C3chookwatch & Hillsongchookwatch HQ & Partners
Chookpen Dale

The Eagle’s Nest
Mountain Loft
Far Above All Principality & Power

Dear Chookwatchers,

Greetings from the Eagle’s Nest.

How is life in the chookpen? I hear you may have a special consignment of chookfeed from the Head Chooks any day now. I’m told it has been a bit slow lately down in the pen as the eagles have had better things to do than swoop down for a look in or chat, and have decided that having chookfeed hurled at them and being ostracised by chooks is pointless when there are clear skies in which to soar, nests to build, serpents to crush, and a broken world to evangelise with hope.

I’m writing to you to let you know how the Head Chooks on your beloved websites operate when it comes to the comments of eagles who support C3 or Hillsong and their leadership.

You may not know this, but the majority of eagles who are part of these movements who do comment at chookwatch sites are very heavily censored. Eagles are immediately placed in moderation. This is clearly discriminatory against eagles who are used to having the liberty of the Spirit.

You may think that eagles only ever say things which are rude to chooks, but, in fact, the only comments which are allowed to remain at the chookwatch site are those which do not ostensibly refute chook logic.

Any actual rebuttal is rejected and branded in some negative way as it is discarded or allowed to be ridiculed by resident roosters whose primary task in life is to hurl grainy chookfeed at perceived intruders, especially eagles.

This they do by searching their concordance for any scripture which is corrective and applying it to any commenter they do not like, especially eagles. No explanation for the application of the correction is forwarded. It is generally assumed by chooks that these roosters know what they are crowing about, even though they bluster in generalisms.

It amazes eagles that these roosters do not first apply these verses to themselves, as requested by Christ, but, then again, roosters tend to consider themselves to be… well… ruling the roost. Theirs is always the wake up call to something or other undefined, whilst the rest of the world gets on with the work. All trumpet and no blast.

There is an unwritten law at the Chookwatch HQ which states that chooks cannot be wrong about anything even if they are wrong about everything they write in one of their chook posts.

Eagles, being forthright, do not like this as they believe chooks should have the courage of their convictions and be able to give a reason for their hope without sanctions against eagles who question the authority and/or credibility of the Chook Heads who run the chookpen.

After being held in moderation, Eagles’ comments are discussed by a committee of chookwatchers, who then decide whether to allow the comment or shut it down. Moderators tend to leave moderated comments in moderation for a long time. Spontaneity is not one of their strong points. Eagles’ comments are, more often than not, shut down, regardless of the content.

Of course, this committee of chookwatchers all use the same zoodonym, so it is impossible to know which of the several moderator chooks makes the moderating decisions at any given time. We call this anomaly ‘Legion’. An entire moderation suite of innumerable chooks with one zoodonym. This is unheard of in blogdom. Even the other moderating chooks don’t know which moderator chook moderated what or why.

This is a most unsatisfactory and confusing position to be in for any non-moderator contributing chooks who simply want to follow the thread on the blog, as they do not know which of the chookwatcher entity removed the comment. And yet the chooks who moderate claim they discuss which of the eagles’ comments to allow and which to remove.

Then, if a particular moderator chookwatcher is challenged as to why they removed a comment or altered it, they claim it was another moderator chookwatcher who did it, and they are not responsible, or, that they had a committee meeting of moderator chookwatchers and the head moderator chookwatcher said that comment should be treated in a particular way, which usually means being censored, unless it is pounced upon by the roosters.

In other words, all the moderator chookwatchers pass the buck. That’s why you often hear the sound of ‘buck-buck-buck’ in the midst of the clucks. For chookwatchers everything revolves around the bucks.

It would be better for all concerned if the moderator chooks each had their own zoodonym, say, ‘chookwatcher_one-of-three’ and ‘chookwatcher_two-of-three’, etc., so that those who are reading or being moderated will have an idea of which zoodonym is present in the ChookSeat at the time.

The Head Chooks say it is for the contributing chooks’ own protection, especially baby chooks who may stumble into the pen, but how will the contributing chooks ever find out how to answer the questions and suggestions of the eagles if they are never able to read them?

Is the chookpen being run as a nanny state? Is it overly controlled by insecure Head Chooks who are unable to deal with eagles’ enquiries and suggestions? Is there a pecking order in the chookpen which doesn’t take into consideration the will and wishes of the contributing chooks?

Are the Head Chooks saying that the contributing chooks are too dumb, unintellectual, theologically challenged, or uneducated to assess the eagles’ comments and answer them for themselves?

