3 Things Christians Should Stop Doing On Social Media

3 Things Christians Should Stop Doing On Social Media

3 Things Christians Should Stop Doing On Social Media

There are a lot of things Christians should stop doing on social media. Here are some of them.

1. Publicly and judgmentally calling people out on their sins or mistakes.

It’s not your place to call other people out on their sins or mistakes, especially in public. Don’t single them out for pure enjoyment. Christians already have a bad reputation in the land of judgment, and the last thing we need is someone rebuking people via Twitter or Facebook. If you’re doing this, please find the “deactivate” button and click it repeatedly.

If you really think it’s that important, call them on the phone, or at least send them a private message. Do us all a favor and stop your social judgment. There is no need to publicly shame someone for something you’re probably doing yourself.

2. Trying to explain theological doctrine in 140 characters or less.

Theology is a subject that was never meant to be paraphrased, half-hearted, or partially explained. Take the time to write a blog post or even make a podcast. Don’t try to manipulate Biblical doctrine to fit in the form of 140 characters or less. God’s word deserves to be drawn out, elaborated, and explained in a plethora of words. Nuggets of partial truth will never be more fulfilling than a plate filled with the whole meal.

3. Getting into arguments on Facebook or Twitter.

Nobody wants to see your drama show up on their news feeds. I mean, I’m sure they’re just waiting to sit back and watch your social boxing match. Maturity plays a big role in using social media. So if you claim to be a Christian, then please keep your drama, arguments, and bickering to yourself. The last thing someone wants to see a Christian do is argue behind the safety of a computer screen. It’s not worth your time, nor does anyone else want to see it. 

—Jarrid Wilson


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  • Jesse September 21, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Should we be witnessing on Facebook?

  • mmg July 15, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    The christian should not support the LGBT but they don’t have to Condemned because they already have a place in judgement.

    And they have to stop using the name of the Lord in Vain.

    Yes christian is not perfect that is why we need God, for us to be righteous.

    If anyone try to tell that there’s no God don’t make an argue with them just simple say to them “Thank God your still alive.. “

  • Eric Tuck June 13, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    “There is no need to publicly shame someone for something you’re probably doing yourself. You want Christians to stop calling each other out but one reason you use to back that up is predicated on the assumption that we’re making the same mistake as them, even though you have no knowledge of our lives and current choices. Assumptive judgement is still judgement.

  • elizabeth5713 June 12, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    I think Christians should stop using foul language or take the Lord’s Name in vain. I don’t think we should use even shortened versions like OMG or LMFAO. If we typed out the whole thing, it would not be acceptable, so how is the shortened version any different? What would Jesus tweet, post, reblog or Instagram?

  • all June 1, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Social network is a potential where we can perhaps win at least one soul rebuking and correcting yourself and sharing it with them boldly as far as you can try yet only God can tell wether christian or not.
    Only from him we shall recieve approval if the voice inside you calls you to do this for God whats wrong with that? are we not judging Him who is bitter in spirit because of eagerness to serve God the glory.. the spirit express itself trough us so let them be, your not the one to tell what to be done or not to be done like what you are saying. Maybe just maybe sharp words are meant for someone we do not know but God’s will

  • Ginny April 13, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    I think Christians should PLEASE stop posting things that imply that you are a bad person, bad Christain, hate God, hate Christ, or don’t care about your fellow man if you don’t repost. All the creators of those posts are doing is manipulating you to do what they want by making you feel guilty, and using you to pass judgment on others. God’s love is not about shaming you or making you feel guilty. And, shaming people doesn’t inspire them to love others as God loves us.

  • IngridNieto.Com April 13, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Posting revealing photos that may cause other brothers/sisters in the faith to stumble or sin in their heads.

  • Melody Kubiak April 13, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    THE most important factor we need to take into account in any of our dealings with anyone, Christian or not, on the internet or in person, is how does what we say or do reflect on JESUS? Would Jesus be busy telling people they are going to hell if they condone abortion or would He be trying to help them to understand how precious life is? Would He be protesting at people’s funerals or would He be comforting the family? That is the thing that bothers me the most about people who claim to be Christians who act in this way. Think of how that comes across to non-Christians. It doesn’t inspire anyone to follow the meek and lowly Jesus, but rather it pushes people away from Him. Most of the comments I’ve seen telling someone they disagree with are not done in love. It comes across to me as anger and criticism, with sentiments like “it will be hot where you’re going.” Paraphrasing Jesus: ‘he who is without sin should cast the first stone.’ Not one of us is without sin. We’d do well to read John chapter 8, as well to take this verse to heart: “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” Ephesians 4:15 KJV Do we want to draw people to Christ or push them away from Him? They will know we are Christians by our love, not if we have judgmental attitudes.

  • Abe April 13, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.”
    Matt. 18:15

  • Tina November 3, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    I have been thinking of visiting your church…found this thread very interesting.

  • Masquerade August 7, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    First, let me preface this with this comment: As Christians, we should never be done growing, changing and maturing in God’s word. We should always be working on being better and over coming our problem areas. Mine happens to be my temper. Some of it is genetic, a good deal of it is learned. It’s not an excuse and I strive daily to not let it get the best of me. That said, here are my thoughts on this blog:

    1. There is a difference between being judgmental and trying to help someone.

    Calling someone out publicly and intentionally shaming them is never done in the spirit of wanting to help. It’s always done in the spirit of wanting to be superior and proven right. If you truly want to help someone, send them a /private/ message and talk to them about what they’ve done. Try to get their side of it before cramming down their throat. It may be that they were having a particularly bad day and were not dealing with it very well. Come on, everyone has done that at least once. Been a little snot after a very long, rotten day.

    Now, I won’t pretend I’m always perfect at following my own advice. I’ve certainly done my fair share of judging and verbal ripping. Not something I’m proud of and it’s something I definitely need to work on. I have a really hard time with this in particular. I find it easier to avoid such situations by not reading comments on social media sites. Everyone has an opinion and the internet provides the perfect captive audience. Unfortunately, that typically means there is a never ending parade of ugly coming from a long line of stupid. Since patience is not something I have an abundance of, there are days that I just don’t get online because I’m already in a bad mood.

    2. Trying to explain theological doctrine in 140 characters or less is extremely difficult if you’re going for accuracy. Characters are not words. Characters are numbers, letters, symbols, punctuation and spaces. As a matter of fact, the first two sentences of this paragraph come out to exactly 143 characters. Not very long, is it? How can you expect to accurately portray what the Bible is about, Christ’s love and your ideas in that short of a span? There is nothing wrong with sharing the word of God but it really does need to be longer than two short sentences. If you must use 140 characters or less, do it to grab their attention and then find a way to have a longer, in depth conversation.

    3. Arguments on the internet doesn’t do anyone any good. Nothing is resolved. Opinions are not changed. Toes are stepped on. We’re not talking about civilized debates here. This particular point is talking about flat out fights. If you’re a Christian trying to share the love of Christ by calling someone an arrogant, egotistical bastard, then you’re shooting yourself in the foot. If you can’t come to someone in love and with a calm spirit and gentle words, then it’s best to leave it alone. Getting into a verbal brawl while simultaneously claiming Christ’s love is something I see all too often.

    I admit to being guilty of doing this a few times and all it does is make people believe less in God and what Christians are about. I’ve learned to remove myself from such situations and to keep my mouth closed or vent to some friends in private before dealing with a difficult person that has a knack of making me angry.

    4. I’m going to add my own point, now, instead of simply commenting on the previously established points. Christians have got to stop fighting with each other. I’ve been to so many churches where if you don’t wear the right clothes or have the right hair cut or don’t put an “acceptable” amount of money in the collection tray, then you were treated like scum. It’s heart breaking. How can we convince unbelievers of God’s love and mercy when we have none for each other?

    No, I am not a perfect person. I mess up frequently. I get angry easily. I don’t pray as often as I should. I don’t read my bible every day. In all honesty, I’m probably not a very good Christian. There are a lot of people I don’t like and refuse to have dealings with because I just can’t force myself to be nice to them. But that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped trying to be better. It’s a daily struggle for me to not be a broody, angry person. And even if everyone who sees this post thinks “Wow. What a hypocritical person. She’s one of those Christians that gives other Christians a bad name.” I will never stop trying to grow in Christ and to over come my faults. I may not be perfect but I’m loved and forgiven by a God who is and I thank Him for that.

