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16433Re: How To Spot Trolls

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  • Chris Coldwell
    Apr 26, 2008
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      Agreed Tim. Email filters are wonderful things.
      Chris Coldwell

      --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com, "Tim Cunningham"
      <timmopussycat@...> wrote:
      >
      > The question is what to do after you have spotted them.
      > And an ancient Chinese sage has some helpful advice here.
      > Ignore them. It is the most fitting punishment for such people and
      > the one they are least fitted to endure.
      > Blessings
      > Tim
      >
      > --- In covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com, "bob_suden"
      > <bsuden@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Not with a round paintbrush.
      > >
      > > A number of people have received a series of emails lately from an
      > > inhabitant of the land of wooden shoes.
      > > It is our contention that said individual is a troll.
      > > The reason for this is very simple.
      > > From the very start, chief among the criticisms has been the remark
      > > that 'you do not know where in the Book of Revelation you are',
      > which is
      > > in relation to the Pope and historicism.
      > > What seems to be the non sequitur building upon this knowledge is
      > that
      > > since the RPNA(GM) opposes the pope, any criticisms of the court of
      > the
      > > RPNA(GM) are treasonous to the covenanter cause.
      > >
      > > Yet one, our zealous pounder of keyboards cannot be bothered to
      > spell
      > > out exactly where in the Book of Revelation time frame (he thinks)
      > we
      > > are.
      > > But it sure makes a good stick to beat people with and that's all
      > the
      > > really counts in a troll's bent little world.
      > >
      > > Of course, if this Book of Revelation time frame is elementary
      > > knowledge for true covenanters, that is all the more reason to
      > spell it
      > > out. What it is and then its significance.
      > >
      > > But trolls have no time for that. They have more important things
      > to do.
      > > Like lurk under bridges peering at the computer screen waiting for
      > the
      > > next hapless idiot to pounce on and denounce vociferously. Focusing
      > on
      > > failure from the first is the edifying MO. (No one would ever
      > mistake a
      > > troll for a shepherd.) And only one thing is important: The now
      > defunct
      > > court of the RPNA(GM) agreed with the Reformation consensus that the
      > > Pope is the Antichrist. To the Troll, that is carte blanche for that
      > > court to do whatever they please, even discard or ignore jus divinum
      > > presbyterianism. And if you don't think so or are even so bold as
      > to
      > > say no thanks, the Troll will certainly let you know about it.
      > > But of course, our droll and congenial correspondent himself
      > refrained
      > > from joining the RPNA(GM) and subjecting himself to the
      > international
      > > presbytery/session. Funny how that works. I think it is called
      > > professional immunity. But if it works for affidavits, analogies and
      > > phony lawyers, why not for trolls?
      > >
      > > Until Bilbo shows up and turns him into stone, Block Sender ought
      > to do
      > > the trick for any anti-papist ogres with papal tendencies and an
      > over
      > > heated internet connection. Sad, but a necessary practice until
      > saner
      > > and sounder doctrine prevails among those who live under bridges in
      > the
      > > land of wooden tennis shoes.
      > >
      > > Yes, I know. Some from the Troll Humanitarian Society (NAAT, SPCT?)
      > will
      > > say sarcasm is so unkind, so unChristian. Consequently I close
      > with
      > > with a quote or two from Pascal's famous Letter to the Jesuits, who
      > > protested his ridicule of them.
      > >
      > >
      > > "And so far from its being impious to laugh at them, St. Augustine
      > > holds it to be the effect of divine wisdom: "The wise laugh at the
      > > foolish, because they are wise, not after their own wisdom, but
      > after
      > > that divine wisdom which shall laugh at the death of the wicked."
      > >
      > > "For, according to St. Augustine, "charity may sometimes oblige
      > > us to ridicule the errors of men, that they may be induced to laugh
      > at
      > > them in their turn, and renounce them."
      > > http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/p/pascal/blaise/p27pr/part12.html
      > >
      > > And no, Dennis, regardless of what Pascal was, Augustine was not a
      > > papist
      > > and yes, your behavior really is that ridiculous.
      > >
      > > Thank you,
      > >
      > > cordially in Christ,
      > > Bob S
      > >
      >
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