A trip through a couple of the longer threads on the chookwatcher sites reveals a telling tit-for-tat exchange on most comments sections between readers who reject the attitude of the chookwatchers and the responses of the chookwatcher conglomerate of moderators and followers.
A typical commentary goes something like:
commenter: “If THIS is what Christianity looks like – I don’t want to be a part of it.”
chookwatcher: “Then it appears you’re not part of Christianity. It looks like you don’t have a clue how much the church fought in the New Testament era against factions, false teachers, wolves and new gospels/heresies.”
LOL! Juvenile responses like this are rampant. And so on and so forth, through a great many comments, most of which have nothing whatsoever to do with the post in question. It would not be edifying to repeat the threads, but you get the gist.
There is no reasoned argument, no Biblical evidence, no logical explanation, and, worse of all, no grace, no consideration, and no desire to be either teachable or apt to teach. It’s merely sarcasm, derisive snarkiness and dismissive put-downs delivered with a superior air in response to upset Christians who reject the clearly judgmental chookwatcher way.
Sure, the New Testament writers were defending the faith. They warned the Church. They stood against heresy and false ministry. But they were not offensive with their language, or in their manner. They wrote from a scriptural perspective and proved their point through well considered, clearly thought through and accurate doctrine straight out of the Word of God.
If a believer speaks through the Word there is absolutely no reason to be rude, abrasive, obnoxious or confrontational in a negative sense towards other Christians, who are actually our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are not taught to pull each other apart, but to provoke one another to love and good works.
Only the proud use words that put people down, or dismiss their beliefs, or charge them with being members of a cult or not Christians simply for having an objection to the way the chookwatchers operate. Our words should be seasoned with salt, not caustic soda.
Know them by their fruit
The chookwatcher ‘team’ has set themselves up as a rude and offensive barrage against anyone who objects to their methodology. If you were to read through the pages and examine them for their fruit, you would have to come to the conclusion that they exhibit the fruit of division and schism.
And, worse, they defend their right to be offensive. They claim it’s the Christian thing to be abrasive towards those who do not share their views. They are so convinced that they are right about just about everything they say that anyone who points out another possible understanding is shouted down very quickly by the riot squad.
Their minions have been fed the meme that it is acceptable to be antagonistic towards those who differ in their opinion.There is no control over the content. The moderators seem to tolerate rudeness from supporters but not from those who decry their invective.
The entire site comes across rather like Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians.
“I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?”
Carnal. Yes indeed. Babes who are unable to receive the meat of the Word, only the milk, behaving like mere men. Why? Because they encourage divisions, and even champion the heavy handed indifference they herald as if it is godly.
False premise for rudeness
They will say that Jesus came to bring division and a sword, but this is not what He was talking about. The division isn’t supposed to be within the Body of Christ. The division is between the believers and those who reject Christ. The people targeted by the chookwatchers do not reject Christ. They champion Him.
And the division doesn’t come from the Christians, but from those who oppose Christians. There is a marked difference here, between what Jesus was saying and what the chookwatchers claim for their methodology. They have not understood what Jesus is saying, and have taken it as an excuse for their own bad manners.
They will say that they are merely acting the same way Jesus did with Pharisees, but the Pharisees were not believers. They mostly rejected Christ. They could not even see or accept that He was the Messiah. They were not Christians, or members of the Body of Christ.
The chookwatchers cannot use Jesus’ strong words towards unsaved Mosaic legalists as an excuse for being caustic towards Christians who are critical of the words the chookwatcher moderators and followers use against anyone who objects to their means of getting their point across.
Division in the Body is unacceptable. Sowing discord amongst the brethren is an abomination to the Lord.
Paul pleaded with the Corinthians, who showed signs of carnality and divisiveness amongst their members, and instructed them to grow up.
“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
He admonished them to sort out their differences and get on with working together, to be of one mind and one spirit in the bond of love. This is a theme throughout the New Testament, especially in Paul’s writings.
False claims about Christians
Making the claim that it is acceptable to be continually objectionable towards those who question the way in which the chookwatchers treat people who do not agree with them is not only erroneous, it is totally unscriptural.
They will say that the people they argue with cannot be Christians, or saved, or members of the Body of Christ, and therefore license themselves to continue the rude verbal assault, but, of course, this is merely excusing their own rudeness, and giving themselves a pass to say what they like to people. Even if the chookwatchers’ reasoning on this were true, which it is not, what happened to having a good report with those who are without?
The fact is that most of the people who write in to say the chookwatchers are being ungodly with their methodology are actually Christians, members of the Body of Christ, and, usually, pointing out that what the chookwatchers are saying about people is not Christlike.
Is everyone who objects to the chookwatchers, then, a Pharisee to be lampooned? Is the constant barrage of objectionable responses justified because Jesus spoke to a handful of Pharisees in strong terms? No it is not. They miss the point altogether.
The fact is that the chookwatchers have created a site that displays the evidence of division and has no intention of revising their methodology despite the proof in the reading of these exchanges, which bring no credit to the Body of Christ whatsoever, as many of those who object have attempted to point out.
They really need to take a good, hard look at themselves and what they have created. It’s there for the objective person to see. Simply read through the exchanges and test whether there is, indeed, division and schism taking place.