  • Lance C. August 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    The theology part is a-ok usually. If someone hates me speaking about the bible and theology sometimes they can Unfriend me. Simple as that to me. I still love em regardless.

  • jose June 22, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    People, can you imagine a atheist dropping by and reading about this discussion? Do we sound united? Will he or she see the Body of Christ speaking as one anywhere in these conflict? How can we make things differently? How can we be light out here on the internet?

  • Ez June 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    The comments on this post are a brilliant example of how Christians embarrass themselves in public.

  • Marge June 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Some people have heard sermons by ministers who keep saying we must not be “religious”…This term is understood completely differently by non believers. They see the term as expressing your faith.
    Now they are confused and when a person declares they are “not religious” the non-believers immediately think someone has renounced their faith. Do we want others to think this of us? I believe this is not fruitful in our quest to bring others to the wonderful world of God’s love. Please pass this on.

  • Nathan Sampson Bernhardt June 21, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    As a Christian, we are to speak the truth in love. There are two kinds of judgment: if I were to make an assessment of character with a self- righteous attitude- that would be wrong. I cannot see someone’s motive perfectly. If, however, someone states something directly contrary to Scripture (i.e.- Jesus is not the only way, any lifestyle is acceptable to God, the Bible is false, follow your heart, etc), we are to “…judge with righteous judgment”, condemn deeds of darkness rather than condone…). It is not popular to quote-“It is appointed for man to die once, the the judgment”- however, remember what happened to Jesus, eleven of the twelve disciples, and many who professed their faith in love-they were hated. We need to love but never to compromise.

  • Martin Kuo May 7, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Amen! Too much haters on facebook. god loves us and thats all we need to know. Everyone with their bible and god talk can just keep it to themselves. I live my life the way I want when I want ain’t nobody can judge. Na I mean~?

  • Spiritof Elijah May 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM


  • martyn Leech May 4, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Its all about relationship with Christ, to judge is to make a decision, therefore we are to make a decision on if our brother is in sin we are to take it to them in love if they are offending us then we are to take it to them and the only real use for FB and twitter are to evangelise and promote church not to be subdued about the gospel but to bring it to all nation and people that includes answering questions asked by followers of other belief systems. Jesus used His judgment on His battles knowing when to say something is what shows your maturity in Christ and the words will just come if baptised in the Holy Spirit. Also we all have different revalations from each scripture so will have different opinions and disagreements. We do not have a Spirit of timidity.

  • Steve March 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    @ Webmaster: Please delete my previous post as this post is much clearer. Thank you.

    Point 1: “Publicly & Judgmentally calling people out on their sins or mistakes.”
    His Argument: “Christians already have a bad reputation in the land of judgment, and the last thing we need is someone rebuking people via Twitter or Facebook”

    Point 2: “Trying to explain theological doctrine in 140 characters or less.”
    His Argument: “God’s word deserves to be drawn out, elaborated, and explained in a plethora of words.”

    Point 3: “Getting into arguments on Facebook or Twitter.”
    His argument: “Maturity plays a big role in using social media…The last thing someone wants to see a Christian do is argue behind the safety of a computer screen.”

    My Point?: Where’s the Bible? Sounds like someone is whining and bickering to me.

    Point 1 response: So because there was an era of legalism, we now have to swing the pendulum the other direction and shut our mouths? But didn’t Jesus die for opening his mouth and calling people sinners, especially those who claim to be God’s people? they just didn’t like it and killed him? What about Isaiah and Jeremiah, who told the people of God to repent? One got sawn in half and the other left to rot in jail. Hmm.

    Point 2 response: Perhaps that is why so many people fall asleep in church. Seriously, if you can say it with clarity and brevity then why not? Paul did. Gal. 5:14 says, For the whole law can be summed up in a single commandment, namely, “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” 39 characters if you are counting. And the Law is a big theological debate today and has been for centuries.
    Notice he tries to make you feel guilty that you have to be wordy in order to convey biblical doctrine. Another fallacy that plays on the emotions falsely.

    Point 3 response: I imagine that most of these Christians would do it face to face. However, if he is implying people like a couple blowing up on their significant other and embarrassing them, that is one thing. He is right. But going with the context of his blog, it seems to me that he is blasting Christians for arguing Bible stuff over FB and Twitter. And it depends on what he means by arguing. So the whole, “if you don’t agree with me then you must not be mature” notion he projects is based off of something abstract and tries to give the believer a sense of guilt unnecessarily again. That is twice now with no Scripture to support his statements. He did not give an example so you really can’t make a conclusion if you agree with him or not. Therefore, when there is a grey area, Christians have liberty until a principle is drawn out of the Bible that speaks against it.

    Conclusion: Notice all mine are backed with Scripture. The first point would be various passages throughout the gospels of course. But as another post pointed out, by telling us not to do a, b, & c, he just broke his own rule #1 and needs to deactivate himself repeatedly. Take heed to thine own words.

    • Legacy of a Single Girl June 19, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Steve, perhaps you are one of the ones that should “deactivate”. Thou preaches too much.

    • Sandy June 20, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Exactly Steve!!! Thanks for your reply, saves me the trouble and you did it so much better than I could have.

    • Melody Kubiak April 13, 2015 at 6:46 PM

      The whole concept of Christians interacting with others on the internet has to lie with HOW they present the truth. It must be done with love.”But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” Ephesians 4:15 KJV

  • Steve March 12, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    I will agree with point three to an extent, but I cannot accept the first two. If someone promotes a sinful act that happens to be on Facebook, why can’t it be Christian to respond. The Bible says to speak the truth in love. It didn’t confine it except in Matt. 18 where someone was personally sinned against. So the whole doing it one on one is not applicable here. If someone promotes abortion, they didn’t sin against me. but their thinking leads to sin and supports murder. So if it is another believer we are not to express the truth in love?
    What gets me is that this is all qualified by, “If you don’t listen to these three principles, then you are immature.” and it is a fallacy that Christians need to recognize. What I would like to know is where he draws his theology to come to these conclusions?
    Also, why is it wrong to try to explain theological issues simply. Brevity and clarity are the first two rules of preaching.
    And finally, as another post pointed out, by telling us not to do x, y, & z, he just broke rule #1 and needs to deactivate repeatedly. :)

    • edwahzj March 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Yes and Amen

  • Matt March 11, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    This article makes very vague generalities and assumptions about the hearts of people and is judgmental in itself.

    1) It may be right to publicly call someone out for a public sin. It’s not the usual way, but it’s possible. That doesn’t mean that someone has a “judgmental” attitude, but is loving that person toward Christ and into Christlikeness. Sometimes loving someone means confronting them.

    2) Nothing wrong with explaining theological terms in simple terms. The Bible is full of doctrine. Greater doctrine, deeper theology equals greater worship.Pssst – doctrine is not a dirty word (in my quiet voice).

    3) There is a difference between an argument and a debate. Arguments…I agree – those are left for private. Healthy, respectful debates – no problems.

    • edwahzj March 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Yes and Amen

  • Larry dash March 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Matthew 28:19 says therefore go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel, the social media site is a great place to share Gods word and encourage people. Every person that does not have a relationship with the father probably won’t attend church. So I believe that the social media can be used for sharing the word of God.

    • Kendra March 12, 2014 at 4:07 AM

      You are completely missing the point .. It is one thing to express your feelings about god and your faith (there’s nothing wrong with that) but it is another for judging and condemning others for walking down a different path than the Christian path .. It is not our place as people to judge those that choose a different lifestyle that is gods place to do so .. Jesus said himself to the disciples “those who judge are heathens, and those who brag about their religion are hypocrites” No where does he say hey go talk crap about people for thinking differently than us .. Using social media to express your faith is great but that is all .. It’s Christians job to promote the word of god it is not Christians job to play god by judging and condemning then turning around and bragging how awesome of a Christian you are .. I’m not saying you do that all I’m saying is that’s what he is meaning in the article because I’ve seen it done myself people abusing their Christianity and making the ones who are actually living the right way look bad.

