I want to both explain my methods and call you to consider employing them to some degree yourselves due to the fact that I believe so much is at stake. I am not an intellectual elitist. I do not think you have to have an M.Div. to speak, even authoritatively, on these issues. I do not have an M.Div. myself. But I DO think that whether or not one has a degree, he ought to know what he is talking about, and be able to base his declarations on valid, logical argumentation, sound exegesis and solid hermeneutics. I think he ought to understand something about context, authorial intent, literary genre of the book he is exegeting, the original language of the text he is exegeting and he ought to value the tremendous importance of historical theology. I think if he does not understand these things, then he ought to have the humility to remain silent until he learns them. This is because, when it comes to matters that have to do with the glory of God and the eternal souls of men, proclaiming things and arguing for things that you don't understand is EXTREMELY dangerous- to oneself and the ones who he might influence. This is not a game. This is not something to be handled lightly. This is not an innocent exercise or a source of harmless fellowship. This is not a harmless pass time. People read this forum. Somebody is right and somebody is wrong and on many of the things we discuss there hang eternal consequences. I am intense on purpose. It is not just my personality. I believe it is RIGHT to reprove darkness and cast down ideas and philosophies and beliefs that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. Some of these topics are not as weighty as others. Whether you hold to the regulative principle or the normative principle, whether you are infra or supra in your lapsarian view point, whether you prefer the TR or the Alexandrian texts, etc... are not as heavy as whether or not you base your beliefs on right thinking and good hermeneutics, or if you believe men are born sinners or not, or if you are KJVO, or if you are a legalist, or if you ignore the whole of church history in your pursuit of your doctrines, whether or not you believe that God is truly omniscient and Sovereign, etc... And I am aggressive in my condemnation of some things on purpose. I think it is right to be that way. I think it is sin NOT to be on many matters. I think silence, or sweetness in addressing many matters is absolutely unbiblical and the opposite of what our Lord has commanded us to be. I think we are losing our culture because many Christians have a VERY confused idea of what real humility and compassion are. I think the horrid ignorance, arrogance and irreverence of the Church in our culture has created an environment where the damnable doctrines and philosophies of Rob Bell and Joel Osteen and Mormonism and United Pentecostalism are able to thrive. You can poison mold forever- but if you don't change the environment where it thrives you will always have the mold poisoning and killing those who live in the midst of it. Rob Bell, Joel Osteen, United Pentecostalism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jim Jones, etc... could not thrive in a much deeper, much more theologically astute Christian culture. It is exactly this hyper independence and rabid clinging to simplicity and anti-intellectualism (which I sincerely beleive you find in much of IFB and SBC and non-denominationalism, etc...) that creates the conditions in which this deadly mold of heresy thrives. It thrives in a religious culture which is filled with ignorance, arrogance and irreverence. I think coddling this ignorance and arrogance and irreverence is sin. I think speaking to it sweetly is terrible error. I think that we are doomed as a culture unless God changes the hearts and philosophies of the true Church in our culture to do what must be done- to confront these things head on, condemn them outright and to aggressively seek to purge these evils from our culture before they kill it. That is why I do what I do the way I do it. It believe it is right and I believe it is wrong for people who are qualified to speak out on these matters to fail to do so and to fail to reprove the unfruitful works of darkness in our culture with passion and clarity.