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The Meaning of Being Filled with the Holy Spirit

The Meaning of Being Filled with the Holy Spirit

‘Be filled with the Holy  SpiritBe filled with the Holy Spirit!  (Ephesians 5:18)

The Greek in this context is not referring to a one off event alone, that many Pentecostals/Charismatics would call ‘the Baptism of the Spirit’, but rather to be continual filled with the Holy Spirit. Therefore a correct understanding of this verse is: ‘be being kept continually filled with the Holy Spirit’.   Note also that it is more a command than advice. The command  is for a continuous filling or the controlling of the Spirit of God in the believer’s life. Furthermore, because the Greek verb is passive, it indicates that the believer is filled with the Spirit by God Himself, and not that he or she can, or does, fill him or herself.

The word for ‘filled’ in the Greek, ‘pleero’,  indicates being moved along by the wind, like a sailing ship, as the word was used to describe a ship at full sail. The word was also used to describe salt being added to meat to flavour and preserve it. It thus denotes the process of permeation within us.  We should be so full of the Spirit, permeated by God, that we become like Him and are as the aroma of Christ to those around us perishing. (Note that becoming like and being the same as God are two entirely different things! I totally refute the Latter Rain / New Age heresies.)  The word ‘pleero’ also indicates the dominance of the Spirit within, meaning we should be being under the full control of the Spirit, submitting to Jesus Christ and NOT using the Spirit for our own ends (as if we really could anyway!). It thus indicates the submitted will of the believer to God alone.  

To control or not to control…

Far too many Christians nowadays see the Holy Spirit as something for them to control, rather than to be controlled by,  many considering ’the anointing’  no better than a plaything under their control, theirs to yell ‘more, more’  at, so not just the person manifesting but the Holy Spirit becomes as a performing seal. There are many things wrong with the spiritual manifestations popular in the Pentecostal movement including (but not exclusively) those that were made popular by The Toronto Blessing and Brownsville revivals which include bad theology, an intentional misrepresenting of church history, lack of discernment, occultism and the putting two and two together to make five, but possibly one of the worst mistakes that abounds in modern day Pentecostalism and Charismaticism is this – many aim to control the Spirit as lords and masters (often) to further their own empires, rather than be humble servants totally controlled by the Spirit to further God’s kingdom – and His  kingdom alone.

I would also like to mention that the Bible says the Holy Spirit comes to abide in a person when you are born again.  When you accept Jesus into your life , believe that He died for you, and ask for forgiveness of your sinful ways you are instantly baptised with the Holy Spirit.  There is no second and third occurrence etc., of being baptised by the Holy Spirit   He does not leave you and then come back again for another baptism.  The filling of the Holy Spirit on the other hand that that were by we ‘draw nearer and nearer’ to God through obedience to His Word.   The more we listen to the gentle whispers and warnings of the Holy Spirit the more we are ‘filled’ by Him.   Disobedience leads one away from God;  you draw away from God. 

Obedience and Filling of the Holy Spirit

Obedience = Obeying God’s Word = Repenting of sin = Filling of the Holy Spirit = More obedience = Obeying God’s Word more = Repentance of sin with increasing Reverence for God = More filling of the Holy Spirit = The Holy Spirit who leads us into ALL understanding of the Word of God (Bible) and ALL remembrance of Jesus Christ and who HE IS = And this leads us to Repentance of Sin and wanting to be more Christ like = And because of this you obey God’s commandments = God speaking to you more (filling) through His Holy Spirit = Drawing you more into God’s presence = Obeying His Word, etc.

Make sense?  I really hope so. 

See article on speaking in tongues

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20 comments to The Meaning of Being Filled with the Holy Spirit

  • Elisheva

    Thank you for this good posting. May I please add this?

