Internet preachers rise as more worshipers migrate online
With more than 800,000 followers on Facebook, Chicago-based internet preacher and U.S. Army veteran, Marcus Rogers, has an audience on social media that's much greater than popular established churches like Rick Warrenâ€™s Saddleback Church, and is just about 300,000 shy of Joel Osteenâ€™s Texas-based Lakewood Churchâ€™s 1.1 million followers.
â€śI am just a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody! His name is Jesus,â€ť Rogers, who turns 33 next month, boldly declares in the introduction to his page which you must follow in order to get the latest updates.
With one click his latest words of wisdom for Christian living are delivered in written posts and videos which often rack up millions of views....
The thing with online preachers is that they're not held to the same standard of accountability; it's not possible. I can think of a popular one, here on sa, that had drama at his church due to his leading, yet had the world fooled, and still greatly so, through his online preaching.
A thing to think about is God wants us to serve Him where he puts us. I am serving in a Baptist Church a few blocks from where I live and I do what I can do as God leads. We donâ€™t have women Bible Study now as much as other events, scrape bookings and wreath making etc It was years ago that Beth Moore was teaching by video. I went for fellowship mainly .There is a reason we have churches to worship and serve in and you canâ€™t do that on line. Itâ€™s fine if you are home bound and unable to attend physically. Shops in our malls are closing because of on line shopping. I do like sermons on here especially the older preachers, like Tozer and Spurgeon and I dislike arguing so I say whatever to whoever needs to hear and move on. I try to use scripture rather than links written by men that take comments and add their interpretation to the mix and whatever to prove their point on here. Fine line we have to walk on here.
There are a great number of women feminist preachers who go online every day of the week, on various outlets, simply for the opportunity to promote themselves and their feminism, while pretending to promote Christianity. But most men eventually see them for what they are, and will have no truck with them. Other men are not so savvy and allow themselves to be sucked in, eventually receiving in themselves the due recompense of reward, which occurs when their heart becomes as bitter and full of hatred as these bitter women and their followers. It behoves all of us to be aware and wary of such. Truth can be held in unrighteousness.
Other women are following after godliness and seeking truth, showing all fruit of the Spirit and helpful in conversation; and some websites are great for truth, such as SA. After all, if you've got sermons by Lester Roloff and Leonard Ravenhill on tap, or Duncan Campbell relating the story of the Isle of Lewis revival in the 1940's, or even sermons by men like Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield, to listen to all you want, and without charge, what more could you ask for?
Marcus Rogers may has some very strange theological ideas. From reading the article, he does have strange ideas - since they are orthodox as far as I can seeâť— The article standing on its own is worth reading. The article also serves as a warning on some of the internet "pastors" who people should avoid like the devil