Can Facebook change my spiritual life? Part 2 Guest: Cristi Prunean on Logos Podcasting

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From www.logospodcasting.com  Producer: Dan Miclea Text: Agnus Dei. This lecture is from the West Coast Romanian Youth Conference, May 2014. You can watch the messages here – „Beyond This Moment” 2014 West Coast Romanian Youth Convention.

facebook haloBasically, we’re gonna look at some aspects of social media.

  • We’re gonna take a look at some statistics that are absolutely mind boggling, in terms of how pervasive and how popular social media is.
  • We’re going to look at what social media does from the psychological aspect- to what it does to the person who uses social media very often.
  • From there, we will transition into some spiritual aspects. I believe that if one is active in social media, that account can be ‘kind of’ a snapshot of their spiritual status and I will provide evidence for it today.
  • Then, we will look at some case scenarios. Let’s just say that these will be some hypothetical examples, but the thing is that many of those hypothetical examples have actually occurred in the Romanian Christian community. So, let’s just say from the beginning that these are hypothetical, so I don’t want you guys to go and look up people’s accounts, to see who has done what.

Let’s take a look at 3 cases. We’re going to consider these hypothetical cases Even though they may have happened; they probably did happen. But I am not pointing a finger towards anyone. This is for our own learning.

Young Ladies: About Those Twitter and Facebook Pictures....

Case #1 – We’ll call it the bump. Has anyone seen pregnancy bumps on Facebook? Belly bumps? The belly button sticking out each week. Some people think they’re cool, some think they’re annoying. I’m kind of indifferent to them. It’s okay. But some people are really irked by them. We’re gonna put a spin on this. Let’s say that a young couple gets engaged, then they get married  at a local church and on their honeymoon, they start posting pictures on Instagram and Facebook. And this is the honeymoon picture that they posted. So, here we have a lady who is pregnant, 16 weeks along, maybe 20 weeks, and this is a honeymoon picture. And this is, surely, after the wedding. What we have here is a result of sexual sin and we have a display of sexual sin. So, now we have 2 concepts we will deal with here. With private repentance, this is lack of conviction for that sin. What should you do? Should you, instead, come to the cross, and repent privately of that sin? This couple has clearly lived in sin prior to getting married. Now, instead of privately repenting, they are inundating our news feeds with a display of their sin. Is this okay? Repentance from sin is crucial in the process of salvation. And again, lying is the same as sexual sin. In the eyes of God, things [sins] are not different. Like greed, they’re all the same, they all lead to death, without question. But in our minds, when we read Scripture, Scripture sets sexual sin in its own category and there’s a reason for that. There are some objections to my objection.

So, let’s review the objections to my objections. They may say, „Well, what’s the big deal? They are getting married. They’re already married. Look, it happened. Just forget about it and move on.”  Here’s the counterargument. The counterargument is that intimate objections are meant only and only for marriage, Jesus said, and He quotes Scripture here, „A man shall leave his mother and father and be joined to his wife.” Critical word, here. „And the two shall become flesh.” Matthew 19:4. The woman has to be his wife. They cannot just be engaged. They have to be married; they have to make that public commitment before the Lord. And we mentioned that sexual sin is in a category of its own. You may not be aware of this, but Paul lays down this doctrine in 1 Corinthians. He says: „Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but a sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18. „He who commits adultery lacks sense. He who does it, destroys himself. He will get wounds and dishonor. And his disgrace will not be wiped away.” So, people will talk about these things when they show up in your feed. They will talk about it. I’m not saying this happens a lot, but, if you look back in the past 25 years that I’ve been in my church, I can think of examples where this particular thing has occurred in the Romanian community, on the West Coast.

