It is one thing for chookwatcher to attempt to condone his anonymity using feeble excuses, but when he steps over the line to compare himself and his chookwatcher cohorts to the genuinely persecuted church then the chookwatchers need to be called out for the cowards they undoubtedly are.
Here’s what chookwatcher writes in an article that weasels its way around Dr Michael Brown’s exposé of the inauthenticity of anonymous critics…
‘If it is indeed a sin to remain anonymous we would like to see the Scripture verses in context that prove it. However, here is another verse to consider anonymity. We need to be wise if Christ has sent us out among wolves.
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:16-22 ESV)
It seems like the ones who will be saved are those who continue to trust in Christ crucified for their sins even when they are threatened or killed. If it was a sin to remain anonymous then Christians attending underground churches would be in grievous error and would have to repent of being ‘as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves” for being able to continue surviving in a dangerous environment, and worshipping the one true God at the same time.’
Chookwatcher’s obvious reticence to name himself or reveal his church affiliation is now compounded by his self-comparison to those who are genuinely being persecuted for their faith, including being imprisoned, ostracised, driven underground and even killed.
These genuinely persecuted Christians are named. They are not anonymous.
None of the people Jesus was talking about in Matthew 10 had a fake identity, or a pseudonym. None of them. How does chookwatcher dare to even imply this falsehood?
Not one of them was anonymous, nor would they ever deem it necessary. They took up their own cross daily. They were all known. Their names are written in the gospels, in the Book of Acts, and in the Lamb’s Book of Life. They were brought before the authorities and tried for following Jesus.
Those in the persecuted church are not hiding away on some anti-charismatic self-indulgent post-modern blog site criticising other people in the Church.
Real Christians are being persecuted because the authorities in their land are against all forms of Christianity. These persecuted Christians are not being critical of other believers on blogs. They are preaching the gospel, fearlessly and without compromise.
Real Christians do not hide their names away for fear of retribution. They expect persecution because it was guaranteed in the Word of God.
1 Timothy 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
Persecution is a crown to true believers. That is why they do not hide behind pseudonyms. The persecuted church are not anonymous. They are not underground without names. What is chookwatcher thinking?
At liberty to freely publish opinions
How is chookwatcher, who lives in a free country where people can have opinions on blogs, being persecuted? He is not. He is merely being called out for his anonymity, that’s all. He is simply being questioned for some of his opinions and for his doctrinal stance. There is no life-changing threat implied or given by anyone.
There is no risk from the churches and movements he and the other anonymous chooks criticise – not for the chookwatchers nor for their family members who are still in the churches they accuse and reject as cults.
The only sanction they could fear would be a legal challenge to some of the defamation splurged over their pages, but since nothing has happened to date, it can be assumed nothing will.
They have been allowed the liberty to falsely accuse, which is completely the opposite to their claim of persecution.
They have posted literally hundreds of articles criticising churches, Christians, ministries and ministers, and they are living safe and sound in their leafy suburbs in freely democratic nations without fear of retribution, despite their rampant, obsessive, neurotic verbal assault on good people, who seem to have been turning the other cheek for an age. That is the absolutely demonstrable fact.
Likening themselves to the early church which was heavily persecuted, and the underground church that is currently being persecuted is the shameful act of a cowardly pack with no scruples, who have declared that they will find any excuse to remain hidden from view whilst naming and shaming those they accuse.
Even critics like Chris Rosebrough, Jeff Maples, J D Hall and the like at least have the decency and integrity to reveal their names as critics and are not at all hiding away, having the courage of their convictions to put a name to their claims.
Which is why you wonder why they support the timid approach of cowardly chookwatchers.