The thing about so-called discernment bloggers is that they need someone to be their opponent, a focal point for their need to rant, someone they can criticise, someone they can use as their target for angst and indignation, someone against whom to arrange carefully plotted hostility.

Like wolves they need to find a sheep to separate off and surround with snarls, growls, and, if possible, to metaphorically rip to pieces with hyperbole.

Lately the target of the polemicists is Dr Michael Brown. The thing is, though, that he’s a sheep who is not at all sheepish. He stands his ground. He fights back, like a ram defending a flock. He knows that Almighty God will be His shield and buckler and that, no matter what the polemicists contrive against him, no weapon formed against him will prosper.

Target practice

The churchwatchcentral pseudonyms, for instance, have paraded a series of posts, including articles sourced from other fixated polemics writers, that respond to Dr Brown’s extremely effective counters to their persistent obsession with making false accusations against him and what he discusses on his blog and radio program.

Scripture tells us that we’ll know people by their fruit. This constant appeal to overplayed polemics singles out the critics as persistently unpleasant types bent on besmirching anyone they see as a counter critic. Accusers.

Responding to their false claims, such as the fake NAR narratives invented by churchwatcher and championed by any number of self-appointed discernment bloggers, makes Dr Brown a target.

Thus, he is presently their go-to person for fiery dart practice.

Quenched

Of course, Dr Brown is well versed in Ephesians 6:10-20, which tells us that, ‘above all, we should take the shield of faith with which we will be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one.’ Those darts fizzle out every time.

Critics like the pseudonyms can’t stand having their darts quenched. It further enrages them. Little do they realise that Dr Brown is actually in complete control of the situation because he has the shield before him that maintains distance from the accusers. His faith is in God, not in winning arguments with nameless, faceless critics.

They can bay and bark all they want. He is not moved. He simply puts up a strong defence to their NARguments and moves on, leaving them in his wake.

Like a dog with a bone they won’t let go, however. They can’t. In their minds, they have to bruise the heal of their quarry. The thing is, they’re just chewing on a shoe that Dr Brown left behind when he shook off the dust.

He’s walked away from their snarls long ago on to the next mission, feet shod with the gospel of peace.

Walk on!