By Martha Mac / SO4J.com ® / SO4J-TV & Video Productions
Christians on Facebook & Twitter— Does What You Say & Do on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Websites, Blogs, Online Matter to Jesus? Does What you Write & Post about matter to the Lord as a Christian? Yes it does! (Matt 12:34-37, 1 Cor 5:10)
Also, Check out below John MacArthur's Article: Exposing the Truth about Men's Hearts re: Matthew 12:33-37.
- Matthew 12:33-37 Jesus says, "Either make the TREE GOOD & its FRUIT GOOD, or else make the TREE BAD & its FRUIT BAD; for a TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS FRUIT. Brood of Vipers! How can you, being EVIL, SPEAK GOOD THINGS? For out of the ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART THE MOUTH SPEAKS. A GOOD MAN out of the GOOD TREASURE OF HIS HEART brings FORTH GOOD THINGS, and an EVIL MAN out of the EVIL TREASURE brings forth EVIL THINGS. But I say to you that for EVERY IDLE WORD MEN MAY SPEAK, they will GIVE ACCOUNT of it in the DAY OF JUDGMENT. For by YOUR WORDS you will be JUSTIFIED, and by YOUR WORDS you will be CONDEMNED."
- 2 Corinthians 5:10 Paul to Believers— “For we must ALL APPEAR before the JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST, that EACH ONE may RECEIVE the things DONE IN THE BODY, according to what he has DONE, whether GOOD or BAD.
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Does the Amount of Time I Spend Online Matter to the Lord?
Yes, the Amount of TIME we Spend Online Does matter to the Lord, and we will be talking about that later in this Article. This Article aims to Encourage Fellow Christians to use our many God-given Opportunities Online for "God's Glory!" (1 Cor 10:31).
It's Surprising what one finds out about other People, and Professing Christians on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Blogs, Websites, Online, etc— through the many Postings, Videos, & Photos! It’s sad to see so MANY Professing Christians (well known ones too) Promoting (so to speak) Worldliness on Facebook, Twitter, etc— when we should be Separating ourselves from the Things and the Love of this World— and from being “Friends with the World”.
We at SO4J-TV are not coming from a standpoint of Legalism here— being Lawgivers. In the Body of Christ we're all at different levels of Faith. However, Jesus clearly Exhorts & Warns us here:
For those Professing Christians who speak out of one side of their Mouth that they "Love the Lord", yet on the other side of their Mouth they Speak Worldly & Idle Words on: Facebook, Twitter, and Online, etc— you might be (and most likely are) a Stumbling Block to others— depending on what it is of course. We're not telling people what they must Post Online to be acceptable to the Lord! But we do want to Exhort fellow Believers with what God's Word says about our Words Online, and what we might be Posting.
Here is what the Book of James says about living a Compromising life with our Words:
A Consistent amount of Worldly Talk and/or Photos of Worldliness, & Videos as well is: Condoning & Approving of what God Hates— Being a "Friend of the World makes us an Enemy of God".
5 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU POST ANYTHING ON—
1 - DOES WHAT YOU SAY GLORIFY GOD?
Avoid Foolish & Ignorant Disputes, Knowing that they Generate Strife!
Yes, the Amount of TIME we Spend Online Does matter to the Lord. As Believers in Jesus Christ we’re to be using all of our God-given OPPORTUNITIES on this Earth to Redeem the Time, and use our TIME WISELY.
We're to Spend our Time in being Preach the Word— be “SO4J (Sold Out For Jesus) FIRE-SNATCHERS!"
Make the use of Every Opportunity To Do Good & To Preach The Gospel
And if one is spending MORE time on Facebook than to Obey Gods Word in other areas of your life, that of course would be wrong, and maybe Sinful. Example: If we're not spending the Necessary TIME to Provide Food & Clothing for our Families.
Another Quick Example: Eph 5:25 "Husbands Love your Wife"..(i.e. visa versa)
PRAYER: "LORD, help us to be Aware of our Time & to Redeem the Time (use it wisely) as well...knowing you are Coming Back soon for your Bride that is without Spot or Wrinkle (Matt 24:44, Eph 5:27)! Help us to use All of our MANY & VARIOUS GOSPEL OPPORTUNITIES that you give us Online for your Glory! Give us Strength, and Help us to be FAITHFUL to Preach the Word of God (Mark 16:15), with Boldness (Acts 4:31) & Conviction (John 16:8), doing so out of Love (1 Cor 14:1). Lord Bless!
Below is Excerpts from John MacArthur's Teaching about Matt 12:34-37..very good.
"DOES WHAT YOU SAY & DO ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER MATTER?"
