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"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." (ESV)
This statement by Paul does a wonderful job describing God's desire of us, the Body of Christ and this is where we are feeling led to take this community.
The list is long of online forums built upon the foundation of debate, mistrust, and endless disagreements. This has defined our community and countless others. We are convicted and committed to be so much more as a community in Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." (ESV)
If you are new to ChristianForums.net, you are jumping in midstream through our change, and we hope you'll stay and help us build a supportive community that teaches and learns from each other, showing patience and grace to one another. Every member and staff person has an obligation to the community to which the above verse calls for.
If you've been with us for a while, you've already seen some structural changes that we feel will lend to our vision. Certain forums have merged or been removed, and more changes are to come which are carefully purposed to de-emphasize debate and conflicts. These attributes will be replaced by encouragement, communal learning, growing, and loving as we are loved. When we speak to each other, it has to be with the primary purpose of building up rather than tearing down. As a result, starting April 24th, the Current Events and Politics forum will cease to exist and the Apologetic and Theology forum will be renamed to the Theology Forum, and the rules will be updated to reflect expectations in that forum in the stickies.
This might sound like something you want and need to be a part of, and we hope you'll remain a vital part of this picture. For others, it will not. We understand that if politics or debating is the primary reason you sought out a forum and found ours, it may be that you are led to find a better fit with another online community and we hope you find it.
That was then. This is now. As we go boldly in this new direction, we urge you to pray on this for His guidance. If you're with us, we're with you. Our prayer is that one day, ChristianForums.net will stand out among the online communities as uniquely different than any other, and you will be blessed by it. Most of all, may God be exalted!
Grace and peace to you, our brothers and sisters in Christ