So, what can you do about it? Well, at the first level of what you can do is private encouragement. You can approach the person and ask them to remove their picture, if you feel that they’re your friend, you can go to them with that kind of information: „You can come to the cross,” you can explain that. The next level would be considering the involvement of other brothers and sisters, the pastor. This is what a spiritual leader does.This is a Matthew 18 doctrine, in how to approach doctrine and sin inside the church. The final level, I call this the nuclear option. Do not go nuclear unless you are absolutely sure, that you want to do this and you’re prepared to do something like this. I recently saw someone go nuclear in the past month. I saw someone go nuclear on Facebook. Someone posted a video of a young child being baptized. They were baptized by their parents, the mom. We are evangelicals and the majority of evangelicals are credobaptists. That is, we do not believe in baptizing small children, we baptize teenagers or adults who make a profession of faith. So, someone took exception to this video and went absolutely nuclear on that particular thread. I can’t really go into details, cause it’s not worth it. But the thing is you should be careful, You’ve got to do it lovingly; you can’t just start posting Scripture and damn them to hell. We are called to encourage and to exhort. So keep that in mind. Don’t ever go nuclear unless you’re absolutely sure you know what you’re doing. I’ve never actually done that and will probably never do it. Nuclear, by the way, means going public with the information, telling the church, essentially. (Matthew 18)

Now, still, case #1 – The bump- Let’s look at the public reaction to the photo of the pregnancy that has occurred while living in sin. The picture gets a bunch of likes and happy comments from church folks. Is there a problem with that? That’s something we’ve got to think about. You know, there’s a verse in 1 Corinthians 5, there’s a case of immorality in the church and Paul talks about it as in „You’re boasting about it”. He says, „You, instead, should mourn, not boast about it.” One can say, „Well, we gave them a like because they chose to not hide it. We gave them a like because they chose not to have an abortion”. That’s something valid. That’s actually a very valid argument. But, I still think it’s a problem to post it in public.

Let’s look at Case #2 – Two church going college students – this case is hypothetical. Let’s say they live on the East Coast and they are dating within a group a couple of months. And then, they start dating alone after a couple of months. And, after a couple of weeks of dating alone they do this on Facebook. Has anyone seen this before in a relationship? They declare „I am in a relationship with this person”. There’s nothing wrong with that, by the way. But, let’s say they actually do this. Let’s talk about the consequences of prematurely advertising  a relationship in public. In the first 24 hours, this post gets 100 likes. So now, everybody is aware that this is going on. Then there’s some comments that come up, below. People saying, „You guys look so cute.” „You’re a beautiful couple.” „Congratulations…” And then a smart aleck shows up and starts saying things like, „Awesome! When’s the wedding?” And then, some other guy shows up, another smart aleck, „You better invite me to your wedding.” And then, the young couple gets a little anxious because they realize that maybe they made the announcement too early. And, I don’t like those kinds of things, people making fun of us.

Or, again, hypothetical, we have a situation where a couple of months later they post a destination picture. Is there anything wrong with a couple posting a destination picture? A destination picture is when you go somewhere far away, like Mexico or Hawaii and now, people are asking questions, „Why are these 2 going somewhere far away? Are they living in sin?” Why do these things have to run through our head? Are they in different hotel rooms? What are they doing? You know? I’ve seen a number of these among the thousand friends that I have. It’s very interesting. So the thing is, be careful, the consequences of your posts and realize what the implications are. Who is gonna see this? Your parents. Maybe your pastor is gonna see this. These things have real life consequences. If you mark yourself in a relationship, the entire United States is going to know you are in a relationship. And then a month later when that sign comes off, nobody is gonna know that the sign has come off. That you’re not in a relationship anymore, that you broke up. So you have labeled yourself and when you go to the youth convention, the opposite sex is gonna think that you’re in a relationship and they’re not gonna wanna be interested in you. They’ll be kind of put off a little bit. So, be careful. Is this gonna affect your future? Be very careful.

Case # 3. Last case here – Call this case the theologian. This will be interesting. Question is: Who is the theologian? I’m gonna paint a picture for you here. The theologian is a 30 year old young man, usually unmarried, or could be married, who was raised in the Romanian pentecostal church. He attended church and he was not born again. He just went to church because his parents made him go to church and so, he left the church. There are countless cases like this, which I can think of right now. He left a Romanian church and by the grace of God, somehow and some way, God tracked him down and he became saved. He was saved, not in a Romanian church, but in an American church, and maybe even a non-pentecostal church. So now, his mission in life is to deal with his past. And his mission in life is to take down the pentecostal Romanian churches, to take down „the heresies” that are being taught in the Romanian church- in his mind. This is like his mission now.

