*** ICC: A Relevant Church! ***

ICC Church (Impact Centre Chrétien), whose services we appreciate every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. (Paris time) on Top Chretien, is going to launch two very interesting initiatives using new technology.  “Think outside of the box,” say the Anglo-Saxons. That’s just what Pastor Yvan Castanou does, and I welcome his initiatives that I’ll share with you in this blog.

Many churches do not yet understand that using new technology should be an integral part of the life and development of a church. Why should it be? Quite simply because new technology is part of people’s daily life today! “Go all over the world,” Jesus said! We can go with emails, with websites, with Facebook, with text messages, with Knowing God, etc.; so many tools just as effective as a sound system and a video-projector!

Our study of Knowing God Internet users shows us that 100% of them visit a church’s website before visiting the church. Thus, it is extremely important for a church to be present and visible on the Internet. Besides, it is for this reason that we launched MonEglise.net, to fill somewhat the technological gap, and help Internet users understand what a local church is so that they want to go to one!

Today, new technology allows the church to go beyond its “locality”! So why not take advantage of it? ICC, therefore, is going to launch two promising initiatives in this direction:

-A multi-site conference with Myles Munroe as the speaker. Myles Munroe is an excellent preacher and a marvelous conference speaker. Sponsored by the CEAF- http://www.ceaf.fr (Community of Churches of African Expression in France), this conference is offered to all local churches that would like to broadcast it live. It will take place Thursday, June 10 to Sunday, June 13, 2010. I encourage pastors and all Christian groups to register on the website http://parisleadershipconference.com. You will need an Internet connection, a video-projector, and a meeting place. If you, as an individual, would like to follow this conference, you will need to go to one of these broadcast places. However, nothing stops you from creating your own meeting place for the broadcast if you are a group of Christians. You must hurry though! It’s coming very soon! And, I think this conference will be a great blessing for all those who follow it.

-The second initiative is courageous, and I am anxious to see the fruits with lots of enthusiasm! ICC is going to open up, as a beginning, three other meeting places, but keep only one church. How are they going to do this? By gathering people together in meeting places or hotel conference rooms in the north, in the east, and in the west of Paris and broadcasting the Sunday morning services live from ICC auditorium. In fact, the praise and worship can be done locally but the preaching of the Word of God will come from the main service. In summary, it’s one church but many meeting places united through the Internet. As a result, I think that ICC is going to have an extraordinary impact in the years to come throughout the French-speaking world. I also think that many people are going to discover Jesus as Savior.

I have been convinced for several months now that churches should grasp this vision and do the same. I welcomed, at ICC by the way, an entire pastoral team from Lifechurch.tv. They are the pioneers in the domain of multi-site churches. They have a church in Oklahoma City and 15 meeting places all over the United States. They originated the YouVersion, the free Bible for iPhone. They are also the initiators of ChurchOnline, an internet church that encouraged me a lot. (I’ll talk to you about it another time.) Thirty pastors responded to the invitation. The general idea is that we can move the church to where the people live, and therefore, increase the impact of a local church or a particular ministry. In other words, multiply the number of meeting places by broadcasting the services through Internet, and thus, increase the impact of a church.

I understand that this new model of the church doesn’t suit everyone! But I believe that it is very biblical that a particular ministry of teacher, evangelist or prophet not be confined to only one meeting place. We have always defended the idea that these ministries should be itinerant, and rightly so. Today, there are other means of going, and the Internet gives us the opportunity. So why not seize it! Why shouldn’t the church use this technology to reach cities and even islands everywhere in the world, especially where there is no pastor!

I congratulate Pastor Yvan Castanou and ICC Church for opening up this new way. For goodness sake, let’s avoid petty criticism, and let’s try to encourage creative and innovative initiatives for the Kingdom of God, in any case, at least on Top Chretien. I count on you for that!

Allow me to ask you this question: “Do you think that the actual model of operating our churches is sacred? Or do you think that we should use all means at our disposal to spread the knowledge of Jesus Christ?” I will be very interested in knowing your opinion.

*** Charisma-Part 2… ***

Just now, a conference called Empowered 21 is being held in Tulsa, in the USA. It’s the first time that we have a display booth in the USA! Here is our volunteer American team taking care of the booth. It’s a modest beginning, but it’s the opportunity for us to present the Jesus.net Widget that we are launching in English. Come get a sneak-preview here: www.jesus.net. This widget is very special, and I will speak to you about it in an upcoming TopBlog.

In the photo, here are two of our volunteers in the USA. To the left on the screen is the Jesus.net Widget and to the right is Google Earth with the real-time decisions.

In the meantime, I invite you to read the second part of the interview given to the American magazine, Charisma. You can read the first part here.

