My interest in the traffic to this blog is not about numbers of visitors, or how many people comment, or how to inflict the most damage on the institution of the Stanton sect of the Church of Christ. No, it’s always and only been about one thing: uncovering the historical roots of the sect, and encouraging and motivating people impacted by its unbiblical doctrines to learn more about our loving God and forsake the teachings of men for the Bible alone. It’s about spurring one another on toward love and good works.
John 8:32 – Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Hebrews 10:24 – And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…
As such, it’s awesome to receive things like the postcard I got in the mail the other day from a reader. He thanked me for the encouragement the blog offers, but the real thanks goes out to him and all the others who are actually awake, paying attention, and engaging in a meaningful way with the information and conversation here. You’ve encouraged me to keep moving forward with this project, and I can tell it’s done some tangible good. So thank you. It’s truly a blessing to be part of anything that brings people closer to the God of love I know.
Yet some people—those who have “come to spy out our liberty,” perhaps—assume different motives (I think we’d call that “evil surmising”), and suggest that the blog is nothing more than a tool to engage in a war of words with Stanton. For them, it is about politics, not ideas. This is evidenced by the occasional troll who pops in and tries to take a swipe at me, or the blog, or its readers or commenters without having read the posts and articles.
I can’t speak for the motives of every reader and commenter. I think most have genuinely good motives, but I’ll stipulate that everyone who reads this blog is in a different phase of understanding and dealing with the harm inflicted by Stanton’s teachings. Some are professed believers, some are not. This blog gives voice to both from time to time, and attempts to be fair and accurate in the process.
But we should acknowledge that trolling is a practice that lowers discourse from a conversation about ideas to a political sport where we’re rooting for teams, not truth. Trolling is not about communicating ideas and conversing about them. It is about appealing to our baser instincts, such as the pride of winning an argument, or sticking it to the opposition with a good “zinger.” None of us are above these human motivations; they can crop up at any time in any conversation, and I have to hold them in check as much as the next person. But the truth is that “zingers” rarely lead a conversation into productive territory. Just watch the presidential debates if you doubt me.
These types of comments are not about seeking to convince anyone, nor are they about seeking to understand, educate, encourage, or enlighten one another. They are solely about sabotaging the conversation between seekers of truth who are attempting to reason together.
This blog is intended to be just that—seekers of truth returning to the Bible alone for their authority in doctrine and practice. But for the Stanton loyalists who choose to troll this blog from time to time, it’s clearly not about that. It’s more about rooting for their team to “win” the debate. And with that attitude, everyone loses.
It’s been awhile since I’ve shared traffic analytics, so here are some stats you might find interesting. Aside from the >110,000 page views and >2825 comments, there is this:
Here you’ll see that in any given day, there are an average of 14 active users. For the past 30 days, there have been an average of 388 active users.
It is also interesting to me to see what posts and articles get the most readers. Clearly, the article on Fear and Intimidation Tactics resonates with a large number of readers. But even that is dwarfed by the number of people interested in the historical roots of the church, as evidenced by the pageviews to the historical pages about the church and about Merie Weiss.
Thank you Kevin! when I first joined the Stanton Group, if I had known Merie's history and that she was still withdrawn from by the churches of Christ I wouldn't have stayed. It was only shared that she had left them because they were "off", not that they had withdrawn from her.Also odd is that there was a very popular saying when I was "young in the faith" and had questions. I would be told "how can one person be right and the whole church be wrong?"This site has helped me in understanding a lot more about myself, the group,… Read more »
how can one person be right and the whole church be wrong?.
I dunno, Martin Luther was, Alexander Campbell was, Galileo was, Copernicus was, Moses was, Jesus was, King David was, Abraham was, and Joseph was……
The church was told eight years ago, they would not grow until they changed their doctrine and teaching in accord with the Bible.
They have not, and they have not.
Amazing, that in 2008, Obama was also elected, and he is the worst President our nation has ever had.
If Hillary is elected, the persecution of Christians begins in earnest.
The following anonymous comment was buried on a page that had too many comments for it to show. Rather than risk being accused of deleting it, I'm reposting it on this thread (I think it's an appropriate topic).
Y'ALL R ALL TEllNG LIES BECAUSE I KNOW ALL ABOUT THE STANTON CHURCH…… Your just mad because you got withdrawn from the church… " The Church of Christ" is the only truth.
You might want to check your spelling, grammar, and your facts before posting again. You're welcome here…but you're not helping your case by being so obviously uninformed. 1) I'm not withdrawn from, and never have been. 2) If you're going to accuse me of "TEllNG LIES," please have the courtesy of sharing what the lies are so I can correct them. Proverbs 17:28 – Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. Proverbs 29:20 – Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope… Read more »
Thank you Kevin. I, too, would like to know what lies I am telling-anonymous accused us ALL of telling lies. Perhaps anonymous doesn't know all of the facts, or only heard second hand or even third hand. If I have said anything in error, I would like to know so that I can also correct it!
I have stepped on toes by pointing out the behaviors of the teachers and preachers of the SCOC. It would amaze you to find out how many have been taken to the police dept and questioned for hours when school officials found bruises on their children. In the San Francisco bay area several "teachers/preachers" have been arrested and detained for child abuse. It is easier to say "Y'ALL R TELLING ALL LIES" then it is to correct the problem of abuse. I will not stop pointing out the abuses when I see them, whether it is child abuse or abuse… Read more »
I know that I have said this before, but want to reiterate it. For the numerous years that I went through what I did I was always questioning, praying, and studying these things out. I was praying, almost hoping, that I was the one in the wrong and that I could see and understand where I am going wrong, but the scriptures never added up to was being done. I even asked the "preacher from the south", Which one should I follow, scripture or example, because they are not the same". He didn't answer. One brother, who has been in… Read more »
One connection that is only seen with time is the connection between covetousness and laziness. The evangelist in Spring Valley gave a talk after his predecessor left the church called "How much of that money is for the brethren?" The evangelist before him worked as a construction manager and got a bonus of twenty thousand dollars after a project was completed and then went out and bought himself a fifty era chevrolet and started telling the children that he was going "cruising in the fifties." Right or wrong it was his money to spend as he pleased. The teaching of… Read more »