    • edwahzj March 17, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      A true ambassador for Christ will do what the Spirit of truth is doing; Convincing the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgement” Confirmed here >Jn 16:13 “He that is spiritual judges ALL THINGS, yet he himself is judged of no man” confirmed here > 1Co.1:15-16, 2Co.5:20-21

  • Michelle March 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Ummmm how so? He’s trying to get us to open our eyes!! The things he talks about are in the bible!! Maybe you just don’t want to listen and that’s fine but when you condem a Christ follower for sharing what God put on his heart who is the one being self righteous?

    • edwahzj March 17, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      You can always pick out the sooth soothsayers and intellectuals and self conceited, hmm
      Hey Jarrid, edwah here; The Spirit of truth is the BOSS and not any man; in case one didn’t know the LORDSHIP OF CHRIST means LET GO AND LET CHRIST AND HIS MINISTERS are supposed to REPROVE THE WORKS OF DARKNESS; OTHERWISE be silent and open your ears and LISTEN in submission to the LORDSHIP OF CHRIST > 2Co.3:3-6 okay, beloved

  • Elly McMashehu March 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Hmmm, interesting :)

    I think that FB etc. is a great place to share the Gospel, so I think those points would necessarily be violated with the carrying out of the Great Commission with this relatively new and useful tool we have of social media. Those who hate the Gospel would feel “judged” and that we’re being argumentative, and being limited by FB post sizes is part of the deal. I think we can take away from this article something – that when we do post on FB or other social media, that we should do as the Bible says and “judge with righteous judgment” according to God’s Word, and not be a big ol’ meanie :) I’ve seen the mean side and have been greatly discouraged by it myself, but I also know that my unsaved friends & family would say that me pointing to Christ as the mighty Savior of sinners is “mean”. I also remember some of the maturing that has taken place over the years (social media or not), so I think being cautious over how we’re posting and considering our motive is good advice. But I don’t know if these three rules would virtually gut the ability to actually share the Gospel (the most important thing, right?) through social media.

    Secondary to the Gospel but certainly related is the sin of abortion (would pointing that out not be allowed according to these rules?). It seems that considering the sidelining as-of-little-importance of the baby holocaust that our nation is going through, social media presents a good opportunity to awaken the consciences of Christians to consider our role in exposing the unfruitful deeds being done in darkness (Eph. 5:11) and pointing those who have committed this sin to Jesus Christ.

    Considering the Great Commission and our responsibility in loving our neighbors as ourselves (including regarding their eternal souls and the well-being of our pre-born neighbors), we should continue sharing the truth *in love* to bring glory to Jesus Christ. Even if the world thinks it’s judgmental, because~
    2 Corinthians 2:14-16 “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. “

    • Billy Martin March 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      So true . I believe that in todays faceless society of voicemail , text , and email, that people have lost a important connection in their lives. That being the real meaning of a true life with a purpose.. Hopefully they will figure it out . God bless us. Telp the planet !

      Hope they catch what they are looking for while Phishing !

  • Joseph March 11, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    This article is being judgemental of problem who are judgemental.

  • Barbara Brodowsky March 10, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Please ladies, do not post about all of Gods blessings in your life, your bible readings and favorite verses and then do sexy selfies and half naked workout pictures. It’s not helping.

    • Ale March 11, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      I could not agree with you more. That creates false images about what a real Christ follower is. So sad :(

  • Cindy March 7, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    It’s one thing to stand for truth. It’s another thing entirely to be personal about judgment. Social media should never be a place where we publicly shame people. That closes the door on your chances to restore them to the faith. The Bible says where a brother is very clear about about Jesus said, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.” Matthew 18:15-17. No where do I see that someone should be outed for their offense to the world.

    Be sensitive to those you wish to win for the Lord. Be gentle.

    • edwahzj March 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      A true ambassador for Christ reproves the works of darkness; and if the ego of the one being reproved shall acknowledge the truth Perhaps God will give them repentance. Furthermore Paul be the Spirit says to the believers of Corinth that they were to be ashamed for allowing the individual who had his fathers wife to himself and said nothing 1Co.5. Moreover it doesn’t matter what your FEELINGS dictate, OBEY THE LORD WHOSE Spirit is gone out into the world convincing of Sin and of Righteousness and of Judgement. The love of the LORD is grounded in TRUTH whose love is also not of unsanctioned affection and natural human love; neither does God accept the persons you may accept. Don’t be deceived with good intentions BY BE OBEDIENT TO THE FAITH, FOLLOWING THE LEAD OF THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, Jn.16:9-11

    • R March 25, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      The Issue isn’t about never confronting (or saying nothing to) the offending person but about when, where and how Christians should confront others. Can you people properly read? The author even said if it’s that important to just call them or send them a PM. Even the Bible tells us (as already quoted by Cindy) to first confront your brother just between the two of you, before taking a couple of witnesses with you, before telling it to the church (note: not a synonym for Facebook or Twitter).

      What I don’t get is why people here are so impassioned about proving to everyone that confronting someone privately or at the very least, not someplace as public as social media is always wrong (and even most social media has a PM system). “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted” (Galatians 6:1). So tell me what’s gentle about publicly announcing someone else’s sins on public social media? One of the most passionate critics here – Edwahzj said it himself; it doesn’t matter what your feelings dictate, obey the Lord… Expressing your beliefs is one thing, broadcasting nasty things about someone else is another, talk about missing the point. No one is stopping anyone here from taking their beliefs into social media, but we shouldn’t use it as a tool to air other people’s dirty laundry in the guise of righteousness.

      My guess is that some Christians (I’m using the term loosely) here are either trying to justify using social media as a weapon to destroy someone, or are lacking in the reading comprehension department. Please people learn to properly read words and its context before claiming to have “righteous judgement”…

    • R March 25, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      Also I’m not saying people should never be publicly outed under all circumstances, in some cases should be done. But we should be careful about it…

  • Vince March 6, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    “It’s not your place to call other people out on their sins or mistakes” – no, I think it is. Tough love lasts longer. I agree, in front a large crowd or on Facebook isn’t best way. But Jesus called people out all the time. He wasn’t mean or a jerk about it, but he still did.

    In terms of doctrine, I’ve called people out before on their ridiculous theology, and backed them into a corner in which they had no place to go. I’m glad when it’s in front of everybody – that way everyone can see how ridiculous it is. When I see certain posts over and over again, there’s going to come a time when I just have to say something. I stand for truth – it sets people free and I’m glad to preach it.

    • Lauren March 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Don’t be surprised when you don’t make a difference then. You have more of a need to be right than compassionate and that speaks a lot for pride issues.

    • Norms March 28, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      Talk about a serious case of self-righteousness.

    • Norms March 28, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      Lauren got it right, bro.

    • Shawn Cancelli June 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      I think that is part of the problem…”But Jesus called people out all the time”. Your not Jesus…you stand for truth, you say. It looks as though you are a bully and enjoy being one.

  • nansommer March 4, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    I think that using the internet should be done with caution, especially when posting messages about God. if I were to post something about God, it would be about salvation. After all, what is the use of all heartwarming messages when the plan of salvation is not even shared? Technology may not be the best medium, but since we live in its generation, let’s take advantage of its capacity to be universally viewed by most people.

  • Amanda Cecilia Balido March 3, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    While I do have a personal relationship with God, and I respect those who feel like they have a very personal relationship as well, I just don’t get this. i see some post bible verses, some self-worded scriptures and at the same time posting their “selfies” and dinner pics.. and it’s like, wtf? I like to post thought-provoking things but I don’t know. I just feel like Facebook is not preach-central, it was meant to connect with friends. If you are a pastor or something I guess I could see that but if you are not…well…don’t push your ideas on all of us. And it’s irritating.

    • Michelle March 11, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      Here’s a thought. If you don’t like it, don’t read it or better yet read it, think about it with an open heart and try to learn something. Whether you learn that you agree or dont who cares. At least you attempted to expand a closed mind.

      Not everyone is on Facebook for the same reason as you. Are you not pushing your ideas now? I could say that’s irritating or I could try to appreciate a different perspective. :-)

  • Nancy R. March 1, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I think social media is good way to voice opinions. Even Jesus knew when to not say anything. He gave them his opinion and walked away. When His time came then He let them take Him away. If you don’t listen, you will never know.

    • Todd Scofield March 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Jesus had no opinions. Jesus knew only The Truth and that is not an opinion that is the Word of His Father.

