Teaser Tweets

Okay. Yesterday, cruising Tweetland, I came across a tweet-

Southern Baptist leader @edstetzer: 3 pm EDT today on#TheExchange: why #mormonism is not a cult, w/Tal Davis

To which I responded quite quickly with a few choice tweets…

“Wait- did I see a tweet earlier from ed stetzer to the effect that Mormonism is not a cult?! Walter Martin doin’ 360s… @crjournal“;

and,

“Marriage has been re-defined… and now Mormonism is NOT a cult?! Whoa – or, WOE? – Holy radioactive mackerel!”

Which prompted the following tweets:

@edstetzer@kertime @crjournal Did you listen to the show or did you just blurt out a response without context?
@kertime@edstetzer I actually saw that tweet earlier (the context), and I wasn’t the only one… no, can’t watch or listen to your show, sorry
@edstetzer@kertime Next time, it might be good to listen why before you blurt accusations. Seems like a better choice, but that is just me.
@kertime@edstetzer So I did not see that tweet? That’s great, tweet mirages?
@edstetzer@kertime Same answer. Listen to the argument before making accusations. Crazy idea, I know.
@kertimeLearned-something-new-today-dept: Teaser tweets- especially provocative- but really such a bad idea especially when there’s truth at risk…
@edstetzer@kertime And also that integrity and clarity matter more than blurting without thinking. That’s how Christians act– or are supposed to.
 ‏@kertimeAlso seem to be learning that ego, and anger, management don’t seem to be well-handled in twitterland… especially for the self-promoters
@edstetzer@kertime Name calling now, eh? Regrettably, it fits the same pattern. Guess I’ll leave it between you and the Lord now. God bless.
 ‏@kertimeEver notice the use of the “God bless” line almost inappropriately? Interesting to see what God does to humble us…
Then I retweeted the original: @rzollAPSouthern Baptist leader @edstetzer: 3 pm EDT today on#TheExchange: why #mormonism is not a cult, w/Tal Davis
Followed by:

@kertime integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions…
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I was wondering if others who saw Ed’s tweet would have thought that SBC did not consider Mormonism a cult… I would imagine many seeing that original tweet and think that, and few would be the number who actually go to Ed’s show to hear the full disclosure. So I wrote to Rachel Zoll who had RT the original tweet and she replied and explained… well, here’s her e-mail:
Hi Tim, thanks for your question- and for a good reminder to leave the RT on a retweet! On the program, stetzer repeatedly urged fellow evangelicals to stop calling Mormonism a cult. His guest, Tal Davis, explained why he thinks the word ‘cult’ doesn’t apply to Mormons. However, they went on to explain their view that Mormonism is not part of historic Christianity. Stetzer said he has written about why it’s wrong to use the word cult for Mormonism a few times on his blog, edstetzer.com (I think) so you could go there to learn more about his thinking. Take care- Rachel
Wow! I really, okay I do mean really here, appreciated that explanation, and for the follow-up on where to learn more.
Final thoughts: Ed Stetzer could definitely use a Rachel Zoll in his public relations regarding his tweets… and altho’ I probably should go to edstetzer.com to learn more about his thinking,  and maybe I could find an archive of his latest show- I don’t think so…  doesn’t mean I won’t pray for him, tho’…
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