communicate up extra. I additionally believed what I used to be being informed, which proved to be a lie as effectively. I deeply remorse this lack and worry alone half.

The explanation we do not discuss to actual individuals in actual time is as a result of we understand that they aren’t listening or will give us a really impractical an unhelpful reply to actual issues. Telephone calls are therapeutic. Letters are therapeutic. Speaking head to head is therapeutic, and running a blog may also be therapeutic. And sure, you have got be smart about who you share with, however that is not the problem right here. Most people aren’t as silly as this text makes them out to be. Discovering out that others really feel and suppose as you do and that you’re not “nuts” or “bizarre” or “off base” on a regular basis, may be very therapeutic. It’s a wiseman nowadays that has shut mates and good counselors. It is the individuals who won’t take heed to any voices however the ones in their very own heads that you need to watch out about.

Simply so that you perceive, your Church and Pastor now forbid you and your grownup dad and mom from running a blog on the web, having a weblog of your individual or having a private web site except related to a enterprise. It’s good to perceive that there are causes behind these causes such an obscene rule is being instituted. Whereas running a blog, like cellphone calling or letter writing or smokes indicators can have a draw back, there’s extra to this than meets the attention in your explicit church. It’s a option to management the circulate of knowledge, criticism and presenting views which are counter to these accepted by the Restored Church of God and it is leaders. The web is the bane of those who abuse or search to regulate and that features our personal authorities nowadays.

Quickly you’ll hear one thing from the pulpit as ridulous as “We remorse to tell the congregation and we achieve this with deep unhappiness, however Mr. and Mrs. so and so, and Johnny Teen has been disfellowshipped from the True Church for running a blog and sustaining an unapproved web site for their very own egocentric, egotistical and treading on skinny ice causes, towards Church coverage. We pray that God will trigger them to repent of this digital sin and for pondering that they will have a voice on this Church of God or the world on the whole or that they might say something that will be or any distant curiosity to anybody.” Banning you from running a blog is not any completely different from burning your books.

Your church equates running a blog with courting too younger, underage consuming and pre-,marital intercourse. They inform you that simply because others bounce off a cliff, doesn’t imply you must. How’s that for good reasoning. If your folks shoot themselves, I’m positive they might additionally advise you to not do the identical. Good factor as they offer this recommendation or, positive sufficient, you’d all up and bounce like lemmings into the ocean. This “simply because others…” factor has been a software of fogeys without end and can be yours too sometime! It is what we are saying when cannot consider methods to say it effectively.

The underside line is that you just belong to a church that should management your consumption of excellent info in addition to what may be considered “dangerous” info. In addition they do not care what you suppose and don’t need you expressing it to others. They do not need you discussing theology, Bible inerrancy, historical past, different factors of view or truths which are extra true than those you get fed each week in church. The positive don’t need you discussing the factors made in a earlier sermon, regardless that that sermon has instructions so that you can observe that impact your life massive time. Frankly, all church buildings worry the web as a result of info is horrifying to those who would have you ever imagine you might be getting all you want from only one true supply. You aren’t.

NO ONE on this planet has the appropriate to inform you what you’ll be able to learn, who you’ll be able to discuss to, what subjects you’ll be able to share personally in the event you select or the way you select to offer or get that info. Our authorities can also be attempting like mad to maintain the typical American from questioning lots of issues which have gone on within the final 5 years, and earlier than. Your motives for doing so aren’t as evil as this text makes them out to be and you aren’t as silly as this text portrays the typical teen as of late. Every thing you do must be carried out with knowledge, warning and discretion, however you’ll not learn to do that in case you are forbidden from taking the category.

Faith and authorities has been attempting to regulate the free circulate of knowledge since time started. It is how management, delusion and phantasm is maintained. The individuals who make the principles about such issues fairly often refuse to abide by the identical guidelines for themselves. You’ll be taught this as you develop up.

No article within the historical past of RCG has ever been written…but, that’s so chillling as this one. I urge you to suppose lengthy and exhausting about its implications to your studying and rising in the actual truths that, imagine it or not, aren’t the unique property of the one small church and Pastor you have got simply occurred to search out your self in affiliation with. I additionally need you to suspect different causes for this being dictated to the teenagers, whereas adults had been additionally thrown into the combo in a mere one line as effectively. Nothing in any Church, Authorities or Group is as one is led to imagine on the floor…NOTHING.

To weblog or to not weblog is YOUR selection. To have or to not have an internet site for any cause, is YOUR selection and the selection of your ADULT dad and mom. No church or man has the appropriate to regulate your entry to the free circulate of mates, info, opinions and even bullshit. You may by no means develop a BS Meter is you are not uncovered to it. I personally suppose you might be greater than you suppose. Even the proverbs say that it’s no great point to have a very clear barn, with no cow pies on the ground, as it’d point out you don’t have any animals to supervise in your nice farm. Bear in mind, fish cannot stay in pure water. It destroys their immune methods and is an unreal atmosphere during which to thrive as a fish. Are you not higher than a fish…oh ye of little religion?

A lot information may deliver a lot struggling however no information brings pointless worry, guilt, disgrace and pure distress. Arise for your self. Inform your church to thoughts its personal enterprise and never yours.

PS How’d the creator know a teen lady in “a splinter group” used to work at Hooters? πŸ™‚

Amen…

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