I have not been on this board long, but I have been dismayed over the lack of chartity and respect one for another. In fact, I will go so far to say that the words of many (Calvinist and Arminian alike) are a reproach to Christ. Is it possible to have debate without the vitriol? Can and should caustic comments be witheld? Should we not act as brothers and sisters in Christ who walk always in the Spirit of God? What did Paul write? Galatians 5:19-26 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another. "enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying" Sound like the description of this place at all? My brothers and sisters, since we are to inherit eternal life why do some of us insist on displaying the attributes of those who will not inherit eternal life? But how should we act? "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" If an unbeliever came in here (and we all know that they do) and read our posts, would they find these qualities? Paul finished by saying, "Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another." No one is saying we cannot debate. No one is saying we should not stand together and refute heresy. No one is saying we cannot passionately defend what we believe is the right view of scripture. But the personal attacks, insults and caustic remarks have no place. They are a reproach to Christ.