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New Technology Cult

CookiemanLike the authentic God, television and increasingly the Internet are omnipresent (meaning "present everywhere") and omnipotent (meaning "all-powerful.") This is a truth we know for television and mobile screens are everywhere and have an all-powerful authority over individuals. Large and small screens bring into lives at the touch of a button all the wonders of nature and the secrets of the universe. Internet power, television, and movies gave us visions of the future when we traveled at warp speed across the galaxies to behold new imaginary Star Trek civilizations. We communicated over huge distances even oceans in microseconds!

Omnipresent Omnipotent

artificial limbTelevision's power enabled us to transport via phone or Skype in a moment around the globe to places in the news in Ireland, the Soviet Union, Australia even the Antarctic. We can no longer say of the multitudes of starving refugees in Central Africa, "We didn't know," for television power showed awful poverty and hunger everywhere. The prophets of television were authoritative and forceful figures. Engrossed audiences by the millions listened intently to the wisdom of television gurus like Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, Judge Judy, Oprah Winfrey, and others.✞

New Atheistic Saints

Microsoft LogoSaints in this technological cult were created out of television personalities not because of their sacrificial service of others but because of their ability to act out what they were not. Internet companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Apple, and others have enormous wealth and wield great power even over nations as large and powerful as China or the United States even though they hid their profits and often avoided paying taxes.

Electronic Denominations

Television WorshipThe power of television's electronic denominations has overwhelmed the Christian Church. Watching TV mesmerizes adults and children everywhere. Television's electronic denominations have injured several major Christian churches in the sixty or so short years since its beginnings. Quentin Schultze (1951-present) at Calvin College argues that "personal prayer, meditation, and reflection are difficult for all of us in a television age. We're losing grasp of the importance of silence and solitude in our relationships with God and each other." Stewart M Hoover (1951-present) who is a professor of Media Studies at the University of Colorado says, "Denominational television simply cannot compete with the electronic church in sophistication, reach and visibility. Denominations have found themselves in a battle for national prominence and attention that is loaded against them." Many faithful Christians from the Anglican, Roman Catholic, United Church, even the Jewish Faith prefer to couch-potato before their televisions or their internet computer screens rather than worship in their churches or synagogues. People tune in all day every day not just on Sundays for an hour.

Couch Potato Christians

Children Watching TelevisionOne of television's greatest successes was the complete eradication of Sunday evening church services because the traditional churches just couldn't compete with the quality of their special programming at that time. Television defeated other religions not by opposing but by quietly ridiculing them. Christianity's leaders and those of other religions were being systematically stripped of their ability to influence society.

Unrestrained Sexual License

Television SetUnrestrained sexual license and the decline in Biblical morality has caused the fall in moral standards together with a compromised church. In our decadent society, the few moral shortcomings of Christians have been magnified out of all proportion, while television vigorously defends the many failings of its leaders and blackballs its critics with its formidable influence. Television does not believe in truth but prefers a free license, being happy to clip out any boring segments to please their customers.

No Holiness Justice

Open Bible being studiedUnfortunately, the Anglican Church of Canada is happy to do the same thing with its Bible Readings on Sundays when it clips out of its reading lists certain passages, verses, even parts of verses that don't fit into its new inclusive theology. The great desire to convince their supporters that "everything in the garden is rosy" means that they must show only a loving God and hide his holiness and his justice. The result is chopped up Bible Readings and heresy in their prayers encouraging prayers for organizations like the Downtown Church Workers Association which gives out condoms to prostitutes and needles to drug addicts, thus encouraging further drug and sexual addiction.

Hate what is Evil

Lady Walking DogThe Church has forgotten the Christian call in Romans 12.9-10. to hate what is evil. Saint Paul writes, "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil, cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." Many congregational members are very much aware of what the church leaders are doing and are therefore withdrawing their financial support. Others are just leaving the church.

Soap Operas

Television SetUnrestrained sexual license is encouraged through storytelling on TV soap operas like "The Young and Restless," "General Hospital," "Days of Our Lives" and "ER." Violence is also known to attract younger viewers so even kids are given what they want with violent programs. Adults have their police dramas like "Cops" (though the children can watch them too.) How does unrestrained sexual license affect the Modern Church do you think?✞

Colonizes Electronically

Mad Money's Jim CramerTelevision colonized electronically while the printed page was declining and mobile communication devices were becoming the norm. Religious television colonizes electronically. Worship and Bible proclamation were connected with monetary gain to sell products like books, CDs to unsuspecting viewers. The case was presented in society that religion was no longer relevant and television set out to obliterate Biblical understanding and worship.

The Book Era

Printed Page of A Midsummer Nights DreamTelevision aspired to replace the printed page completely with the screen. It heralded the end of the "book era" as we knew it arguing that no one needed to read anymore and even the books were on Google or Kindle. T.V. forbade reference to the Bible or the use of the name "Jesus." I remember once doing a short news clip for a local TV station about the Norfolk Broads Mission in England and being told in no uncertain terms by the Director before it began not to mention "Jesus!" As at the Creation, our culture still echoes the Satan snake in questioning the authority of God's Word, by asking "Did God say?" Television's anti-Christian beliefs were publicly denied of course!

Electronic Tabernacle

Stephen Enters HeavenTelevision's electronic tabernacle had its ministers and sermons to draw people away from face to face Christianity. Television's electronic tabernacle presented viewers with materialistic heaven on earth, here and now. According to them, "one's sole purpose in life is to possess and there is nothing beyond death." Great care was taken to ensure that no one ever suggests an eternity or an afterlife. Also because there was no belief in sin, there is no need for a Savior, judgment or even forgiveness.

Worship Places

Search for the Electronic TabernacleTelevision's electronic tabernacle was open for twenty-four hours every day of the year. As of 2011, household ownership of televisions in the United States was estimated at 99% and the majority of homes had more than one set! The average congregation worshipped at their home shrine for three hours every day. There were several million sanctuaries in Canada and tens of millions in the United States. Unlike most other religions, there was a wide variety of choices with over twenty different small sermons at the touch of a remote control button. Sermons explained the wonders of "mother nature" or of "technology" which has replaced God as the "Evolutionary Significant Force." Alternatively, they focused on storytelling through mind-numbing soap operas.

"Television Internet Power"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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