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Editorial Policy
Watchman Magazine

All publications, if they have value, are created and edited with a specific purpose and focus. Watchman Magazine has a specific purpose, stated concisely in Ezekiel 33:7, "So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me." It is the purpose of the editors and writers of Watchman Magazine to be a voice of warning in our generation. It may be that this desire will be criticized, nevertheless it is sound, and has basis in scripture. There is ever the need for a militant and clear voice for truth. Many faithful men and women are raising their voices in a defense of what is right, and this magazine is intended to be an outlet for their clarion call for righteousness, morality, respect for the authority of God, and purity in doctrine. For a more detailed discussion of this intent, please read the complete Statement of Purpose for Watchman Magazine.

A cogent and responsible editorial policy is important in carrying out the purpose of the magazine. The magazine is intended to be a conduit for discussion of the issues which trouble brethren today. A willingness to hear "both sides" of an issue is primary in importance. Honorable debate in the search for truth is both defensible and necessary. However, with everything good there is potential for abuse. We are not interested in publishing personal attacks, or of becoming hobbyists on any particular issue. As such, we present the following guidelines which we intend to follow closely when making editorial decisions.

The articles and studies submitted to Watchman Magazine will be chosen to accomplish one of the following things:

  1. Teach the truth of God's word

  2. Explain Difficult Passages of Scripture
  3. Exhort and Edify Brethren
  4. Warn (Of false doctrines, false teachers, and deceptive practices)

I recognize (as editor of this magazine) my imperfections and limitations. No man is perfect, and I do not make any claim of approaching that lofty plain. Regarding the decisions I will make as editor of this magazine, I can only promise to be as fair and consistent as possible. To this end I will rely heavily upon both my associate editors: Larry Fain and Tom Roberts. I value and trust their judgment greatly. Those who are acquainted with these men are aware of their conviction and personal integrity. When final determinations are made, it must be understood that I take full responsibility for those editorial decisions.

The moral and doctrinal standing of our regular and feature writers is very important. While we recognize from time to time material will be submitted and run in the magazine from men who teach false doctrine and/or do not exhibit proper Christian behavior in their lives, it is our desire that not be so among our regular contributors. As such, we will not hesitate to sever our relationship with any writer if we deem it necessary to maintain the integrity of the magazine.

The editorial staff will determine whether unsolicited articles are worthy of publication. We refused to get bogged down in running material that is of no interest to readers, or that which seeks to further a hobbyist's agenda. A danger of an "open paper" is potential criticism if any particular article is refused. We will not hesitate to risk that criticism if we feel the article submitted will not benefit our readers.

Parameters for Article Review:

  1. If a reader reviews any article written in Watchman Magazine, and the editors determine this review is worthy of publication, then the review will be sent to the original author for rebuttal. The review and rebuttal will be run in a subsequent issue of the magazine, side by side, with a link to the original article. This arrangement would complete the exchange.

  2. If an unsolicited article, worthy of publication, is received which the editors determine needs review, the editors will assign a man to review the article. The article and review will run side by side in the same issue of the magazine. (Note: The editor will contact the author of the original article to determine if the author is willing for the article to appear under such an arrangement). This arrangement would complete the exchange.
  3. If differences expressed are deemed sufficient for debate, arrangements will be made for a written exchange. Parameters would be mutually arrived at by disputants, with final approval to be made by the editorial staff. The debate would run in its entirety in a single issue of the magazine. (Note: We encourage such exchanges on matters that trouble brethren. Truth does not fear open discussion. Disputants will be held to high standards, addressing issues while refraining from personal attacks and innuendo.)

Reader responses (unless patently ungodly in tone or substance) are encouraged, and will be posted on site. An added bonus of the electronic format of this magazine is the ability to supply links directly to the articles to which the reader is responding. Brevity is encouraged in these responses.

Some miscellaneous parameters for written debates and article submissions

  1. The tone of articles should be characterized by plainness of speech, without being sullied by angry, hurtful rhetoric.

  2. Identification by name is acceptable when identifying false teaching or disagreements, but ad hominem argumentation is not welcome. Argue the issue, not the man.
  3. An aspect of the electronic format is elasticity with regard to article length. However, this does not mean that sloppy, ill-constructed articles will be accepted. Writing should be concise and readable. Remember that the possibility of dealing with an issue fully, without space constraints will not matter if the reader finds the material too verbose, uninteresting, or not worthy of his time. In effect, there is no use in writing it if someone is not going to read it.

Defense of truth through debate has gotten a bad name among brethren. This is unfortunate as the exposure of error by truth is so effective in this format. Jesus engaged in such as he continually answered the Jewish leaders. His answer to their challenges established His truth, and exposed their motivations and false ways. Paul continually appeared in the synagogue, in the marketplace, and in the pagan temple to confront the false ways of both the Judaizer and the Pagan. We will follow their example by discussing the issues that currently trouble brethren. We will examine and expose false teaching regarding Divorce & Remarriage; the bounds of Christian Fellowship; The Nature of Christ's Spirit and Person while on earth, The Organization of the Local Church; The Nature and Work of the Evangelist, as well as that of the Elder; The Woman's Place in the Church; the dangers of the"Positive Christianity" focus; among others. Any issue dividing brethren has potential for discussion in our pages. We will discuss these matters unilaterally if necessary, but it is our desire to do so bilaterally with any who would advocate a particular position we believe not to be scriptural.

We will not be hobbyists. However, we do want to deal with any issue that troubles God's people, by dealing with it from scripture, by uncovering false doctrine and false teachers, and by exhibiting rightousness, dignity and steadfastness.

God's word is the only standard. Do not accept anything contained in these pages just because it is contained in these pages. Be noble as the Bereans (Acts 17:11) and search God's word to determine the truthfulness of what is written.

Copyright Notice

Posted February 1, 2002
(From this date forward the following notice is in effect):

It is the desire of the editors of Watchman Magazine that the material published by our magazine be shared and disseminated. All material published in Watchman Magazine is copyrighted, and ownership of such material is shared between the magazine and the author of the material. Our policy regarding the reprinting and dissemination of the materials on site is very liberal. You are free to reprint, and share the material freely with others. We ask that in so doing you give appropriate credit to the author and Watchman Magazine. In reprinting the material we require that you print it in its entirety, without alteration. The purpose of copyrighting the material is not to discourage the use of, but rather the misuse of the material.

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