I'm writing to you because Patrick Chan pointed out to me that you have a personal email attached to your blogger account. I posted some comments on the Triablogue blog that were partly in response to yourHello,
comment on the Nov 1 posting to Ken Pulliam's blog. Patrick was absolutely correct that I should have checked your blogger account to see if you had an email address attached. I have wanted to email Steve
and Peter Pike before but they don't post an address. I assumed you all had the same practice. I know, I know!
It's not worth it to keep hashing over the issue, but since I now know you have an email I figured I ought to send you something. I used to be a pastor in my evangelical days. I also have been an elder in evangelical reformed, PCA, and PCUSA churches of various sorts on and off for over 25 years. Never, never, never in all that time have I seen or heard anybody, pastor, elder, or layperson, make comments about a deceased person as obnoxious as your comment about Ken Pulliam. And yes, I've been to and officiated at funerals of some pretty notoriously wicked people. And yes, the gospel was preached, all of it, including God's judgment, hell, and heaven.
How many other Christians do you know who say things like this to or in the presence of grieving family members? How old are you? Have any close family members die? Ever been the executor for someone's estate? If you haven't I suppose you could be partly excused. Most likely, somebody from Ken's immediate family is going to go through his blog, especially the more recent parts, possibly this week, possibly next
week, and they are going to hit your comment. Want to guess what kind of an impression it's going to make?
I read your post on your own blog about Ken's death. That post appeared to me to be thoughtful and appropriate, until you got to the part where you defended your comment. If only you had restrained yourself to that post!
I have asked and asked and asked, I don't know how many times, in the relevant comboxes, those who are abusing me to explain what was so bad about my comment. All have declined to explain themselves. You seem levelheaded, which is a rare find, and so I'd like to ask you the same question. Please paste the comment in its entirety so I can know which one you're talking about and then explain its "obnoxious" content.
Also, since you claim to have been a Christian for a longer stretch than I have so far been, what would you say is the Bible's general evaluation of knowledgeable apostates, who attempt to turn people's hearts away from Jesus? Maybe rate it on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is your basic hellspawn and 10 is straight from the lips of God Himself.
Your other questions:
-I don't know too many other Christians who would. There are some I admire who would, yes. Many of the others I know need to practice being a bit more offensive for the sake of the Gospel.
-A public blog is hardly "the presence of grieving family members". What are these grieving family mbrs doing checking the comboxes of a blog whose content is known to be controversial and contentious, unless they're looking for a little something beyond condolences from ppl they care about? Virtually all the commenters are unknown to them personally.
-These family mbrs are under the impression that Dr Pulliam is in heaven b/c of a profession of faith made decades ago, his later actions notwithstanding. Will they be as open to listening to the voice of reason later? Maybe, maybe not.
-My age is irrelevant, and can be found with a little investigative work if someone has it in their head to set themselves up for commission of the genetic fallacy.
-My own child died. Is that close enough a heartbreak for you, sir?
-No, never executor of an estate.
-The impression I wanted to make I made. I got all the atheists and mockers to show their true colors, using MUCH more abusive language of me than I *EVER* used of Pulliam, dead or alive. I got them to show that their expressions of evolutionary ethics are just abstract to them, to be disposed of when convenient. I also brought Pulliam's online life back into focus - the man spent ALL his online time, not a little of it, to tear down the Bible and its message and its Savior.
So far, no reply, but I guess that fits the non-responses from everyone else.