Too Heavenly Minded?

I was admonished by a pastor once, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good.”  At the time perhaps my head was in the clouds, or I was “over spiritualizing” a topic of discussion.  But many years have passed since then and I haven’t really thought about it until recently.  I read an interesting discussion on a SouthernGospel.com forum in which it was suggested that being too “spiritual” or heavenly minded is a matter of doing things that are seen as offensive, such as taking too much time to say grace, annoying others with your faith instead of being winsome, assuming a position of superiority or judgementalism over other believers, etc. 

While I understand that words can have connotations beyond their normal use, and that the meanings of words can be tweaked to fit certain playful applications, such as double entendres, in the case of dealing with this popular proverb, I want to know exactly what is in the mind of a person who says it.

I have come across a familiar piece of Scripture (cited later) that has resulted in my taking a fresh look at this saying.  First of all, there is no verse in the Bible that says, “If you’re too heavenly minded you won’t be any earthly good.”  So, this statement reflects a non-Biblical opinion.  Equally, the terms “heavenly minded” and “earthly good” also represent non-Biblical value judgements.  In this context, being “heavenly minded” can mean anything religious.  And “earthly good” can mean anything that works to one’s advantage in a practical sense.  Similar sayings that rely on pragmatic results for proving worth are “Smart is as smart does.” and “But does it put food on the table?”.

So, the value of being “heavenly minded” is being weighed against the value of having any “earthly good”.  Here, the sole criteria for evaluating “spiritual” thinking is whether or not it produces anything considered useful or advantageous.  This judgement is made by the observer.  The word “too” indicates that being “spiritual” or “heavenly minded” is OK, up to a point but that in excess, it becomes harmful.  Like drinking alcohol, it needs to be moderated, balanced.  But since the “heavenly minded” person is unaware of when he’s being “too” spiritual, others must make that judgement for him.  The fallacy here is that each observer has his own idea of what exactly constitutes too much heavenly mindedness.

As I thought back to that pastor who had “corrected” me, I began to feel quite bad for him, because Scripture gives us a very different lesson.  An interesting exchange between Peter and Jesus is recorded in Matthew 16:21-23.  When Jesus told his disciples that he must, “go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”, Peter rebuked him and said, “Never, Lord! … This shall never happen to you!”  Previous to that, in verses 15-19, Jesus had told Peter, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this [from verse 16 that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God”] was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.  And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

But now, only a few verses later, as Jesus hears this same, blessed disciple rebuking him, he turns his back on Peter, saying, “Get behind me, Satan!  You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”  Peter was concerned for Jesus’ well-being.  He didn’t yet understand how Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection would offer salvation to the world.  He was so focused on human wisdom he was being a stumbling block to Jesus.  Peter was so worldly minded he was of no spiritual good, the exact opposite of what he had been in verse 17, when Jesus told him his understanding came from God, not man.

Given that these two examples are polar opposites, we will not always have such extreme choices.  However, they do serve to clarify our options.  Do you prefer the wisdom of man or the wisdom of God?  Would you prefer being heavenly minded and of no earthly good, or worldly minded and of no spiritual good?  For me the choice is clear.  I would rather “have in mind the things of God” that they may see my good deeds and praise my Father in heaven (paraphrasing Matthew 5:16).

“Where is the wise man?  Where is the scholar?  Where is the philosopher of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”  (1 Corinthians 1:20)

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”  (1 Corinthians 1:25)

“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.”  (1 Corinthians 2:12)

“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, for they are spiritually discerned.”  (1 Corinthians 2:14)

“Do not deceive yourselves.  If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise.  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.”  (1 Corinthians 3:18,19)

Third World Churches

Churches in the developing world remain some of the most dynamic and fastest growing in Christendom. This should cause Western Christians to celebrate. But it should also prompt us to ask the obvious question: What are churches in the developing world doing that Western churches aren’t?

Membership in mainline denominations continues declining in the United States year after year. Yet these same denominations are growing in places like Africa and Asia. That’s the case for Seventh Day Baptist (SDB), the United Methodist Church (UMC), the Anglican Communion, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church, among others. For decades now, the majority of Christians have lived in the Global South.

