MALACHI 3:16 AND CHRISTIAN SOCIAL NETWORKING
“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” [Malachi 3:16]
The other day someone asked me, “What is it with you your Blogs and Facebook? Why do YOU spend most of your spare time on it?”
I replied, the only reason that I login to my Blogs or Facebook is to meet other like-minded Christians and fellowship with them. If you do not believe me, just visit my page and the pages of my Christian friends and their Blogs and you will see for yourself.
These Christian friends of mine are for real. They laugh with me when I laugh and weep with me when I cry. They are there for me when I need them to counsel me, pray for me and even help me in many ways when the need arises.
But more than all this, we edify one another and share with each other what the Lord is doing in our lives and teaching us through His unfailing Word!
CHRISTIAN SOCIAL WEBSITES AND BLOGS ORDAINED BY GOD FOR THE CONSOLATION OF HIS ELECT!
The following article may sound contradictory and even offensive to many, even some Christians! But please do not judge the matter and come to conclusions before reading and pondering what is written therein! For, “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him”. [Prov 18:13].
Those who scorn at this very suggestion and especially our title above, will reason thus – “Is not much that is on the Internet ‘Evil’ and a work of the tares”?
This witness is true and the charge correct.
But the tares exist for the wheat! Herman Hoeksema in his classic sermon – “The Place of Reprobation in the Preaching of the Gospel” concludes – “Therefore we maintain that Scripture gives the following in answer to this very important question: Reprobation exists in order that election may be realized; reprobation is necessary to bring the chosen to the glory which God in His infinite love has appointed for them”!
The above is a true saying and worthy of all acceptation!
He continues – “When a farmer sows seed in his field, he sows much more than he needs. When the seed falls into the earth and dies, there appear not only the kernels of wheat, for which the seed was planted, but also the stem, the straw, and even the chaff. Without the stem and the chaff the grain could never have germinated and ripened. The stem and the chaff serve the grain, the seed. Yet both will presently be burned by fire in order that the grain may be gathered into the barn. Here also we find election and reprobation, and in such a way that the latter serves the former, and is necessary to it”.
Where does Christian Social Networking come in all this?
Well it becomes an OASIS for the grieved and persecuted Child of God! And that notwithstanding the evil work and fruits that dominate much of the World Wide Web.
Here is this zealous sheep of God, whom God has regenerated and called to Eternal life. Shortly following his regeneration he learns that “he must meet with other believers and not forsake the assembling of himself with them.
So he joins a “Church” or a large congregation looking for family likeness! But what does he find? We cannot do better than to quote J.C. Philpot here –
“He has a divine standard set up in his soul by which he measures others as well as himself, for “he that is spiritual judgeth all things” 1Co 2:15; and as he measures them with one hand, he is forced to stamp “Tekel” with the other. He looks into the granaries, and finds chaff stored instead of wheat; he holds up the notes to the light, and cannot discover the water-mark; he walks up to the fold, and sees goats penned instead of sheep; and visits the household to search for the family likeness, but finds it filled with the “sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore” Isa 57:3. All he wants is reality. All that he is in search of is something which bears the divine impress, and carries with it a heavenly and supernatural character.
But instead of finding widows “indeed and desolate” 1Ti 5:5, he is pestered with widows of Tekoa 2Sa 14:2; and instead of bankrupt debtors and insolvent prisoners, he encounters scarce any but wealthy merchants, with a flourishing trade and a stock in hand. His soul can, however, only unite with the poor and needy, the stripped and the emptied, the shipwrecked sailor and the shelterless wayfarer, who, from sheer necessity, from being driven out of house and home, have fled for refuge to the hope set before them in a salvation without money and without price”
At first he makes an effort to bring reform! But goats and wolves seek no reformation! They have sown comfortable pillows to their armholes and “are at ease in Zion”! So they turn around and seek to rend him! “By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority”? We are ‘Baptists’, ‘Methodists’ ‘Presbytarians’ and ‘Traditional Calvinists’ and have never been in bondage to any man! How sayest thou, “Ye shall be made free”? “Thou wast altogether born in sins, and teachest thou US”?
AND THEY CAST HIM OUT!
But being determined he tries a few more ‘Churches’ to fit in and seek fellowship! But to his grief he finds the ‘spirit of the Antichrist’ has taken over ALL these large ‘Churches’. And being a true child of God he CANNOT stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of the scornful!
So the Spirit leads him out, reminding him that even His Lord once suffered outside the gate of the established religion of His day! So this child of suffering follows his Lord and goes forth unto HIM outside the camp of APOSTATE CHRISTIANITY bearing His reproach!
But like the true Christians of all ages he still desires and seeks for others like him. So he cries out with Elijah, “Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life”! But the answer of the Lord to his saddened heart is something similar to what Elijah received – “I have reserved for Myself men and women around the world, who have not bowed to Baal”!
By and by he finds either Facebook or some other social Blog or Website where he can at least have some interaction with other like-minded believers who have also COME OUT!
Sometimes divine providence brings together a few such like-minded sheep who have the blessing to meet together in one of their homes. But for the majority of the true children of God the interaction they enjoy through these social websites is all that they have.
Many a divorced believer whose ungodly and compromised spouse left him (or her), finds these Christian Blogs and social websites the only Christian fellowship they get! And they are very thankful to God for it. Much of the interaction that goes on amongst the elect who are geographically worlds apart, can be described by the words of Malachi – “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name”!
Beloved, if you are part of a small Church with a faithful minister and none of this applies to you, then rejoice and thank the Lord for your blessing!
But if the shoe fits, it is high time you wore it and ran out of the Apostasy!
He that hath ears to ear, let him ear!