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34
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Name:
André
Gender:
male
Marital Status:
married
Spiritual Status:
Christian
When saved:
Raised Christian, Baptised twice, once as a baby and later with 12.
Country Flag/Nationality:
South Africa
Country (Location):
Germany
Favorite Bible Verse:
Not sure
About:
I registered with cc on January 24th, 2018. A while later I realised that there is an app to it so I downloaded the app.
I used the Christian Chat app from February till today (08.04.2018).
In the begging I got to know the people and the people got to know me, as is the case with all social affairs.
It didn't take long to realise that the Chat was dominated by a hand full of people who spend a lot of time on the chat. This is just natural and is also the case in general, those who are present more often determine the atmosphere of the group.
I also started spending more and more time on the app. and warmed up and opened up with time, as is the case with all social affairs.

Naturally some differences between me and some other members came to the forefront, this also is natural because people are different. It did however take on a certain form, namely that disagreement seemed to be primarily between me and members from the USA and Canada, this in itself doesn't not say much because most of the members are from the USA. It did however seem to be differences of cultural nature, even theologically the difference was primarily also cultural. The main differences as far as I could tell was with regards to:

1. Family matters, especially sex and sexuality, of which the last mentioned was almost exclusively viewed negatively. In my mind an unfortunate development.
2. Matters of Eschatology. The reason I say that even this is of cultural nature is because the Eschatology that was always defended against me was, without exception, dispensationalism, albeit in it's many forms with ideas of rapture, a literal millennial reign, a physical second coming of the Lord Jesus, persecutions and a dualist understanding of the Kingdom of God. The Americas, having had this doctrine almost exclusively, because of the sale of Scofield Bibles, tolerates no other Eschatological understanding.
3. Tolerance towards the Roman Catholic Church.

Despite these differences I could still use the app with relative joy, knowing that salvation does not lie in understanding and that such differences do not determine who the children of God are.
Unfortunately some of the dominating, more choleric, members saw my disagreement as flying in the face of their standing in the group and choose to always divert conversation to these issues of contentment, not allowing even the unspoken disagreement.
As it were, such a disagreement was called out in the room "The Shed" and one of the dominating participants called for more people to join him in banning me because of my disagreement with especially his Eschatology and also my defence of the Roman Catholic Christians who were in the room and in general. Soon after his call for my banning two obedient followers obliged him and banned me.
(It takes three people to ban some-one)

So now for my suggestion: It is unfortunate that people should be banned for theological issues, one should think that bans should be primarily for trolls. That some-one can be banned for a theological issue after having positively taken part for 3 months seems rather unfortunate. Having the states of a paying member, I was also surprised that I could be banned so easily... how does that influence those who have actually paid for the services? Is this not a failure to render the services they've paid for?
I would suggest that "bans" of members who have been taking part for 3 months (or a certain amount of hours) and who are also paying members should be reviewed and not take immediate effect.

Another hindrance to the growth of subscribers might be the formation of power groups in the rooms as explained above so that all newcomers are viewed as "suspicious" and made to go through a line of questioning to make sure they fit under the accepted doctrines of the group's alpha-members.
If they are found wanting they will be made to feel unwelcome or that they have to suppress their believes in-order to find acceptance with the group. In either case, such members will not become paying members but will always feel like second class members.
How to combat this? This is a very difficult challenge and the only way that I can see to break down the power of "dictatorial groups" would be to limit their power to ban those who stand up against them. Unfortunately their influence on the atmosphere of the Room will remain.

To make sure that a broader spectrum of Christians are allowed in the rooms, it might be an idea to have bans only take effect if 3 ban-requests from 3 different countries are made, so that the preconceptions of a certain group does not dominate.

I had a great 3 months on cc and had many positive experiences nonetheless. May the Lord bless your work in as far as it honors His name.

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In the begging I got to know the people and the people got to know me, as is the case with all social affairs.
It didn't take long to realise that the Chat was dominated by a hand full of people who spend a lot of time on the chat. This is just natural and is also the case in general, those

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