Member's Bulletin
 Volume 2, Number 4

APRIL, 2001

 

Serving the LORD on the World Wide Web
THE RING OF CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN SITES
Since December 31, 1996

 

Welcome Back Tom!

Tom Horn, well-known conservative and controversial (especially with the leftist whacko crowd) author, lecturer, pastor, and publisher of the Raiders News Update has returned to our ring with an all-new look after a long absence and a change of ISP's.  You can listen to Tom's  radio interview about the best-selling book that he co-authored, and read his large library of fascinating articles about the implications of the latest technological advances for Christians as well as many other current subjects on his new web site: http://christnews.freeservers.com/

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URGENT NOTICE! Email Addresses MUST be Kept Current!

Communication is the foundation of the Internet and Email is vital to the operation of our ring.  We have lost many members and several others are currently suspended from active ROCCS participation simply because they didn't read their Email or the Member's Bulletin and respond to the information that I took the time to make available. 

Yahoo!Webring is continually changing rules and formats, and it is vital that you be at least a little bit aware of the changes.   In the past fifteen months I've removed several members for failing to keep a current Email address.  It just takes too much time to attempt "chasing 'em down."  My experience has shown that members who ignore Email also do not  maintain their web site.  This situation is so common that unless I have regularly corresponded with the member in question, I won't take time from the other members or from my ministry in a futile attempt to find the Email address of a member who has permitted their address to expire.  I will visit a member site if their Email address is invalid, but if there is no Email link or the link is bad on their web site, I will delete the site from ROCCS in the hope that, perhaps some day, the owner will discover that they're no longer a member and contact me.

 

Please understand: 

(1)  Having a valid and accessible Email address remains an absolute requirement for continued ROCCS membership. 

(2)  Yahoo removed RingMaster access to Member Profiles on September 1, 2000.  So, if you change Email addresses for your web site you MUST already be a Yahoo! member or you must join Yahoo!Webring and associate your site so you can edit your Yahoo! Member Profile.  I can not do that for you.

(3)  If your Email address consistently "bounces" Email, I will enforce ROCCS rules and delete your site from the ring.

 

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ROCCS WILL REMAIN WHERE IT IS! AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR MEMBERS:

Recently a former ROCCS member decided to leave ROCCS unless I would it move it from Yahoo! to some place else on the Internet.  I have rejected his reasons for lacking reason.  This is an slightly-edited version of the letter I sent to him:

 

". . . I understand your position, but this isn't news for me. Yahoo! has been providing "adult" rings for years.  As I have explained in the ROCCS member bulletins, I have chosen to follow Jesus' example and walk among the tax collectors and sinners. Jesus said that He didn't come to save the righteous. His alone is the example I follow in my ministry: 

Matthew 9:11-13: 
11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 
12 When Jesus heard that, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 
13 "But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. " (NKJ) 

Neither does the LORD want His people to hide their light under a bushel. Without question those who seek to serve Him are commanded to carry the Gospel to a world full of sinners. Yahoo! is just one small part of that world. Given His crystal-clear commandment to carry the Gospel to sinners, it is unbiblical, absurd, and an exercise in sophistry for any knowledgeable Christian to suggest or hold that maintaining a Gospel-driven ministry like ROCCS with Yahoo! in any fashion aids and abets sin when our clearly-stated purpose is to serve God. This is a war. Yahoo! is one of many battlefields which make up the entirety of "cyberspace." To quit the battlefield is to aid and abet the enemy's temporary victory.  We are not called "soldiers" without reason (Philippians 2:25; 2Timothy 2:3, 4:7; Philemon 1:2)!

God calls us  to reason in Isaiah 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together," says the  LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;  though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (NKJ)   Applying reason to this circumstance, to be consistent with a pornography-based  decision to leave Yahoo! Christians must necessarily flee in terror from the entire WWW because it is filled with all manner of sin and sinners, pornographers  included, just as is Yahoo! A decision  to abandon only a portion of the cyberspace battlefield is unbiblical and  naive at best, and is demonstrably hypocritical at worst.   It is a decision which necessarily accepts that it is permissible to vicariously  participate in one form of sin (the pornography-infected WWW) over another  (pornography-infected Yahoo!). It is a very grave exercise in self-deception  to choose participation in one form of sin over another rather than accepting  the conclusion which necessarily flows from the original premise: that pornography  is a sin, and that the mere presence of pornography requires the believer  to abandon ALL vehicles which support it, including Yahoo! and the  entire WWW. Simply, to avoid being a hypocrite, anyone taking this position  re Yahoo! must also remove his modem and leave the entirety of pornography-infected  "cyberspace." As Pauline doctrine teaches in 1Corinthians 5:6 and Galatians 5:9,  a little leaven leavens the whole loaf. The Internet and WWW are sin-enslaved,  but we do not have to accept its "leavening," and we most certainly do not  accept or support it by publicly opposing it.

I do not choose to abandon the battlefield to the enemy and his army, be it Yahoo! or the WWW. I will follow Jesus' commandments and remain where my ministry is needed most and has the best chance of reaching those sinners God intends to save. When God is ready for me to move on, He will let me know in crystal-clear terms. Until that time comes, I will remain steadfast, a warrior fighting for Him on the battlefield to which He has assigned me. . . ."

