Real Names suggestion?
I hear you, brother Jeff. I think all of us brethren can relate, in that we don't have many (if any) other people to fellowship with in person. Praise the Lord that Adam created this site and that the brethren are so blessed by it.
Brethren, "K", is the first letter of my name. This is all I will be sharing publicly online, although I have made a few brethren aware of my full name (I will continue to do so as the Lord leads me), including brother Bryan. And, to those brethren who keep me in their prayers (I thank the Lord for you!), the Lord certainly knows of whom you are speaking when you refer to me as "sister K" in your prayers.
Hoping to Close this Topic for now. I Discussed this matter with a few elder brethren and you all whom left comments, it has come to mind that safety is a primary concern an foreign brethren are safer not to put out there names to conclude I agree with that an apoglize for being little pushy on this matter I understand better some brethren have there reasons. In regards to false brethren don't think you can hid and sneak around you will be ousted just give it time!
@jeffnb Amen Brother Jeff ! No error for wanting to keep people honest! Instead of getting paranoid about identity theft, you put your faith in the Lord to protect your identity! I wont allow someone to shame me for wanting to keep people honest, especially someone without an identity! So thank you for bringing the topic up!
Ok then. Are we good? You have my face, my vocation (Spah-ky), the state I live in, my name is Steve. If you want anything more, you can message me. I tried to change the “handle”; but, on a mobile, I have yet to figure out how to do it.
A quick look at my activity, with a couple of clicks, you can read where I am coming from. If you have any concerns, please send me a message. This forum has been a great resource for questions that I have. So, I don’t want to poison the well.
I've been on the internet for many many years, and in all honesty, some people should never post their name online for a multitude of reasons. Being an online community it's easy to forget we might have Christians here in persecuted countries and providing their real name could/would put them in danger. We should all put our trust in the Lord to protect us as Fred said but on the same token Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
So if your a Christain in a persecuted country, at risk of identity theft, have dangerous stalkers and so on, you shouldn't take unnecessary risks using your real name on the public internet because as the Lord will protect you, you shouldn't tempt him to do so.
If we required a real name here to join and fellowship we would either be excluding a lot of Christians, Forcing them to tempt the Lord to protect them or make them a liar if they used a "fake" real name. I don't have any problems with anyone using their real name or a nickname given the wide variety of reasons to do so. And while it might seem unusual to pray for a nickname, I will do so as the Lord knows all of our names.