  • Beverley Cooke March 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Any post that contains swearing, sexist comments, racist comments, actually anything derogatory towards another human being, Including jokes that are in bad taste,

  • Nancy R. March 1, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    I like the idea there is a place to exchange ideas and what you think. I am fairly new to this social network. I am amazed how people actually communicate. I have worked with the public for many years as a nurse. I found that the first thing that makes for good conversation is listening. Since you have some opportunities here by videos that can be a very good medium. Symbols as the cross and pictures or artists rendering are a good way to depict our Christ. This does not necessarily lead a person to believe, but may help with a spiritual need. I see needs in the posts here that are not going to be met by arguing them out. It is the “how to” that may be something explored by actual scripture reading. A daily walk by this method is what I like to use. Maybe you’d like it, too.

  • John Edwards March 1, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    It’s funny how they use the internet and computers when atheist were the ones that developed it all. You would think they would be against using tools of the devil. I guess that it goes along with the whole picking and choosing aspect of their religion.

    • BJR March 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Bob Kahn

    • Michelle March 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Man created religion just like they created the internet. Its not about “religion” its about having a deeper connection with something that is way beyond our comprehension. Try not to put that statement into a box too. Its easy to dismiss something because it doesn’t fit into any identifiable catagory. Its not science its spiritual. Athiest or not everyone is spiritual which is why things like this erk them so. Label it whatever you want. And since when did athiest=devil in any sense? Your mind is not a box so why should anything else have to be? Rhetorical in case that wasn’t obvious.

  • Novella March 1, 2014 at 4:30 AM


    • allthingsnewblogger March 2, 2014 at 6:25 AM


      love this post btw J :)

    • Phyllis Derrick March 3, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Right about that. If I was led by the holy spirit in all I do, I would be a better christian. Thanks for your thoughts too

  • Tom Dunn February 28, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    How about a more positive, helpful post such as… Three Productive Ways Christians Can Use Social Media.

  • Mitch February 28, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    just generally stop clogging my feed with scripture. I have a copy of the bible. I Don’t need to read it again on everyone’s status.

    • Me March 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Preach it!!! I can’t stand when people post their devotions on facebook

    • Jacqui March 1, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      Mitch and Me…..you need to unfriend them then if it bothers you….that scripture placed on your friends wall may be just the thing someone else was in need of for encouragement…..who knows God may be trying to say something to you!

  • dustin February 27, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    I believe that we have a right to explain our belief and profess our love on social media. It is a form of witnessing. The problem is “haters”. They will bash you for a scripture you post whether it is 140 words or 20… But in my defense and in my opinion, we have a right to take a scripture, elaborate on the scripture in as many words that are suitable to justify your post. Such as john 3:16. I have posted that scripture and elaborated what it means and it doesn’t take much to explain the meaning, but many will take it as a selfish, religious pressuring, judgmental stab at people who are not believers…. You are right in that we shouldn’t take a doctrine of the bible and try to sum it up in a paraphrase, because it is impossible to do the work that the holy spirit is responsible for doing. If anything post the scripture and let the spirit do its work.

    One thing we as Christians should not do on social media is to be silent and let the devil reign over the feed. Do not gossip.
    If you gossip you are the devils personal DJ

    • Ross March 10, 2014 at 1:33 AM

      Interesting comment, Dustin. I don’t know what you are posting or anything, but is loving the haters an option?

    • Michelle March 11, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Yes Ross it is! Amen!

  • maestrojhoffman February 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Telling other Christians what they should or should not do on social media. Seriously. Who do you think you are anyway?

    • Writings' .Blog March 1, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      Let’s not forget about the men/women christians should and shouldn’t date/marry or what christians should/shouldn’t say/do in general. Or whether christians shouldn’t drink. And “10 things everyone should start doing.” Kind of repetitive.

    • Erika March 2, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      Hmm, go to “about me” section of this page. ^^

    • Michelle March 11, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      Ummm a Christian reminding us of our responsibility to be Christ followers. They are trying to get us to think about what we are doing. If your not doing anything wrong what does it matter?

      • maestrojhoffman March 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        The Holy Spirit has not left the Trinity, as far as I know. So I’m going to count on the Holy Spirit to do the Holy Spirit’s work.

  • Jay February 27, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Can we please stop with the over compensating, “look how spiritual I am” type posts. We get it, you had a great quiet time with The Lord, but that’s exactly what it needs to stay. Your quiet time. It just seems so Pharisitical. When Christ went away privately to speak to the Father he didn’t come back to the disciples talking about “ooooh that quiet time with The Lord, the morning and evening star, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, he who breathed life into us all, he who feeds the birds of the air and owns the cattle on a thousand hills, he has impressed upon me such a juicy spiritual morsel that the angels sang in triumphal harmony as I strolled through the wilderness magnifying his name and eating the first fruits of his righteousness.” He didn’t talk about it at all. Acknowledge him of course, but all the ornate nonsense needs to stop

    • Rinnie West February 28, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      I have posted scripture of joy and thanksgiving; usually in a photo form (such as flower background). I do this because I am often so full of joy I must share it with my friends. God has blessed me so much – I survived a very severe brain aneurysm five years ago, I survived kidney failure, and I received a deceased donor kidney transplant six months ago. Yes, I have been truly blessed, and I will sing God’s praises until the day I die.

  • MJ Holt February 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    How can i contact you?

  • timothywebb February 27, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Awesome post!

  • Chay February 27, 2014 at 4:29 AM

    I think that people shouldn’t bash or complain about their spouses!! I see good Christian people do it, and I can’t understand what good that would do. If you have a problem, go to God, go to your spouse, and the go to God with your spouse.

    • Demi Busch February 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      I agree! I think this is huge and I would be willing to go one step farther and say that beyond your spouse, stop bashing/complaining about your ‘friend’ or family or work or school or etc… Great point :)

    • bea February 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      I agree! Especially talking about your sex life with the opposite sex. Nobody needs to know what goes on in your bedroom ESPECIALLY friends of the opposite sex! Saying how you have no sex life or it’s almost non – existent is an insult to your spouse and huge disrespect.

  • Ubong February 27, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    Let us not be ashamed of preaching the gospel. People lost their lives preaching the truth. If you want to be applauded for being a good Christian , you go ahead. Where I need to say woe……I will go ahead and say it ,for the times we are living in is even worse than what it was 2000 years ago. I don’t need any mans applause. The trumpet must be sounded

    • Michelle March 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM


  • Daniel Russell February 27, 2014 at 3:10 AM

    I to am a preacher and agree with you on all but #2. We can share Gods word in fuw words and not have to give a full surmon. For example” Amen” and people are touched. Its not a matter of who wants to hear it but what Gods trying to say and he don’t say much sometimes. Just something to think about.

    • Michelle March 11, 2014 at 10:13 AM


  • Julie February 27, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    My pet peeve is Christians and Pastors exposing other people’s sins on Social Media. I actually posted ‘The person without sin can’t keep exposing other people’s sin, it is no better than the one slandering someone’s reputation in front of hundreds and thousands, I then continued to say I would never post something negative without the belief that Christ did not die on the cross for us to be making slander and gossip viral. He wants us to spread the gospel. Period. Disappointed Christian. Smh…

    • Michelle March 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Just pray and remember we all have a stone in our hand that we cannot throw. We all sin. Some different than others.

  • Joseph Alulod February 26, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    I dont think so sir, There are occassions that you should, definitely should. IF YOU ARE A BIBLE BELIEVING CHRISTIAN, THAT LOVES GOD, AND LOVES YOUR BRETHREN, you will definitely find occassions that you should do all of these 3 points

  • Joseph Alulod February 26, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    I totally agree with all these points, BUT BUT BUT, there also comes a time that you need to, These situations really need discernment from the Holy Spirit. I can site a time that I needed to comment on a brethren’s profile picture because that brother wants to be a “sister” and it was fairly obvious from his photo what he was suggesting (I can give you a link to it if you want.haha) So I believe at that particular situation I needed to tell him that being gay is a sin. And this article just suggests to our passive brethren to be more doesnt it? I think its just fair for you to expound more on your points here MR.WILSON

  • Leslie February 26, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    The important thing to do when you write a status and post it is to show the love of God. To share you belief. If someone doesn’t like it, it’s fine not everyone has to like who you are. We are all think different and I have to say, that’s the coolest thing about human. So people lets just love one another. Christian or non- Christians. We are all human beings.