    The Nature of Spirit-Filling:
    There are three things to note about the nature of Spirit-filling, all based on Ephesians 5:18.
    The Meaning of Spirit-Filling
    To be filled means, “to be controlled.” For example, Ephesians 5:18
    states: And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit.
    (1) Spirit-Filling Is Commanded
    First, it is commanded. A believer is never commanded to be
    regenerated, indwelt, baptized, sealed, or anointed by the Holy Spirit.
    These things happen automatically at the moment one believes.
    But he is commanded: be filled with the Spirit.
    (2) Spirit-Filling Is Repeated
    The second thing about the nature of Spirit-filling is that it is a ministry, which can be repeated.
    All the ministries of the Holy Spirit in relationship to salvation are not repeatable; they are once-and-for-all actions which occur at the moment one believes.
    • But the ministries in relationship to spiritual growth are repeatable as is the case of being filled with the Spirit.
    The tense used in Ephesians 5:18 is the present tense, which means, “to keep on being filled” with the Spirit.
    The Greek present tense emphasizes continuous and repeated action.
    Because Spirit-filling is repeated, it does not necessarily mean the believer has lost his previous filling, although at times it may mean that.
    It can also mean that a new area of one’s life has been placed under the control of the Spirit.
    For example, the Apostles were filled with the Spirit at least three different times (Acts 2:4; 4:8; 4:31).
    Stephen was filled at least twice (Acts 6:3 6; 7:55).
    Paul was filled at least two different times (Acts 9:17; 13:52).
    Barnabas was filled in Acts 11:24.
    In none of these cases was the previous filling lost. In every case, a new area needed to be under the Spirit’s control, so in each of those areas, they were filled with the Spirit.
    (3) Spirit-Filling Is Passive
    The third thing concerning the nature of Spirit-filling is based on the passive voice in Ephesians 5:18, which means someone else is doing the filling.
    All the believer does is submitting himself so that the filling can take place; the Holy Spirit does the actual filling.
    Elisheva

  • Cathy Jessee

    Just as it was in the days Jesus walked this earth, the “religious” people still are trying to explain away things that are so simple. I have experienced this so called “second experience” called the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Until you taste it and experience it for yourself (which you probaby won’t)because you don’t expect to recieve and aren’t interested, how can you say it isn’t real. The people like you are the ones who wouldn’t believe who Jesus was, and thus crucified him. Being filled or Baptized in the Holy Spirit simply means the oppisite of what you are saying. The Holy Spirit enpowers me for effective service for God. I am a singer and I know my giftings are from God but He enpowers me through His Spirit to sing with power that effects people in a way I could’t on my own. I am nothing without his power working through me. Don’t judge what you don’t understand. By the way, this isn’t a heaven and hell issue but how sad that unless you change your closeminedness,
    you will miss out on the wonderful gift God wants you to have to enpower your ministry. God bless you! Cathy

  • Paul

    The Saviour never sang the Gospel; just do what he says and stop adding your own methods of spreading the word. Song is to glorify God, not to preach the Word and certainly not CCM!

  • Pearl Nabi

    Like Cathy, I’ve been blessed with Baptism in the Holy Spirit and believe me, it’s an experience you don’t want to miss because it is literally God dwelling within you and with it you have experiences and learn things that are beyond normal comprehension. You get the ‘eyes to see’ and the ‘ears to hear’!

    Contrary to popular belief and tradition, Jesus is not the name of the Son of God. ‘Jesus’ is Late Latin (circa 3rd to 7th centuries AD) and is from the Greek ‘Iesous’ which is from the Hebrew ‘Yeshua’. [Source: The New Book of Knowledge Dictionary Vol 1.] Some Bibles have it noted in the footnotes of Matthew Chapter 1.

    Acts 4:12 makes it clear that there is no other name that is to be used and there is a very serious reason for this. Compare John 3:18

    Firstly, think about it from the point of view of ‘fruits’ or the results of worshipping Jesus. Such as the Crusades and the Inquisitions. WW1 and WW2 were mainly Christians fighting Christians, admittedly for other than religious reasons.

    Secondly, where are our prophets? Where are our healers? Where are those who can cast out demons? Where are those who can come up with a new teaching or a new word from God specific to this day and age?

    Thirdly, you have specifically warned to “Beware the leaven [teachings] of the Pharisees and the Sadducees [your religious leaders]” Matthew 16:6; 16:11 & 16;12 because there are some ministers of the devil who transform themselves into apostles of Christ and ministers or righteousness. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

    Fourthly, the ‘name of Jesus’ does not have any real effect. Oh, we may think so because that is what we’ve been brainwashed into believing but when you compare how the Blood of Yeshua so cleanses you that you CAN have direct contact with the Almighty God then you will understand the difference.