It becomes evident why this is when interacting with Christians from the developing world. These Christians overflow with passion and commitment for their faith. Their charisma expresses itself in at least five ways that I’ve observed: (1) theological orthodoxy; (2) devotion to prayer; (3) openness to the supernatural; (4) ambition to spread the gospel despite opposition; and (5) willingness to follow God’s call to ministry.

Let’s begin with the commitment of Christians in the developing world to Biblical doctrine.

First, let me clarify. I’m not saying these Christians have perfect theology. Like Christians anywhere, they have biases and errors, too. For example, local religious traditions and heretical Western doctrines like the “prosperity gospel” maintain varying degrees of influence in the developing world. Christians in many underdeveloped countries also lack access to the quantity and quality of theological resources that we enjoy in the first world, particularly in America.

But here’s the key. Christians in the developing world get a lot of important things right. They are taking firm stands on issues like marriage, sexuality, and abortion while Western Christians are busy equivocating on these basic tenants.

Look no further than recent events in Canterbury for proof. Anglican primates (top bishops) from Africa played a pivotal role in sanctioning the Episcopal Church over their open acceptance of homosexuality. Many African bishops were members of the theologically conservative Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON). Without their support, the Anglican Communion would have continued permitting the Episcopal Church to promote their liberal agenda on sexuality.

Not only have African bishops stood firm in the Anglican Communion, but also in the UMC. For decades, the UMC has faithfully affirmed Biblical doctrines on marriage and sexuality. That trend has continued in recent years “especially thanks to outspokenly conservative African delegates,” Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) President Mark Tooley commented in 2009. Hopefully the steadfastness of African delegates will be enough to prevent theological backsliding at the upcoming UMC General Conference this May.

So how can Western Christians learn from their brothers and sisters in the Global South? We know from experience in America what happens when denominations diverge from Scripture on basic issues of morality. They fall into decline.

By conforming to the world, theologically vapid churches become indistinguishable from secular society. They lose their cultural relevance. Who wants to be part of an institution that doesn’t stand for anything distinctive?

I recently came across a quote in which Martin Luther King Jr. summed it up brilliantly. He wrote in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail:

“There was a time when the church was very powerful. It was during that period that the early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was the thermostat that transformed the mores of society.”

Unbelievers can go anywhere to hear the world’s values preached. Hollywood, musicians, the media, and secular commentators proclaim their pluralistic moral code in much more accessible, entertaining, and compelling ways. The Church can never compete – not without a distinctive message.

Of course, we can season our truth with salt. But this is no substitute for substance.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

The Unexpected Answers of God


Article by 

Jon Bloom

Staff writer, desiringGod.org

In John 16:23–24, Jesus makes a stunning, sweeping, glorious promise to us:

“In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

So we ask the Father for things we long for because we want the full joy he offers us. And we don’t ask for trivial or fleshly things, because we know what the Apostle James says: “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions” (James 4:3). No, we pray for greater faith, love, holiness, wisdom, discernment, experience of God’s grace, boldness, and joy in God, while praying for less satisfaction with worldly things.

Unexpected Answers

Such longings and prayers are sincere, and God loves them and loves to answer them. But we do not know ourselves very well, or the depth or pervasiveness of our sin, or what it really requires of us in order to receive what we ask for. We can’t help but have unreal, romantic imaginations and expectations about what God’s answers to our prayers will be.

Therefore, we are often unprepared for the answers we receive from God. His answers frequently do not look at first like answers. They look like problems. They look like trouble. They look like loss, disappointment, affliction, conflict, sorrow, and increased selfishness. They cause deep soul wrestling and expose sins and doubts and fears. They are not what we expect, and we often do not see how they correspond to our prayers.

What Should We Expect?

If we ask God for greater, deeper love for him, what should we expect to receive? Answers that give us a greater awareness of our deep and pervasive sinful depravity, because those who are forgiven much, love much, but those who are forgiven little, love little (Luke 7:47).

If we ask God to help us love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31), what should we expect to receive? Answers that force us to give unexpected attention to a neighbor (whom we might not put in that category [Luke 10:29]), which are inconvenient and irritating.

