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In this issue:

Christians and Social Media
Joe R. Price

The gospel teaches us to always be truthful (Eph. 4:25; Col. 3:9). That includes our language and conduct on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It is so important, when we are active on these platforms, to maintain and advance the virtues of godliness and righteousness, always being “children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Phil. 2:15).

Best-selling author Lisa Bevere noted, “There’s a huge danger when it comes to social media, because there’s often no accountability” (“Lisa Bevere Cautions Christians Using Social Media: Just Because It’s Viral Doesn’t Mean God Approves,” Leah MarieAnn Klett,  Our accountability to God ought to inform and flavor our conduct online (2 Cor. 5:10). With that in mind, consider some practical applications for all of us who are on social media.

Beware the Mob Mentality

The anonymity of social media can be a great temptation to say whatever we want to say without any (supposed) consequences. We should remember we will give an account of every idle word in the day of judgment before posting careless, hurtful comments (Matt. 12:36-37).  Our words on the internet must be seasoned with grace, not loaded with animosity (Col. 4:6).

The mob mentality thrives on the expectation of remaining faceless and nameless. Yet, we are known by name to our Creator, who always sees us (Heb. 4:13). Rushing headlong with the crowd to do and to condone evil was sin in Israel, and it continues to be so (Exo. 23:2; Eph. 5:11). Just because everyone gives a “like” to something does not mean you should. Be thoughtful and careful where you put your influence on social media, because it will be there for a very long time.

Verify Before You Share and Retweet

There is no question that some things we read on the internet stir our moral, religious and political zeal. It just has to be true, because we want it to be true (perhaps, because it confirms what we already believe). But, are we sure the information is accurate? Or, we do just “run with it?” Have we verified the source of the information? Are we confident it is true? Or, do we thoughtlessly forward it on, never even considering its accuracy? (Isn’t that how “fake news” gets to be “fake?”)

The Scriptures teach us to be careful with the information we communicate to others. If the tongue is a deadly fire, then the computer or cellphone keyboard is a raging inferno (Jas. 3:5-8). We should slow down and consider before spreading information online: It is true? Does it promote righteousness? Am I being an example of godliness by transmitting this? Am I supporting truth or error, goodness or evil? Scripture says, “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil” (Prov. 15:28).

We expose ourselves to shame when we fail to pause and verify what is true: “He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him” (Prov. 18:13). We also expose ourselves to correction that otherwise would be unnecessary: “The first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him” (Prov. 18:17).

When we are active on the internet and social media, this humorous reminder should help us maintain an honest perspective about accepting and forwarding what we find there: “Not everything you read on the internet is true.” -Abraham Lincoln 

Watch Your Language

The “comments” sections of websites are full of terrible remarks. Social media is filled with extremely coarse, vulgar, and abusive language. Such expressions as “OMG” are commonplace. (After all, it rolls off of tongues millions of times a day, so of course we see it online.) Euphemistic exclamations may seem less offensive than other expletives, but curses such as “Oh my God” are also profane and offensive to God (Exo. 20:7; Lev. 19:12). We speak what is in our hearts (Matt. 12:34-35). Whether it is profanity or other sins of the tongue (like gossip, backbiting, maliciousness, etc.), we must guard against the temptation posed by social media. Self-control cannot go out the window just because we use Windows (or Apple) to communicate with the world.

Do Not Promote Religious Error

We are always to hold fast the word of life, and that includes refusing to be sucked into condoning the religious platitudes and errors so prevalent on social media (Phil. 2:16). Scriptures are often use out of their context and misapplied via social media content. Many religious people on social media want you to “like” their content, their teachings and their activities. It is tempting to do so, instead of first examining whether we should promote or expose what they have said (Eph. 5:11; 2 Jno. 9-11). If it is not the truth of the gospel, let us kindly try to teach them instead of blindly giving our voice to their error (1 Jno. 4:1).

Do Not Promote Immorality

This should go without saying. Yet, we see Christians immodestly dressed in their social media photos. This present age (via social media) is overwhelming the moral sensibilities and values of Christians, young and old. It is better to be spoken evil of by people, yet accepted by God, than to have their praise, but God’s rejection (1 Pet. 4:1-4). We must “come out and be separate,” not blend in to be accepted by the world (2 Cor. 6:17-18).

Much good can be done on social media, including gospel teaching and preaching. These warnings are not intended to hinder godly use of social media. They are meant to remind us of Solomon’s wisdom whenever we spend time online: “The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them” (Proverbs 11:3). 


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

Are You Truly A Christian?
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  John 12:42-50

We wish to investigate some of the more frequently heard reasons why people think they are Christians, and compare those reasons with the Bible (Acts 17:11-12).