So, he goes around posting things like this- we’re not gonna discuss this post and the theology behind it, but I just wanna show you. Jean Calvin’s most famous quote: „God preordained from his own glory in the display of his attributes of mercy and justice upon the human race without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation.” In another part „and just punishment  for sinus eternal damnation.” This is the doctrine of double predestination. So, our young man, knowing full well that the Romanian church is arminian, and does not subscribe to this doctrine, he posts this even though 80% of his friends are in the Romanian church. So he posts it and what happens? People take exception to this. This can get very heated. So a thread like this one can easily gather a few hundred comments. There are Bible verses being posted at first. And then, later on, we graduate from Bible verses to virtual attacks and all sorts of comments and even fighting. It definitely happens. This was his goal after all, to show how problematic the Romanian church is. But he’s not doing that/ All he’s doing is generating fights among the brethren. So, subjects like this can definitely be discussed, but I encourage that it be done privately. Do it in a private chat session or in a secret or private group on Facebook and not in a place where 400 of your friends can see it, and make a fool of yourself.

Here’s what John Piper says about social media: „I strive to fill this media with as much provocative, reasonable , Bible saturated, prayerful, relational, Christ exalting, truth driven, serious, creative pointers to true greatness, as I can.”

Then, I want to mention 2 John 12- Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

Well, the most advanced technology back then was a paper and a pen, and mail. Well, the most advanced technology we have today is Facebook or Instagram, email, texting. And he says, ” I would much rather come to you and speak to you face to face, as opposed to using technology. And I just want to exhort you guys to use social media to supplement, to augment your relationships. You must set your relationships in real life, not in the social media. Social media cannot replace them. You know, if someone was to ask me, „What was the most painful thing that you have experienced on Facebook?” Maybe someone might think: Oh, maybe a real mean comment someone made. Or maybe someone tagged me in an inappropriate picture and I wasn’t even part of that picture. But, to me, the most painful thing I’ve experienced on Facebook has to do with these spiritual aspect of things. I have seen, not once, not twice, but 3 times, people declaring their apostasy on Facebook. They have come out and made an announcement to the world that they have now rejected the faith. Like: „I am no longer Christian, for these reasons.” And they give reasons. Three times I’ve seen that and one of them, actually, I still talk to him pretty often and I try to kind of reason with him. But the thing is that these people can very quickly fall into a hardened state, very very hardened and it’s very difficult to get through to them because they are blinded by their own hardening. It’s important to keep in mind these things, the dangers of social media.

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Can Facebook change my spiritual life? Part 1 Guest: Cristi Prunean on Logos Podcasting

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From www.logospodcasting.com  Producer: Dan Miclea Text: Agnus Dei. This lecture is from the West Coast Romanian Youth Conference, May 2014. You can watch the messages here – „Beyond This Moment” 2014 West Coast Romanian Youth Convention.

facebook haloIs there anybody here who is not on social media, in some way, shape or form? I know one, over there. Besides him, is there anyone who doesn’t have a social media account: instagram, Facebook ? Alright. You definitely came to the right place. So, let us get started. So, what do we want to do today? Basically, we’re gonna look at some aspects of social media.

  • We’re gonna take a look at some statistics that are absolutely mind boggling, in terms of how pervasive and how popular social media is.
  • We’re going to look at what social media does from the psychological aspect- to what it does to the person who uses social media very often.
  • From there, we will transition into some spiritual aspects. I believe that if one is active in social media, that account can be ‘kind of’ a snapshot of their spiritual status and I will provide evidence for it today.
  • Then, we will look at some case scenarios. Let’s just say that these will be some hypothetical examples, but the thing is that many of those hypothetical examples have actually occurred in the Romanian Christian community. So, let’s just say from the beginning that these are hypothetical, so I don’t want you guys to go and look up people’s accounts, to see who has done what.

STATISTICS

Data from about 6 months ago, shows- Facebook was at about 1.15 billion members. Currently, it’s close to 1.3 billion users. This Google + thing, no one really knows what it is, but if you use it, if you have a gmail account, you’re already pretty much signed up for this. I don’t know how many people actually use it. Then, there’s this funny little beast called Instagram. Instagram is a newer service, extremely popular with young people. Twitter- many of you guys do follow people on Twitter. Twitter is not as friendly for picture exchanges and stuff like that, as Instagram and Facebook, but still. Then, we’ve got some other services that are not quite so popular, like a new one – Snapchat- that will probably become very popular, shortly, here, in the next couple of years.