4. What is your reaction, or what would you like to say, about the fact that the 1.7 million people have clicked to accept Jesus as a result of the Website?

I am simply amazed and blessed. We have developed an application that enables us to watch real-time decisions through Google Earth. (See decisions.jesus.net) At least once every minute, someone says “YES” to Jesus. I praise God all the time. I am just a humble pastor in the small country of France, but now our team has a global impact. It’s such a blessing! A verse from the Scriptures really touched me when I started this ministry. It is 2 Corinthians 12:9 (New International Version) “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” You have to know that from the start of this Internet Ministry, I have experienced many spiritual attacks. The week we started, I was struck seriously ill and lay in a hospital with the doctors not knowing if I would survive! So, I know that it’s the grace of God. His grace is enough! It’s not and will never be Eric’s ministry. It’s Jesus’ Ministry!

5. Has any other web-based ministry ever helped this many people come to the Lord in so short an amount of time?

Yes! We are not alone in this endeavor. Campus Crusade for Christ is doing a great work for the Kingdom through their websites, such as EveryStudent.com or Jesus2020.com. LifeChurch with its iPhone Bible application is also doing well. We often collaborate with these organizations because they are innovators! We need more internet pioneers in the Kingdom, more Evangelist Entrepreneurs, and more Spirit-filled initiatives!

6. The story for Charisma magazine is about how new technological innovations are impacting the Church and the way it shares the Good News with the world. What do you see happening in this regard?

Today, we live in a global village. The Holy Spirit is starting little fires all around the world, and through the Internet, we can know about it in real time! I really believe that Americans have a strategic role to play by blowing on these little fires; blowing through prayer, through offerings, through technology, and through partnerships. With the help of Charisma readers and others, I believe that we will go to the next level. Our vision is big. By the year 2020, we believe it is possible to expose one billion seekers to the Gospel and see 100 million new believers in Jesus – all on the Internet! I believe that we will see it happen!

7. What else would you like to say?

I am French, but I love the American people. You always have the “We can do it!” attitude. I love it! As Christians, we need to seize the opportunity of the Internet age. The largest unreached people group in the entire world is those under the age of 30 years old – The Internet Generation! There is a dying world, and we can reach it. So let’s do it together! If you have a website, just go to widget.jesus.net and request your free Jesus.net widget today. You will then become part of this global harvest! If you don’t have a website, invite your friends to Jesus.net and see what God does in their lives! If you are on facebook, become a fan of facebook.com/jesus.net and spread the Word to the world!

*** Charisma ***

Charisma is a well-known magazine in the United States. It has nothing at all to do with the church of the same name. It has a readership of approximately 600,000 people. Charisma is going to publish its May 2010 issue on the theme of the vision of the Church in 2020. Since we are launching the widget Jesus.net in the USA, Charisma decided to ask us some questions. So here is a sneak preview for you on the TopBlog, their questions and my answers. I thought this would be very useful for all the people who ask themselves: what is Top Chretien? This week, I am publishing the first half, and next week, the second half. Enjoy reading the blog and please let me know what you think, I really enjoy reading your comments…

Charisma: Jesus.net, what is it?

Jesus.net is an evangelism concept that functions 24 hours a day.  The goal of Jesus.net is to help Internet users connect to God and then, encourage them to join a local church. Our mission is simple: “Reach the Internet Generation” thanks to the different Internet websites that we have such as, ConnaitreDieu.Jesus.net, actually available in the sixteen most used languages on the Internet. TopChretien.Jesus.net: a Christian resource website to edify, encourage, and connect Internet users with each other. MonEglise.Jesus.net: a website dedicated especially to new converts to connect them to a local church. Local partner churches in each country always follow up on the new converts. In summary, Jesus.net is “GloCal Evangelism”! A Global tool with loCal impact! Today, according to Alexa, which ranks the world’s websites, Jesus.net is the second most visited Christian website in the world, after BibleGateway.com and just before the Vatican’s website!

Charisma: How did it begin?

Everything began in 1997. I launched my first website that year as I was planting a church in Givors, a town in the Lyon region. At that time, I had no doubt that it was probably the first church website in the French-speaking world! Two years later, I launched TopChretien.com, a French Christian web portal. In ten years, this French website has received more than 50 million visits. But I had the heart of an evangelist! I have to tell you about my first job in Paris. I was 20 years-old and for eleven months, I was able to work with the 1986 Billy Graham Evangelism Campaign team in Paris. When, from the stage, I saw all the people coming forward in response to the call to receive Jesus, I prayed: “Jesus, here’s my life. Use it to help people to meet Jesus personally!” And that’s exactly what God did! Everything began with a simple call which then spread to France to reach today the nations of the entire world! Every day, 1500 to 2000 people say “Yes” to Jesus through Jesus.net. I am grateful to God, and I believe that these are only the small beginnings.

