Image vs Word

Internet Challenges:  Image vs. the Written and Spoken Word.


Being in the communications arena, one knows the difference between the power of the image and that of the spoken/written word. (Of course, by written, I literally mean typed as well.)

Image limits the imagination. The written and spoken word allows one to think in the abstract, which allows Truth to take root more deeply. This is one reason that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is much more effective through the medium of radio than video; Through conversation than through television. Consider that Scripture predicts that the world will one day adore the Anti-Christ by his image. It makes sense that internet video will go a long way to shutting down people's ability to discern because of the images they see of a leader they perceive to be a good guy. Obviously, we are not opposed to using images, having put up this website, but the limitations of image should be acknowledged in the face of a goal that returns corporate prayer to the center of home and church life. In one sense, we have been forced to digress to using image to get the word out. How ironic and truly reflecting upon the times in which we live. Of course, the internet also promotes the written and spoken word too; And that is good. Should God ever really move, it will be word of mouth, that causes people to come seeking God more than anything else. E-mails are a wonderful thing.

This is partly why God chose the primary vehicle of the spoken and written word for all that He does, instead of image. Yes, God gives dreams and visions, but those subjective experiences, however valid, are contigent upon, filtered and brought into perspective by the context of His living and written Word. The reason for this is because "We know in part and speak in part". With words He created the universe. Our names are written in the Book of Life. We pray with words. The power of life and death are in the tongue. Even those who fall prey to the image of the enemy will find it is his words which are most deadly and deceitful.

The PCPC, working with local Christian radio stations, is working to have a weekly one hour broadcast for worship and prayer, hopefully simulcasted on more than one station, where local music ministers will be teamed up to lead in worship while local church leaders, both pastors and layleaders,  will come before the Lord together in prayer. Back and forth there will be a flow of worship and prayer as tens of thousands join together to say to the Lord: Have your way in our homes. The intention is to dethrone the ministry of Hollywood on the homefront, a place that has been the territory of the enemy now for decades.

Listeners will also be led to commit to praying for those in their spheres of influence on a regular basis and corporate prayer for such neighbors will occur simultaneously across the Lowcountry by way of this silmulcast. The presence of the Holy Spirit will literally descend upon tens of thousands at one time. The Lord called our name through somebody burdened to pray for us. May we put ourselves in such a position to do the same for others. We are His legal Blood-bought conduits into this fallen world.

This effort will support church growth, not hinder it.

We are praying now that the Lord will continue to send agenda-less Christians, who rather than work up melodramatic prayers or who professionally parrot prayers, are instead desirous of the real thing; And who when then pray, everybody can sense they truly have an audience with the Lord. These are true prayer leaders. Such hearts open heavens and lead others before the Throne of Grace and Mercy. People need real thing. We need the Lord.

Invisible powers will begin to fall as God is welcomed on the homefront, otherwise, how can we expect Church members to be consistently passionate about His presence beyond Sunday service? The atmosphere of our homes must change. This great adventure has to come to home, the workplace and neighborhoods first. The church service ought to primarily be a place lay people bring something, not drain the preacher even more dry. If our homes are places of prayer, our church buildings will be as well.

Radio, TV and internet are neutral, but they can be either a divider of community or a builder of community, depending on the word being put out. The word on this site is this: The time to seek Him together has come.

...know them that labour among you... 1 Thessalonians 5:12 * ...pray for one another... James 5:6 * ...the eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of thee... 1 Corinthians 12:21 * ...there is one Body and one Spirit... Ephesians 4:4 * ...the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth... Ephesians 4:16 * ...I pray that they may be one with us so that the world will believe...John 17:21 * pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity...Psalm 133:1 "The purpose of life is companionship." *** "Worship is that form of companionship where we love on Him in response to His great love for us." *** "The most powerful drive in the human heart is the desire for companionship." *** "We inherited this drive from the One we were patterned after." *** "The difference between manipulation and leadership is motive." *** "Motive is purified and guided in the presence of God: Prayer." *** "Pride is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, an attitude of self-entitlement and a motive for self-glorification." *** "Pride starts subtly and then turns into the aggressive enemy of real companionship" *** "The Cross and the presence of God brings fellowship (heart to heart), but the world offers only socializing (facade to facade)." *** "Every relationship has a foundation. The pride of public ministry has been a foundation for too many. At some point it consumes" *** "There is a difference between worshipping the idea that we worship God and actually worshipping God." *** "Why do we want to see prayer back in the schools, when it is no longer in our homes or churches?" *** "Corporate prayer around the Throne must return the center of church life if there is to be any hope for the masses." *** "Corporate prayer produces effective preaching, not preaching produces corporate prayer." *** "If we are so in the know, why do we no longer gather together to seek God, navigate through our haughty hearts to get a glimpse of God's heart and then pray in the lost?" *** "Christianity is not an enterprise, venture for self-discovery or political or civic organization. It is a Blood-bought fellowship of prayer focused on One." *** "Prayer-based friendships are the only ones that last." *** "Prayer-bathed friendships are not incidental to ministry, they are foundational." *** "Prayer is not a ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is the ministry" *** "It's one thing to tell somebody what we believe about Jesus, it's quite another to be able to introduce someone to our Best Friend." *** "We are more like Martha than Mary; More like Christian activists, than people of prayer." *** "We need unity in humility found at the foot of the Cross, not prideful uniformity that says: 'Look at us doing God's work'" "There has got to be a practical, excecutable strategy in place for us to dethrone the ministry of Hollywood in our homes and bring families and communities together via corporate prayer inspired by the Spirit. Technology is not the enemy; Our disobedient laziness is the enemy." ***