Look at the rise of Facebook. This is just in the last  few years, 2010. It’s more than tripled now (2014) to 1.3 billion people. And then, half those people are active on their cell phones. And then there are many who are only using cell phones, this will be rising in the future, among young people and teenagers. It’s important ti keep that in mind.

The two most popular services being used by Romanian Christian youth are Facebook and Instagram. One interesting thing that we have seen recently in the last year or so, is we have seen an exodus from Facebook into Instagram. Young people, especially those 25 and under, have been leaving Facebook. Not that they’ve been deleting their accounts, they still keep their accounts, but they’re not as active . They don’t post as much on Facebook, as they do on Instagram. There are some very interesting reasons as to why that is, and we should probably review them.

First of all, Instagram – ‘instant’ – that, actually is a factor. It’s a lot easier to post a picture on Instagram, as it has its own app and picture taking capability, so you can take a picture and pst it right away- much less of a filter there. If using a desktop, it takes a while to post a picture on Facebook. You have to choose a picture, write something about it, get the file uploaded, this and that. There’s a little bit more of a filter there. You gotta thing about it twice before you actually put it up there. I think it’s a very important factor – seeing more edgy, more racy pictures on Instagram. Facebook is also becoming really crowded. Everybody’s mom and grandma is on Facebook and they’re all friends with the kids and the teenagers. So that kind of makes youth move out of that environment, to have a little bit more privacy, to be a little more aggressive, a little more edgy in what they post. Not many parents on Instagram. And Instagram is a lot more conducive to posting  fast, edgy, racy type pictures. Key: no parents. Home alone.

Studies have been done, multiple studies, if you follow the psychology literature and journals about Facebook and social media. The average number of friends [for a Facebook user] is 338 friends, 53% female – 47% male. Now, you may think that this is not a huge difference, but if one wins a presidential election 53% – 47%, we call that election a landslide. If you’re talking about 1.3 billion people, there’s a difference here of about 80 million. There are 80 million more women on Facebook and we need to ask ourselves a question: Why are there more women on social media, than men? There is a study where they took 1600 people and in this study, they discovered a new word: Frenemy. Frenemies are real life enemies, that you are friends with on Facebook. And the reason you’re friends with them on Instagram and Facebook is in order to keep tabs on them. 58% of women, in this particular study, answered ‘Yes’ to the fact that they have frenemies- that they follow these people to keep tabs on them and see what they’re up to, basically, to spy on them. Very interesting, esp. since the other person may have no idea that they’re frenemies.

Photo credit magneticmessagingreviewer.com Study: Half of 18-24 yr old women check FB first thing when they wake up, 21% wake up in middle of night to check FB.

Studies have also shown that women are more prone to perseveration. Perseveration is looking at it, thinking about it, analyzing it. Those comments, posts- it turns out that young women in the age group of 18-24, half of them, the first thing they do each morning is they grab their phone, turn it on, and they open up their Instagram and their Facebook account and they want to see what happened on their timeline, to see if anyone has tagged them, to see if they got any responses on their posts, how many likes they got on their pictures. It is very, very interesting. And this one’s scary right here: In this study of 1600 people, 21% of these women, in the 18-24 age group, they wake up in the middle of the night to check Facebook. They will check to see that no one tagged them in an inappropriate picture, they check to see if anybody has left a mean comment on their post, to see if anybody wrote something bad about them, they want to see how many likes they got on their pictures- this is getting to be pathological from a psychological standpoint. And it is also very concerning to the writers of the article.

Don’t forget, there’s a bunch of fake profiles on Facebook, as well. So, be careful whom you get friend requests from, and whom you accept.

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So, Why is Social Media so Popular?

These kids are basically in their 20’s, college students and they’re all entrenched in their i-Phones. I was over at a restaurant with my wife, we went out for dinner and a soccer team of 11 year olds showed up. There were about 15-20 of them at their table, and while they were ordering, at one point, I wish I could have just taken a picture of them. At one point, every single one of those 11 year olds was looking at their phones. Either at their own individual phone or sharing a phone with someone else. They were looking at it, doing something on the phone. This was a whole table full of kids, all quiet. They were not talking, they were not conversing. They were looking at their phones. Something to think about… We’ll address this later.

