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

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

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

I understand an open letter to anybody for any cause often doesn’t attain the supposed viewers. However an open letter is an try to attract consideration to one thing that’s so profoundly incorrect that spotlight 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 beneath 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, until strickly for enterprise, as now being forbidden by RCG, based on 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 folks to share every day journals, pictures and audio–instantly. However ought to youngsters and others within the Church “specific themselves” to the world by means of blogs?”

Clearly, from the intro youngsters, 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 true level. That time is summed up properly close to the tip of the article and is the entire level of all that preceded it, which I can even touch upon on 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 authorised 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 Resolution

So what have we discovered? Recall {that a} weblog supplier acknowledged, with blogs “there aren’t any guidelines.” That is clearly not true with God. He does have guidelines and tips, however not every little thing is spelled out within the Bible. We should take ideas and contemplate the general large image.

Ought to youngsters and others within the Church specific themselves to the world by means of blogs? Due to the apparent risks; the clear biblical ideas that apply; the truth that it provides one a voice; that it’s virtually at all times idle phrases; that teenagers typically don’t suppose earlier than they do; that it’s appearing out of boredom; and it’s stuffed with appearances of evil–blogging is solely to not be finished within the Church. It must be clear that it’s pointless and actually harmful on many ranges.

Let me emphasize that no one–including adults–should have a weblog or private web site (until it’s for reliable 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 mentioned 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 making an attempt to justify one thing, youngsters will typically slim in to particular areas, and say, “Properly this explicit factor is not incorrect!” They’ll then use this as proof that the bigger factor is okay. Don’t enable your self to suppose this fashion. Think about all the weather now we have mentioned.

Running a blog has grow to be a socially accepted practice–just as are courting severely too younger, underage consuming and normal misbehaving. However simply because another person “jumps off the cliff” doesn’t imply you need to 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 pals. This may be finished, however sure tips apply. After all, there ought to by no means be any inappropriate photos (once more, watch out of the looks of evil); it must be non-public and password protected, and solely proven to household and closest pals.

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

Kevin D. Denee. Restored Church of God.

Most of you’ve learn all the 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, until they’re in an expert enterprise, you had been reminded that you’re actually out of line to even desire a voice to start with and that you simply having a private voice is vainness. 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 essential than your voice. Let’s take a look at the article once more.

“However what does this need to 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 typically makes the blogger really feel good or makes him really feel as if his opinion counts–when it’s principally senseless blather!…

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

…The extent of self-importance 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. Nevertheless, most blogs, particularly by youngsters, function nothing greater than public diaries. (After all, there may be nothing inherently incorrect with a private diary, so long as it’s stored non-public.) Though sure skilled weblogs could make a optimistic distinction inside some components of society, teen running a blog doesn’t.”

So there you’ve it. You are voice is invalid, unimportant, shallow, makes no distinction, one which nobody desires 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 keen to increase to you a similar rights he did have as he sought out what gave the impression to be reality for himself as a TEEN. The reply to the query, “Do I 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 tend to lie, cheat and steal?” The query is requested in such a means as to make you’re feeling badly for saying “sure” despite the fact that sure is the one reply there may be for most conventional folks. When your church or authorities get your voice, you’ve misplaced your freedom and your thoughts.

You might be being advised that to have a private voice, which implies private views, opinions and the power to look at what’s going on round you with a important eye and pondering, is vainness. 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).

If you happen to put up mundane particulars of your life, you’re in impact saying that your life is essential and that individuals ought to examine it. Additionally, whether or not or not you admit it, having a weblog together 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 centered on altering and cleansing up their lives.

If you happen to weblog, are you certain you don’t partially take pleasure in it as a result of your carnal nature is inclined towards vainness?”

The creator is making it sound such as you say you’re researching porn however, the truth is, 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, based on your Pastor, is a glorified weblog of Mr. Pack’s identify, image, opinions, concepts, interpretations and views too. Nobody man embodies reality, it doesn’t matter what you’ve been led to imagine. If you happen to doubt it, go see what number of sermons he permits others to put up on the location or how lots of the explanations of all of the doctrines, beliefs and guidelines are left for others to jot down and outline. So to weblog is to be useless for teenagers. That may be a lie.