    This sounds blasphemous, right? But is it? No! God Himself will tell you as He has audibly told me, “The name of My Son is not Jesus.” John 6:45

    I am not bragging. I am simply trying to tell you the truth; so that you can get onto the right track [‘sin’ means ‘missing the mark’ or the point] and also so you can use this information for yourself and others.

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)

    Pearl Nabi

    >> Jesus is not the name of the Son of God……God Himself will tell you as He has audibly told me, “The name of My Son is not Jesus.” John 6:

    My goodness, well know we know what spirit you were baptized in that you so eagerly throw away the name of Jesus.

  • Anil

    a good site to interact and grow up spiritually…
    Anil

  • Raj

    Dear Elisheva and Cathy

    How great if you continue to be filled withth Spirit always – every moment rather than looking for a occasions to feel being filled. All the Apostels were filled with the holy Spirit and not on few occasions but they lived their life undercomplete control of the Holy Spirit. Each time it is mentioned that they were filled with Spirit means that the Holoy Spirit manifested and empowered them for that situation. The manifestation of the Holy Spirit living in us does not act according to our wish but manifests as He desires and when He desires.

  • Robert

    Now I’m not a great theologian but to my understanding when I was born again and GOD comes to dwell in my heart by having faith in HIM then by also believing in The Triune GOD I receive all three of The GODHEAD at my conversion; I then continue to grow in HIM; and that will be different to all of us.

  • Hans

    Robert. You are correct. You do receive the triune God when you are converted to Christ.

    Deborah has explained the trinity very well and it will be good to read it for yourself. Sometimes however, I find that another explanation from another person might just be able to give you a better understanding.

    The word of God tells us that God is a Spirit. The word of God tells us that God is a God of truth, that God is righteous, holy, pure, faithful and just, love, a God of long suffering, etc. All of these qualities describe the Spirit of God, and God has made Him known to us through His word. The Spirit of God can be seen in the attributes of God and God has made Him known through His word. God wanted us to know Him and made Himself known by telling us about Himself, how He created everything by speaking it into existance. The word of God contains the total Spirit of God and reveals God unto us.

    God is Almighty and nothing is impossible for Him. God made a human body for his word in the womb of Maria, the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory. By God’s word we know Him and we know his Spirit. We become his children through love for God’s word and the Spirit of God’s word. The children of God become one with God’s word, and one with God’s Spirit by living in God’s word and in the Spirit of God’s word, and is worked in us by the Spirit of God from the moment of faith in Jesus Christ. By faith in Jesus Christ, the word of God in the Spirit of God, we receive the Spirit of God as a free gift, to teach and to guide us in all righteousness.