If we ask for God’s nearness because we believe that it is good for us to be near God (Psalm 73:28), what should we expect to receive? Answers that break our hearts, for God is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18).

If we ask God to make us living sacrifices (Romans 12:1), what should we expect to receive? Answers that break and humble our hearts because the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit (Psalm 51:17).

If we ask God for a deeper experience of his grace, what should we expect to receive? Answers that oppose our pride and humble our hearts (James 4:6).

If we ask God for his kingdom to come (Matthew 6:10) in our own lives and in the world around us, what should we expect to receive? Answers that reveal our deep spiritual poverty, because the kingdom is given to the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3).

If we ask God to satisfy us with himself so that we aren’t so easily satisfied by the world’s mud puddles, what should we expect to receive? Answers that cause us to be increasingly aware of the evil and suffering and injustices of the world, because those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied (Matthew 5:6).

If we ask God for greater wisdom and discernment, what should we expect to receive? A steady stream of mind-bending, confusing answers that are difficult to understand and work through, because our powers of discernment are trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil (Hebrews 5:14).

If we ask God to “increase our faith” (Luke 17:5), what should we expect to receive? To be repeatedly put into situations where we discover that our perceptions are not trustworthy so that we are forced to trust Christ’s promises, “for we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

If we ask God to help us “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” (Colossians 1:10), what should we expect to receive? Answers that require more humility, gentleness, patience, and bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2) than we thought possible. Answers that might result in destitution, affliction, and mistreatment, the common lot of many saints throughout history “of whom the world was not worthy” (Hebrews 11:38).

If we ask God to help us stop serving money so that we can serve him more wholeheartedly, what should we expect to receive? An uncomfortable amount of opportunities to give money away, expenses that deplete reserves we’ve been stashing away, maybe even a job loss — answers that push us to us despise (ignore, turn away from, release) money and cling to God (Luke 16:13).

If we ask for our joy to be made more full (John 16:24), to experience more happiness in God, what should we expect to receive? Answers that cause earthly joys we once thought gain to become empty, hollow, and loss and that push us to search for the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:8).

Expect the Unexpected

When God begins to answer our prayers, we often find his answers disorienting. Circumstances might take unexpected courses, health might deteriorate, painful relational dynamics might develop, financial difficulties might occur, and spiritual and emotional struggles might emerge that seem unconnected. We can feel like we’re going backward because we are not clearly moving forward. We cry out in painful confusion and exasperation (Psalm 13:1Job 30:20) when what’s really happening is that God is answering our prayers. We just expected the answer to look and feel different.

This being true, we might be tempted to not even ask God for such things. I mean, who wants unpleasant answers to prayers for joy?

Don’t be deceived into this short-sighted thinking. Remember Jesus’s promise: “Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24). If the path to full joy is sometimes hard, and Jesus tells us it is (John 16:33Matthew 7:14), that is no reason not to take it! What do you want? Low, shallow, thin joys? No! Go for full joy! And remember what the writer of Hebrews tells us:

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11)

With regard to God’s answers to prayer, expect the unexpected. Most of the greatest gifts and deepest joys that God gives us come wrapped in painful packages.

Jon Bloom (@Bloom_Jon) serves as author, board chair, and co-founder of Desiring God. He is author of three books, Not by SightThings Not Seen, and Don’t Follow Your Heart. He and his wife have five children and make their home in the Twin Cities

The Prayer That Can Change the Way You Read the Bible

For the word of God is alive and powerful. …

Hebrews 4:12

Whatever you’re facing right now, God’s Word has wisdom for you. In fact, like Hebrews 4:12 says, the Word of God is alive. The words in the Bible that were written more than 2,000 years ago have something profound to say about our everyday struggles today.

If you follow Christ, Romans 8:11 says that you have access to the power of the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit that rose Jesus from the dead. The same Holy Spirit that inspired Paul to write letters to churches around the world that now inspire us. The same Holy Spirit that spoke to King David as he wrote some of the Psalms.

How awesome is that? When you read the Bible, the Holy Spirit can speak to you — just as He did to the authors of the Scriptures! When you need wisdom from God’s Word, the Holy Spirit is ready to guide you. Where is the best place to start? Prayer.

