The anonymous churchwatcher sect is at it again – defaming Christians by writing contrived articles that bear little resemblance to fact.
This time they are on the war-path against the 200 year old Bible Society of Australia, which recently acquired Koorong Bookstores as a part of their Bible and Christian Literature outreach.
Here’s what they say about the Bible Society in three articles so far, and counting, headed ‘Dangers of Australian Bible Society’:
The Australian Bible Society is a bible society in name only. It’s a fraudulent organization (sic) that offers lip service to the Christian faith, placarding Christianity with statements hardly giving the impression they care about the integrity of the Bible or the Christian faith at all.
Did the chooks just accuse the Bible Society of fraudulence?
These are heavy claims with no viable evidence produced of fraudulent activity, only prejudiced opinion based on doctrinal preference and bias.
The Bible Society has provided Bibles for Australia for over 200 years. It is a highly respected outlet. Koorong has been very successful as a bookstore for many years and has a great reputation amongst Christians of all walks in Australia.
The chookwatchers have no regard for these well-respected and consistent Christian literature providers, however. They go on to make the accusation that it is very difficult to find what chookwatcher considers healthy Christian theology, by which he means, presumably, the Reformed and Reformation list of books and resources featured on his old sites.
We live in a digital age
What chookwatcher fails to realise is that shopping in the 21st century is going online. The local corner shop doesn’t have quite the impact it used to, hence the merger of bookstores, besides which, it would be nigh on impossible to place on display the entire stock of books and materials Koorong actually carries.
Despite chookwatcher’s inaccurate claims that it’s difficult to locate Reformed or classical Protestant study materials, I was able, in a matter of moments, to locate no fewer than 1,055 Reformed or Reformation titles at the Koorong online store, which has been the primary sales outlet for Koorong for several years.
Included in this list were titles by R C Sproul, John Piper, Michael Horton, Richard A Muller, John MacArthur, John Calvin, and a host of others too long to list. It is simply not true to say it is difficult to find Reformed, Calvinist, or Reformation material at Koorong. I found it in literally seconds.
I also located access to the purchase of 50,869 Academic titles on the Koorong site, surely enough to keep the most ardent Reformed student occupied for at least five decades of study. Yes, that’s right – fifty thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine titles, and that’s just in Academic studies.
The books on display at the shops probably reflect demand rather than promotions. I don’t know if chookwatcher realises this, but people buy books and music they they want rather than material that Reformed elitists seek to thrust on the rest of the Christian population.
Buyers still like browsing in actual shops, but they always have a title they seek, so they are likely to make the request for a type of book they require, and, of course, the store will keep a note of their demographic.
Stores are not to blame if the comparatively sparse Reformed churches have small congregations that frequent bookstores on fewer occasions than their Spirit-filled brothers and sisters. Supply and demand. Simple logistics.
Nor are they responsible for the critics who merely go into their stores, not to buy anything, but to suss out the number of titles that give them the ebie-jeebies and set them up for a negative article that demonstrates their ignorance of reality.
Then there is the online presence, where most books are sold these days, and a larger display is possible.
A bookshop has to survive in competition with outlets such as Amazon, which supply the same materials, and the increasing digital providers such as Olive Tree, where Christian resources can be downloaded onto tablets, computers and smart phones.
Chookwatcher’s brazen attacks on Christians is an example of how to be part of the problem rather than the solution. His poorly researched and anonymous criticism demonstrates his hit-out-first, think-later approach to what he believes is discernment, when in reality it is nothing but sour grapes.
Maybe he should go back to Koorong and buy a book on Christian conduct.