„Selfie” is the word of the year for 2013. Photo credit beatcreativemarketing.com

The selfie phenomenon has become absolutely crazy. I recently read an article, in which there was a guy who took 10,000 selfies to achieve the perfect selfie. And, he entered into a deep depression. It is pervasive how concerning this has become. Here’s our dear leader, over here, taking a selfie with other world leaders. So, let’s talk a little bit about the selfie phenomenon. Selfie, it turns out, was the word of the year in  2013.  And here’s a quote: There is a primal human urge to stand outside of ourselves and look at ourselves. And it’s not only about taking pictures. You want to look good in the mirror, you spend time, you know, fixing yourself up and stuff like that. So the taking of a selfie is just a continuation of that process. And there’s a slippery slope here, as we’ll see. There’s this concept of narcissism. Now, taking a selfie and posting it, and doing it repetitively and compulsively, that’s nothing but narcissism. An exhibition of narcissism. You all know who Narcissus was in mythology. He was a person who basically saw his own reflection in the pool and fell in love with his look, with his picture. And he could not move away because he thought he was so beautiful. He could not stop looking at himself until he died.

The question is: What does God think about selfie-ism? Or, self narcissism, so to speak? Here’s a verse from Matthew 23:12 „Whoever exalts himself, will be humbled. And whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” Now, you’ve got to remember that Christianity is a religion, actually it’s not a religion, it’s a fate. And it is based on self denial. That is one of the hallmarks of our faith. It is not necessarily based on self preservation, and definitely not based on exaltation of the self, of promoting of the self. So, this process of selfie-ism and narcissism is in stark contrast with the foundation of our faith. Self admiration and narcissism is related to idolatry. If you study Romans 1, that’s basically the depravity chapter in the Bible. That’s the chapter that lays out the doctrine of human depravity and human self centeredness. You will see that at the core of narcissism, there’s a concept here, there’s an exchange of truth for a lie. What is that exchange of truth for a lie? And  that exchange is nothing else, but the worship of the creature instead of worship of the Creator.

And apostle Paul, interestingly, goes as far as linking the process of worshipping the creature itself to homosexuality. How does that happen? We’ll talk about it in a second. But the thing is that you’ve got to realize that homosexuality is one of the leading issues in the global church. Seven years ago we had the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) (4 million members) who had split on the issue of homosexuality, on the issue of ordination of gays. It was an almost halfway split. We have the Presbyterian Church USA (2 million members), that will probably split in the near future on the same issue. We have the Global Anglican Church (80 million members), that church will probably split on this issue, in the future, as well. The new leader, a guy named Justin Welby, he leans towards accepting gay marriage and the ordination of so called gay Christians. So, it is absolutely critical that we understand that this is probably the number 1 issue in the global church. This is not yet a problem in the Romanian Pentecostal Church, It may be a problem that is brewing, but I don’t know that I can make that statement, but, will we face it in the future? I don’t know. We might.

There’s a very interesting phrase in Romans 1. It occurs 3 times, and says: „God gave them up”. Let me actually read a few verses from there. Romans 1:24 – „24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” And, I would like to a video with you guys, it’s just 2 minutes [long]. It is Pastor and theologian John Piper. He was asked the question: Is homosexuality wrong?  And if it is wrong, why? And, we’re gonna play 2 minutes of this video. Piper, „As I reflect on Romans 1 and the way Paul unpacked  the problem with homosexuality, it occurs to me that Paul is saying something like this: When you exchange the glory of God for idols, the main one you exchange the glory of God for is yourself. The idol that  you have is yourself. And he seems to draw up that in exchanging God for our most cherished idol, which is your sex (male or female) we are prone to fall in love with the same sex. The implication is that same sex attraction  is a dysfunctional form of idolatry. Now, there are times- don’t hear me saying that homosexual temptations are the only way for that kind of self idolatry.” Very interesting the way he argues this, and I think he is correct. I think the Romans 1 exchange of the Creator for creature, or most often the self- worship of the self- predisposes one to homosexuality.

So the question is: Why is social media so popular? That’s quite an issue of exploring. We saw the issue of the self, selfie and some of the implications related to that. There’s an ego boost, again, related to selfies, when you actually spend time on social media looking at photos. Let’s take a look at this 2011 study of 300 college students. I always find psychology journals either absolutely crazy, or funny, or fascinating because they do weird stuff like this. They were asked to surf their Facebook profile online for 3 minutes. They took this group, they divided them into 2. 150 of them surfed and looked at their own picturee, their profiles, their likes for 3 minutes. The other arm of the study, they were just kind of looking in a mirror and spending time alone. And after an interview, they found out that there was a significant boost in self esteem by the parameters they measured from these people who were gazing at their profile. Interesting. The question is why?

