Dialogue With A Modern Pharisee

How to spot a Pharisee? Pharisees will bend scriptural truth to fit any particular desire. They manufacture permission from scripture to act according to their own wishes. An example.

“Is It Lawful For A Man To Divorce His Wife For Any Reason?”

Mt. 19:3-12, Mk. 10:2-12

In this case, the Pharisees were expecting Jesus to corroborate their grossly incorrect interpretation of the permission and instruction Moses gave them to preserve household peace. Jesus corrects them. They gagged. This kind of thing continues today. I try to NEVER debate with so called “defenders of the faith” or apologists. But it happens. I SHOULD KNOW BETTER!

The other day I Posted on notion that anonymity is improper for an online witness. I noticed the issue viewing another blog. Nowhere does this person say who they are. I used the on-site form and messaged the anonymous author. We had the following dialogue (see below. ) His first question was: Would I back up my assertion that a Christian witness must be named. Which I found surprising, because this is an obvious truth. Anonymity hasn’t any biblical basis. This really surprised me, I thought this was patently obvious.

If read through, the reader might be entertained by how this self-appointed Millennial “Elder” responds… (I didn’t correct their spelling, sorry.) Here’s how to navigate the dialogue:

My suggestions are in the clear,

The Anonymous correspondent remarks in yellow.

My reactions (for purpose of this post) in blue.

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“Do you have any Scripture to back your claim that “we have no place speaking for God under a pseudonym”?

Okay, that surprises me. I’ll try to help …

I ask for Scripture in part because of the behavior of the Bereans in Acts 17. They would not believe Paul’s message without confirming it in Scripture. I should do the same with this particular claim, including the presumed claim I make, that is, anonymousy is Biblical. I’ll get to that later.

False promise. The question goes unanswered.

“…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.

The context of this is for legal matters. It becomes obvious when one keeps reading (Deuteronomy 19:16-21). My website does not deal with law, so this verse does not apply to this claim.

Simplistic contrivance. Everyone knows the Laws of God are an expression of spiritual truth.

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…

That’s great! He is also physically there, walking and talking with the people. Of course, you can’t do that with a website, but I can still engage with people nonetheless. You and I are engaging electronically via email. I also talk with people through comments, Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit, but these devices are not personal. I must come to your house to do that, which falls outside the context of a website in terms of anonymousy/using my real name. Although if I came to your house, I would also give you my name!

Deliberately deceptive. Second Corinthians is a LETTER. There can be no plainer analogue in todays social media.

Conversely, Jesus answers questions with questions. Here’s mine to you:

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…

Great question! I believe that this whole topic is a matter-of-opinion issue, which runs consistent with Romans 14 and James 4:17. However, when it comes to opinions, I must be careful to avoid the warnings given in Proverbs 18:2.

Disguised Avoidance. The reader will realize the anonymous person avoids the question; it goes unanswered. Like the unanswered questions Jesus posed on John’s Baptism (Mt. 21, Lu. 20 and Mk. 11) and on David’s calling Jesus Lord (Mt. 22:41-46, Lu. 20:41-44 and Mk. 12:35-37.)

Your bio says you’ve been a believer since 2010?

“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1 Tim 4:12.

Yes, but I’ve only had this since since January 2018.

But it begs the question, who is your mentor? They should have discussed this with you.

I have several, all of which support me on this website and my decision to remain anonymous. I occasionally go to them to ask for their opinions on the reviews I do.

And if they condoned anonymity, you should run from them.

That is your opinion.

Not true. Claimants to the power of God will be cast out because of anonymity. “… depart from me. I never knew you.” See Mt. 7:21-23

If you’re acting on your own, you’re out of line. Christianity is a community of faith and we organize around leadership.

“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

See answer to your question regarding mentors. Also, I do listen to the comments and make changes to my reviews after prayer, reflection, and study of God’s Word.

I hope you receive these notions in the spirit they’re offered.

Likewise.

“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?

It happens all the time in chatrooms, but it’s not nearly as intimate as physical connection as I had admitted in my earlier response. Again, this falls outside the context of anonymous/real name in terms of a website.

Patently absurd. There is no temporal difference between a post online today and a letter from Paul in A.D. 60.

I love you in Christ, who are you?

Awesome! I am “(some anonymous handle)”

Asserts the anonymous handle which is clearly not a name.

You are not accountable to me. But you are accountable to God.

Correct.

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