I’ve always wondered why whenever, I see Ken Silva in one of his various discussions on the Internet, whether its at CRN.info, or VerumSerum or even here at Theology Today, that it’s never his fault when things turn ugly and always someone else is to blame. You ever wonder that as well, or is it just me?
Lord knows I was culpable in Ken and my latest spat. I should have just walked away from the discussion immediately after Ken started giving me the usual “Silva treatment”. But silly me I kept right on insisting Ken answer the question I asked him both here and here. It’s unfortunate that it went on as long as it did and I apologize to one and all if I offended anyone as that was not my intention.
I had hoped this was finished but Ken Silva has decided to play “poor persecuted me” to his readers and has forced me to respond. It has come to my attention that Ken Silva has sent out a massive email mentioning me and other soldiers who have attempted to hold him accountable for various statements he has made and the spirit with which he’s made them in. Here is one section of this statement;
Norris wrote back and said he’s wanted Patrick not to proceed, but that he’s free to publish etc. He then informed me that, in his opinion, it’s a moot point because Theology Today is now “doing something.” What Norris apparently hasn’t thought of is that Phil Naessens is a former contributor at SPM and he as much as admits stalking me here: http://obadiah1317.wordpress.com/2009/03/10/the-bickering-kids-theology-today-and-ken-silva/#comment-23172
Naessens runs this “Theology Today” website: https://phillyflash.wordpress.com/
And then today, in response to someone who expressed support of me Naessens makes a not-so-veiled threat here: https://phillyflash.wordpress.com/2009/03/06/open-blogging-weekend-3/comment-page-1/#comment-9530
Unfortunately, as you might imagine that, being that I am the one under attack by ostensibly Christian brothers, I’m feeling quite a bit up against the wall right now, especially with my back and health issues. Now unfortunately, I don’t know Naessens, or anyone who is in his circle that might talk some sense to him. But the heart of this matter is that it will not be wise for Naessens, and/or SPM, to publicly go to war with me because in a situation like that nobody is going to win except guys like Richard Abanes.
But, that said, if men like Wren, along with Naessens, who is also a professing Christian brother sympathetic to Abanes, are going to be harrassing me behind the scenes within my local community of Claremont, then I will have no other choice than to take all of this mess public just the same way as I once did with the Abanes attack last summer. It would be important for the Body of Christ to know that some evangelical discernment ministries and apologists are attempting to wage this private war.
I never “as much as admitted I was stalking” Ken Silva. As a former contributer at SPM I frequent that site. A blog post of mine was mentioned and I responded. Ken calls that stalking. This accusation is totally ridiculous.
Talk some sense into me? Is this guy serious? I’ve discussed this situation with those closest to me and was counseled to, as one valued friend so aptly put it “lock on target, load and launch”.
I’m not harassing anyone in Claremont or anywhere else for that matter. Six month’s or so ago I called a few pastors as I was doing some research on an article about the feud between he and Richard Abanes. I made the same type of inquiries about Abanes as I did with Silva. Whatever Patrick Wren is doing is his business apparently to research an article of his own and has nothing to do with me or Theology Today.
I see the threats in there as well. It “will not be wise” eh? Yea, Ken’s probably correct that it would be unwise to go to war with him, truth war or otherwise. He and his associates wield incredible influence and are not to be taken lightly. So we as fellow soldiers aren’t supposed to ask Ken Silva questions or inquire about his ministry, a ministry financially supported by fellow soldiers? If he considers these inquiries as war then what’s he going to do when the real war starts?
This email is nothing short of self serving manipulation and obfuscation. He misrepresents a situation that he could have avoided (source) and turns it into a personal pity party portraying Richard Abanes, Spiritual Pathways Ministries and myself as “attacking” him yet never once admitting his own culpability or taking responsibility for his own actions. Why is it that everyone else is always wrong but him?
And that’s the point here. It’s always someone else because it never seems to be Ken that’s in the wrong. That’s disturbing to me. That should be disturbing to you. More importantly it should be disturbing to Ken but based on his mass email he doesn’t seem the least bit disturbed does he?
Ken Silva seems to be the only one talking about war and it seems his mass email was his rallying cry. I most definitely don’t want to go to war with Ken but that is entirely up to him. Of course I could be wrong because it’s never Ken Silva now is it?