Recession-proof Christian Life
6/9/10 at 04:26 PM 0 Comments

Internet Evangelism...A new Enlargement or Blocker?

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Isaiah 54: [2] Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

Discover a new capability to address spiritual hunger and spread truths of God to millions - inexpensively, without large staff/infrastructure or resources and also without a massive supporting network organisation. The internet offers the speed, scale and the simplicity to stretch in completely new terrains and reach new peoples in record times.

All that seems to be needed is basic interest in Technology (you do not have to be a techie) and a decent internet connection...and of course a passion for God and the gospel. Is it not wonderful - the endless possibilities for the gospel to be made available to people all over the world...especially to previously unreached civilisations? How about a new tool to catalyse the much needed awakening amongst comatose believers which also spreads the truths of Godliness and repentance with viral speed - bringing about the much talked about Revival we have been longing and praying for years to see.

The Great Commission is indeed going digital... a new term "Internet Evangelism" has come to stay...a new ministry of Internet Evangelists emerged. Just a few minutes on the laptop on the plane or in the hotel room can result in an article sent around the world that can move someone closer to God somewhere in the unknown corners of the globe. Prayer points can be gathered and acted upon from an aching soul somewhere typing an outpouring of her grief and burdens in a comment. Comforts can be ministered and just-in-time to the hurting. Internet publishers find and send messages to wherever it is needed while content managers find articles and use them to develop even richer content.

So what is God asking us to do?

First, the internet digital channel must be soaked in prayers. We must pray. "Let the Holy Spirit illuminate hearts with the message of truth. Let the message come alive and let it deliver, bless and empower. Let the new Internet Evangelists receive their new commissions with fresh zeal, divine empowerment and boldness." We must pray that the Holy Spirit will mobilise His Internet Evangelists with rich persuasive and anointed material and revelation that will usher millions out of darkness to marvelous light.

But there are also many dangers. Evil is being proclaimed at the rooftops and called good and good called evil. Darkness is termed light and light darkness...More darkening counsel is now so pervasive and seductive becoming a subtle blocker - highly effective in insulating the mind even further against empowering truth. The message that there is no absolute truth may have found the perfect tool to propagate anything and everything. Everyone can now be "the angel Gabriel" with a message of conception. Therefore there must be prayer as Isaiah prayed...to frustrate the counsel of the ungodly.

Isaiah 5: [20] Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Intercessors must cry out and declare Proverbs 19[21] There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

All other counsel must come to nought. Do not assume the digital revolution will push the gospel message by default. More likely - without prayers, it will obscure and confuse issues and build fresh walls against the gospel...so we must pray...and NOW.

The world already evangelises more effectively all within its reach - with its own gospel of godlessness - 24*7and 360 degrees... using media, education, arts, culture, business, music, science etc and does not seem to need an altar call, crusade, denomination or planned service meeting to find and disciple its converts. It does a far better job (I dare say) than we do. We do thank God for the restraining force of the Holy Spirit that keeps lawlessness at bay.

We must not just pray but diligently embrace the digital revolution and flood the media with the gospel...preaching more of Jesus and His message of salvation rather than ourselves and our persuasions...lest we fall into the common traps of previous movements.

Article was originally oublished in www.recessionproofchristianlife.com.

Bode is also author of a new Christian Book Wealth out of Ashes .

God bless you.

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