Pastor Eric Davis of The Cornerstone Church (WY) Decides to Remove Two Comments from Women and Closes Further Commenting
Thanks to Boston Lady, I looked up a blog post that was linked in a comment on this blog’s previous post. Eric Davis wrote, “Reasons We Miss Church (But May Not Need To)” which was posted on The Cripplegate.
This post discusses all of the wrong reasons why someone might miss church. They include:
- “There is no command that says I need to go to church every Sunday.”
- “There aren’t any good churches in my area.”
- “Family/friends are in from out of town.”
- “The preacher/teacher I like is not preaching/teaching.”
- “I can watch the/another gathering online, or listen to a message online.”
- “Recent birth of a child.”
- “Gatherings are too long.”
- “It conflicts with the kids’/family’s schedule/sleep/sports/stuff.”
- “Church is far away.”
- “I work during the church gatherings.”
- “I am traveling.”
- “Some hard things have happened and I need space.”
- “I’m tired.”
- “The church isn’t a location or an event, but people, so I don’t need to be there.”
- “My spouse/significant other/roommate is staying home so I will too.”
- “I know all of these reasons, but you just don’t understand my situation.”
As noted by Boston Lady, the ever eloquent A. Amos Love had left some comments on there, so I decided to chime in as well.
Then I asked Julie Anne if she had seen it and she decided to comment too (her tweet came later after learning her comment was removed):
A little bit later in the night I received a text from Julie Anne asking if I knew what happened to the post. Eric Davis decided that enough “robust discussion” had taken place and closed the comments. He also decided to delete my comment as well as Julie Anne’s (noted by the “Removed” sign in our screen shot comment).
When I left my comment, I noticed that the previous one had been made a day earlier. Why all of a sudden are comments closed and two are deleted? I know I’m risking my attitude being questioned when I ask this, but was it because two women were challenging the authority of a pastor and elders over the congregants? Was it because we are outside of this congregation and asking questions? Lord knows if anyone within the congregation is willing/able to ask questions. If we had left these comments with male pseudonyms would they have been allowed to stay and perhaps had some discussion to follow? Did we step on authoritarian pastor’s toes and question why the church needs to have so much control over people’s lives?
When I first read this post it screamed 9Marks to me, and by golly they are affiliated with 9Marks. Then I went and read the church by-laws and I was left concerned about how much control this church has over its members. You can be sure that there will be more to discuss later. That was a valiant attempt at trying to leave us out of the conversation, Eric Davis.
Oh, and comments will remain on.