Competition with the Internet

2 11 2013

The internet was not a factor when I first entered the ministry; it now is one of the largest sources of information among young people in America (possibly the world). How many people goggle while I preach? How many challenge the message that I preach through the “superior knowledge” that is available through the internet?

I am sure the internet is more popular than the Bible among Christian teens and the small screen beats a pulpit 9 times out of 10. I use the internet, I am not intimidated when other people use the internet to challenge my preaching or teaching, but caution needs to be taken. I offer this advice and a brief article by Josh McDowell.

  • Make sure that what you teach or preach is Bible-based truth, not opinions of man or your reaction to a cultural trend.
  • Study!  Your audience of young people can tell if you care about what you present by your message’s content or lack thereof.
  • Know why you believe what you teach.
  • Caution young people that they could always find a view that sounds good and is easy to believe, yet could be cancerous.
  • Teach that the church is the pillar and ground of truth (1 Timothy 3:15), not the internet. This does not give the church leaders a free pass, but it does give the Word of God its proper place in the life of a young person.


J McDowellEvery pastor, youth pastor, and every parent is in competition with the Internet and the information it is spreading. Most young people don’t get their news from CNN or CBS, they get it from bloggers. There are about 181 million bloggers vying for the attention of your children. The unlimited amount of online information that people have access to has caused an increase in skepticism that will only continue to become more pervasive. If you don’t believe me, go around and talk to young people in colleges and in junior high. Go and make ‘truth statements’ and you’ll hear them say, ‘How do you know that’s true?’ There’s so much out there. [For] every kid, even Christians, the age of the Internet is wearing down their convictions because they think tomorrow they’ll find something else. —Josh McDowell





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