First, I generally agree with Susan's answer, and consider it fairly well stated.
I want to address a bit more the quote you mentioned from your chat:
If your argument relies on Christian doctrine--again, you are in the
wrong place--this is NOT a Christian site
I think that is poorly worded. You, being a Christian, will necessarily "rely on Christian doctrine" to some extent in answering a question (and probably in posing a question as well). The key to this site, however, is to assume you are addressing an audience that either (1) does not know Christian doctrine, or (2) does not believe it.
Now, you cannot do much about (2). People will either accept or reject your argument, and if your argument relies on doctrine they do not believe, it is not likely to be as persuasive to them. But you can still give it.
As to (1), state what doctrine you feel is necessary as a presupposition to your argument. If possible or necessary, give a brief defense of the presupposition. But as much as possible, rely as little upon doctrine outside the immediate context (historical and literary) as you can, and build the argument from the context of the text itself (and when pulling a text from Scripture you think relates, give some argument as to why and how you think it relates).
nor is it to try to proselytize XXXXXXXXXXXX, or anyone else;
By proselytize, we mean:
- Avoid making statements that are a direct call to action for the reader to change their behavior. If the Bible text itself is noting a change of behavior, let the text speak for itself. (Note: a very brief, not "in your face" comment at the end of a good exposition of the text in question is generally deemed acceptable. Especially self directed, "I would apply this...")
- It has been noted elsewhere to not prescribe the text, but describe what it is saying (this is another way of stating #1).
In short, regarding:
So, is answering the scriptures to the best of my knowledge, as both a
scholar and a minister not acceptable?
Keep the minister aspect in check by the scholar aspect here—minister through excellent, scholarly argument. (And, if you believe as I do, let the Word of God and the Holy Spirit do the work of any conviction on the part of a reader, without added commentary from you to urge conviction or action.)
Whether one can agree to the parameters is a self-reflection (as I had) that each must take. Ultimately, I treat this site as a "public" space of discussion/debate (albeit, through my answer against others), not a "Christian" space where all are of a like mind.