Are the eagles’ questions, suggestions and theology so threatening, challenging and precise that the Head Chooks, being unable to cope with them for themselves, fear that the contributing chooks will be swayed into believing that they too could be eagles and leave the chookpen to soar for themselves in the high places in God, far above the dust, dirt and insularity of the pen? Might they suddenly be able to see for themselves the futility of pendom?

On a recent foray into the chookpen to remind the Head Chooks of something they had proposed which was questionable, an eagle was challenged on the merits of his theology, and, when he had produced confirming theology from no less than eight recognised evangelical theologians, including McArthur, Gill, Adams, Jamieson, Fausset, Brown, Henry and Spurgeon, plus the verification of context and exegesis from other scripture concerning the same doctrine, this eagle had not only his own exegesis, now proven orthodox, but the exegesis of the said recognised orthodox theologians, and the confirming contextual scripture removed from the thread and site on the pretext that it would be used in another post.

So, having been comprehensively refuted, chookwatcher (two-of-three), rather than accept the truth, removed it and left his now rebutted theology intact. Is that not astonishing, chookwatchers? He removed the sound theology, and kept his own poor exegesis because it would mean significant change of doctrine on his part if the truth was left intact.

Not only this, but he denied you, the regular chookwatch pen-dwellers, the opportunity of scrutinising the soundness of the theology for yourselves and weighing it up against chookwatchers’ own poor exegesis.

What would you call this, chookwatchers?

Then there are the corrections given which are ignored, such as the church which could not have possibly been a C3 during a controversial point in its history, long before it became part of the movement, in fact, before the movement even began, when that church was part of another denomination. There were accusations levelled against the current C3 pastor, who could not have possibly been responsible for anything which took place before he began his oversight of the church.

The correction was accurately given with undeniable evidence. It was completely ignored by the Chook Heads. Why?

Or the entry which falsely accused Hillsong on two points, one of which was clearly and concisely corrected publicly in writing by Brian Houston, and the other shown to be untrue by more than one contributor, but which were completely ignored again. Why?

And the extraordinary rebuke of a Singaporean minister by chookwatchers which actually states that he should not consider himself innocent, or be considered innocent, when Singapore law itself states that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty. Why should we not attribute this to all citizens, whether they are later found guilty or not. The onus is on the prosecution to prove guilt. As of the date of this post nothing is proven. Therefore, on this date, he stands innocent until proven guilty. That is the way of it in a democracy. But not in the chookpen. Why?

And, alongside this, and compounding each of these omissions, the chookwatchers’ chief attack rooster is back. He was away for a while, and it seemed the pen might be a little saner, but he is back with a vengeance.

He now has a multiple identities, which seems to be a trend at the pen. He is the who’s-who-at-the-local-zoodonym factory. A new bête noire for every eagle that comes near the pen. He must be confused about his own identity.

Some eagles are unable to use their own names because they are banned and their names are moderated out, so they have to adopt other identities to comment, all of which are eventually shut down, but he has no such excuse. I think he should call himself Hector, because this is the most adequate description of his modus operandi.

If any eagle dares to swoop within a few metres of the chookpen the attack rooster will crow. He has a huge floodlight and microphone to cast a shadow on the chookpen wall and make him look and sound far more impressive than he actually is, but, anyway you view or hear him a rooster is a chook with a bigger ego, crow and thesaurus than the rest and that’s all.

But it means that, if any eagles drop in for a chat the attack rooster will come like a whirlwind and snap at their tails as they launch themselves heavenward and leave him to the scratchings of the pen. Meanwhile the contributing chooks are left to admire the voracity of Hector the Rooster as the eagles fly far above.

Hector rules supreme down below, in the chookpen, and any response from eagles is shut down by Legion so that Hector can hear the sound of his own crowing unopposed and without interruption and watch his impressive shadow on the wall as he flexes his feathers in the spotlight.

So, chook folk, maybe you didn’t know all these things were taking place at the chookpen. Maybe you thought the eagles had nothing much to say, and that Hector, along with the chookwatchers (1 to 5 of 5) ruled the day. In fact, it is moderation and censorship which is the most prevalent state at the chookpen. It is manipulation of the conversation to suit the Chook Heads’ philosophy. It is a closed shop. As long as you agree with or pay lip service to the collective you are fine.

I would say to any eagles looking in that it is better to fly away from the chookpen and get on with the call of God. There will always be chooks. God loves them. But he called us to be eagles.

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:16-21.

Love and peace to all,