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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