Don’t let the idea of prayer intimidate you. Prayer simply means talking to God, and then listening to Him. Even Jesus prayed. And because Jesus said several times, “When you pray…,” we know that He expects us to pray, too.

The next time you open the Bible App to read (or listen to) God’s Word, take a moment to pray. If you’re not sure where to begin, here’s a good place to start:

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me a way to talk to You. As I read the Bible today, please send Your Holy Spirit to meet with me, and speak to me through Your Word. Amen.

The danger of religion in church

Clint Decker

“Come on.  Let’s go!”  Every Sunday morning, including every Easter, since I was three years old all six of our family were rushing out the door to church.  In the early years, dad was driving with us, later on he was already there because he was the pastor.

From those toddler years until I was 20, I had been to-and-through everything related to church; Sunday services, vacation Bible schools, youth group meetings, church membership, baptism, communion, and the list goes on.  However, no one except my mother ever talked with me about where I stood with God, and that was one conversation.  Everyone else, including me, must have assumed I was in good standing with the Lord.  Boy was I wrong.  If I would have died as a youth, I am not sure what I would have said if God would have asked me, “Clint.  Good to see you!  Tell me, why do you think I should let you into this heaven I have built?  Beautiful isn’t it?”  My mind would either have gone totally blank or I would have quietly mumbled my list of church achievements.

Jesus once said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:21-23).

Notice how these people thought because they were involved in church activities and doing good, that it was okay between themselves and Jesus.  However, to their surprise on Judgement Day, they learned they had it all wrong.

What was the problem?  Look at Jesus’ response to them, “I never knew you.”  As the people approached Jesus, He looked at them carefully and did not recognize any personal relationship with them.  They were complete strangers.  There was no love between them.  No friendship.  Nothing.

This was a picture of me.  Every Sunday I was in the presence of Jesus.  I read His Word.  I was baptized in His name.  I joined His church.  I even prayed in His name.  Yet, I never loved Him.  I never considered Him my King, my Lord, my Savior . . . my friend.  I had nothing but empty religion.

But praise God!  Rather than letting me wait until Judgment Day to learn this, He opened my spiritual eyes, called me to Himself and transformed me into a new man.  Today I can confidently say, “Jesus is mine and I am His.”

For over 400 years, the United States has had the name of Jesus preached across it.  We have heard how He suffered, died on a cross, and three days later rose again from the dead.  This Easter message is not new to us, nor does it cost us anything to be religious and go to church in America . . . but it costs you EVERYTHING to know and follow Jesus.  Do not be surprised on Judgment Day.  Do you love Him?

A prayer for you to pray – “Lord God, examine my heart.  Point out if I do church and religious things out of obligation, to seek favor with you or to receive praise from others?  Search me.  Do I really love you Lord Jesus?  Are you really my Savior and my friend?  Today, I turn from religion and to You.  Forgive me of my sins and help me to know you personally for the first time.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.”

START WHERE YOU ARE

by Chuck Swindoll

Jonah 1-4

To start over, you have to know where you are. To get somewhere else, it’s necessary to know where you’re presently standing. That’s true in a department store or a big church, on a freeway or a college campus . . . or in life, for that matter. Very, very seldom does anybody “just happen” to end up on the right road. The process involved in redirecting our lives is often painful, slow, and even confusing. Occasionally, it seems unbearable.

Take Jonah. (No one else wanted to.) He was prejudiced, bigoted, stubborn, openly rebellious, and spiritually insensitive. Other prophets ran to the Lord. He ran from Him. Others declared the promises of God with fervent zeal. Not Jonah. He was about as motivated as a six-hundred-pound grizzly in mid-January.

Somewhere down the line, the prophet got his inner directions cross-wired. He wound up, of all places, on a ship in the Mediterranean Sea bound for a place named Tarshish. That was due west. God had told him to go to Nineveh. That was due east. (That’s like flying from Los Angeles to Berlin by way of Honolulu.) But Jonah never got to Tarshish, as you may remember. Through a traumatic chain of events, Jonah began to get his head together in the digestive tract of a gigantic fish.