  • “And these signs shall follow them that believe …… they shall speak with new tongues” (Mark 16:17)
    “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. ” (1 Corinthians 11:31-32)
    The late Pastor Philip Powell (Founder of Christian Witness Ministries now gone to be home with the Lord) says the debate between Cessationist and Continuationist believers “might prove to be the major issue confronting part of the church in our time”. See this statement in the second page of Pastor Powell’s introduction to his full thesis on this topic titled “Cessationism vs Biblicism” by Pastor PHILIP L. POWELL. Find it at http://www.cwmfellowship.org/articles/PhilipPowell_Cessationism_v_Biblicism_Part9.pdf
    Yes Pastor Philip Powell was a Pentecostal.
    So let us also hear from a “non-tongue speaking” theologian; the late Dr Walter Martin (i.e. also now with the Lord). Listen to Dr Martin as he tackles the question; “Who is the Holy Spirit and what does it mean to be “filled” with His power? What does the Bible have to say about “Charisma” and should we throw the baby out with bathwater if some misinterpret, misuse or abuse this teaching? Dr. Walter Martin steps out into the deep water of the Charismatic controversy, on the Night Watch broadcast to be found at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/waltermartindotcom/2013/09/08/charisma-cultic-occultic-or-christian
    In the Strange Fire Conference hosted by John MacArther aim was taken squarely at the Pentecostal / Charismatic Movement – yes albeit with a broad brush! This same challenge has been put by cessationists for a very long time
    It roundly challenges the movement to “Judge thyself …… ”
    “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.” (1 Corinthians 11:31-32)
    There have been so many examples of excesses emanating from the Pentecostal / Charismatic movement during the last 30 years that I have seen; such that it is little surprise that the arguments against the continualist position, as embodied in the “Strange Fire Conference” eventuated when they did.
    But does the “Strange Fire” / “Charismania” position throw the baby out with the bath water as Dr Martin argument suggests is the case?
    Or, is it actually the doctrine of “tongues as initial evidence …. ” that is the real culprit, rather than tongues, per se. Could this be the crux of the matter?
    Dr Martin sounds to have this covered very well. Listen to his broadcast.
    Also, the Alliance Mission has a very helpful document on this topic. See http://www.cmalliance.org/about/beliefs/perspectives/spiritual-gifts
    Many would say, ‘don’t speak about this issue (‘tongues’) because ….. well you know after all …. it is just a peripheral topic isn’t it?” Well, really, c’mon, let’s get real!! Truth is truth; Let us rightly divide the word of truth.
    “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
    Let us speak about this issue yet with a right balance: “Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight.” (Proverbs 11:1)
    The “Strange Fire Conference” demands that God loving, Bible Believing, Biblical ‘tongue speakers’ (Continualist / Pentecostal / Charismatic ) who are not wanting to be branded with those who have embraced any one or number of the various winds of doctrine blowing around in the excesses of the spiritual world; must stand up and know how to give an answer for the faith.
    “…… we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ… ” (Ephesians 4:14-15)
    “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15)
    Some of those ‘winds of doctrine’ are indeed manifest through various excesses within the Pentecostal / Charismatic Movement – such as the Word of Faith / New Apostolic Reformation / Emerging Church types (to name but a few of the better known groups)and yes the perversions are endemic within the church; especially those parts of the ‘church’ just mentioned, whose doctrines particularly stand out as ‘indefensible’ (as Ps MacArther describes their positions and as are ‘exposed’ on many cessationist ‘discernment ministry’ sites / blogs such as this one) under the broad brush now popularised by the “Strange Fire Conference”.

    However, it is those whom Ps Powell referred to in his book as ‘Classic Pentecostals’ or those who ascribe to teachings espoused by people like Dr Martin and the Alliance Mission, who are the ones now in a unique position to bring the right balance of Proverbs 11:1 into this discussion. It is these such views that are, in the polite and humble opinion of this writer; correct, balanced, biblical.
    It is imperative that the church sorts this out such that a correct, balanced, biblical view can be presented to all ‘seekers’ (as yet unsaved people) whom may inquire, when faced with the claims of Jesus Christ; as Pilate did, ‘what is truth?’. (John 18:38)
    In closing (for now) let us dwell on what Jesus Christ our Lord said;
    “I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” (John 17:23).
    “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)
    “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
    Let us not fight amongst ourselves, but join in one faith; to preach the gospel to the lost and hell bound in the world.
    Receive from Jesus Christ our Lord His Perfect Life.
    Cheers
    Bethraham

  • bethraham wrote,

    “And these signs shall follow them that believe …… they shall speak with new tongues” (Mark 16:17)

    I have yet to find a Charismatic/Pentecostal believer who quotes both verses 17 and 18 and not just verse 17. Both are intrinsically interwoven and cannot be separated. So let’s do that now.

    And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:17-18)

    Charismatics and Pentecostals have always been very selective in their obedience to God. They usually say, “to be obedient to Jesus and to prove that you have been saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit you must speak in tongues because it is the EVIDENCE of your salvation. “OK, if that is so, why don’t they also take up serpents or drink a deadly poison? Isn’t that also what believers ought to do if they want to obey Jesus? What most Charismatics/Pentecostals don’t realize is that they are in fact taking up deadly serpents (demons) and drinking their poison when they allegedly speak in tongues.

    Years ago, during the revival in Kwa Zulu, Natal, South Africa, an unbeliever passed a church and heard the people inside all speaking in strange languages. He decided to go inside and saw a great commotion. Remember, this was someone who was not saved. After the service he went to the Pastor and asked him. “Do you know what some of your members said when they spoke in tongues?” “No” said the Pastor. “Well, I do” said the unbeliever, “The language they spoke in is a dialect which I know very well and they were all cursing and blaspheming God.” So as you can see, they were taking up snakes (demons) and drinking their poison without realizing it.

    bethraham also wrote,

    “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
    Let us not fight amongst ourselves, but join in one faith; to preach the gospel to the lost and hell bound in the world.