You might be advised that your phrases are idle, you solely weblog since you are bored and that you simply aren’t good sufficient to keep away from the looks of evil. Persevering with…

“Younger folks ought to spend time doing issues which are productive. Our aim in life is to grow to be a simpler 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 traditional instance of somebody “therapeutically” expressing himself: “Im feeling unhappy once more…so many issues I can not inform anybody and so many emotions I want to deal with…do not even attempt to ask me why, and begin telling me it would 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 typically sufficient in WCG as a result of I didn’t wish to let the folks down by getting fired. I’m sorry I didn’t communicate up extra. I additionally believed what I used to be being advised, which proved to be a lie as nicely. I deeply remorse this lack and concern by myself half.

The rationale we do not discuss to actual folks 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. Cellphone calls are therapeutic. Letters are therapeutic. Speaking head to head is therapeutic, and running a blog can be therapeutic. And sure, you’ve be sensible about who you share with, however that is not the difficulty 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, could be very therapeutic. It’s a wiseman these days that has shut pals and good counselors. It is the individuals who is not going to take heed to any voices however the ones in their very own heads that it’s important to watch out about.

Simply so that you perceive, your Church and Pastor now forbid you and your grownup mother and father from running a blog on the web, having a weblog of your personal or having a private web site until related to a enterprise. It’s essential perceive that there are causes behind these causes such an obscene rule is being instituted. Whereas running a blog, like telephone calling or letter writing or smokes indicators can have a draw back, there may be extra to this than meets the attention in your explicit church. It’s a method to management the move of data, 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 people who abuse or search to manage and that features our personal authorities these days.

Quickly you’ll hear one thing from the pulpit as ridulous as “We remorse to tell the congregation and we accomplish that 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 normally or that they may say something that may be or any distant curiosity to anybody.” Banning you from running a blog is not any totally 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 need to. How’s that for good reasoning. If your pals shoot themselves, I’m certain they might additionally advise you to not do the identical. Good factor as they offer this recommendation or, certain sufficient, you’d all up and bounce like lemmings into the ocean. This “simply because others…” factor has been a device of oldsters perpetually and can be yours too sometime! It is what we are saying when cannot consider tips on how to say it nicely.

The underside line is that you simply belong to a church that should management your consumption of excellent info in addition to what is likely to be considered “unhealthy” info. In addition they do not care what you suppose and don’t desire 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 certain don’t desire you discussing the factors made in a earlier sermon, despite the fact that that sermon has instructions so that you can observe that impact your life large time. Frankly, all church buildings concern the web as a result of info is frightening to those who would have you ever imagine you’re getting all you want from only one true supply. You aren’t.

NO ONE on this planet has the fitting to inform you what you may learn, who you may discuss to, what subjects you may share personally for those who select or the way you select to present or get that info. Our authorities can also be making an attempt like mad to maintain the typical American from questioning a variety of issues which have gone on within the final 5 years, and earlier than. Your motives for doing so should not as evil as this text makes them out to be and you aren’t as silly as this text portrays the typical teen lately. Every little thing you do must be finished with knowledge, warning and discretion, however you’ll not discover ways to do that if you’re forbidden from taking the category.

Faith and authorities has been making an attempt to manage the free move of data since time started. It is how management, delusion and phantasm is maintained. The individuals who make the foundations 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 laborious about its implications to your studying and rising in the true truths that, imagine it or not, should not the unique property of the one small church and Pastor you’ve simply occurred to seek 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 nicely. 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 alternative. To have or to not have a web site for any cause, is YOUR alternative and the selection of your ADULT mother and father. No church or man has the fitting to manage your entry to the free move of pals, info, opinions and even bullshit. You will by no means develop a BS Meter is you are not uncovered to it. I personally suppose you’re greater than you suppose. Even the proverbs say that it’s no good thing to have a very clear barn, with no cow pies on the ground, as it would 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 surroundings 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 concern, guilt, disgrace and pure distress. Rise up 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? 🙂

Amen…