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Old 07-10-2018, 02:58 AM
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Are We A Representative Sample...?

...Of the Apostolic movement? Specifically here at AFF?

And if so, to what degree? Can we make educated guesses or assessments of the movement by what transpires here?

Or is the sample too small? Too biased or hard to differentiate?

Why or why not?

And, please don't get personal about anyone except yourself, especially if you're going to offer a critique or negative assessment.
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Old 07-10-2018, 04:15 AM
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Re: Are We A Representative Sample...?

To determine your answer you would have to define the norm, poll the forum to see how individuals conform to the norm and then analyze the data from the polls.

you would have to answer the following questions?
  • are the largest Apostolic group(s) proportionately represented on this forum?
  • is commonly accepted mainstream "orthodox" apostolic doctrine proportionately represented on this forum?
  • how many on this forum have some belief that deviates from mainstream?
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Old 07-10-2018, 04:59 AM
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Re: Are We A Representative Sample...?

I do hope I am a good representative of Christ here...
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:54 AM
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Re: Are We A Representative Sample...?

I think the sample size is too small.
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Old 07-10-2018, 10:40 AM
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Re: Are We A Representative Sample...?

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I do hope I am a good representative of Christ here...
Never a doubt of that from you. I think we are one of the churches spisoring your mission. Seems I have seen you there.

Ill not post it here, cause I may be seen as quite the opposite here.
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Old 07-10-2018, 10:52 AM
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Re: Are We A Representative Sample...?

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...Of the Apostolic movement? Specifically here at AFF?

And if so, to what degree? Can we make educated guesses or assessments of the movement by what transpires here?

Or is the sample too small? Too biased or hard to differentiate?

Why or why not?

And, please don't get personal about anyone except yourself, especially if you're going to offer a critique or negative assessment.
No. Most apostolics have no interest in coming here, and aren't even searching for any "apostolic discussion forums" to participate in. I've heard most of them that are interacting online have been absorbed by the Faceborg. All other "apostolic" or "oneness pentecostal" discussion forums have either sailed through the Bermuda Triangle never to be heard from again, or else their flotsam and jetsam from years ago is all that's left to be found.

Every now and then you might find one on a "Christian" forum, or on yahoo answers or quora, almost always involved in apologetics against trinitarianism or cessatonism or contra anti-baptism.

We're the last in line, clinging bitterly to our Bibles and vbulletin software. Move not the ancient landmark, and all.
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Re: Are We A Representative Sample...?

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No. Most apostolics have no interest in coming here, and aren't even searching for any "apostolic discussion forums" to participate in. I've heard most of them that are interacting online have been absorbed by the Faceborg. All other "apostolic" or "oneness pentecostal" discussion forums have either sailed through the Bermuda Triangle never to be heard from again, or else their flotsam and jetsam from years ago is all that's left to be found.

Every now and then you might find one on a "Christian" forum, or on yahoo answers or quora, almost always involved in apologetics against trinitarianism or cessatonism or contra anti-baptism.

We're the last in line, clinging bitterly to our Bibles and vbulletin software. Move not the ancient landmark, and all.
Sounds about right. Years ago I had a forum that I advertised as a Oneness Forum. Granted it was a small forum but seems like it had10 or 20 regulars posting for a while. I think of them counting me there were maybe 3 or four Oneness. The rest Trins, Arians or Unitarians.

I am thankful for AFF. I have probably only been in maybe 10 Apostolic Churches or so. I have read various Apostolic writings. It is actually HERE that I have gotten perhaps a more wider representation of them.

This forum is a bit easier for me to present and discuss issues.
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Old 07-10-2018, 09:30 PM
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Re: Are We A Representative Sample...?

It's impossible to tell for sure. Many here are more free as assert quite divergent viewpoints. It's impossible to tell if that's because of anonymity or semi-anonymity through internet obscurity.

I tend to believe that this place is definitely not a good representation of 'apostolic' anymore. It used to be much more when I first joined but I think we have ran off many of those posters. I'm sure my posting contributed and for that I am sorry. It's not nearly the same place anymore IMO.

That said I think this place now is more about testing our own ideas amongst each other than any kind of fellowship or anything like that. We seem to use it to get feedback on our ideas moreso than for anything else.

Maybe the problem is that the cumuliation of all the ideas tested here has finally touched on every subject in depth, even the subjects true apostolics revere and that going back and forth constantly on the same subjects with no new viewpoints ever gets old fast.

I'm not saying the forum is dying, but we have hit rock bottom in membership and posts. Though that's possibly trending upwards again. I think forums in general are not the preferred pastime. I also think apostolics in general have allowed more and more entertainment into their lives in general and that's probably filling the time some may have used to pursue religious discussion.

Is it time for Apostolic Friends World? A place with more modern content and where this forum is only a small part? Just thinking aloud there...
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No. Most apostolics have no interest in coming here, and aren't even searching for any "apostolic discussion forums" to participate in. I've heard most of them that are interacting online have been absorbed by the Faceborg. All other "apostolic" or "oneness pentecostal" discussion forums have either sailed through the Bermuda Triangle never to be heard from again, or else their flotsam and jetsam from years ago is all that's left to be found.

Every now and then you might find one on a "Christian" forum, or on yahoo answers or quora, almost always involved in apologetics against trinitarianism or cessatonism or contra anti-baptism.

We're the last in line, clinging bitterly to our Bibles and vbulletin software. Move not the ancient landmark, and all.
Yep entertainment like social media and online "tv" I think has become mainstream amongst apostolics. Though I can't say for sure so someone correct me if I am wrong.
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Re: Are We A Representative Sample...?

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...Of the Apostolic movement? Specifically here at AFF?

And if so, to what degree? Can we make educated guesses or assessments of the movement by what transpires here?

Or is the sample too small? Too biased or hard to differentiate?

Why or why not?

And, please don't get personal about anyone except yourself, especially if you're going to offer a critique or negative assessment.
In one sense maybe, as people keep nibbling away at standards, the new birth message, pre service prayer, and separation from the world to become more ecumenical.
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