    I agree. However, how are we going to win lost souls to Jesus when we dabble in the works of the devil (like in the above incident)?

    Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? (1 Corinthians 14:22-23)

    So, the only advice I can give you is to preach the Gospel in your own language and if there are some among your audience who do not understand your language and God wants them to hear, understand and respond to the Gospel, He will open their ears and make them hear your sermon in their own language. That is, what I believe, happened at Pentecost.

  • See link to a story mentioning Miles and the Screwdriver
    http://grannyfunk.blogspot.in/2010/11/granny-funk-and-crochet-hook-vs-miles.html
    “……a story called Miles and the Screwdriver. It follows the antics of an obsessively inquisitive child named Miles who acquires a screwdriver and begins taking things apart, just to see how they work. It begins with a simple pencil sharpener and quickly escalates into screwdriver-crazed destruction, until Miles by some means unclear makes it to the north pole and the very big screw which holds the whole world together. He is interrupted at this point by God, who points out the obvious impending consequences but overall turns out to be a good sport and gives Miles a chance to atone for his sins through a goodly dose of the Protestant work ethic, repairing everything he has thus far disassembled. No minor task, since that included much of the known world…”

    Now I am not saying that EVERYTHING you say in this site is destructive …. however, there is a tendency in that direction…. I encourage you to ‘build up’ after and in place of when you have ‘torn down’.

    See the story of Gideon in Judges Chpt 6 – particularly Judges 6:25-26 “…. pull down the altar of Baal which belongs to your father, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it; and build an altar to the LORD your God on the top of this stronghold …”

    Granny Funk goes on to say towards the end of her article, ” …I’m unclear about the final moral of Miles and the Screwdriver. Certainly in my own family, the tendency to take things apart has always been linked to the quest for understanding in order to repair and create. But certainly deconstruction is easier than repair or creation, on the moral and intellectual planes as well as the material one. I hope whatever I choose to pull apart is eventually in the service of repair …”

    I pray that all at Discerning The World might take time to read / listen to the references in my article at http://www.bethraham.com/Strange-Fire-or-Perfect-Life/ about the balance between Cessationist and Continualist views and find the truth.

    References are at:
    1. http://www.cwmfellowship.org/articles/PhilipPowell_Cessationism_v_Biblicism_Part9.pdf
    2. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/waltermartindotcom/2013/09/08/charisma-cultic-occultic-or-christian
    3. http://www.cmalliance.org/about/beliefs/perspectives/spiritual-gifts

    These are shared here in the interests of encouraging polite and respectful dialogue on this topic between Brothers and Sisters IN CHRIST. Is that possible?

    Cheers
    Bethraham

  • bethraham,

    Do you believe that the speaking in tongues is the evidence of salvation and the baptism of the Spirit?

  • bethraham,

    Well, if the speaking in tongues is not the evidence of salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, what is the purpose of speaking in tongues?

  • Tom
    Please kindly refer to my comments on “Speaking in Tongues” at the other blog
    https://www.discerningtheworld.com/2010/07/18/speaking-in-tongues/#comment-447330

    Cheers
    Bethraham

  • Saretta Herholdt

    Hi guys, i have noticed that you commented negatively on the pentecostal churches, i assume (full gospel, assemblies of God, apostolic faith mission, etc. may i be so forward to ask what denomination you are then?

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)

    Saretta

    I do not belong to a denomination, I am a born again Christian as simple at that.

    Full Gospel is nothing but Word of Faith and so is Assemblies of God who speak in tongues etc. Apostolic Faith Mission is Latter Rain movement.

    The Pentecostal scene is actually nothing but Roman Catholicism under disguise, please read: https://www.discerningtheworld.com/2010/03/29/the-new-evangelical-evil-fit-for-a-new-dark-age/ That is why you now have Pentecostalism and The Roman Catholic church merging into one. They were the same from the beginning.

  • Saretta Herholdt

    Wow! just browsed it at moment, will read it all later again. this is suppose to happen… one world religion. so then no church … just worship God with your family, and stick to the Bible as the core of once faith! what about being baptised, once you have taken Jesus as your Personal Saviour?

