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6. Television Internet Power

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 all of nature's wonders and the universe's secrets at the touch of a button. Internet power, television, and movies give us visions of the future when we travel at warp speed across the galaxies to behold new imaginary Star Trek civilizations. We communicate over vast distances, even oceans, in microseconds! Television's power enables 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 shows awful poverty and hunger everywhere. The prophets of television are authoritative and forceful figures. Engrossed audiences by the millions listen intently to the wisdom of television gurus like Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, Judge Judy, and Oprah Winfrey. This technological cult creates saints out of television personalities not because of their sacrificial service of others but because of their ability to act out what they are not. Internet companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and Apple have enormous wealth. They wield great power even over nations as large and powerful as China or the United States, even while hiding their profits and often avoiding paying taxes.

Electronic Denominations

Television WorshipThe power of television's electronic denominations overwhelms 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." Stewart M Hoover (1951-present), a professor of Media Studies at the University of Colorado, says, "Denominational television 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 is the complete eradication of Sunday evening church services. The traditional churches couldn't compete with the quality of their unique programming at that time. Television defeats other religions not by opposing but by quietly ridiculing them. TV systematically strips Christianity's leaders and those of other faiths of their ability to influence society. Unrestrained sexual license and the decline in Biblical morality cause the fall in moral standards and a compromised church. Our decadent culture magnifies out of all proportion the few moral shortcomings of Christian leaders. At the same time, television vigorously defends its leaders' many failings and blackballs its critics with its formidable influence. TV does not believe in truth but prefers 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 specific 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 justice. The result is chopped up Bible Readings and heresy in their prayers, encouraging organizations to give out condoms to prostitutes and needles to drug addicts, thus encouraging further drug and sexual addiction. The Church forgets 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 aware of what the church leaders are doing and are, therefore, withdrawing their financial support. Others are just leaving from disgust. Unrestrained 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 colonizes electronically while the printed page is declining, and mobile communication devices are becoming the norm. Meanwhile, religions on TV are colonizing electronically. Worship and Bible proclamation are connected with monetary gain to sell products like books, programs, and CDs to unsuspecting viewers. Religion is no longer considered relevant, and television sets out to obliterate Biblical understanding and worship while destroying Christian morality. Television aspires to replace the printed page entirely with the screen. It heralds the end of the "book era," arguing that no one needs to read anymore, and even the books are available on Google or Kindle. T.V. forbids references to the Bible or the use of the name "Jesus." I remember once doing a short news clip for a local TV station when I was involved in 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?" TV's anti-Christian beliefs are publicly denied, of course!

Electronic Tabernacle

Stephen Enters HeavenTelevision's electronic tabernacle has its ministers and sermons to draw people away from face to face Christianity. Television's electronic church presents 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." They take great care is to ensure that no one ever suggests an eternity or an afterlife. Because there is no belief in sin, there is no need for a Savior, judgment, or even forgiveness. Television's electronic tabernacle is open for twenty-four hours every day of the year. Household ownership of televisions in the United States is almost complete, and most homes have more than one set! The average congregation worships at their home shrine for three hours every day. There are several million sanctuaries in Canada and tens of millions in the United States. Unlike most other religions, there is a wide variety of choices, with over five hundred sermons at the touch of a remote control button. Lectures explain the wonders of "mother nature" or of "technology," which has replaced God with the "Evolutionary Significant Force." Alternatively, they focus on storytelling through mind-numbing soap operas. Such a sad situation!

"Television Internet Power"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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