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Terms of Use Policy for “General/Topical” Section

City of Refuge reserves the right to revise the Terms of Use Policy at any time, at its sole discretion, and without prior notice; therefore, please refer to this page from time to time. The comments of those using this forum do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of CoR. Failure to follow forum rules or requests by the moderators will result in one or more of the following actions in no particular order: warning, edit post, delete post/thread, move post/thread, lock thread and loss of use. The Forum Moderators reserve the right to edit/remove/label any posts that rely solely on a personal opinion represented as fact or positions which do not recognize the authority of or truthfulness of scripture.

The point of this forum is to not merely try and provide “the answers” to questions raised within; we will of course make every attempt to biblically answer any question brought fourth in earnest, but also engage in respectful debate. No one person has all the right answers. We don’t know what God knows and we can’t see all that He sees, but we can and should consider and discuss biblical issues.

Visitors and members alike, we have and will continue to work hard to make this section a safe and comfortable place to visit, ask questions and debate/discuss biblical topics with one another. After much prayer and discussion, the leadership has approved the following forum rules for this section.

General Topical Rules:

The use of this forum section, like all our forums is a privilege and not a right. If you abuse them you will lose the privilege of use. They are here for all to partake, Christian, seeker or otherwise. Everyone has the right to an atmosphere that is respectful and cooperative.

CoR is a Christian community and we recognize that Christians have different doctrinal and religious practices. So please maintain a spirit of cooperation and charity reflecting the saving Grace of Jesus Christ while using all our forum sections even when you might have different views. This is not a stage by which one acts superior to another. We expect you to treat all other forum users regardless of their likes, dislikes, race, creed or doctrinal beliefs with respect.

Before you post, think, pray and think again. Many explosive situations can be avoided if some prior thought and prayer go into what is said.

Please do not harass or embarrass forum users.
Please do not engage in name-calling or personal attacks during a discussion or debate.
Please do not post inflammatory remarks simply for the purpose of evoking reaction. Promoting a spirit of divisiveness in the forum community will not be tolerated.
Respect the request of those that say they don't want to continue to debate something.

If another Christian disagrees with you theologically, do not jump to the conclusion that they are not “truly” saved because they disagree, as there are differences of opinion in translating Biblical doctrine. Attacking the character or motives of someone who differs with your view or denying that he/she is a Christian because he/she doesn’t believe as you is unacceptable.

Merriam-Webster defines the word “debate” as follows:

Main Entry: 2debate
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): de•bat•ed; de•bat•ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French debatre, from Old French, from de- + batre to beat, from Latin battuere
intransitive senses
1 obsolete : FIGHT, CONTEND
2 a : to contend in words b : to discuss a question by considering opposed arguments
3 : to participate in a debate

For our purposes and practices this forum section will utilize the second definition.

Debate is important, but users should not provocatively pick a battle. While we encourage lively debate, we will not tolerate personal attacks. Any person attacking another forum user will receive a warning and have his/her message removed.

Why is there a need for debate on a Christian forum anyway? To answer that question we need to look no further than Solomon’s words in Proverbs 27:17. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

In Matthew Henry's commentary on the whole Bible we find likely one of the best insights to understanding this verse.

Verse 17
This intimates both the pleasure and the advantage of conversation. One man is nobody; nor will poring upon a book in a corner accomplish a man as the reading and studying of men will. Wise and profitable discourse sharpens men’s wits; and those that have ever so much knowledge may by conference have something added to them. It sharpens men’s looks, and, by cheering the spirits, puts a briskness and liveliness into the countenance, and gives a man such an air as shows he is pleased himself and makes him pleasing to those about him. Good men’s graces are sharpened by converse with those that are good, and bad men’s lusts and passions are sharpened by converse with those that are bad, as iron is sharpened by its like, especially by the file. Men are filed, made smooth, and bright, and fit for business (who were rough, and dull, and inactive), by conversation. This is designed, 1. To recommend to us this expedient for sharpening ourselves, but with a caution to take heed whom we choose to converse with, because the influence upon us is so great either for the better or for the worse. 2. To direct us what we must have in our eye in conversation, namely to improve both others and ourselves, not to pass away time or banter one another, but to provoke one another to love and to good works and so to make one another wiser and better.

Christian friends can and should listen, counsel, and pray. The Bible says, “Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel” (Proverbs 27:9, NKJV). The images of oil and perfume are fine when the discussion is pleasant, but what is it like when friends disagree? What happens when the iron starts to sharpen iron and the sparks start to fly? If we’re not offensive, one usually learns more by disagreeing than by giving in and refusing to say what one really thinks, “speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (Eph. 4:15).
Friends, how we accept and apply rebuke is a test of how devoted we are to truth and wisdom and how sincere we are in wanting to know God’s will. “He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.” (Proverbs 15:31-32)

Additional requests and comments:

If you wish to debate a topic or issue that's great, however please expect to be challenged and prepare accordingly.

Please do not post entire articles. Quote whatever is needed to ask your question or to support a comment and provide a link to the source.

Please do not confront moderators publicly regarding administrative actions taken in this section. If the moderator hasn’t already contacted you regarding the action you can PM your General or a Moderator with your question/concern.

Keep in mind that a debate on a topic can ultimately end up in a debate over who has the most qualified resources to support their position. Hopefully we are pouring through the Holy Scriptures for our support.

In closing keep in mind not one human has all the answers; we are not meant to have all the answers. That’s one of the reasons God provides for us a Christian community that we may assist one another in our daily walks, so that in all things we can grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. Thank you for visiting and God bless you.

City of Refuge, General Council
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