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July 27, 2021

Facebook has started partnering with churches to make the platform a virtual home for religious communities and to help their message and services “go further farther on Facebook.”

I admit to having mixed feelings about this. Anything that helps spread the Gospel is good. And all their talk about reaching the world with your faith is certainly a tempting apple to dangle. But Facebook has a reputation for getting people dependent on it, and then cutting off, or threatening to cut off, access if they decide your message doesn’t jibe with their Silicon Valley leftist views.

Do you really think they wouldn’t try to tell any church that, for example, held to the Biblical definition of marriage that it was guilty of hate speech or homophobia as an excuse to deplatform it if it didn’t change its beliefs?

So I would warn churches to be very cautious in dealing with Facebook and not let it become a deal with the Devil. Use it to get the word out, organize the church picnic, or share your services with shut-ins. But never let it replace real fellowship in person in the church. Don’t let it erode human interaction, or replace your church socials, newsletters and email lists. Most importantly, never let it become the exclusive channel through which you communicate with the world. Let it be just one of many tools you use, so that if you are suddenly banned, it’s no big deal.

Remember that Mark Zuckerberg seems to think he’s God, and that what Zuckerberg giveth, he can taketh away.

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  • Thomas Meares

    07/28/2021 05:21 PM

    Absolutely my dear brother Mike!!!

  • Susan Kim Oldfield

    07/28/2021 02:29 PM

    I understand your view, but would not trust a person like Mark Zuckerberg. He hasn't found the Lord, but has some idea I bet that using religion will help him in his fight with Donald Trump & other law suits. By helping spread the word of Christ might help him in any fights to continue his canceling of free speech, while letting terrorist's sites run ramped, and other such horrible sites. It just sit very wrong in my heart and gut. When he get rid of all the ugly sites of animals & children being abused let alone the terrorist's sites then I would give him small credit. I give this man none, due to the things you can see on his platform for the love of money and power. Yes the powerful do think they are God and have a sickness such as we see in D.C. Thank you & God Bless, Susan "Kim" Oldfield

  • David Tustin

    07/28/2021 10:26 AM

    Don't forget that they are working with the Government therefore spying on the message delivered by the pastors. Don't forget, during the 60's the FBI was spying on MLK Jr

    What happens when Facebook develops an AI app that uses church data to deliver a Facebook Sermon?

  • J Pyle

    07/27/2021 06:39 PM

    I would not trust Facebook with the word of God

  • Pam Cooper

    07/27/2021 06:11 PM

    BTW, I can't post or comment on FB at this time--1 week. I said something 'Christian' in 'mainstream' FB and they called me a bully.

  • Pam Cooper

    07/27/2021 06:08 PM

    Some of us have had Christian FB ministry groups established for many years already---meant to SUPPLIMENT in-person assembly NOT replace it.

  • Tim Tyson

    07/27/2021 06:04 PM

    I'll bet it's another way for Facebook to either control the narrative or outright censor speech. Their track record of banning posts that one of the minions doesn't like fits that perfectly.