  A. You Believe Something about Jesus, Jno. 12:42-43; Jas. 2:19 (Mk. 1:23-24). Jno. 8:23-24, 58; Acts 6:7; 10:34-35; Matt. 7:21
  B. You are Religious, Acts 8:26-39; 2:42; Jas. 1:26-27. Matt. 6:1; Acts 19:11-16
  C. You are Moral, Acts 10:1-2, 22. Acts 11:14; Phil. 4:8.
  D. You are Sincere, Acts 26:9-11; Phil. 3:4-6; 1 Pet. 2:1.
  E. You have been Baptized, Acts 19:1-5; 8:38; Rom. 6:4; Mk. 16:16; Gal.3:27; Acts 2:41, 47; 1 Cor. 12:13.
  F. You are a Member of a Church, Eph. 4:4; Eph. 3:10-11; Acts 20:28; Matt. 16:18.


  A. A Christian is a Disciple of Jesus, Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Pet. 4:16.
  B. A Christian is Saved From Past Sins, Eph. 1:7 (Mk. 16:16).
  C. A Christian Lives Faithfully, Rom. 6:4; Lk. 6:46; Eph. 2:10; Heb. 5:9 (Gal. 2:20).
  D. A Christian Bears the Image of Christ, Col. 3:10; Lk. 9:23; 14:33; Matt. 6:33, 19-21. 

1. A Christian is a child of God, saved, born again, a disciple of Christ.
2. Become a Christian God’s way (H-B-R-C-B) – Put on Christ, Gal. 3:26-27.
3. Are you truly a Christian? Become one now.


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

Is the Lord's Supper to be Eaten as a Table Meal?
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  1 Corinthians 11:17-22

1. Jude warned of false teachers, Jude 12.
2. It is false teaching that the Lord’s supper is a time for table fellowship (a table meal).


  A. Bible Commentators do not Agree.
  B. Early Church History Does Not Sustain the Table Fellowship View of Jude 12.
  C. Some Liken Love Feasts to Luke 14:12-14.
  D. Context of Jude 12 does not Compel this Forced Explanation.
  E. Our Concern is Agreement with the Faith, Jude 3; 2 Thess. 2:15; 1 Cor. 4:17; Col. 3:17; 1 Pet. 4:11.
  F. What are the “Love Feasts” of Jude 12? (2 Pet. 2:13) -Three possibilities:
    1. Continual life of Christian (1 Cor. 5:8).
    2. House to house eating (Acts 2:46).
    3. The Lord’s Supper (Matt. 26:26-29).
  G. NT is Silent on Approving So-called “Table Fellowship” as Lord’s Supper, 1 Cor. 10:21.


  A. What is Table Fellowship?
  B. Radical Restoration by F. LaGard Smith.


  A. 1 Corinthians 11 Rebukes and Rejects the Table Fellowship Application of Lord’s Supper.
  B. Eating “From House to House” is Different from the Jerusalem Church Coming Together in One Place, Acts 2:46 (42); cf. Acts 20:7 (11).
  C. NT Pattern: Local Churches Came Together for Memorial Supper, 1 Cor. 11:22.

Lord’s supper is a communion with Christ.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Pacific Northwest Evangelicals
Joe R. Price

Research for this column brought my attention to “The Pacific Northwest is the American religious future,” by Mark Silk ( Silk is “Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and director of the college’s Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life.” He cited a recent study: “In Washington and Oregon, the proportion of adults who say they have no religion has risen from just above 20% to 32%, while in B.C. it has gone from 35% to 44%. Among young adults, the proportions are considerably higher.” While assessing evangelicals in Cascadia (the cross-border region of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia), Silk observed:

Two decades ago, they saw Cascadia as a mission territory ripe for making major inroads on the vast number of the unchurched. Then, they understood themselves as at the crest of a powerful evangelical wave sweeping over America.

Now they see themselves as living on the shore of ebb-tide Christianity and are finding ways to accommodate to the dominant culture. Increasingly, they have become open to (if not quite affirming of) LGBTQ members. They are soft on abortion. They embrace the environment. Some even go so far as to foreswear evangelization.

“‘There’s an effort on the part of evangelicals (in the region) to redefine themselves,” said Michael Wilkinson, a sociology professor at Trinity Western University in B.C. “Their confidence is gone.” (Ibid)

Accommodate the culture. Open to LGBTQ members. Soft on abortion. Give up on evangelism. These markers may be true of PNW evangelicals, but they must never define New Testament Christians, here or elsewhere. The militancy of the gospel combats sin, converts hearts, and commands our obedience. Evangelicals do not teach God’s truth on many things, including how to be saved. We do. We must keep doing so in this dark world. Christians are defined by Christ’s word, not by the prevailing culture (Rom. 12:2). 


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