  • Stephen Sutton February 26, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    I dont agree with the first or second points, as a Christian I have a problem with how small the voice of the church has become. We have more so called Christians conforming to the world and even allowing the world to influence the church. Which is why we are losing members and cant reach the lost souls, they dont see a difference in the church as compared to the world.

    On the other hand as a true man of God, I believe if you have a problem with anyone you bring it to them in private first then with a mediator to get it resolved, but if you are making a generalized point in regards to the world around us and are giving good sound biblical advice its not judgment, its what God has called you to do. The judgment word gets out played and its to the point that no matter if you are coming at someone through love or not, its just easy to say that person is judging you in order to take the conviction of God away from entering your heart.

    The intent of what you do or how you bring forth the word of God is all God is concerned with with his people, if its not with the intent to share his love but yet to cause discord and judge, so shall you be judged. If its intended to sh I w love but the world rejects you, as they will do, then you have no fault and its on those who reject you if they fail to get right before they die. It just really urks me how even other Christians or so called Christian sites are doing the devils work and trying to silence others from taking the word of God to the world as Jesus did. No sugar coating, but not judging either but give it to them straight.

  • Mommie Sebastian February 26, 2014 at 8:16 PM


  • Ariel February 26, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Sharing the “If you love God, click like or share. If you don’t, keep scrolling.” Or anything to that affect. Our love for God is not shown through Facebook posts. God doesn’t need social media reassurance. He knows if we are for him or against him. And most of you friends know as well by what else you do on your Facebook.

    • JFH February 26, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      Amen to what Ariel said! Few things are more manipulative (and less welcome) than the emotional and spiritual blackmail inherent in posts that say, “If you’re not ashamed of the gospel, share this.” I once saw one that concluded with “God is watching.” Please. I don’t recall the verse that says, “by this shall all men know that you are my disciples, by your FB status, likes, and shares.” If we post things that people feel are woth sharing, they will do so without coercion. On the other hand, if we have to shame them into it…

    • Janine February 26, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      yes . that’s right..

    • Kaliya Subanbekova February 27, 2014 at 6:41 AM

      I’m absolutly agree with you, if you love the God show it in another way.

    • Amy February 27, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      so true

    • Paul February 28, 2014 at 6:23 AM

      Oh my you hit it right on! I really get annoyed when people post that. Loving God has nothing to do with hitting “like”, but in my daily living. And right on about other things posted on FB that really show who you are.

  • A Brown February 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Stop posting pics of themselves (selfies) and pics of them n their lovers its so immature n theyre just gloating which isnt godly especially for so called Christian couples having premarital sex which is very obvious

    • myl00kingglass February 27, 2014 at 6:59 AM

      Aren’t you being slightly judgemental – exactly what Jarrid Wilson was talking about not being? There’s a lot worse things out there than displaying public affection. Sure it can be annoying at times etc., but so what, there’s enough genuine displays of love that make up for the immature ones. I think this world could do with a little less subjective opinions (especially that last statement) and more love.

  • Vicky February 26, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    The problem I feel with social media and texting your views is that people can’t hear your tone of voice so there is a rral risk of someone hearing your words as critical and judgemental instead of loving concern and correction.
    I know from my own reactions if I am already struggling I will hear criticism when in retrospect I will see it was meant out of concern, sadly by then the damage emotionally is done as I have reacted to what I perceived at the time and not reflected often until days or weeks later having therefore spent that time feeling hurt or bad. I know try to think who is replying and check my experience of them and their character to make sure I am interpretating their response in the spirit it was written.
    When it comes to others I now to hold my tongue and just say praying and then actually ensure I do lift them up in prayer. Hope that makes sense.

    • Scooter February 27, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      I agree. Voice inflection is a lot..

    • Gina M. Gagliastre February 27, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      I totally agree. I usually try to explain how I’m feeling. I miss the days of just phones. Even a handwritten letter can be misunderstood.

  • Ricardo 'Reason' Butler February 26, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    I totally agree and teach on all three of these points in life and on Facebook. Great!

  • Amy Owens February 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    I’m a very opinionated person and get myself into trouble. I often like to fight the corner of the less fortunate and hate injustice. This isn’t saying don’t share about Christ at all. We need to be careful with our words and remember it’s a small rudder that steers a huge ship. I try my best to refrain from arguments because when they reach a certain point I let myself down. We are to set a good example and it’s knowing when to speak and when to refrain.

    • Gina M. Gagliastre February 27, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      This describes me as well.

  • kuke February 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    They should stop reposting things with bad language and things that romanticize the devil (the devil made me do it, etc.)

  • Travis February 26, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Mostly a good read. A quick comment on part 1 about calling out sins. I agree that social media is not the place for such rebuke, but I disagree with your claim that it is not our place to call out people’s sins and shortcomings. While we have no place to call out the sins of those who don’t know Christ for they are blind/ignorant to their sins, there is an obligation to our brothers and sisters in Christ to rebuke them for their current sins (Matt 18:15-20, Gal 6:1). At first this should be in a private, one-on-one setting, as exclaimed by Jesus.

    • lianna February 27, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      Its not our place to judge let he who be without sin caast the first stone

  • Joe February 26, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Very interesting how this comment board has turned into #3 on this list…

  • Brian Meadows February 26, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    This is all about what we as Christians should NOT do on social media. There are some good points here. There should also be the more positive side to this. What should we be doing on social media? It is a very major means of connecting and communicating in our world. We should be using it as a means to spread God’s love in obedience to the great commission.

  • Tj February 26, 2014 at 4:53 AM

    I think it’s hilarious that you’re essentially doing the same thing that you’re telling people not to do. When did you become so self righteous to tell other Christians the standard for living? Let the bible do that.

    • Michelle March 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      The bible does!! It also calls us to examin ourselves. Do you think you can really examin yourself without someone putting your faults in front of you?
      Do you actally think that you cn do that on your own?
      Maybe you just don’t want to listen and thats fine but when you judge another for sharing what God put on his heart, who is being self righteous?

  • Serg February 26, 2014 at 4:32 AM

    4. Christians should stop to tell other christians what they should or should not do.

    PS. This is a such blatantly self-refuting article. May I say hypocritical?

    • Edward Poling February 27, 2014 at 3:44 AM

      I asked the same question. I will say, Sometimes I do the same thing. I say something and the fingers of it are pointing right back at me and I don’t see it. I praise God I have Christian family who will point it out to me. I hope Mr. WIlson, That you feel the same way. After all, you chose the Forum.

    • Michelle March 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Open the box your mind is in. Are you not being hypocritical yourself with that statement? Lets face it, everyone is at sometime.
      So we should never tell people when we see something we think is wrong? Do you actually understand the words you used? Did he say he was never guilty of the things he says we shouldn’t do? How is this self refuting or hypocritical?

  • jenny February 26, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    Also how can you say the Word of God needs to be drawn out, elaborate and a plethora of words? Did not Jesus use parables to simplify and to relate? Kingdom of ” Heaven is like a mustard seed” is just one example. Honestly, you ouch to be careful about what you preach.

  • kevin February 26, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Guilt tripping people into reposting, I.e. “If you love Jesus you’ll post this SD your status” etc.

  • Bryan Hutson February 25, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    I agree with every point. I know of a friend who is constantly posting about Preachers that they don’t agree with or criticizing bible translations or denominations and then turns around and invites his FB friends to his church. He wonders why none of his friends show up at his church, maybe they see his posts as hypocritical or judgemental and think “Nah, I’ll stay home.”

  • jenny February 25, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Wise replies people. The enemy wishes to silence the voices who wish to share gospel and to keep the world in a state of spiritual blindness. Even so we ought to proclaim God’s truth in its beauty and in love.

  • jenny February 25, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Wise replies fellow Christians. The enemy wishes to silence the gospel and continue to keep humanity spiritually blind.

  • Eddy poling February 25, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Sir, I just read your post on “3 things Christians shouldn’t do on social media.” Some thoughtful stuff. Thank you for sharing. Do you think, however, that by posting this on Facebook you are doing exactly what you said not to in point number 1? I tried to leave you a private message, but, lo and behold. You don’t have any way for me to do that on your site or on your Facebook.

  • lori February 25, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    limit time on social media and spend real FaceTime with people

    • Psibot February 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      FaceTime is an app on apple devices, I can’t tell if you’re bring ironic or serious…

    • Anonymous February 28, 2014 at 6:26 AM

      if there was a “like” button”, i would click it lol

  • PapaCarlo February 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    15″The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.” The NET Bible supports that reading: I Cor. 2:15

    The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one.