Doulos kai diakonos Xristou Iesou
Deke

UPDATE: On Friday, April 13, 2001, Yahoo! announced that it had halted its practice of selling pornographic material.  They were losing too many long-time customers.

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AN UPDATE ON MY SON MOOSE'S CONDITION:

In mid-April Moose is scheduled to meet with his neurosurgeon preparatory to the repair of the bulged L-5 disk, the bottom disk in his lower back.  He is responding well to morphine save for intermittent periods of nausea and vomiting, and has been able to significantly reduce the dose he needs to control the excruciating pain in his lower back and right leg.  Post-surgical recovery, according to his MD/GP, will require eight to ten weeks. 

Your continued prayers are needed for his miraculous healing, or for God to guide the surgeon's hand if that is the way He chooses to heal my son, and for his delivery from addiction to morphine once this ordeal is over.  Thank you O LORD for your mercy in relieving his terrible pain.  AMEN!

~~Deke

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PAGAN / CULT / ATHEIST BUSINESS IS SEEKING CHRISTIANS
 

PLEASE BE CERTAIN THAT YOU HAVE NOT POSTED A LINK ON YOUR ROCCS MEMBER SITE TO THE ANTICHRIST BUSINESS, BELIEFNET.COMAny ROCCS member site which posts a link to Beliefnet.com will be suspended until the link is removed.  If the link is not removed promptly, the offending site will have its ROCCS membership terminated.

Our astute and vigilant ROCCS member, Ed Stoffel, forwarded the article that I have included  below.  Although I have not corroborated author Susan Sargent's  claim that  "... Yahoo has partnered with beliefnet.com and we have recently become aware that many sites located in Geocities are now displaying beliefnet.com banners..., " the official ROCCS position on Yahoo's selling pornography 1 will apply to this case as well. 

I won't take any action unless an ROCCS member site posts a link to beliefnet.com.  Since Beliefnet advertising banners generate income for the a web site owner, the presence of Beliefnet ads constitute the corruption of Christian principles for mere money.  No  ROCCS member will be allowed to collect his "twenty pieces of silver" from Beliefnet and remain in the ring.  Believers are called to walk as Jesus did, carrying the Gospel to all sinners.  Christians most certainly are not called to become paid participants promoting corruption

Any ROCCS member site which posts a Beliefnet link is being PAID to participate in Beliefnet's promotion of antichrist heresy, apostasy, atheism, and heathen doctrines.  It is ROCCS' non-negotiable position that anyone who accepts money for promoting Beliefnet's wicked doctrines is a liar and an antichrist as described in  1John 2:22, "Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son." (NKJ)  If a webmaster posts a Beliefnet advertisement to any ROCCS member site, the action will presume receipt or anticipation of payment from Beliefnet.  The site will not be permitted to remain in our ring.

Here is a copy of the forwarded letter from Warriors of Christ  (WOC) re the wicked beliefnet.com web site.  I have included the Warriors of Christ link that you may verify this letter:

 

"You are receiving this e-mail, because your site is listed in the WOC Christian Top Sites Search/Link Directory.

 
"We have recently become aware of a site, beliefnet.com, that is actively promoting the unity of all religions. These religions include Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Mormon, Protestant, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Nation of Islam, Pagan & Earth-Based, Secular Philosophies, Scientology, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, Unitarian Universalist, Zoroastrianism , etc. They are also trying to actively absorb Christian sites (see http://www.warriorsofchrist.com/beliefnet_email.shtml).

"Warriors of Christ, WOC Christian Top Sites and Christian Computer Connection is taking a firm stand against beliefnet.com and will not allow any site that is linked to beliefnet.com or is located on the beliefnet.com server in our links/search directory and web rings.

"Beliefnet.com provides services such as web hosting, free e-mail, message forums and informational articles. We have been made aware that those signing up as a member on beliefnet.com will receive newsletters promoting atheism and other non-Christian materials. We have viewed posts on some of the message boards designed to be used by the youth and became very concerned that our youth may be influenced by some of these posts that are definitely anti-Christian.

"We  find beliefnet.com very dangerous not only to our youth, but to those who  are not Christians. Beliefnet.com touches a very basic need in all mankind,  the search for something greater than himself. We, Christians, know that search ends with Christ, but beliefnet.com introduces the uneducated to other faiths and religious practices which are against Christ, therefore leading others away from Christ.

"Yahoo has partnered with beliefnet.com and we have recently become aware that many sites located in Geocities are now displaying beliefnet.com banners. On June 1, we will start going through our links/search directory and web ring links and any site displaying a link to beliefnet.com will be removed.

"We have always encouraged those using secular free servers such as Geocities, Angelfire, Tripod etc. to utilize services provided by Christians, such as Truepath.com, J-E-S-U-S.net, and ourchurch.com. By supporting Christian services, the income you help them to generate goes toward the spreading the word of Christ.

"If you are located on the geocities server, you are likely to be removed from the WOC Christian Top Site Links/Search Directory, beginning June 1.

Susan Sargent
links manager
webmaster@warriorsofchristcom "
 


 

footnotes:

  1 The official ROCCS position on the now-dead Yahoo
    pornography sales flap

 

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