If you've accessed the internet over the last few months, you've probably heard or read the phrase, 'fake news'. What is fake news, and why should Christians be concerned?
A 'fake news' story is a well written and articulated article or news story that mentions real people, real places and sometimes adds real events, while telling a false narrative. Fake news is also any news that cannot be proven or supported based on facts. The objectives of fake news and fake stories are to deceive the public, to spread lies and to spread propaganda or an agenda.
The primary effect of fake news is an influence on societal reasoning, developing a mindset based on falsehoods. As Christians, knowing that we are at war with the system of the world and an agenda that is anti-Christ and anti-Gospel, we ought to be more vigilant about the things we see and hear from mainstream and social media. Not every story is told with sincerity of intent and genuineness. "Take heed, therefore, how ye hear," the Lord instructed.
Social media offers a plethora of opportunities to spread falsehood and have it go viral in a matter of seconds. A significant number of people now rely on social media for breaking news updates, and they have good reason for it, due to the modification of most social media platforms to encourage news publication and proliferation.
We encourage everyone, especially members of the BLW Nation and Christians around the world, to be more vigilant with the information that comes to them from social and mainstream media. In the second part of this discourse, we will share with you more on this phenomenon and how it relates to our ability to spread the Gospel and its potential role in the post-rapture world.
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