In my studies of cults, atheism, and other belief systems (I use belief loosely), they are extremely good at trying to use this method to disprove Christianity. From Biblical contradictions (Why do the Gospels have four different accounts of Christ?) to denying the Trinity, they use one verse here and one verse there to prove their point.
However, I have noticed in several blogs and websites have been taking articles in the press and taking one line from a comment and disparaging the whole person. Why?
Why would a Christian use the method of 'proof texting' to disparage another (Christian or Non-Christian) We, as Christians in the Real World, battle this type of problem on a daily basis.
Now, we have 'Christian' Blogger/Authors/Speakers/'Experts' who probably never leave the comfort of there ergonomically-correct computer chair and disparage anything that comes across the WEB without fully researching the situation.
It takes more than just Googling 'apostasy' and running with it.
I assume those who are doing this are so insulated by their Christian "Microworld", they almost never come in contact with 'the lost' and what it is like dealing with Christian Apologetics.
These Pious Pontificators seem to ignore (or misinterpret) 1 Corinthians 9:20-22. I will clarify that there is a clear line between 'in the world, not of it'. The below link is a very good exegesis (Google that work and find out what it means, if your pastor doesn't do it, well...) of these verses:
I'm all for Biblical Discernment and keeping the Bride of Christ pure and Holy. But Jesus spent most of his time not in the Synagogue, or writing His 'parchlog' (combination of parchment, and blog).
He spent His time in the world, being the Ultimate Christian Apologist.
We have some serious homework to do before we begin our Pious Pontifications and feed the Sacred Shrill:
1John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Acts 17:11 … they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, [to see] whether those things were so.
There is a lot in the today's Emergent Church that is straight out of the pit of hell. But we must do what Paul says above before we vote that person off of Reformation Island...