I’m surprised at how often my criticism of others winds up pointing out my own flaws.
A recent interaction with another blogger puts anonymity on the altar. In 12-step programs we always respect anonymity. It’s a necessary component of self-help community.
But Christianity isn’t conducted anonymously.
“…by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.”Deut 19:15
Witnesses are able to name the participants. This is OT Mosaic Law.
On coming with Authority:
“This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.””2 Cor 13:1
Paul applies the doctrine in Corinth. Paul is personally engaged. Personally communicating. Christianity is about relationships, not religion. You’ll notice the symmetry of Paul coming the third time to witness…
Conversely, Jesus answers questions with questions. Here’s the one I have to ask myself:
Show me one scriptural account of an interaction between God or his messengers and his people was conducted anonymously. Then show me two or three more…
This is really about being accountable within a community of believers. An order was put in place that we follow in the church age.
“Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.”Heb 13:7
If we’re acting alone, and anonymously? It’s simply out of order.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”John 13:34-35
Love isn’t possible anonymously, is it? I love you in Christ, who are you?