THESE ARE EXCERPTS FROM JOHN MACARTHUR’S ARTICLE:
Excerpt from John MacArthur's Article: Some people have a problem understanding that we will ULTIMATELY BE JUDGED on our WORKS and on our WORDS. We saw that in:
Here it says He will Judge men according to their WORDS. By your WORKS and your WORDS will come your Eternal Judgment. What this says is NOT to Obviate or Negate Salvation By Grace Through Faith, but simply to show you that Salvation by Grace Through Faith Will Demonstrate itself in GOOD WORKS and GOOD WORDS, so that they become the Objective Criteria by which GOD can make that Judgment.
The WORDS of Men are Accurate GAGUES of their HEARTS; if you have a Transformed Heart and Jesus Christ has come into your life and transformed your heart, then you will Speak Words by which God will JUSTIFY you. If Christ has Never Changed your Heart, then you will speak Words by which God will Condemn you.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN WE'RE NOT SAVED BY GRACE. We are saved by Grace through Faith, that NOT of works, lest any man should boast. But the next verse says,
We ARE SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH unto WORKS and WORDS. The WORKS and the WORDS prove that the Faith has been there. So God can look objectively at your WORDS and know whether you've been REDEEMED, and so can you. If you have any Question about whether you're Saved, LISTEN TO YOURSELF when you talk when no one is around, or when you're ANGRY, IRRITATED, UPSET, or THOUGHTLESS. WORDS WILL REVEAL WHAT IS IN YOUR HEART. Let's start at:
Do You Honor God with your Lips, but your Heart is Far from Him? - Mark 7:6-8
Every person is responsible for what he says, and if he rejects Jesus Christ, then he will be responsible for the result of it, which will be a Lifetime of Useless, Empty, Evil Words. I believe primarily, this applies to Unbelievers, the Wicked. They will be Condemned by their Words. I think that Judgment here is primarily the Judgment of the Great White Throne; Ultimate Eternal Judgment. Christians aren't going to be there because our sins have already been dealt with, cared for and dismissed at Calvary. Sure, we've sinned with our Tongues & Mouths, but ours are under the Covering Of Christ. But these others with Unbelieving Hearts are going to have nothing but Unbelieving Words, and by those Words they will be Condemned.
They will be condemned Subjectively by their Lack of Faith in Christ, and Objectively by the WORDS of their MOUTH and the DEEDS of their LIFE.
You see, when God comes to the time to judge the evil people in Revelation 20, He opens BOOKS.
I believe those BOOKS have in them all the DEEDS and WORDS of these people. You can run through all the Deeds & Words and find no Good Thing, and He Keeps the full record.”
MORE EXCERPTS FROM JOHN MACARTHUR'S ARTICLE:…There is an Accountability in all of our lives for everything that we SAY, and God has a way of recovering all of that and using it in that time of Judgment to indict the Ungodly. But it also says in:
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? That means that a believer will Ultimately be Justified Objectively by their Faith in Christ, but it is manifest in our WORDS so that our WORDS can become a valid criteria by which our Salvation can be made obvious, manifest. When there is a Transformed Heart, there will be a Transformed Mouth, because out of the Abundance of the Heart the Mouth Speaks.
EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, MY MOUTH SOUNDS A LOT LIKE MY OLD SELF, DOESN'T YOURS? But still there are times when it is definitely representative of my New Heart. You see, an Unbeliever can never speak Good Things, really and ultimately Good Things. We'll see that in a moment, but a Believer will speak Good Things, although often also Evil Things. That's the difference. But we will be Justified by our Mouth.
WHAT IS THIS SAYING TO YOU? There is no such thing as Proving your Salvation apart from some Objective Observation and Demonstration. The Bible says you're Saved by the Manifestation of Good Works and Good Words; that is, your Salvation is visible, obvious, validated. So don't come to me and say you know someone who is a Christian but they just don't Show it, because there is NO such thing. We don't show it enough, but we SHOW IT, because we are created unto Good Works. With that Judgment in mind, based on Words, go back to Matthew 12:36.
CONSEQUENTLY, WE HAVE TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT FOR EVERY IDLE WORD THAT WE SPEAK. THIS IS TREMENDOUS ACCOUNTABILITY. If He had said, "For every blasphemous word," then we would only feel accountable for blasphemies. So He says, "Every Idle, Useless Word." It means Useless, Barren, Unproductive, Careless. It isn't just the Worst of our Words, it' all of our Words that are Useless. We are Accountable for All of them.
