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I will most likely lose quite a few readers over this post but I really don’t care. This blog has never been about numbers or statistics but about the truth. There has been a situation recently that has taken the blogging world by storm….the situation involving Richard Abanes contacting the ISP (Internet Service Provider) of Apprising Ministries, owned and operated by Pastor Ken Silva. Abanes alleges that Silva made statements that were libelous and wrote a letter to the ISP asking them to remove said article from the Apprising website……Silva refused and out goes Silva’s website….and then all hell breaks loose……
That’s the short version Brethren……
What a mess!!!!
Prior to this fiasco I had never heard of Richard Abanes and barely heard of Ken Silva. I really don’t pay that much attention to Rick Warren (Abanes authored a controversial book defending Rick Warren) and when researching for information on the various subjects highlighted on this blog I use more well known sources then Ken Silva so I don’t have a “dog” in the race but having been personally involved in a mess like this (only on a smaller scale lol) my interests were piqued so to speak.
So, I have been following this rather closely and when one of my readers emailed me and asked me to examine this more closely because “something’s wrong here Phil” I decided to research this more extensively.
Ok. Richard Abanes probably should have gone to Ken Silva and asked him personally to remove said article from the website. There are plenty of Scriptures instructing him to do just that. There are many within the blogosphere chastising Abanes for not doing this. From the now famous article “A Pastors Assessment of Richard Abanes;
“And with joy in knowing that Apprising Ministries and CRBC truly belong to my Master anyway, as I read, and prayed about, Mr. Abanes’ rather shallow rebuttal, I began to feel that God would wish me to dialogue with him again, but this time specifically as a pastor/teacher in Christ’s Church, my biblical office in the Lord. For me personally, the mandate for this is found in the pastoral epistle Titus, chapter 3, and verse 10 – Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him.
Keep in mind the article was written in 2005. It’s fairly obvious to me that Abanes is still supporting Rick Warren regardless of this “assessment” so what does the above paragraph mean to you? “Have nothing to do with him” and if Ken Silva is a man of his word, and I have no proof otherwise that he is not, then I wouldn’t have gone to him either. Would you?
Fast forward to July 24, 2008. Mr. Silva receives an email from his ISP informing him of a complaint that has been filed from one of Silva’s readers asking for the article in question to be removed. How do we know this? Because on July 24 2008 Silva published the following post on his website;
There are plenty asking, or rather demanding to know why Abanes didn’t follow either 1 Corinthians 6 or Matthew 18….but where is the demand for Silva to have done the same? He didn’t and didn’t just take this to the “church” but screamed “foul” from the mountaintops for all the world to see and NO ONE is questioning this.
Forget about the legal consequences of publishing and forwarding emails without the authors permission ( a federal crime BTW). Why would a “pastor” disobey the very Scriptures that others have been attempting to hold Abanes to? If the “pastor” won’t follow God’s Word how on earth can we expect anyone else to follow the mandates of Scripture in this or in any other matter?
Richard Abanes went to an ISP…..Ken Silva went to the entire world Brethren. Doesn’t this bother any of you in the least? It bothers me greatly because I’m seeing a double standard here. Is it really ok for those who desire to hold Abanes to Scripture but look the other way when Silva goes one step further and notifies possibly the entire world that he was “wronged”?
There are some within the blogosphere who are asking Abanes to go and reconcile with his brother…entirely Scriptural….but why aren’t these same people asking Silva to do the same? Didn’t Silva violate Scripture also Brethren? Why shouldn’t Silva be held to the same standard…..in fact as a “pastor” shouldn’t Silva be held to a HIGHER standard (1 Timothy 3)????
This whole fiasco probably started badly (Abanes) was handled badly (Silva) and now has been blown so far out of proportion that it borders on the ridiculous Brethren. Wouldn’t our time be better served defending the Kingdom and the Creator instead of choosing sides in a MINOR dispute between two brothers who should have known better?
I think so….don’t you?
I suppose now I’ll be labeled a “Richard Abanes apologist” and some far reaching knucklehead will say I’m a “Rick Warren Apologist” as well. For the record I have never read the Purpose Driven Life or any other book by either Rick Warren or Richard Abanes and unless they send me their books I don’t plan too either. I’m just interested in the truth and putting a fiasco behind us……one that BOTH men played a part in.
What say you?
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