We’ve got more people upset with our negative reviews of their churches, and as a result, naturally, we’re seeing the backlash. This is to be expected, but this particular dissatisfied reader decided to take things a step further.
Whereas most people typically just leave a comment of disagreement with our check, send us nasty hate mail, or post insulting and derogatory comments on our Facebook Page (you know, as loving, faithful Christians tend to do when challenged or disagreed with), not only did this particular fellow, Isaac Farley, express his disagreement in a comment on his church’s Quick Check (here), but he apparently decided to write a “check” of his own as well (here). About Check My Church. And one of our recommended churches, CAMPUS Church in Murray, Utah.
My dear church checkers, this is going to be fun. Let’s not waste time rambling and get down to business, shall we?
Deflection By Distraction & Redirection
Why Isaac Farley decided to go after one of our recommended churches in a personal diatribe against its pastor (Shawn McCraney) instead of just answering our Check for his church (Living Faith Discipleship Community), I don’t know.
Perhaps he was uncomfortable being on the defense for his church, to which there may be no defense for the observations we made about them.
Maybe he thought it would be easier to just attack someone that a good number of people will take his side against, rather than facing the problems with his own church, which I’m willing to bet very few people would support him in.
Maybe he’s not ignoring our assertions about his church purposely at all, and is either just a bad debater who doesn’t realize the rules of debate (don’t ignore arguments against your position unless you want to concede them), or someone who isn’t experienced in the area of rational disagreements in general.
Or maybe he thought by “checking” one of our recommended churches and showing it to be a bad church, he could ignore our check of his church entirely as just as faulty as our check for CAMPUS.
Whatever the reason that Mr. Farley has for completely ignoring our check of his church while at the same time claiming our methodology is lacking and our theology is “broken,” I think it should be pointed out that he did in fact drop that aspect of this disagreement entirely. Instead, he is trying to turn the attention towards Shawn McCraney and his church.
I’m not going to engage with anyone about the doctrinal disagreements anyone might have with Shawn McCraney or his church. My job as a church checker is not to find churches that align with a specific set of doctrinal statements. All Christians agree on a few basic and essential doctrines, and all of them disagree on everything else. Judging churches by those thousands of other doctrinal issues would be fruitless and futile.
I will, however, reiterate the fact that Farley has yet to answer a single assertion, argument or claim made about his church, Living Faith Discipleship Community in Ogden, Utah.
Secondly, I will respond to the claims made about me personally, and Check My Church.
Third, I’m going to respond to Farley’s attempt to mock, belittle, and even mimic our Checks by pointing out the many flaws in his “check” of CAMPUS, the holes he leaves everywhere in his assessment of CAMPUS, and the fact that he misses the entire point of the Checks in the first place by mocking them and failing to conduct a single one with any form of reverence for God whatsoever.
Because that’s what this is all about, in case anyone missed it. Reverence for the only authority over the Christian Church on the face of the Earth. God Himself. We’re not doing this as some kind of schoolyard game of politics and whose Christian clique has the most supporters. It’s not a joke, it’s not a business venture, and it’s not for our own amusement. It’s out of respect and reverence for God and what we believe to be His will f