TAKE THE UNBELIEVER. HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO HIM? He is the main object, because he's speaking here about the Pharisees. What does the Idea of 'IDLE' mean? First of all, it means Useless.WORDS of NO VALUE, BARREN, NO PURPOSE, UNPRODUCTIVE, NO GOOD PRODUCT, INEFFECTIVE IN PROMOTING GOD'S KINGDOM AND GLORY. They may be Words that are Nice, like 'I Love You' to their children or 'I Love You' to their wife, or Words of Kindness & Comfort & Gentleness COMFORT and Gentleness, sometimes Words of Truth & Wisdom, but they are Useless in Promoting the Kingdom of God and Advancing the Name of Christ & Exalting God's Glory; they cannot do that.
AT BEST, THEY ARE HUMANLY GOOD, BUT NOT DIVINELY GOOD.They are Earthly, trapped in the plane of the passing. So they are Useless in the Terms of the advance of the Kingdom, the Exaltation of the Son Of God, or the Glory of God; they are Useless, Purposeless, Ineffective - they do Not Promote those kinds of things. In God's eyes, that which is Good is Good because of the fact that it gives Glory to God; that is True Goodness, and the Unregenerate Man cannot do that.
SO HIS WORDS, AT THE VERY BEST, ARE USELESS. We could even say this verse another way: "I say to you that every useless word you speak." And He's Not saying 'Every Useless Word.' but ' Every Word you speak is Useless.' Because even at their best, they are useless in terms of Promoting Ultimate Good, Ultimate Glory, and the Kingdom of God. Listen, if men are going to be Judged for their Useless Words, think how much they'll be Judged for their Blasphemous Words. The Unbelieving World - think about the verbiage in our world. It's forever talking, with everyone doing his 25,000-30,000 a day. Everyone is writing his 264 200-page books every year.
EVERYONE IS TALKING, TALKING, TALKING WITH OPINIONS AND OPINIONS. The sum of all of those in terms of actual goodness to the advance of the Kingdom of God, the Exaltation of the Son of God, and the Glory of God is Nil, Nothing. They are all Idle Words, and they'll be Accountable for the fact that in their Whole Lifetime, they spoke no thing that Advance the Kingdom of God, no thing that gave Glory to Jesus Christ or the Father. There was another thought that came to mind as I was studying this term 'IDLE' and that is that it is sometimes used to Refer to Careless. That is a little different than useless. Careless Words seem to me to speak of those words uttered in a Thoughtless way, the Thoughtless Words that kind of just escape. Some of us can protect ourselves because we Calculate our Hypocrisy and Say the Right Thing at the Right Place and the Right Time. We don't talk here the way we talk at Home, right? We don't talk Here the way we Talk at Work, or on the Phone when we Gossip, or the way we talk to our Brothers, Sisters, Mom, or Dad about our Teacher, or the Kids at School, or the people we go Camping with, or whatever. In other words, we have sort of a Calculated Hypocrisy, this Holy Talk that we Pull out when we Need it. But then there are those times when we're Careless and Not Careful; we get Angry, we get Upset, Anxious, Fearful, Irritated, Frustrated, and then it comes out - the Careless Words. They really reveal what is going on inside. In Public, we may appear Noble, whereas in Private, we are Vile. The Real you will be manifest when you Speak in Anger, in Hatred, in Irritation, Insolation with No other Christian Present, and you really let fly what is inside. The Unredeemed Mouth will reveal itself. You know whether what you say that sounds so good is really just Hypocritical Holy Talk or Not because because you know what you talk like the rest of the time.
WHAT COMES OUT OF AN UNREDEEMED MOUTH? What is basic to it? WHAT ARE THE IDLE, CARELESS WORDS FOR WHICH MEN MUST GIVE AN ACCOUNT? The Bible says they are Evil Words, for the Mouth of the Wicked pours out Evil Things. They are Lustful Words, for the lips of an adulterous woman drip honey, and smoother than oil is her speech. They are Deceitful, for the tongue is a deadly arrow which speaks deceit. They are Cursing Words; his mouth is full of curses. They are Oppressive Words; his mouth is full of Oppression, says the Scripture.
THEY ARE LYING WORDS, FOR LYING LIPS ARE AN ABOMINATION TO THE LORD. They are Perverse False Words; a wicked man is one who speaks with a False Mouth. They are Destructive Words; by the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the Mouth of the Wicked, it is torn down. They are Vain Words, for speaking out Arrogant Words of Vanity, they entice, said Peter. They are Flattering Words, a Flattering Mouth works Ruin. They are Foolish Words; the mouth of a fool spouts Follly. They are mad words; the lips of a fool consume him, and the end of it is madness.