There’s intense chemical activity that takes place when you entrench yourself in this kind of activity. It alters the brains physiology, it turns out. It does the same thing that pornography does, but not quite to that extent. It does some of the same things that stimulant drugs do, like speed and cocaine, although not quite to the same extent. The same physical process of repetitive behavior, compulsive behavior, checking and checking and checking. Studies show that people check Facebook at the most inappropriate times. People check Facebook at funerals. People check Facebook in church; they post in church. People post on Facebook at board meetings at work, even at high level meetings. It happens’ I’ve done that actually.

What is addiction? Addiction is a compulsive psychological need to perform an action. And if you don’t satisfy this need to perform that action, to do your clicking, you get anxiety, you get fidgety. Very interesting. If you don’t satisfy that need- but, even if you do, multiple studies have shown that it leads to loneliness. There are people now, who are substituting real life communication  between people, seeing themselves face to face, or even talking on the phone, they’re substituting it with social media- looking at pictures, writing comments and so forth. So, it leads to a lack of human interaction face to face. It leads to loneliness.

Here’s Benjamin Netanyahu You guys have heard him talk. He has a very thick voice, a very thick jewish accent. Here’s what he says, „I’m the only one here without all these electronic devices. I’m a free man,” he says very slowly. „You are all slaves. You are slaves.” And the thing is he may be correct. He may be correct, especially about the younger people. A Facebook friend of mine posted this last week: Facebook makes it easy to tell where one’s heart is and who their god or gods are, as their words and posts reveal. Very true; I gave a like to this post.

Oh, Those Facebook profiles

facebook profileLet’s talk a little bit about the Facebook profile. Now, we talked about the psychological aspects. Let’s start looking at some spiritual aspects. Let’s look at how the Facebook profile can be a snapshot of who you really are. This is only for people who are active in social media. If they’re not active, it is not as indicative. But if they’re really active, it’s a photo shot of you, essentially.  You take the best photos, you get the best highlights, the best achievements, and you basically lay down the most positive aspects of your life. I asked a girl at church a while ago, „Hey, how come you deleted your Facebook profile?” And she said, „You know, I’m really tired of comparing my life to other girls.” She was looking at other people’s photos and their profiles and she thought they were so much better than her. And she decided: I’m just gonna quit this because this is making me really depressed.

So the question is: Would you be proud to show your social media page to your pastor? Many pastors are on Facebook and on Instagram, maybe, and we’re FB friends with them. But, would you be proud if they started going through your posts and timeline? The question is: What statement do you want to make with your profile picture? Here’s a profile picture with my wife. Many people post something like this, usually a picture of their family or friends, but not always. What if this is your profile picture? (Of President Obama).  You are making a statement at this point that you identify with the president, with his ideals, with what he stands for. Or, suppose your social profile picture is this. A friend has this profile. It is a spoof on the last picture; it is pastor Saeed Abedini, he has been arrested and imprisoned unjustly, unfairly in Iran. He has a medical condition and he’s not being treated for it. He is essentially being tortured in this Iranian prison, so my friend, he is making a statement with this. Just like the previous guy, he is also making a statement, but a totally different one: Free Saeed! Here’s another FB profile. I said I’m not gonna use names, so I won’t. Another statement is being made here: „I love a man and a woman holding hands”. This person loves traditional marriage. He is standing up for that. He is using a picture. We are taught to communicate with pictures in social media, so he’s using a picture to communicate a lot of information here. Here’s another FB picture: We’ve got Jesus, the Lion, we’ve got Jesus, the Lamb, put together here. This is a very powerful, powerful picture, and to make this your profile, that’s great, I think.

