Granted – there is no verse which tells us, “Go forth and conquer the Internet.” There is no verse which says, “Go ye into the Twitter and facebook and preach the Gospel.” However, if we look at the spread of God’s Word through history, we will see the evolution of the Gospel. Of course, the Holy Spirit of God knew the Internet would come. But when the Spirit of God superintended the holy men of old, God could not convey the concept of the Internet to them. In fact, The Lord told John not to write of some of the things he saw. Did John see the internet? I don’t know. I do know John, Paul, and the others, would have had no frame of reference to use to describe the Internet, if they saw it. Of course, these penmen of the Bible could also never have understood the concept of the movable press, the radio, the television, the computer or the Internet. Since there is no direct mention of the Internet in the Word of God, should we just ignore the internet? Consider the question this way: because the movable press was, at one time, new technology, should we ignore it? In both cases, the answer is a resounding no. Just as we rely upon the printed Word of God, we must also embrace technology as a tool to spread the Gospel of Christ.
Over the last century, we have witnessed technology evolve faster and further than our fathers could ever have imagined. Likewise, we cannot imagine where technology will evolve in the next century. When radio arrived on the scene, the majority of our brethren in fundamentalism cried against it. When moving pictures arrived, preachers likewise preached against it Similarly, fundamentalists have cried out against the Internet. Yes, each one of these technologies are heavily used for evil purposes. In fact, a great deal of profit from pornography has been made through each one of these technologies. Does that mean we ignore the technology? No.
Genesis 50:20 (KJV) But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
If you recall, Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him. They wanted Joseph dead. However, God worked through the brother’s evil actions to do good. No, we shouldn’t sin to spread the Gospel, but using technology is not a sin.
Many people have a misconception of what the internet really is. Some still think of the Internet as a mysterious beast which will come into your home and steal your children. This is not true. The internet is a means of communication. Nothing more. However, through this means of communication, we can access any form of media imaginable. We can read, listen to, or watch anything ranging from great preachers of the past to pop-culture idols to pornography. Yes, the internet is a tool which can be used for evil. However, just as Joseph’s brothers conspired evil against him, God used them as tools to do a good thing. The internet is a tool God can use for good. As fundamentalists, we must embrace the internet, understanding that it is a dangerous tool.
Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are little more than a means of communication. Two hundred years ago, if you wanted the latest news, you could not turn on the television and watch your favorite news channel. If you wanted the latest news, you went to the town square and listened to the town crier. If you needed to purchase something, you found a vendor in the town square. If you were interested in politics, you went to the town square. Somewhere near the twon square, you could find a church. It is likely that a preacher would be standing in the town square proclaiming the Word of God to the people. Somewhere near the town square, you could find a bar or a pub. Of course, if you were immoral, and wanted to commit some immorality, you could also find that at the town square.
Today, the town square is not a popular gathering place. When we need a product, we go to a store, or we buy it online. Many of our communications are through the internet. Almost everyone born after 1990 gets all of their news and most of their entertainment from the Internet. In fact, many millennials are not using broadcast media at all. No radio. No television as we understand it. Does this mean we should move our churches to the Internet, too? Of course not! But, we must acknowledge the Internet for the modern town square that it is. We cannot fear the modern town square, we must embrace it. We should never neglect the pulpit, but we must adjust our focus. We must devote at least some of our resources to an internet ministry.
People Are Searching
Do you know of anyone who was saved as a result of so-called “random chance” which led them to read a tract? If you pass out one-hundred tracts, it is likely fewer than one tract of that one hundred will actually be read. The same random chance which could lead someone to read your tract can also lead someone to a random website. As a matter of fact, the at the time of this article, the phrase “how to get saved” averaged, on a daily basis, in the 23rd percentile of all searches. While that does not seem very high, remember that Google handles billions of searches per hour. When a lonely soul searches for salvation at four in the morning, will they find your church’s site or will they stumble into the Mormon or Jehovah’s Witnesses website? Do not be fooled – jw.org and Mormon.org are both well=designed, well=marketed websites which certainly get a lot of traffic.
Just as Paul could never have imagined a computer network we call the internet, we cannot imagine where technology will lead us. The only question is: will we embrace it, or will we let the cults and perverts use this tool for their purposes.
In light of the recent decision of the Supreme Court to expand the definition of marriage to include that which is perverted, we must ask why the definition of marriage is so important.
Ephesians 5:21-33 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
In this passage, we see a definition of the order of the home. Most preaching seems to stop there, however, there is a great gem in our understanding of the home to be found here.
First, we should look at the order of the home. In the order of the home, within the home, we see the husband as the head of the home – the leader. Notice, in this order, there is only one husband, as there really can only be one leader. As one of my favorite preachers says, “Anything with two heads is a monster.” Though the husband is the head of the home, we see a style of leadership defined for the husband. The husband is the leader of the home as Christ is the leader of the church. This is an extraordinarily high standard. To equate the role of the husband with the role of Christ is no small undertaking. There are many aspects to Christ’s leadership.
The most prominent aspect of Christ’s leadership of the church is Christ’s love for the church. How much did Christ love His church? Jesus loved the church so much that He temporarily set aside His deity and lowered Himself to the level of a man. Jesus endured all the aspects, the infirmities, the frailties, and even the temptations of man. In addition to enduring all that any man endures, Jesus loved His church so much that He also willingly laid down His life for the church. Jesus endured ridicule at the hands of His very creation. Jesus endured beatings without cause for the sake of His church and though wholly without sin, Jesus endured the cross. While on the cross, Jesus endured unimaginable physical pain. What was worse than any physical pain, was the pain of the sin of all mankind. What we cannot begin to fathom is the guilt that Jesus endured. During His time on the cross, the guilt of every sin committed by every person who has ever lived and who will ever live in the future was upon His shoulders. My guilt for one sin is enough. I cannot imagine even the pain of all of my sin at one time. Jesus endured the guilt of every sin ever committed or every sin which will ever be endured. Then, if that was not enough, for a time, Jesus had to endure the rejection of God the Father. All of this, because Jesus loved the church. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. What a high standard we husbands have.Continue reading →