Archive for November, 2015

Needless to reiterate, but pertinent at this point to state, is the fact that I have been actively online for over thirteen years. Constantly engaging (in and out) with the cyberspace. This is not stated to mean that it is so long a time, but we cannot deny that with such time online come lots of experiences. These experiences have been both negative and positive alike. They write upon the lifespan of one’s psycho-sexual, psychological, intellectual, spiritual and social development.

The first lie that every young person has been fed is the “fact” that we cannot be or live apart the general media, especially the social media. Availability for use does not necessitate actual use. When this is balanced, it becomes important. This then leads to the challenge when one interacts with the general media.

One basic challenge that has constantly plugs its head out in my everyday use of the cyberspace is that of retaining my identity while online! This can be viewed in two dimensions: first is the challenge of remaining the believer that you are deep from within while you are online or secondly, assuming a status of “Believer-ship” that you are not to give others an impression of you.

This is a battle fought by young Believers who network on the internet, both the faithful and the only religious Christians. Young people are constantly influenced by the forces on the cyberspace to conform to a certain lifestyle that is not originally theirs. This influence continually opens us up to large chunks of information and broad groups of people who carry diverse ideologies and philosophies that are strange to the kingdom. You scroll, looking through your timelines reading posts, messages from people who you have links to. You are tagged to one post/picture/video or the other. You are mentioned on one issue or another. Your are poked messaged or shared a link. It goes on and on and on, daily. And you life begins to revolve around a pattern: scroll, click, like, comment, share; add, follow, tweet, mention; post, update, add…like that. It doesn’t seem to be a problem from the surface but it builds a motor-behaviour that takes you farther than you subscribed for. Addiction!

Out there are Christian youngsters, who change their Identities online. These include their names, and other bio-data just to become convenient to do one evil or the other. Some hide under this guise to have sex chats, access pornographic content, and or initiate others into this vain venture. Passionate to understand and explore their sexuality while growing up in perhaps a society or family that doesn’t speak about such, many are forced under such aliases online in order to do evil. As a result, the church is filled with active youths who are under the devils bondage. Our young people need help and the church must step in to help them. For all is not well!

Just like the active literal persecution against the church today, there is a psychological and intellectual persecution directed towards the body of Christ. Most of these other forms of persecution are carried out via the instrument of social and general media; even the print media. Strange ideas like atheism, karma, universality of religion; even the new age religion, the centrality of man and so many others are examples of intellectual war been raged upon and against the belief of Salvation in and through Jesus alone. On the other hand, alien doctrines like one must not wait for marriage before sex; nothing like fornication & masturbation is not a problem; sin is relative and only what you define it to be; there is no hell fire, how can a loving God do such; and many others are actually many psychological persecution the church is facing in other to make cold the knees of saints. All these are being advanced over the media, proposed via movies we watch and made appealing to our minds and consciences in the cyberspace. By now we should already know young people are receiving invitations online to join strange fraternities which turn out to teach New Age beliefs, wizardry, free-mindedness and a lot.  

All these and directed towards influencing and changing the lifestyle of the Believer, towards neutralizing and contaminating our faith. But would this evil prevail?

 

For the God-chaser Social-networker, the social media is only a tool and not the rule. It becomes to him or her, a platform for doing good. The limitless tentacles, widespread reach and efficiency of the instrument of media gives it a uniqueness to become undeniably an effective tool for Christian evangelism. Believer-Networkers can first achieve this by simply living the God-live even online. In this way, employing the use of the tools giving by facebook, twitter, whatsapp, BBM, 2go and other platforms to advance the purpose of the kingdom online. Do not belittle the power your words, post, updates, or any information you pass online. You will be amazed the impact it makes on those who use them. Let all be exhorting to those who hear and see them.

Instead of ideal chats and fruitless surfing, we must begin to wisely engage in internet evangelism. All social Networks are dialogue and relationship based which makes it effective for sharing our perspective which is faith-based online. It is not to be viewed as pulpit to preach, rather as a platform to conveniently startup and convey issues regarding our faith in an acceptable manner. We can easily comment, share links to posts, videos, etc that will engage people in the area of interest as regards God’s perspective. We can also reach out to people in countries where open evangelism is banded, via the social media…starting up chats at points of interest leading to issues of salvation. Lastly, we must realize that we have been blessed with the most effective tool yet, to reach the World.

In all:

10 God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.

                               Ephesians 2. MSG

The Social/General Media has become so important, integral and self-inclusive to everyday activities that nearly nothing is fully initiated and achieved without employing its usage. This is not to imply nothing can be done without the social media, but you will bear us witness that it has taken over daily living, that it has become and an unavoidable platform- i.e. the general media. It has become a platform to reach a wide rage and great number of people with a click of tune, as the case may be. It cuts across Nations, peoples, civilizations, and geographical limitations. The internet has become the conveyor of such wonder.