THEY ARE MULTIPLIED WORDS; THE FOOL MULTIPLIES HIS WORDS. They are False Words; Empty Words; Empty Talkers, teaching for sordid gain. They are Evil Words; the wicked plot against the Righteous and Gnash at him with their teeth. They are Prideful Words; in the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride. They are Hateful Words; they have surrounded me with words of hatred. They are Swearing Words; the Bible says, "Swear not at all." They are Filthy Words; let come out of your mouth. They are Gossipy Words; Gossips & Slanderers like dainty morsels. They go down into the innermost parts of a Body. Those are the Words of an Unredeemed Mouth, and those are the Words by which they will be Condemned. There are times when they may speak Kind Words, but those Words cannot ultimately bring any Good, so they are Idle Words. These are the Careless Words, so they are Condemned by that which they Cannot Say and that which they do say. They are Accountable; you will be Accountable to God & Everyone of the Things you've Ever Uttered out of your Mouth is still there, somewhere in this universe, and God captures it and it is in the Book.
Judgment Seat of Christ for Believers
(Scriptures from SO4J.com)
WHAT ABOUT BELIEVERS? DOES THIS SAY ANYTHING TO US? I think it does, because in:
So we know that Believers must be here somewhere. When it comes time for our Eternal Destiny to be made manifest, God can look at our Words and know we are the Redeemed because it will be obvious from what we Say and how we Speak. So I believe that if we are in Matthew 12:37, we can certainly learn from Matthew 12:36 that we too are Accountable for what we Say. Though the Day of Judgment surely speaks of Eternal Judgment and Eternal Destiny, there is even, for us, a time of Judgment, a time now of Chastening, and a time of Future Rewards. Though that is not the main thrust of the passage, it certainly does no injustice to the truth to speak of it.
I BELIEVE THAT, AS CHRISTIANS, WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD FOR WHAT WE SAY. IF WE SPEAK EVIL WORDS ALONG WITH THOSE GOOD WORDS THAT OUR NEW HEART PRODUCES, WE ARE GOING TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD FOR THAT AND WE MAY BE CHASTENED IN THE DAY OF THE BEMA JUDGMENT, WE MAY LOSE OUR REWARD. We have to learn to tame our tongues too. There are those GOOD THINGS, those times we Praise and Thank God, those times we Exalt Christ, and Speak Truth and Wisdom, when we utter with the very voice of God, as it were, that prove we are the redeemed. But then there are those times when that bitter water comes out of the same fountain and James says, "These things ought not to be." Paul says, "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt."
WHAT DOES SALT DO? IT PREVENTS CORRUPTION. Our Voice and Speech should Never Contribute to anyone's Corruption; it should always Prevent that. Salt also has a way of Adding Flavor, so our speech should be Charming, Winsome, Should cause LAughter and Joy in the right way at the Expense of No one. Our Speech should be Spiritual, Wholesome, Fitting, Kind, Sensitive, Loving, Purposeful, Edifying, Gentle, Truthful Speech, and we should Pray what the Psalmist Prayed In:
So, beloved, WHEN YOU SPEAK your 25,000 TODAY, LISTEN TO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING. WHAT DOES IT TELL YOU? When you WRITE YOUR BOOK OF 50-60 PAGES TODAY, were you to PRINT IT and PASS IT AROUND, what would it say about your Heart and who you are? Would it Betray the Fact that you Don't know God, or would it Reveal the Fact that you Do-- and not only do you, but there isn't even inconsistency - you know God and Walk in Obedience to Him so that you Speech is with Grace, Seasoned with Salt?
LET'S PRAY. "Lord, we Pray that we would speak as You would speak if You were here on earth; we would be Your voice, speak Your words. MAY THE HOLY SPIRIT GUARD OUR LIPS, SET A WATCH OVER THE DOOR OF OUR MOUTH THAT WE MAY SPEAK THE WORDS OF A JUSTIFIED HEART. Lord, we know that the Pharisees spoke evil because they were evil, because a corrupt tree brings forth corrupt fruit. They were thus condemned by their own mouths. We pray, Lord, that if there are some in our midst this morning that are self-condemned by the fact that they can speak no good thing, no thing ultimately good to the advance of Your glorious Kingdom, may this be the day that they come to Christ. May they, in simple faith, open their heart, inviting Jesus Christ to come in. give them a new heart, a clean heart, and let them, out of that new heart, begin to speak the words of a Justified Soul, the Words of a Good Tree, that they might manifest Your presence. Lord, even as Christians, we know that there are times when out of that fountain comes the bitter as well. HELP US TO SEEK THE SPIRIT'S CONTROL OVER OUR SPEECH, THAT WHEN WE OPEN OUR MOUTH IT MIGHT ALWAYS BE THAT WHICH EDIFIES EACH OTHER AND GLORIFIES YOU, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE, AMEN." THE END
"DOES WHAT YOU SAY & DO ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER MATTER?"