  • William (Bill) Franklin February 25, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Often Christians hesitate to share the gospel, because they don’ want to offend them, for surely we don’t need to convict them of sin, they already know that sin is in their lives. Christ died on calvarias cross to redeem us from the power of sin, demonstrating His love that and claiming us as His child and giving us a future of everlasting life.

  • Adrian Urias February 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Yo, I’m pretty sure Jesus humiliated the Pharisees in public. And Paul debated (that is, argued) the Jews in Public. A lot of stuff happened in public. Because, you know, it’s sort of a public thing. Ever heard of a private religion? Or a private relationship to Jesus? Nope. Ya gots to expose that mess to e’rbuddy.

    • Sam I Am February 26, 2014 at 12:26 PM


  • Jenny February 25, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    No posting prayers? I don’t think many of my Twitter followers would agree…

    I am a HUGE football fan & sometimes my comments get me in trouble. I’ve had to apologize to my followers more than once.

    I’m also HUGE fan of Mizzou athletics. Most nights I pray through 2 or 3 of their rosters as well as former & future student-athletes, and send out what I call “prayer tweets”. They usually consist of a Bible verse & something like “Prayed for you today! :) #MIZ”. Yes, I’ve been blocked by a few of them. I’ve also been cursed at by one person. But for the most part many of these young men & women REALLY appreciate knowing someone is lifting them up in prayer each week.

    After being cursed at last summer I tweeted that I was still going to be praying for them, but I was going to stop sending out tweets. The next day I had a reply from a former Mizzou player (now playing in the NFL) he said he’d like to keep getting them if it was ok. A current Mizzou athlete then said, “I like them to. Don’t stop sending them because one person doesn’t appreciate them.” (I’m guessing he saw the tweet that prompted my tweet…) Now when I start tweeting to someone new I let them know I’ll keep praying for them & ask them to let me know if they’d like to keep receiving them.

    When I find out about injuries, deaths of family or friends, or other situations when I feel God leading me to…I tweet an entire prayer to them, starting with “Dear Lord or Heavenly Father” & ending with “In Jesus’ Name I pray! Amen!”

    I’ve seen prayers answered & based on tweets I can see God working in their lives. The baseball team even has an article on the Mizzou Athletics website about how the most of the baseball players are meeting together for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meetings. Also, several softball players have Bible study together, even when they’re on the road & the gymnastics team met for prayer a few minutes before their last meet.

    I don’t get preachy with them. I just remind them that Jesus loves them & so do I.

  • dave February 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    What is the balance between being salt for the earth versus being obnoxious bigots? It is somewhat in our tone but more in the mind of the recipient.

    We can control word choices, likes and shares. However if someone says morality is flexible I refuse to sit idle and not speak truth to their ignorance.

    • Gerry Copenhaver February 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      You refuse? I understand the emotion of what you’re saying and I experience the same desire on many occasions. A friend pointed a couple of things out to me. Jesus taught the disciples what to do when they encountered those kinds of attitudes and it didn’t involve arguing with them. Read Matthew, Chapters 7 & 10 (You will find references to pearls before swine & wiping the dust off in those chapters). Just something to consider. I’m not advocating being milk toast Christians but instead being strong in the Lord and led by the Spirit rather than emotion.

    • Tera February 26, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      I agree, that is what is wrong with our country, too many christians not taking a stand again sin, makes me sad.

    • unplottable February 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Not flexible? It’s a sin to lie, yes? But if you lie to save a life (or for some other greater purpose), is it still a sin? I would say no. A morality that cannot bend to a situation is a funny kind of morality.

  • brittyshark2013 February 25, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Stop trying to hit on single members of the opposite sex. Don’t go “all Jesus” on me on your wall and then tell me how “cute” I am in an instant message.

  • Becky February 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    You aren’t going to be able reach some people if you make a podcast or lengthy narrative about God. People will be able to connect or more likely to listen if the truths you share are short and uncomplicated. And it is not up to us to change someone’s mind or convert someone. That is up to the Almighty. We just need to be available and willing to share. I am a much better writer than speaker. My son is just the opposite, God can use many venues to reach people.

  • Jakki February 25, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    I try to be very careful about what I post that is pro-birth as often RTL comes across as almost militant and unloving. As one of the commenters said, it’s better to have a private phone call or even private messaging if that’s all that’s available to you.

  • A follower of God February 25, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    I’m curious about your perspective on various priests in the OT who publicly called out God’s people for the various sins in their midst? Also, how do you explain the various disciples and apostles and even Jesus Christ himself, when they publicly addressed the sins of those who claimed to be “Christ followers”.
    If you know of a Bible based group of “believers” who believed that they should physically sacrifice (kill) their children as part of their worship, would you keep quiet about it? What about those who sacrifice children in other ways?? If by their actions, they are demonstrating clearly an unbiblical stance that has destroyed many, many children and continues to destroy the faith of many, would it not be a kindness to address them?

    • Jared Madden February 26, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      The post and your reply are actually talking about two different things, first Jarrid highlights the act of personally judging, labelling and accusing an individual of sin in a public forum, this is dangerous ground, no matter the platform, digital or physical. Social media is the easy and perfect platform to attack an individual, I know, I have been on the receiving end many times. When Jesus was confronted by a group of men, publicly accusing a woman of sin how did he react, he did not even speak the words, but bent down and wrote in the dust so ONLY the individual could see. This is mentorship, leadership, a guiding hand.

      Your comment talks about the “calling out of God’s people” which is a very different concept, this is about cultural practice that separates “peoples” from God. This is not about the individual, but social acceptance of sin for community. How did Jesus react to this, well in the temple he went public, made a whip, and created a scene that publicly denounced social practices that harm peoples perspective and potential to connect with God.

  • sirdanmur February 25, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    “The last thing someone wants to see a Christian do is argue behind the safety of a computer screen. It’s not worth your time, nor does anyone else want to see it.”

    The implication being that it’s not safe to argue face to face? I do both, I’ve yet to be assaulted. Be civil, spread the truth of the Gospel, Argue politics, Discuss societal issues. People need to know. Don’t be silent.

    • Megan Renee Mose February 25, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      I agree not to argue but people need to know the truth, People got offended how Phil Robertson said about gays, what he can’t quote scripture? they asked him and he answered. To bad they don’t like that answer, get mad at the one who wrote the Bible.

    • Dwight Norris February 26, 2014 at 6:19 AM


  • Lisa February 25, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    I agree with Kimberly. Look before you like. Some of the titles on these pages are vulgar. The posts sound nice but the source is bad. The comments left behind are also colorful. Remember that for the next time you share. Those comments also follow.

  • Yvonne February 25, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    Read Keith Green No Compromise.

  • Tracy Gulliver February 25, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    I recently posted a photo of my bottle of Prosecco on facebook. I want to show my non Christian friends that we’re not all prim and proper and we can have a drink now and then but I can also understand Flo’s point of view so perhaps I might think about it more carefully next time.

  • bobwh February 24, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    4. Blog about what people should and shouldn’t do online.

  • Dan February 24, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Please refrain from using the social media as a means of causing those outside the Gospel to question our integrity and that of our people.

  • Cm February 24, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Why was my comment not accepted?

  • The Thorn February 24, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Don’t Be A Hypocrite.

  • daniel February 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Christians should not post anything about Justine Bieber. Then again, neither should Hindus, Muslims, or athiest….

  • cm February 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Boudoir photos: As a Christian if you posed for them don’t flaunt them or you if you photograph them I don’t think you need to be advertising on social media. That will never made any sense to me…church on Sunday advertising scantly clad married ladies on Monday

  • Joihn Francis February 24, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    I find the post: “Share this and God will do you a big favor in three minutes” or something similar, not only irritating, but a little brain dead. I also dislike having fifteen or twenty “inspirational” messages download on my page seemingly in less time than it would take to read them. Facebook is not a place where you need to prove you don’t understand the word, or your own faith. A gift is more than the shiny paper and ribbon in which it is wrapped.

  • Flo February 24, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Wish “Christians” would stop advertising that they drink alcohol, by having a picture of wine in glasses with their dinner or bragging about a “wine party”. New believers think it’s okay to consume alcohol because “Christians” do it.