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)

    Dear Saretta

    Please read these articles on Baptism and all comments. Importance of Spiritual Baptism (Part 1) and Importance of Spiritual Baptism (Part 2)

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      4. Any content that discloses private details concerning any person, for eg., phone numbers that have not been made public, photos that are not in the public domain, residential address that is not public, ID numbers, Social Security numbers, email addresses that are not in the public domain, etc.;
      5. Any content that you know to be false, misleading, or fraudulent;
      6. Any use of profanity;
      7. Any content including advertisements or otherwise focused on the promotion of commercial events or businesses, or any request for or solicitation of money, goods, or services for private gain;
      8. Any content that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; or
      9. Any content directly or indirectly soliciting responses from minors (defined as anyone under 18 years of age).
  7. FAIR USE NOTICE:
    1. If any part of the “Comment” is not your original work, it is your responsibility to add the name of the third party, name the book with page number or a link (url) to the website where you obtained the information.
    2. Your “Comment” may contain Copyrighted material, the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. You are however allowed to make such material available in your “Comment” in an effort to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc.  This constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this Site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to:http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml.
    3. If you wish to use copyrighted material from a website or any other medium for purposes to add to your “Comment” that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. (Fair Use means you may quote from copyrighted sources, but you may not publish the whole article, book, etc., in your “Comment”.)
  8. You are solely responsible for the “Comment” you upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available to others using this Web Site. Under no circumstances will Discerning the World be liable in any way for any “Comment” posted on or made available through this Site by you or any third party.
  9. You understand that all “Comments” on this Site are pre-screened or moderated. That means that every “Comment” needs to be approved by Discerning the World before it appears in the “Comments” section.  This is not an automatic process.  Discerning the World does this for SPAM reasons.
  10. Discerning the World has the right (but not the obligation) in their sole unfettered discretion to remove any “Comment” that is posted on or available through the Site. Without limiting the foregoing, Discerning the World has the right to remove any “Comment” that violates these Terms or is otherwise deemed objectionable by Discerning the World in its sole discretion.
  11. You understand that Discerning the World in their sole unfettered discretion is not obligated and can not be forced in any manner, be it legal or otherwise to remove any “Comment” that is posted on or made available through the Site by you.
  12. When submitting a “Comment,” you will be asked to provide your name and your email address. While Discerning the World does not object to your use of a pseudonym instead of your actual name, Discerning the World reserves the right, but not the obligation, to reject, change, disallow, or discontinue at any time any submission name that, in Discerning the World’s sole unfettered discretion, is objectionable or inappropriate for any reason. Discerning the World requires the submission of your email address, but Discerning the World warrants that it will not publish your email address to an outside third party without your consent.
  13. Discerning the World does not sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes. From time to time, Discerning the World may contact you personally via email. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge and understand that the “Comments” feature of the Site is designed to permit users to post information and commentary for public review and comment and thus you hereby waive any expectation of privacy you may have concerning any likeness or information provided to the Site by you.
  14. You are solely responsible for your interactions with other users of or visitors to the Site.
    1. Discerning the World shall have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor interactions utilizing the “Comments” facility of the Site, between you and other users of or visitors to the Site. You acknowledge and agree that Discerning the World, or any third party shall not be, and you shall not seek to hold them, responsible for any harm or damage whatsoever arising in connection with your interaction with other users of or visitors to the Site.
    2. Discerning the World does not verify any information posted to or communicated via the “Comments” sections of the Site by users and does not guarantee the proper use of such information by any party who may have access to the information. You acknowledge and agree that Discerning the World does not assume, and shall not have, any responsibility for the content of messages or other communications sent or received by users of the Site.
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    1. Discerning the World does not control, and makes no representations or warranties about, any third party content, including such content that may be accessible directly on the Site or through links from the Site to third party sites.
    2. You acknowledge that, by viewing the Site or communications transmitted through the Site, you may be exposed to third party content that is false, offensive or otherwise objectionable to you or others, and you agree that under no circumstances shall Discerning the World be liable in any way, under any theory, for any third party content.
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16. These Terms constitute the entire agreement between Discerning the World and you with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersede any previous oral or written agreement between us with respect to such subject matter.

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