Over half a century ago, a satanic prophetess named Alice Bailey set out a ten-point plan designed to weaken the Christian religion and curtail the influence of the Church on earth. [Please feel free to goggle and read about the Alice Bailey]. They believe the Church has been allowed to have much influence in the affairs of things; that if the church gets out of the way, “the plan” will be fully established.

To their success, many international organizations like the United Nations, modern states and international bodies are fully executing that agenda by the use of legislation, [Note: the Pope Francis will be in New York September 25th, 2015 to formally in a UN World Conference, deliver an address to kick off one of such conferences at which the “2030 Agenda” will be unveiled]; also the judiciary and the press while “the church remains largely asleep pursuing denominational agenda that has little or no impact on the kingdom.”

One of the agendas postulated by Bailey and the New Age Movement, as it relates to our issue today is the USE MEDIA TO PROMOTE AND CHANGE MINDSET OF CHRISTIANS. According to Alice Bailey, the greatest medium you need to use to influence and change human attitude is media. Bailey postulated that Use the TV, Radio, Press, Cinema; today use the social media will go a long way to influence Christians. You can tell today how successful they have been in implementing the plan over 50 years now via the media as well as advertising agencies, billboards, magazines.

Who controls media today? The New Age of course. So much money is pumped into media and advertising to spread pornographic material and other contents. For example, sex outside of marriage is thrown on your face 80-90 times than sex in marriage via movies, pornographic sites and social media groups. Promiscuity is being promoted as natural; you watch gay sex on T.V. in homes where children’s minds are being neutralized to sensitivity to these things. You wonder why newspapers, T.V, etc do not record anything about Christian activities, God and promote same. They claim that does not sell. What sells is what is generally acceptable by the World.

The social media has carefully been the platform to reach us (Christians) with specialized contents to weaken our faith in Christ, our consciousness and sensitivity to SIN; also to modify our minds into “rational beings” they say.

Today, Pornography is one of such “black-holes” on the social and Home Medias. One figure that comes up again and again is that 37% of the internet is made up of pornographic material. Many of those people who quoted the figure took it from a press release put out in June 2010 by net filtering firm Optenet. Today, the percentage is sure higher. A writer also said that pornography is the life-blood of the internet and I concur with that. The internet has become a niche for young believers to hide and keep dying in pornography; breeding masturbation, fornication and explicit promiscuity. I have infiltrated groups on BBM, Facebook and Whatsapp that encourage sexual immorality…and I tell you, the identities are that of Christian youths. We must wage war against this fun that has brought us to our den, dens of destruction. Our home Medias preach a strange doctrines about sex and marriage. Firstly, that sex is for all and can be tapped at any time with anyone, therefore negating God’s principles of sex-only-in-marriage; secondly that marriage is not a covenant but a “convenience-agreement”; something that one could start and terminate at any time. Pick average movie and these contents have been promoted. Over decades, these notions have been flying around that is why it was easy to legalize Gay marriage in the US and it does not even cause an uproar and some liberal-minded people (fearfully, including “Christians”) feel everyone has a right to his sexual orientation. This is because, over years, it has been made to appeal to their conscience via the instrument of media.

Many messages are being codded-played into our minds via the media, thus, we must be careful. These include; violence, Free-mindedness, universality of “god” or religion (meaning all religions points towards same God); relativity of truth, etc. we must beware of the media today.  

In their plan to disarm the body of Christ and delude mankind, the New World order in their New Age movement employs the media to DISTRACT & ENGAGE!

It is firstly employed to distract our minds from the real things that matter in our lives. The media serves as an interesting place to spend time. That which appeals to our minds, as it has being designed to and takes us off our goals, plans and aspirations on life. While doing so, it substitutes for us by presenting new and interesting contents, especially things that look like our original goals in life.

Friends, this strategy is usually quiet and subtle. It happens subconsciously that the mind involved is usually not aware of the negative changes that are occurring. No matter how much you believe you are in control of your social media use, please check it. Influence is the end-game. They’d always work to influence the mind of the World. We cannot afford to lose control of our minds. We must keep it safe in Christ.

If you ask me, the New Age movement is working well to achieve its plans to influencing the minds of believers through the Social media. They had a plan and are pursuing it to the later. If you ask me does the church in Nigeria have a plan for the next say ten years? Wait, I know God has a plan, but is the Nigerian church fully aware of this plan and is working at it? Amongst others, the church must awaken to discipleship; raising giants that will withstand the evil out there via the media and not raising giant auditoriums that will be made worthless and destroyed in the soonest coming age. The church must also invest in the media as the world. Thank God for Christian social media like “InstaPray” creating platforms for Christian youths. The church must teach and preach more about the ills of the media [teach those in church] and how to overcome it. Thank God for the work of Bro. Adeshina from Jos.

The World will stop at nothing to defeat us. We must be conscious of this and work to overcome in through the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore:

11  “Besides this you know what [a critical] hour this is, how it is high time now for you to wake up out of your sleep (rouse to reality). For salvation (final deliverance) is nearer to us now than when we first believed (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Christ, the Messiah)”

Romans 13. (AMP)