Michael Horton wrote another one of his gems, “Would Jesus Have a Facebook Page?”, in the White Horse Inn blog. He cites a recent report written by Cathy Lynn Grossman, “Church Outreach Takes on a New Technical Touch,” in which she says:
Horton argues that Christ and his church is not a virtual community, but one that has real people gathering in real places, worshipping and discussing, weeping and laughing, meeting and planning together, and sharing and communing together in the sacraments. The church is not done through Google, Skype, or Facebook. Horton continues:
It is not only the gathering of the church that cannot be done in “the cloud.” Theological education, as well, is not a virtual affair, in which one reads books, makes “friends” in Facebook, and participates in online theological discussions with these “friends.” Who knows who these “friends” are? Are they members in good standing of a church? If so, what kind of church? What views do they hold? What books are they reading? I was once a member of a Filipino pastors’ group, but it turned out to be an eclectic group of liberals, Pentecostals, mystics, and self-proclaimed wannabes.
So often, these Facebook Seminary classes formulate their doctrines by consensus, not unlike how “Bible studies” come to conclusions by committee, often a committee of the uninformed. Some often come up with “new insights,” but “new insights” are almost always recycled heresies.
Not saying that Internet technology is all bad. But even with all of its benefits, be also forewarned of its many dangers.