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Social Media vs. Fellowship

“Do not yoke yourselves together in a team with unbelievers. For how can righteousness and lawlessness be partners? What fellowship does light have with darkness? What harmony can there be between the Messiah and B’liya‘al? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement can there be between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).

The church youth group that I took part in as a teenager was named FLIP standing for: Fellowship Lives In People. For one local parade we made a float that looked like a boat and called it the FellowSHIP. We all wore sailor hats!

Fellowship is very different from being social. Fellowship has within its context the binding of souls that are united in faith – faith in the God of Isra’el, faith in Yeshua the Messiah. Without unity in the Spirit of God, being social is fun, but will never fulfill the desires of the soul.

When I became aware of how controlling the Artificial Intelligence of social media has become, I knew it was time to consider its purpose in my life. After all having a virtual social life is not the same as fellowship and can border on idolatry. I have a heart for sharing Yeshua and discipling believers through Scripture. After all that is what Yeshua commanded each of us to do.

“Yeshua came and talked with them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).

It has been fun over the past ten years with Facebook I became reacquainted with former childhood and high school friends. I also made several new friends. These have become uniquely special even though we have never actually met. They are part of the Kingdom of God and even apart, we have fellowship.

True fellowship along with using my gifts of discernment and teaching isn’t really a social media platform. Though Facebook tends to reach more people, the limitations around this platform continue to grow. Those whose hearts I could touch with Messiah Yeshua now just close their ears and eyes because of a distaste for ‘religion.’ Unfollowing is easy and their prerogative. There have been some who have sought the Truth through seeds planted and we have had inspiring conversations via private message. A few even had a heart change for Yeshua and began to walk in the ways that He walked. In spite of the blessings, the time has come to separate the sheep and goats, wheat and tares in my social media life. The time has come to separate from the darkness that permeates Facebook and walk in the light, not being tempted to sin in judgment or lashon hara [evil tongue], but to be purified from sin.

“But if we are walking in the light, as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of his Son Yeshua purifies us from all sin” (1 John 6:7).

I will continue to study Scripture and post on this site. I haven’t had much time to continue my study in Revelation and now I will take that time. Many world events have prophetic leanings from all of the Biblical prophets especially since we live in the times of a restored Israel, an Israeli-controlled Jerusalem, and the city of our God becoming the capital.

I thank everyone for your support over the years. Support goes a long way in this world of cynicism and twisting of the truth. I hope you will find ways to comment or encourage me as we continue to ‘work out our salvation with fear and trembling’ and prepare the Way for the return of Yeshua.

Baruch haba b’shem Adonai!

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