 

I am looking at the person whose profile this is, he’s in this room. For those of you that don’t know, this is the animal style burger from In ‘n Out; it’s off the secret menu. You have to order the animal style burger because it has the fried onions in there and the pickles. Suppose this was your FB picture. That’s pretty crazy. Suppose this is your profile. This is not only a pro choice person, this is a pro abortion person. This is a person who favors depopulation. Depopulation is the idea that the earth is overcrowded and we must reduce the population of the earth. This is what the founder of the Planned Parenthood system of clinics held, at the core of her beliefs, Margaret Sanger- depopulation. She was in favor of abortion for that reason. Reminds me of a verse from Isaiah 3:9 „They proclaim their sin like Sodom, they do not hide it. Here is a profile from somebody, he likes Ravi and Paul Ryan, he’s probably a republican. He likes some churches- like Desiring God- he’s a John Piper fan. Here’s another profile. This person is a church goer, likes Hillsong. Almost everybody likes Hillsong, likes Carrie Underwood, who came out and (she is a former Baptist Christian) who supports gay marriage, likes a couple of Romanian (depraved) pop stars, the equivalent of Lady Gaga, and also likes Eminem. Don’t forget that when you give a ‘Like’ to something on Facebook, you get them in your news feed. So all the trash they put out will appear on your newsfeed. Here is another Romanian churchgoer, if you look at this page, you will see at least a couple of gay personalities. When you give likes to these people, they are in your news feed.

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Do you really LIKE these people? That’s the question. If you are a saved individual, if Jesus is the Lord and Savior of your life, can you actually do this with a clear conscience? That’s the question that needs to be answered. Like I said, we are taught to communicate via pictures. One picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. A lot of people post photos instead of comments these days. Memes, I absolutely love memes. This is one of the positive things in social media, I believe. Check out this one: „Nascut in familie de pocaiti”,  „Suppressing the truth by his unrighteousness.” In 10 seconds, I have told you 5 minutes of information. Right? I have told you that this young man is 18 years old, he was born in a Christian Romanian family, he went to church, he was forced to go to church, when he was 18, he rebelled and left the church. Now, he is coming home drunk and high on pot. You can see the dazed look in his eyes, you can see the flushed cheeks. He is drunk, basically. He is wearing a pimp coat, his hat in a hip hop style, here. He’s got the whole look going on and the punchline is at the bottom here, from Romans 1 – Supressing the truth by his unrighteousness”. He knows the truth, he’s heard the Gospel a million times at church, but he;s choosing to suppress the truth by his own unrighteousness. All of this stuff, I can go on for 5 minutes and literally unpack 5,000 words about this guy. But this picture right here, the meme, can tell you in 5 seconds. That’s why pictures are very powerful in communicating. One cannot keep on sinning and expect grace to abound. This is one of the characters from Lord of the Rings. And he picks a scene from the movie, where he says: „One simply cannot just walk into enemy territory. It’s a very powerful scene. So people make a meme based on this, they take the passion for the idea, the powerful moment from that motion picture and they place a different message on it to kind of drive the point across, that idea behind memes.

Now, here is an interesting one. I love this site: Reformed memes daily. But this one, I took objection to. (Besides a free will/predestination take, the meme also states: „I am a huge fan of Rush (band) ). This is a 70’s metal band with depraved lyrics. You do not want, as a Christian, to listen to that kind of music. He puts that out there; a lot of these guys thing that music is neutral, but, in fact, it is not neutral. So I wrote him a comment: „Rush? Huge fan? 🙂 ” I placed a smiley so he knows I’m not too hard. „Do not love the world or the things of this world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” So, I got a reply from somebody: „So, I shouldn’t prepare meals and recipes from somebody because they’re made by unbelievers? Hmm. I love this recipe. So yummy. I love Rush. It’s such a cool band. What about clothes? Designed by pagan fashion designers? Should I only live in a house build by godly people?  Just saying… You know..” So, here’s a person that would subscribe to what I would think is adiaphora, that is, it’s not really written in the Bible that you shouldn’t listen to Rush. Tell me where it says in the Bible that you shouldn’t listen to heavy metal, or like, those depraved lyrics in their songs? So, then, I came back with this response: „Nothing is immoral about food or clothing, unless a message is transmitted by the clothes. Rush lyrics are a different story.” So, I hit them on the issue of Rush lyrics. I didn’t even approach the music style, but just the lyrics: „No believer should indulge or be huge fan of such.” So this is the position I took. He didn’t come back with a response. He probably felt convicted, I hope.