    • TheKing February 24, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      It isn’t wrong for Christians to consum

    • Phil February 24, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Remember that miracle where Christ turned water into wine? I wonder if people bragged about that “wine party”.

    • Visien Vinesa February 24, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      I think wine is okay for western countries since it’s cold there, but not for eastern countries like mine (Indonesia). Yeah sometimes it saddens me too, to see cigars or alcohol photos but in other posts they mention thanks God or Jesus :”(( just my 2 cents

    • whhhhhhhaaaaaaat February 24, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      please reread #1. Have a blessed day :D

    • Chris February 24, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      drinking isn’t a sin and is perfectly fine within the Biblical parameters

    • Dalaska February 25, 2014 at 4:28 AM

      …it is

    • Ashlie February 25, 2014 at 5:01 AM

      Jesus Drank Wine. He Turned Water Into Wine. In The Bible It Says Nothing Bad About Consuming A Glass Of Wine With Dinner, It Says To Not Be A Drunkard, Don’t Get Wasted.

    • Lauren February 25, 2014 at 5:24 AM

      Jesus drank wine. The bible says dont be a drunkard. Not dont drink, but if it makes others stumvle, maybe not a good idea to post.

    • Alex Parisi February 25, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      Hey “Flo”, it “actually” is “okay” to “drink” alcohol. “Really”, it is.

    • Steve February 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      hahahaha that is really sad that you think that is offensive. I remember how a picture of myself came up on facebook for having a beer with my uncle and then church people like yourself questioned me for it. Since I haven’t been going to church, I haven’t had to worry about my “Christian” friends who misinterpret a simple picture on facebook.

    • Helen Thomas February 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      Response to 1.
      Matthew 18:15-17
      Response to 2: If the HOLY SPIRIT cannot clarify, they aren’t supposed to get it. Don’t waste time trying to do what only the HOLY SPIRIT can do. (Is that 140 characters?)
      Response to 3: Contend for the faith. In fact, all of Jude.
      Different situations call for different responses according to the leading of the LORD. Why worry about individuals’ opinions, especially considering most of them are contemptuous of the Righteousness of CHRIST anyway, and no matter what, they will remain contemptuous.
      And 4. We are human, still perfecting.

    • Justin February 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Wait…. where in the bible does it say it’s a sin to drink alcohol? Please let me know, because as far as I know, there is no scripture forbidding the consumption of alcohol for a gentile.

  • M Rael February 24, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    I agree with

  • jd8023 February 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    I would add using leverage to replicate messages.
    I will replicate a message that speaks to me in a manner such that I see it needing replication.
    Coercion at the end of messages makes it a Negative message to me and similar to “Praying on a Street Corner.”

  • sheena February 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    What should christian post then in the social media mr. Jarred?

    • Becky February 25, 2014 at 6:06 AM

      Love…the love of God and the love for one another. Praise God <3

    • sjashby February 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      Pictures of family, videos of cats, other things that will bring smiles to themselves and their followers… Use it as a place for love, not conflict. As a non-Christian, I believe that that should be the rule that every person, regardless of religion, should follow.

  • ilyston February 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Indeed! Very good. Now, may I take this advice and put into practice.

  • Cathi Foster February 24, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Play games that are “gambling” or fortune telling. Both are against the word.

    • Saundra February 24, 2014 at 6:31 PM


  • Finnian February 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Hi Jarrid, I’ve been reading your blog for the past week or so and Generally I like what I read and I thank you for same. God bless your ministry.

  • Paul Jolicoeur February 24, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    At the end of the day, we represent Jesus where ever we are (online or off) so we must live with that understanding before us.

    Also, don’t unfollow people because they don’t follow you back! I find it funny when a ministry unfollows me on Twitter after a few day.

    Thanks for this post Jarrid.

  • Katie February 24, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Posting actual prayers online, starting with Dear God and ending with Amen. God doesn’t run facebook, you don’t need to post a prayer to get it to him.

    • Kimberlee Simmert February 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      Sometimes it is nice to pray for someone, actually write out the prayer and let someone that is hurting see it, that way they know someone actually cares for them. I have posted prayers many times to show my support for those that are really hurting or dealing with grief.

    • dfc February 25, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      yes i agree with you bro i may say they are hypocrites.

  • Mark February 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    #4 (a corollary to #2): Please stop trying to guilt me into spamming for the Lord. ‘Repost this if you love Jesus’ carries with it the veiled implication that if I *don’t* repost it, I *don’t* love Jesus. I just wanted to say hi to my Mom. I didn’t realize that I was going to be required to prove my faith to the social media community before I’ve had my first cup of coffee.

    #5: Please separate your postings of faith from your political postings. Posting the Beatitudes is lovely. Please don’t sour it with a rant about how this or that politician will in no way inherit the Kingdom. (And please don’t tell yourself that it’s those other guys who do this. Both sides do it.) We all fall short, even our leaders. Pray for them, even the ones you don’t like.

    Christians would all do well to remember – in all things, but especially on social media – the parable of the Pharisee and the publican. Humility reaches the ears of the sinner (and the Lord) while self-righteousness is roundly ignored. Your brothers and sisters will know you by your works, but the lost need to hear you speak calmly to them before they will listen. I know. I’m one of them.

    Be a light unto the world. The Lord is more than able to carry His own sword.

    • Erin February 24, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      I definitely agree with #5

    • Cora February 24, 2014 at 8:27 PM


    • hopeful50 February 25, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      Hear. Hear. Love what you said Mark.

    • Lisa Acord February 25, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      Beautifully said, Mark. 100% agreement.

    • suebee51 February 25, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      I totally agree with your additions. I think they are even better than the original three (which I agree with as well)! I am tired of the “share if you love Jesus” posts (or any other “share if…” posts.) Jesus knows I love him and I know he loves me. That’s all that matters. I wonder if Jesus would use social media if he walked the earth today?

  • Kimberly February 24, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Stop liking posts with vulgar words or pictures… and stop sharing posts by pages with inappropriate names no matter how “wondeful” the post might be! As a Sunday School teacher of Jr & Sr High students I filter everything I like, comment on, share and/or post and wish more people did the same that claim to be Christians!!!

  • bbcovert February 24, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    You can add the “Jesus Juke” to the list of things Christians should not do on social media. It’s to randomly insert Jesus or Christianity into any conversation, typically as a way to shame someone or make oneself look holier than anyone else. Example: a person posts “Just saw the best ball game; the crowd went wild at the home run!” Somewhere down the list of comments, the juker posts, “It’s too bad that more people go wild for a game than they do for Jesus. Seeing a crowd go wild over God’s Word, now THAT would be awesome.”

    • Ian February 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM


  • Alec February 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Complain, ESPECIALLY about their churches, pastors, schools, and other Christian institutions/roles. e.g. “Another long service today” or “Did anyone else notice that they sang off-key?”

  • Poppy Cafasso February 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Post up nude, gross, vulgar, posts right after having posted up something christian. I look at some of my friends posts and think that I wouldn’t want my children to see this disgusting post, but then the very next one is talking about how much they love Christ. It makes you wonder whom they really love the world or God….

  • 7arry February 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Pastors should be called out.(Especially Benny Hinn, or Joel Osteen.) Jesus was tough on false teachers. I believe people should not be “Laodicea-like”. (Be either hot or cold. But do not be luke-warm.) I agree that non-Pastoral persons should not be called out, as explained in Matthew 18: 15. I believe in being “Salt and light” in a fallen World. I do not hide my Christianity within the 4 walls of a Church.

    • Bob February 25, 2014 at 6:50 AM

      Because you disagree with a preacher does not make that preacher wrong, so calling out what you personally deem as sin in social media should be on the no-no list.

    • Steven Ring February 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      I do agree that they need to be called out, but there is an order. Firstly, by private conversation or message. If that doesn’t get the point across, then in the presence of other followers. NEVER on Facebook in front of non Christians. Calling out a pastor in front of non Christians just proves to them that we really don’t love even each other!

  • denise h Dascola February 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Posting things that do not glorify the Lord…think before you post…..if you publicly claim to love Jesus….. then get off the fence and quit glorifying the world!

    • M Rael February 24, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      I agree with Denise. Pay attention to what you are about to post. Is it Christ honoring? If not, why would you be reading it, much less posting it?