What a place to start over! Slopping around in the seaweed and juices inside that monster, fishing for a match to find his way out, Jonah took a long, honest look at his short, dishonest life. For the first time in a long time, the prophet brushed up on his prayer life. He yelled for mercy. He recited psalms. He promised the Lord that he would keep his vow and get back on target. Only one creature on earth felt sicker than Jonah—the fish, in whose belly Jonah bellowed. Up came the prophet, who hit the road running—toward Nineveh.

Changing directions requires knowing where you are. It necessitates taking time to honestly admit your present condition. It means facing the music, standing alone inside the fish and coming to terms with those things that need attention, fishing in the seaweed for a match. Before you find your way out, you must determine where you are. Exactly. Once that is accomplished, you’re ready to start over.

SEVEN ATTRIBUTES OF A DISCIPLE

Now that we know that a disciple is a follower of Jesus and a student of God’s Word, what are the characteristics of a disciple of Jesus? I will list seven characteristics of a disciple of Jesus. They are as follows:

  1. A disciple (student) will be like his master(teacher) (Luke 6:40)
  2. A disciple (student) must lay down his “psuche/soulish” life to obtain “Zoe” life (Luke 14:26)
  3. A disciple (student) must bear his own cross (Luke 14:27)
  4. A disciple (student) will forsake all he has and deny himself to serve Jesus (Matthew 16:24, Luke 14:33)
  5. A disciple (student) will bear much fruit (John 15:8)
  6. A disciple (student) will have love one for another (John 13:34-35)
  7. A disciple (student) will continue in God’s Word (John 8:32)

Romans 8:28

And we know that all (These) things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

  1. Made Me Free

2: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free

2.The Spirit Of God Dwell In You

9. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

3. Received The Spirit Of Adoption

14. led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God,

4. The Firstfruits Of The Spirit

23: For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan

5.  Saved By Hope

24: For we are saved by hope:

6.  With Patience Wait

25:we with patience wait for it.

7.  The Spirit Maketh Intercession

27:  the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:28  And we know that all (These) things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

From the Strongs Definition all, the whole all, the whole of any, each, every, anything totality, everything  
Word Usage – Total: 5345
all 4045, all for every 2, all his and every 1, all his everything 1, all its the entire 1, all the and every 1, all the of every 1, all the everywhere 1, all the throughout 1, all your concerning everything 1, all your to every 1, all your throughout 1, all men 2, all these 1, all things 11, altogether 1, always* 15, annually* 2, any 176, any or by all 2, any* 5, anyone 12, anyone* 2, anything 31, anything* 6, anywhere 3, anywhere* 1, both 2, complete 2, completely 5, continually* 15, countryside* 1, during 1, each 4, each one 1, each* 1, earnestly* 1, else 1, entire 16, entirely 1, every 366, every and everyone 1, every in all 1, every of all 4, every of any 1, every pertaining to all 1, every man 1, every one 1, every one 12, every thing 1, every way 1, everyone 96, everyone’s 3, everyone* 3, everything 52, everything* 4, everywhere 2, everywhere* 2, far 1, farthest 1, forever* 10, full 2, gaping 1, health* 1, just* 6, life* 1, lifetime* 1, long* 9, mere 1, much 1, no one 1, no* 33, none* 13, nothing* 12, one 3, only 1, perpetually* 2, plenty 1, something* 1, there is everywhere 1, throughout 20, throughout and all 1, throughout the whole 1, throughout all 1, throughout* 1, total 6, totally 2, utter 1, variety 1, whatever 24, whatever* 40, whenever 4, wherever* 20, whoever 45, whoever then any 1, whoever* 6, whoever…any 3, whole 125, whole and let all 1, whole and all 3, wholehearted* 1, wholly 2, whomever* 3

Should Christians Use Social Media

by Tim Breckheimer 2017


Social media is not an overnight phenomena. It has actually been around for quite a while. It started using social media back in the early to mid 90’s when AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ and Yahoo Groups were the big things. But when things like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube showed up, social media exploded. As with any trend, the question comes up as to whether it is okay for a Christian to take part in it. Is social media completely bad? Or can it be used for some good?