(From the first 35 minutes) To be continued……

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    2. Exista vreo diferenta intre manifestarea Duhului Sfant  inainte de Cincizecime si dupa Cincizecime?
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  1. Dumnezeu Tatal Introducere (1) In crestinism, Dumnezeu este prezentat in Cuvantul Sau din Biblie. Cel mai bine putem sa-l cunoastem pe Dumnezeu de aici, din Scripturi. El este o persoana, in primul rand, El este prezentat ca fiind o persoana.
  2. Teologia: Arma sau Ajutor? (2) Ce inseamna teologie? Ce este teologia, in special teologia crestina. Sigur ca teologia se ocupa, in general, despre existenta Divinului si interactiunea dintre divin si cosmos si lume. Din punct de vedere crestin, teologia se ocupa de un studiu sistematic a revelatiei crestine cu privire la Dumnezeu, la natura lui Dumnezeu, la scopurile lui Dumnezeu si la relatia lui Dumnezeu cu universul in care noi traim. Este un studiu a lucrurilor sfinte, a Divinitatii, a adevarului lui Dumnezeu.
  3. Despre Trinitate (3) Dumnezeu este doar unul singur. Dar atunci, de ce vorbim despre Trinitate? Si mai ales, de ce vin scriitorii Noului Testament si ne vorbesc despre Duhul Sfant si Fiul? Si ne spun ca si Fiul si Duhul Sfant au caracteristicile lui Dumnezeu. Cand au aparut aceste fiinte care sunt asemenea lui Dumnezeu? Chiar si in Vechiul Testament avem pasaje despre un Dumnezeu existand in mai multe persoane. Numai trebuie sa intelegem ca descoperirea lui Dumnezeu a fost progresiva, adica, Dumnezeu nu a corectat azi ceea ce am gresit ieri si n-a inlocuit azi ceea ce ne-a spus ieri. Ci, ceea ce El nu ne-a dezvaluit despre Sine, ne-a dezvaluit astazi. Deci, de ce a procedat astfel Dumnezeu?
  4. Exista Dumnezeu? (4) Gandul despre Dumnezeu nu-l putem scoate din mintea noastra, fie ca suntem atei, fie ca suntem credinciosi. Atunci, ramane intrebarea: Cum stim ca exista Dumnezeu? Nu se poate stii despre existenta lui Dumnezeu decat daca El se descopera, daca se reveleaza pe Sine. Indiferent cat suntem de savanti sau puternici, noi suntem extrem de limitati. Si cu toate descoperirile noastre in diverse domenii, nu putem decat sa admitem ca stim ca exista din ce in ce mai mult necunoscut.
  5. Atributele lui Dumnezeu PARTEA 1 (5) Introducere – Insusirile lui Dumnezeu: Incomunicabile si Comunicabile – Atribute transcendente si imanente a lui Dumnezeu – Insusiri absolute si insusiri relative.
  6. Atributele lui Dumnezeu PARTEA 2-a (6) Daca Dumnezeu este suficient in El Insusi, care este ratiunea pentru care am fost noi creati? Ce inseamna autosuficienta lui Dumnezeu, aseitatea lui Dumnezeu, eternitatea lui Dumnezeu? Cum intra in timp Dumnezeu? Pentru ca noi, cand intram dintr-o dimensiune, dintr-o camera intr-alta, atunci parasim primea dimensiune, aceea din care am iesit. Deci, cand Dumnezeu intra in timp, si lucreaza in succesiunea timpului, iese El, sau altfel spus, abandoneaza calitatea Sa de a fi in afara timpului? Iese El din afara timpului si intra in timp?
  7. Atributele lui Dumnezeu PARTEA 3-a (7)  Dumnezeu nu este limitat de spatiu si nu exista nici un spatiu unde Dumnezeu sa nu fie prezent. Dumnezeu este spirit. Ori, un spirit nu are caracteristici spatiale, deoarece un spirit nu are substanta, materie, trup. El poate fi, astfel, prezent in inima unui om; inima insemnand nu neaparat, sau nu numai organul care pompeaza sangele, ci mai ales omul dinlauntru, spiritul omului. Dumnezeu poate fi prezent in spiritul omului, care devine astfel, din cauza prezentei lui Dumnezeu, un templu a lui Dumnezeu. Dar El poate fi prezent concomitent si in vastul cosmosului care se afla in expansiune.

 

 

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