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Date Posted: 25/11/07 11:22:36am
Author: Peter Eveleigh
Subject: If JA are orthodox - departing does not make people apostate
In reply to: nelly 's message, "Re: when have you ever heard an ordinary person use the word apostasy?" on 25/11/07 10:53:16am

>I think the bloke is probably a bit "anal" and this is
>reflected in his use of language ! He/she is obviously
>v. submerged in Wikipedia. Maybe they are a cult !!!
>I agree with you apostate is a strong word (and one
>hardly used outside of the jesus army) but i don't
>think there was any harm intended.

Thanks for the second opinion, nelly. I agree with you. Things have changed since I started the thread. I think the use by wiki to mean "departed from" is not its true meaning (abandoned the faith)...and as a result, as Rumiton says, it was an unfortunate coincidence.

I think this highlights two things:

1 Totally neutral editors (which is wiki's ideal) may not appreciate the subtleties of the subject they are writing about; while those of us who are not neutral are not allowed to be considered good sources.

2 Rumiton's use of the word apostate was ironic, in light of the Jesus Army's claims to be orthodox christians.

Because if the JA are orthodox, then leaving their church would not make people apostates. Christians who leave one church to go elsewhere take their faith with them (whatever they have been told by the JA).

It is a shame if Rumiton does not grasp the insight that his use of the word apostate has thrown up.

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