Over the years I have heard many preachers who have either spoken about or preached against the use of social media from the pulpit. While most will speak against the overuse or abuse of social media, along with warnings of the evils that can be present, some will go as far has to say that Bible believers should not use social media at all. I’ve seen where some pastors will even go as far as bullying their congregations by calling them rebels, or not letting people serve in their church if they use Facebook. Meanwhile, they, themselves, have no problem using YouTube, which is full of trash and filth. Instead of preaching the Book, and letting the Holy Spirit do the convicting, they preach their personal preferences or convictions which often sounds more like a dictatorship.


I often find that those who take such an extreme stand against social media either have no real idea what social media is, had never been on social media, or they were on for a short bit of time and didn’t care for it or didn’t like what they were seeing their unsaved family and friends post. I get it. I’ve had to remove some people who constantly posted drama, backbiting, and gossip on Facebook. And there is certainly nothing wrong with preaching against those types of things, because they can happen in everyday life, let alone social media. Can Facebook and other social media be used for evil? Absolutely. But that, in and of itself, does not make those things evil. It is no different than when radio, television and the telephone came on the scene. All of those things are primarily used for evil communications these days. But does that make them evil? No. Can anything good come out of using those things? Yes. Just like radio, television and the telephone, social media is merely a means of communications. How and what you communicate and what you allow to be communicated to you is what is important.


I’ve heard more than one preacher say that Facebook is like looking out your window to see what your neighbors are up to. And although it sounded funny, it was obvious that these preachers have no idea how Facebook works. First, you can’t see anything unless the person posting it has allowed you to see it. Second, posting something on Facebook is no different than making a phone call to tell someone your news. Except with Facebook you can reach a lot of people at once.


It has been said that there are no biblical reasons to use Facebook or other social media. Well, although there are no scriptures that directly relate to social media, there is actually more scripture to support the use of social media than there are for Sunday School, a bus ministry, or inviting a lost person to church. In fact, here are some great scriptural ways that anyone can use social media, like Facebook.


1. WITNESSING. 

Mark 16:15 

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Facebook is a great way to give your testimony, present the gospel and post scripture in a format where it might be read by friends, family or other lost people.

2. PRAYER AND FELLOWSHIP.

James 5:16

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” 

Philippians 2:1-2

“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”

During the week I enjoy the moments of fellowship that I often have with like-minded believers on Facebook. We post about our joys, sorrows, prayer requests and Bible quotes. On more than one occasion I was lifted up by a post on a day when I was feeling down. I have had others tell me the same thing. These are all things we are supposed to do, and when using Facebook as a source to carry those things out, I fail to see where that is evil.

Social mediums, whether it be telephone, internet or face-to-face, should never take the place of the local church. Chatting or having Bible study via those mediums is not a bad thing, but should never replace attending a local, bible-believing church when it is possible.

3. STUDY.

2 Timothy 2:15

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

I often use different topics and threads on Facebook as a springboard to a serious Bible study. Comments and Bible references are made, and questions are asked. It is really not a whole lot different then checking out a commentary or reading a book on a certain passage or subject from the Bible. The biggest difference is that questions can be asked to those posting their comments.

So, as you can see there are at least three good, biblical ways to use Facebook. Just like anything else in life that has the potential to be used for both good and evil, it all depends on how you choose to use it.

One last thing I would like to address is this idea going around that Mark Zuckerberg plans to make Facebook the new church. The thing is, this kind of mentality has been around long before Zuckerberg and Facebook. As I stated before, there have been different groups and forums on the internet for more than 20 years. I highly doubt Zuckerberg will succeed in replacing the local church. However, there will always be those who will choose to forsake the assembling together in a local church setting as the Lord originally planned and use social media fellowships as an excuse to not have to go to church. A true Bible believer knows that he or she should attend a local, Bible-believing church when it is possible.

Preacher, please stick with preaching the King James Bible and stop trying to bully people into conforming to your image and living your personal convictions.

I’ll leave off with this chapter from the book of Romans.

Romans 12:1-21

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Psalm 145:1-7

I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

Psalm 145:1-7

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