A “prophecy” to stop using Social Media in 3 days or else….

phophecyOver the last several days, I have gotten a number of emails & text messages asking questions about a “prophecy” from in one of the largest Pentecostal churches of Belarus. In short, the prophecy says (given on 3/31/13) that God is giving Christians 3 days to get out of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Odnoklassniki, etc), and for those who do not, His protection will be removed from them. Originally, I had posted the text of the prophecy on this blog, but, because the pastor of the church where the prophecy was given asked for it not to be shared, I respectfully took it down. Below are just my comments, regarding that prophecy.

Today is April 3rd. If you are reading this, you are probably just like me, still using Social Media. Either you didn’t hear about it, or you chose to ignore it. So is God’s hand going to be removed from you now?

What should our reaction be? Is it a sin to use Social Media? 

1. Social media, just like a knife, a tool bar, a car, a gun, or a screwdriver is a tool. All tools can be used properly, or improperly. A screwdriver can be used to fix a light, or it can be used to steal a car. Just because a screwdriver was used to steal a car does not make that screwdriver evil. Social media sites are a tool. You must learn to use it properly & wisely, nevertheless, it is nothing more than a tool.

2. We must be very careful how we use Social Media. Social media is allowing people to connect, or reconnect, sometimes in ways damaging to their marriage.

  • Two-thirds of the lawyers surveyed said that Facebook was the “primary source” of evidence in divorce proceedings.
  • 81% of all divorce cases in the last year used some form of evidence from social media site when presenting their case.
  • 27% of divorces involve spouses saying hurtful and damaging things about each other on their personal social pages.
  • About 80% are using some kind of social media to make assignations or communicate with lovers, establish long-lost relationships, and begin to flirt w/ one another.

The problem is not “Facebook” but the person’s heart. Facebook and social media sites are just making it easier to proceed w/ the evil intentions and desires of the heart, lust and adultery.

3. Social media sites can be a time-killer and thief. If one was was to galvanize every person on earth into the purpose, the entire worlds efforts, wealth, and technology could not bring back one minute.  We must steward our time wisely.  The average person checks Facebook 7.5 times a day. If you are not able to manager how and when you access Facebook or other social media sites, you probably should not be using Social media.

4. Social Media is a POWERFUL tool to use for any church or believer to witness about Christ, develop relationships, get information out, stay connected and hold someone accountable, and educate others. Most church webpages and Christian blogs are visited primarily through a link on Facebook, Twitter, or another social media site. If you have some content (bible study, sermon, podcast), the easiest way to get people to read, watch or listen to your content is through social media.

5. What about those people who didn’t hear this prophecy? The interesting thing about this prophecy is that the ONLY way most people found out about this prophecy and shared it with others is because of Facebook, Odnoklassniki and other social media sites. If Social Media was so bad, why use it to post about this prophecy? Certainly, Social Media is a great tool to get information out quick & to a lot of people. Then continue to use it for the Glory of God, just like you do a knife, a car, and a screwdriver.

In conclusion, I dont think this was a prophecy from God. It probably wasn’t from satan either. It was most likely from a concerned parent or grandparent who wants to spend more time with their kids, but their kids are too busy wasting their time and years on Social Media. Now that – I can understand.

I do challenge you though to take times of fasting from Social Media. Watch how frustrating, but then refreshing it will be! Disconnect at times. Not every thought and deed has to be posted about. You dont need to know what so-and-so said, and so-and-so did at all times. You will be surprised how much more free time you have to think, be in the word of God, and maybe pick up other authors, besides your friends! 

The church, where this prophecy was spoken, has taken the “video” and “audio” of the prophecy down, and posted an official statement saying that the prophecy was directed to their church and church members, not to everyone else on the internet. Here is a link to the official statement from the church:

http://spasenie.by/news/prorochestvo_v_cerkvi_spasenie_31_marta_2013_goda/2013-04-02-359

The other problem here, besides the overuse of “social media,” is the prophecy itself. In most Slavic circles, prophecy is automatically elevated almost to the level of scripture, without any question. Anytime we hear a “prophecy,” we need to practice 1 Corinthians 14:29 “Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.”

Careful “weighing” of this prophecy would have led most people to a different conclusion.

PS. This blog has been translated into Russian, and posted on the front webpage of that church. Read it in Russian here:

http://spasenie.by/news/prophecy_3_days_to_stop_social_network/2013-04-04-363

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