Category Archives: Fundamentalism

Trolling For Jesus: DiscipleoftheWord. Part I

There is nothing that is more dumbfounding than bigotry and hate-mongering.  Unfortunately it seems prevalent in the blog world behind the screen of internet anonymity.  For some the safety of the keyboard hidden in the quiet of their own home allows for the venting of frustrations in ways and words that would never be used in face to face conversation.  For others the vitriol is raised to an art form, and the TROLL is born.  Scouring the internet blogs and message boards this individual seeks out those who will fall prey to their obsession; an obsession with abusiveness in complete anonymity.

Tough Questions Answered, Bill Pratt’s apologetics blog has fallen victim to such a TROLL.  Lying in stealth behind the moniker of DiscipleoftheWord is a radical fundamentalist Christian who feels obligated preach to, castigate, insult and condemn everyone he encounters.  Not satisfied to harass the Skeptics, his natural opponents, he also goes for the jugular of his fellow believers.

In the middle of a conversation and debate that had been taking place for nearly a month DiscipleoftheWord implanted himself in the discussion and launched a full onslaught of disrespect, hate, bigotry and sarcasm justifying his every word as sanctioned by God, backed with the authority of the Bible.

Below is the first exchange with participants of the discussion before DiscipleoftheWord successfully ran the majority off and ended the debate.  You can find the full unedited discussion here.

Bill Pratt says: May 19, 2010 at 9:20 am

Willie, if someone asks you a complex question that would take many hours and thousands of words to adequately answer, what would you do? What if that person knows that you have written about the question in many different places, but they refuse to read that material and instead demand a unified and re-packaged version especially for themselves?  This is the problem I am having. What would you do if you were me? How do I answer your question without dropping everything else I’m doing for the next month?

DiscipleoftheWord says: May 19, 2010 at 2:38 pm

@Bill Pratt: If you confess that you have certain doubts about the Christian faith, then that is your problem not all of Christianity’s.  It is a problem of ignorance, irrationality, and a deficiency in your righteousness and intellect. What you need is prayer, study, and divine grace for your soul. 

It takes a very particular variety of hypocrisy to translate this malfunctioning of faith into an approach to apologetics, and then to take pride in it and call it humility. If you introduce doubt into the people of God, and in turn cast rebellion into their hearts. You are a wolf in the disguise of a sheep, discouraging the assurance of the faithful, while making an excuse for the sons of hell. Shame to you. Let your type of humility burn in hell, because it does not proceed from the revelation of God but from the limiting arrogance of man.

 Willie G says: May 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm

 I am pretty certain the words above are those of a comment Troll seeing how they in no way reflect either the content of the original post or the discussion that followed. If they are authentic they speak volumes to the position of skeptics and further evidence of why throwing off the fetters of religious delusion was the right thing to do.

DiscipleoftheWord says: May 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm

 Whose a comment trolled? (Sic)  Introducing a positive tenet of Christianity with a negative premise is exactly what I am pointing to.  And if I might join this debate:  The fact that Bill thinks he can in anyway turn Willie G to the Gospel with an intellectual argument proves his spiritual stupor.  Willie G … ha[s] never been in Christ and in no way represent the Born Again nature of a believer.  What is born of God cannot be unborn…, no matter what Bill says.  And Willie G, you are the very Son of Hell I am speaking of.

Does Bill think his intellectual arguments apart from the Word of God can save Willie…? Or does Willie G believe that his secular arguments can shake the faith of a regenerated believer?  You fools…neither can happen.  Willie G can no more see the Kingdom of God anymore than he can see his own depravity and absolute inability to understand spiritual things.  Bill you’re a religious coward…tell him that the wrath of God is being revealed against all ungodliness…tell him that the wages of sin is death.  Tell him the truth….that he is Hell bound.

Doubting T says: May 19, 2010 at 8:36 pm

 You are either a great example of Poe’s Law (i.e. A parody of a Fundamentalist is indistinguishable from the real thing.) or mentally dysfunctional I can say no more, except, if you are truly typical of folks that post on this site, then Bill and Darrell have a problem with how this site is represented to even Christians.

DiscipleoftheWord says: May 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm

 LOL… You’re offended?  So what?  You’re at a Christian Blog arguing that there is no rational reason to believe in God.  You’re an enemy of the Lord I serve.  If Bill and Darrell do not believe that an unbeliever will perish in Hell then they really can’t call themselves Bible believing Christians can they?

John 3:18: “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  What did you expect to hear?…”

Willie G says: May 20, 2010 at 8:10 am

It never ceases to amaze me how a Troll will ruin both a conversation and the integrity of a blog. But of course this Troll is just doing the “Lord’s” work.

DiscipleoftheWord says: May 20, 2010 at 9:11 am

Oh boohoo, is that all you have Willie G, integrity?  In your first post you accused Bill of being delusional.  In your second post you accused him of being condescending….ect, ect. (Sic)  I smell arrogant self contradiction and it stinks like flesh.  Aren’t you going to pull an epicurean riddle out of your hat?  Or maybe you’d like to challenge the TAG argument?  Or why God doesn’t heal amputees.  How about the problem with Evil?, or we can discuss you allegations against “Christian Atrocities”.  You could run over to the Annotated Skeptics Bible web site and copy and paste a few verses out of context to try and refute the living God (if you’re mentally challenged that is).  It is you that is here under a guise, a guise of intellectualism, but there is nothing new in what you say.  You guys are a dime a dozen.

 1Co 1:18 “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise , And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.” 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”

 Bill Pratt says: May 20, 2010 at 9:31 am

[Doubting] Thom: if you read through the blog, you will see that I get attacked by both Christians and skeptics. DiscipleoftheWord has been commenting on another post, but I refused to continue talking to him when he continuously used derogatory words to describe my views. He is obviously frustrated that I won’t get down in the mud with him and sling some of it around. Such is my life….

 DiscipleoftheWord says: May 20, 2010 at 10:10 am

Oh how that man suffers.  Bill your hatred for me must be profoundly deep that you would rather side with unbelievers than men of God.

 Bill Pratt says: May 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Greg [DiscipleoftheWord], I definitely do not hate you and I am not siding with anyone. I just wish you would tone it down and speak with more humility – that’s all.

Willie G says: May 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Bill, never acknowledge a Troll. Call them out as being a troll and then totally ignore them or block their return. Otherwise they will never stop.