    • Tony Cossey February 24, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      I have often thought we should change the name of Facebook to Fruitbook. We are known by our fruits… and what people post on Facebook generally puts those fruits right out in the public eye.

  • Joe February 24, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    How about all people of all beliefs stop arguing about stuff on social media. I know an atheist that goes out of his way to post the most stupid shit trying to draw people into arguments. Then he goes on about Christians imposing their beliefs on him. How about him doing the same shit other assholes do? he does not see it that way.

  • Ron Dombrowski February 24, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Commenting on the sins of the non Christians. Our job is not to make non Christians behave like us. Our job is to lead them to Christ and then teach them how to behave.

    • bbcovert February 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Exactly! Complaining about the behavior of non-Christians says more about our desire to be “comfortable” than our desire to see their lives transformed by the saving power of Christ.

  • Kris February 24, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    It’s also not your diary or prayer closet ijs

  • Maria February 24, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Those are all great things everyone should stop doing. One thing I think all people should stop doing is posting those pictures of Jesus and the Devil that state if you don’t like this or share this your denying Jesus. it’s just silly and childish. What does that say about us as Followers of Christ? That we need to share and like these post to prove that we are? I don’t know about you but God knows my heart I don’t need to like a post to prove to you that I am a child of God. I am reminded of a song we use to sing in Sunday school. “They will know we are Christians by our love.”

    • freegamedemoz@gmail.com February 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Well my facebook is sued to witness to the lost and I lead a lady from India to the Lord lost week . I agree those silly photo are often not even biblical .

  • Gaines February 24, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    I agree that archaic arguing and name calling brings no value. Yet, I have seen(and sometime participated in) good discussions with people have theology who disagree with my own. I think if people are mature about it, which is unfortunately rare, it can actually be a valuable tool to reach out to people. Unfortunately, all it takes is one bad apple to destroy the civilized conversation and let it fall into name calling. :(

  • Maria February 24, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    I don’t even use Social Media. I really have no interest on Facebook or anything like it. To me, it’s a waste of time.

  • Nathan W. February 24, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    Complaining, grumbling, whining. It’s the epitome of unbelief. We should instead be marked with contentment and joy in the gospel of grace, no matter our circumstances.

  • jimmy velasquez February 24, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    Christians should stop talking or praying to God using social media.

  • Hope4miracles February 24, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    Stop posting “bragging statuses” and “bragging photos.” You know what these are. Done under the guise of “major life event” or “look at my child.” So many single young women are especially being impacted by the “in a relationship,” “engaged,” or “newly married” endless updates, photo shoots, endless anniversaries (hint: anniversaries are done ANNUALLY (yearly) not on a weekly basis. So many of us with teens and young adults have girls that deal with insecurity and this just really adds to it. Let’s face it…some of these young women in relationships, engaged, or newly married or newly pregnant are involved with these relationships simply so they can post pictures and get attention on facebook.

    Older adults love bragging about their new car, expensive vacation, larger home, or kids’ accomplishments, when that is done excessively, it is obvious it is to draw attention to themselves and cause envy. What good can that do, especially for those who don’t have has much or never will?

    Obviously, happy events are a time for rejoicing and naturally, we want others to be happy with us, but when these events are a driving force to bring attention to us, they become like mini-gods. I’ve personally witnessed this in my own family and it has caused so much heartache for one of my now grown children.

    And can we please dispense with the pregnant belly pics where all the skin is exposed? How about some modesty there? I’d rather see your cute maternity clothes or your ultrasound pics!

    • Collin February 25, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      I hope you don’t know young women who got engaged, married or pregnant just to be able to post it on Facebook for attention. That would be beyond sad.

  • Becky February 24, 2014 at 5:52 AM

    I wish my friends would interact with people=friends instead of using FB as a platform to exclusively post articles about their agenda. It would be nice to catch up with their life in their own words.

  • Chris February 24, 2014 at 4:15 AM

    Great and challenging post!

    Another thing I think we ought not to fall into is venting. I know in the past I’ve fallen foul of venting about a situation on Twitter, in a non-specific way, thinking that because I’ve not mentioned names it’s okay.

    I think that’s a problem with social media in general: the disconnect between online and reality. You feel like you can “get away with” things online because, well, it’s not real life. But nowadays, the online has become an abstract extension of reality, I think we need to tread carefully.

  • Gary Thompson February 24, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    OK, I guess I’ll be the odd one here. I don’t agree entirely. Why? Because sometimes the person wants to be challenged. The hard part, and I don’t always do it well, is to speak in Christ’s love. I DO AGREE that the responses should be done in the private message area of the post.

    It’s hard for me to believe that when a Christian, we’ll assume a friend, posts something with regard to approval of gay marriage or abortion, that I, or other Christians, should not confront them. To not do so is the same as agreement with it. Again, it should go to the private window. I think, if Christ was here with a computer in front of Him, and it was the only way He could speak to the person in question, He would not hesitate to use social media to reach out “IN HIS LOVE” and speak with or even, if necessary, rebuke the person.

    I respect the opinions given above but I just disagree with some of what is being said. Television is now “old social media” but has been successfully used for decades to reach people, preach God’s Word to them, rebuke their sinful ways, correct straying brothers and sisters in Christ, etc. Were all those preachers like Billy Graham wrong? I think not.

  • daria February 24, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Instead of gossiping about others we should start GOSSIPING ABOUT JESUS and what He has done and does for us.

  • Anna February 24, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    thank you for sharing this great advice,

    may God bless you and family always :)

  • Darla February 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    I think all these comments can be referred to anyone other than a Christian…

  • Sharlie February 23, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    These are great things. One big thing that I think Christians should stop doing on social media is making fun of people they dont like. Such as the president and other public figures. I read this great thing in a book called Unchristian. “You dont have to like Obama, but you do have to love and pray for him.” It falls under judging. I am tired of seeing fellow Christians being so rude towards certain people that they dont agree with.

    • Robin Rodriquez February 23, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      I totally agree with you Sharlie! Not only are people showing immaturity when they bash our President but kids see it too and they learn the poor form of bashing elected officials. Fine if they don’t like someone, you don’t have to like them but at least give some respect for the office and teach the kids how to respect our elected officials.

    • thallahan February 24, 2014 at 7:32 AM


  • Melinda Todd February 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Good stuff! I totally agree. #1 is a huge pet peeve of mine. I wrote a post called, “You’re Not My Jesus” because of it. It’s not our job and if there is something serious going on in someone’s life, invest in them by becoming their true friend.

    • Ruth February 23, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      I completely agree. This is also true not only for public figures but for unbelievers. I’ve seen a lot of Christian bullying if I can call it that. If you’re a sinner then I have the right to pick on you” type of behavior. You are right weather we like someone or not we should express the Lord’s loving kindness to all especially on social media.

  • Brandon February 23, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Amen! Thank you for that, these are all things I’ve thought and said for a long time. It’s sad to say, but I’ve seen churches split up or individuals leave churches due to arguments that started on social media.

  • Vir February 23, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    you know what else Christians should stop doing? we need to stop sharing a picture than shows something that we are not agree with with our lives! I mean, we should stop pretending something that we really arent… lets be honest or lets start doing things well

  • Urailak (Fruit Bearer on FB) February 23, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Christians should stop gossiping and complaining/whining on social media (anywhere for that matter). These neither glorify God nor draw people to Him.

  • Tyler February 23, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Definitely in agreement. This world needs to know more about what we are for as Christians, not what we are against.

  • Jose Sojo February 23, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Stop complaining about the hard times in their life.

  • Adam February 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Posting opinions of what to do or not to do with out biblical backing

    • Micah February 24, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Right. A Christian’s opinion is not worth no more than the next guy’s opinion. However, God’s Word is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword. Therefore I too find FB posts (or blogs on Jarrid Wilson’s page) problematic if they lack proper biblical backing. They lack authority without proper backing by God’s Word.

  • Summer February 23, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    You could add in the scripture from Matthew about how to confront sins within the church in point 1! More people should hear it.

    • freegamedemoz@gmail.com February 24, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      That has nothing to do with anything .You taken out of context and not read all of scripture . We are not to hide in the church and just play church we are to confront the world with the truth .The world going to hell and most christian do nothing but play games of church . We are to call sin , sin outside the church .How shall they know they are lost unless they are told …

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