There has been a major shift over the past six years since the introduction of the Iphone and Android smartphones. From there we’ve been introduced to tablets and wearable technology that many use in their everyday lives.

Information is more available now than it has ever been before.  With the click of the button or search of the phone, you can find the answers to just about anything that you can think of.  You can connect with just about anyone through various social media outlets.

Social media has become a billion dollar industry bringing people together in ways we would of never imagined.

  • Years ago you would find pastors and laymen preaching against the wiles of social media, warning their congregations to stay away from them. Today it has become a tool of outreach for the church to keep up with members and possible visitors, with the preaching on it shifting to that of a sermon on gluttony (social media is OK, but don’t over indulge in it).

The face of the church media is nothing like it used to be.

  • The media department of old (pastor or secretary creating the church bulletins or flyers with cheesy graphics) has been replaced with the media department of new (audio, video, online streaming, print media professionally designed, church apps, websites).

The church has become seemingly adaptable to this digital age and continues to progress as technology is allowing it.

  • Where we once preached against the wiles of television, we are embracing it now as a form of outreach in the church.  Where we once preached against the internet, we are embracing it as a tool of communication with our congregations.

Yet with all of this change, there still seems to be one thing that cannot be brought into the digital age: the Word of God.

The utterance of having your Bible on the phone or tablet is often met with harsh opposition.  There are some Independent Baptist pastors that have adopted the use of a digital Bible, but many are against moving that part of our Christian live to a different medium.

There seems to be a stigma that a digital Bible is not the true word of God.  That the true Word of God can only be printed on paper and bound within leather (or something similar depending on how much you spend…..).

With every other facet of the church being continuously updated as technology allows, this brings up a couple of questions regarding the Bible:

  •  “Is the Bible in digital form still the Word of God?”
  •  “Is it wrong using it as your primary Bible?”
  •  “Is it OK for a Pastor to use it during a sermon?”
  • “Is it OK to use when going soulwinning?”

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  1. The KJV is the KJV, whether printed on pages, or displayed on a digital screen. Why are we having this silly discussion? Such questions is what makes Fundamentalists look like idiots to the world. Get a grip!

  2. Matt 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. (KJV)-

    I am not against audio Bibles and of course it’s still the Word of God. However, I don’t think they belong in church for a number of reasons:

    1- tablets are kind of like weed; it’s a gateway drug. We are fighting against distractions, and tablets just give people an excuse to have their cell phones on and ready to ring; kills the invitation.

    2- It takes away from soul winning. In my opinion, it says something to your neighbors and everyone else that sees you on Sunday morning carrying your Bibles.
    ( People are watching)

    3- It gives people a chance to look at other distractions rather than hear and see what they came for in the first place which is God.

  3. I think the real question brought up here has nothing to do with what form the Bible is presented in. I think the real question is what we are personally comfortable accepting in terms of advancement. At one time, the piano was not considered to be an instrument for use in church. Now it is perhaps the MOST accepted instrument. Some churches will not allow a digital piano, yet show no recognition to the fact that at one time a stringed piano was the most advanced instrument of its time.

    A digital Bible is no less the Word of God than a Scripture verse in a tract or on a wall hanging. If you want to guarantee the purity of the Word, then you should study Greek and Hebrew, pluck a goose, make your own ink from all natural ingredients and without the use of chemicals, and hand write each verse. Otherwise you’re placing your faith in someone else’s translation work.

    So there you have it… digital or printed…the Word of God is the Word of God… Whether you’re willing to accept that as fact or not depends entirely on you. However, before you argue that it is not, you should first consider that ALL printed works are here because of advances in technology that were once looked upon as unsafe, ungodly, or questionable. No doubt Gutenberg faced the same opposition in his day from the established church when he printed the first Bible to be distributed to the people.

  4. All Scripture is given by inspiration….the word script is here. It requires a pen and paper. Electronic devices can make mistakes but the written word once engraved cannot be changed without it being obvious. Gods’ word has always been in written form and in book form so to change that you are changing the presentation of the Bible. Its why a Preacher should always use the old black book.

    • Poor Moses, guess he was lost without his “old black book”. I
      love my “old black book” which by the way is worn burgundy leather.
      Man has attempted many times to change the words of God, in written form and in oral form,
      Gods Words are still pure, despite the will of man of the devils attempts.
      God has preserved His word throughout history, for us today on many different materials as history records. The medium on which God Words are recorded is not important. Recording them correctly however is vital.
      Printing on paper was a modern invention at one time.
      Besides did God put chapter and verse divisions in His written word? If not why do we? Are His words still pure? Even if man inserts chapter and verse.

    • I see where you’re coming from here. However, I disagree strongly with what you are stating. I have a Bible I recently bought (OLD KING JAMES 1611), which I have gone through and circled the many typos and errors I have found. I am a professional writer and editor, and seeing misspelled words gets my dander up…

      To the issue at hand:
      Having your Bible on your iPad, iPhone, or other electronic device is not only alright, but may actually prove much more beneficial for Christians today. As we are out and about we ALL carry our cell phone or PDA everywhere we go. Our Bible may not be attached to our hip this way. With the use of electronic Bibles we can more easily integrate Scripture into our daily lives. We can listen to the Bible as we drive, work, or do other daily tasks all from the same device that we use to plan our day with.

      For a pastor, the ability to use an electronic Bible enables him to bring the audience into his sermon. Multimedia programs now allow iPads and other devices to connect via Wi-Fi and the pastor can place his notes or illustrations on a monitor for all to see. Some churches have gone as far as developing applications for Android and Apple devices that allow the members to follow the pastor’s notes live during the service, making for a much more engaging sermon.

      The problem you bring up here is not the fallibility of an electronic device, but rather the humanity of mankind. If an electronic device makes a mistake, it is because a human put the wrong information into it. This is equally true of a printed copy of God’s Word. If the copy has misprints, poor translation issues, etc…it is because a human put the wrong information into it.

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