Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Dirty Little Secret About Many Online Christian Bookstores

By Paul Proctor - February 6, 2007 - NEWS WITH VIEWS.comWhat they don't tell you about their problematic publicationsThe purpose of our efforts to reveal some of the unfortunate items being offered for sale in many of today's online Christian bookstores is not to condemn their owners or operators but rather to raise awareness of an old and reoccurring problem in the industry itself and in the process, warn unsuspecting Christians of the dangers lurking within these seemingly innocent outlets before they or their children find out by accident.

Again, this problem is not new. And, the dirty little secret about the filth and heresy being marketed in a lot of Christian bookstores is this: Even after customers and critics complain and questionable titles are removed, more often than not, they come back. This allows the bookstore owner to repeatedly say: "We removed those books" without ever mentioning that they might someday return or maybe already have. Clever, huh?

So, just because the junk goes away for a while, that doesn't mean it will stay away.

But, in all fairness, it's also quite common for once- blocked books to reappear for sale in their online stores without their knowledge. This is the result of being "unequally yoked" to secular suppliers and why it is incumbent upon each Christian bookstore owner and operator to search their own sites regularly to know what they're offering for sale at all times. Sure it takes work and costs money to baby-sit your bookstore, but if you don't do it, who will? And, if you delegate your spiritual duty over to a p----graphic provider, you have no one to blame but yourself for having to endure the shame and embarrassment of fellow Christians chastising you over finding filth on your website.

Solutions: 1. The authors must be blocked permanently. 2. Do not yoke yourself to suppliers and distributors who don't share your biblical values or convictions.

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