I would like to commend you and the team for managing the AO website it is clearly a needed and well loved place for Adventists all around the world to communicate and share.
It is my understanding that this site is for Seventh-day Adventists only and I believe the reason and purpose for that is to protect Adventists from 'wolves in sheep' clothing' and to provide a safe environment for Adventist to share.
I am sure that behind the scenes there is a great deal of work monitoring and moderating however, when a person openly declares themselves not to be an Adventist, declares themselves to be a prophet with new light, and is affecting the faith of others, what is your policy, procedure, and practice?
As the man with his name at the bottom of the page you are responsible for ensuring that the basic purpose, vision, mission, of this website is maintained.
The non-Adventist I am speaking of is James French.
I believe that you have summed the problems up very well.
1. Non-SDAs: This site was set up by and for SDAs. There a lots of other sites where non-SDAs can go and play but this site was set up for SDAs to play in. Whilst the site is visible to non-members I think it is right to exclude them from membership - and this goes back to the old days of this being simply an SDA dating site. Non-SDAs expose themselves as being prepared to lie when it suits their purposes and, to put it in the simplest terms, why would I want to take spiritual advice from someone who is so easily persuaded to break one of the 10 Commandments? Why would I believe someone who lied so that they could supposedly speak the truth?
2. SDAs: this is a more pertinent problem. This site was nearly closed because of the unChristian behaviour of professed SDAs. The problem has always revolved around two particular rules: to address the topic rather than making personal remarks, and; not to bring personal grudges, etc., into a thread or from one thread to another. There are some members who appear to be literally incapable of behaving in a Christian manner towards others. So these members, rather than adding to a discussion drag it down into the depths. They constantly resort to name-calling, insults and misrepresentation rather than reasoned discussion and seem to delight in being abusive rather than trying to reflect Christ. As I said, the site was nearly closed twice because of it, those members know who they are but seemingly have no desire to moderate their own behaviour but are quite prepared to close the site down rather than act like Christians.
My suspicion is that Clark has abandoned the site to its fate. What concerns me is that moderation seems to have also ceased and so there is nothing that can be done to enforce the rules.
Can I ask, have you used the "Report an Issue" button? If you have and have not received a response within 72 hours it would be a sign that moderation has ceased.
own his own server
www.ning.com servers I would suggest.
Can I suggest that you don't wait that long? Clark is a working man and will also (presumably) be returning to work on Monday.
Thank you Jason. Yes, I have forgiven my family members and as hard as it is, I will forgive Mr. T. as I call him, which may take a little time...
Because he is directly attacking anyone who says or believes in listening and hearing the voice of the Lord. That position is completely contrary to all scriptures. I already posted countless scriptures on that.
I do appreciate your concern though. Perhaps this shows me a softer side of you then I have seen before, and visa versa. Perhaps that is some good out of this conflict.
Lack of forgiveness is not so much for the other person, but for those that are hurt, because unforgiving can open up the door to bitterness, demons, and curses etc.
I did not attack you, I just spoke the truth.
You are a disrespectful person with absolutely no regard for the teachings and doctrines of the SDA church.
You always play the victim and cry wolf when you are caught out.
As I pointed out before I do not follow man but Jesus Christ my Lord. I have done so ever since joining the church and never before have I encountered someone as disrespectful as you are.
When you have walked a mile in my shoe then you have the right to criticize me or my beliefs. Calling people devil worshippers and binding them and all the rubbish you type is the work of wizards and witches.
You also join a site that is meant for like minded SDA Christians to share their faith and testimony and yet you turn it into a three ring circus. What part of we do not want to abide by "your teachings" do you not understand?
And please stop referencing me in your posts.
Are you humble enough to stop with your attacks or are you like your father the devil, just getting started?
I bet that statement must have touched a sensitive nerve, well it was not intentional, just want you to feel what others feel when you type rubbish about them, that is if you are capable of any feeling.
You seem to love the lime light as well as everything is about you, you and only YOU!
You did this and you did that. Guess what brother I died along time ago, so its NOT about me, its all about JESUS CHRIST. I can do nothing by myself but can do all things through Jesus Christ my Lord who gives me strength.
YOU need to get off your high horse and die to self daily and then you will know what it means to walk with Jesus. Instead of praying for others, try asking God to forgive you and then start all over again. I guarantee you that if you just let Jesus in that heart of yours you will experience a power you never knew existed.
So before you go around criticizing people without knowing who they are or what they stand for try getting to know them first, their life experiences etc.
Do you do this on other Christian forums as well or is it that you just have a blind hatred for Seventh Day Adventists? Before trying to take the log of my eye try removing the "forest" that's in your eye!
I am not interested in your teachings or your babblings because I know whom I serve. Do you?
I bet you do, hence the attacks.
I know you will reply and try to discredit me accusing me of being a devil worshipper and how you are going to bind me up and hand me over to the devil etc, go ahead, I don't care. I'm not going to read your post anyway lol.
Have a peaceful and blessed day.
PS: and you are number 1 (one) on my prayer list as well as 2,3,4,5......(infinity), yea you need that amount of prayer it seems.
I have blocked this site and its ip address so me and my wife who frequent this site will never have to put up with your abuse again.
What are like-minded SDA's. We have a pastor who doesn't believe what the Bible says regarding scripture and women in the Church. We have people who say God accepts the LGBT lifestyle as normal and acceptable because He personally made them the way they are to engage in any sexual activity they choose. None of these are doctrines of the faith nor apply to any of the 28 Fundamental beliefs. We have people who condemn anymore who is not a Pastor, Nurse, Doctor, or Missionary as less-than. We have pro-Islamists and Anti-Semites here. We gave people advocating nicotine use here.
To modify the words of the rapper Slim Shady, "Would the real Adventists stand up? Would the real Adventists please stand up?"
I see the term "Genuine Seventh-Day Adventist" or Like-Minded Adventists. Out of all the menagerie and milieu of ideations, who fits that category here?.
Great big thumbs up. AMEN to that.
Again we Agree Mr. Heisenberg. There are some here that think Christianity is a mold that everyone must perfectly fit into, and its a very straight laced one according to so and so's beliefs. Even SDA staunch members can't agree on most things. Some members don't agree with the trinity, as I am similar and don't agree they are co-eternal, though I know there is God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the gift of God the holy spirit.