Wednesday, April 25, 2012
YouTube is a Terrible Place to Go to Church
As Millennial Christians find easy access to Bible commentary through websites, blogs and apps, you have to wonder what will happen to good ‘old fashioned’ Bible reading, study, and reflection and meditation.
When I was in school, my generation said, "Why read the book when you can read the Cliff's Notes?" There was no such thing as Bible Cliff’s Notes. Today you can purchase “The Bible for Dummies” anywhere. I am also concerned that daily online devotionals and Bible Q&A's are displacing sound teaching for Bible 'bites.’ Of course there’s a lot of good stuff on the internet, but there’s just as much bad stuff.
If they are not discerning, Millennials will be ripe for deception, easily intimidated by intellectual ‘scholars’ who despise the inerrancy of Scriptures. “in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons" (1 Tim. 4:1). And there’s plenty of that on the World Wide Web. Recent surveys show that many Millennial Christians do not participate in local church because they go to church online. I think Albert Mohler got it right when he said “YouTube is a terrible place to go to church.” Whatever happened to Sunday School and Wednesday night Bible study?