Charisma: I noticed that 1.7 million people have clicked to accept Jesus. How does that work?

Every day, more than 5 million people look for spiritual answers to their questions on the Internet. We buy ads on Facebook, Google, etc. to reach people who are seeking. We announce the Good News to them through a very simple series which ends with a prayer of repentance (ConnaitreDieu.com) Then, these people can let us know their decision by clicking “I have just prayed to accept Jesus.” They can also ask to receive a free Bible and to be put in contact with a spiritual counselor from a local church partner. The 1.7 million decisions that you have seen all come from people who have clicked “Yes, I prayed!” since 2005. Many of them come from Muslim nations. It’s marvelous. In December 2006, after launching the website in Arabic MaarifatAllah.Jesus.net, we were waiting for the first decision! A woman wrote this to us: “My name is Mariana. I am from Nazareth. I would like to invite Jesus to come into my life.” Wow! Can you imagine our joy! The month of December, the first person to accept Jesus on the website in Arabic is called, after a fashion, “Mary” of Nazareth! That doesn’t remind you of someone? It was a super encouragement for the entire team!

Charisma: Do your websites have preaching and music on demand?

Yes, according to the language used, the Internet user has access to different follow-up tools. One of them is an online church that presents the Gospel message to people who are seeking. Another tool is a four-week course based on a book by Nikki Gumbel, Why Jesus? and entitled WhyJesus.net! It’s a kind of “pre-Alpha” series online. In addition, of course, we have many Christian resources such as, audio messages, videos, etc. on our web portals TopChretien.Jesus.net and GodRev.Jesus.net.

Charisma: What is your reaction or what would you like to share on the subject of the 1.7 million people who accepted Jesus on your websites overall?

I am simply astonished and blessed. We developed an application enabling us to visualize decisions in real time on Google Earth (See decisions.jesus.net). Actually, on the average, every minute a person says “Yes” to Jesus. I bless God all the time. I am only a pastor in France, but one whose team now has a global impact. What a blessing! When I began in the ministry, I was particularly moved by this verse: “My grace is sufficient for you because my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Therefore, I want to glory more and more in my weaknesses so that the power of Christ is manifested in my life. You must know that at the time I was beginning the Internet ministry, I experienced enormous attacks. The week that the Top was launched, I was seriously affected in my health and in a hospital bed, the doctors not knowing whether I would live or die! I know that if all of this exists today, it is by the grace of God. His grace is sufficient! No, this will never be Eric’s ministries (the Ministries of Eric)! It’s Jesus’ ministry! ADSL (A Dieu soit la louange) (To God be the praise)

More to follow…

Eric

*** MyChurch.net: Your Opinion Matters! ***

MyChurch.net has been on line for two months now. More than 50,000 individuals have visited the website.

And you, have you already attended an online service on MyChurch.net?

I would really like to have your opinion on this new tool for evangelism and spiritual growth.

To give your opinion, meet us at http://moneglise.jesus.net, click on “connexion” to identify yourself, then follow the entire service. There are six services a day (one about every three hours).

Afterwards, come back to this blog and let me know your opinion by trying to answer these questions:

*What did you think about the website and its features? (There are seven features)?

*What did you think of the quality of the service, of the interaction with the other Internet users… ?

*Would you like to invite your unbelieving friends to MyChurch.net? Why?

Thanks in advance for your participation. Your opinion is very important to us. It helps us to improve.

And as the Bible states: “Many advisers make victory sure,” and also “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” (Proverbs 11:14 and 15:22)

Dear advisors, I am listening to you, it’s your turn now :-)

*** MyChurch.net, should it continue? ***

The project MonEglise.net was created so that Internet users who do not know what a local church is could get a taste of fellowship with others and of a relationship with God. That they could say to themselves: if this is the church, then I want my local church.

After its first month online (December 2009), we can make our first assessment.

Impact:

-29,000 individual visitors on the website or nearly 1,000 a day. (They are from 146 countries; half of them are from France).

-14,000 came to at least one of the 180 online services held.

- At practically each service, people answered a call to respond: that is, more than 500 people who accepted Jesus as Savior in one month of broadcasting.

-3,000 Internet users visited the page “Find a Local Church”.

-Many exchanges occurred between the Internet users and with the counselors online.

Financial Report:

-Expenses, 125,000 Euros have been invested in this project. The biggest part was for the video production needed for six months of programming. The remainder comes from the site conception, the broadcasting, and the promotion. Please notes that the studios were loaned to us free of charge by a missionary organization; if not, this cost would have been much more.

-Sources of funding, 25,000 Euros were given by Top Chretien Internet users before the project was launched. Thank you, Top Internet users! 30,000 Euros were given by a foundation. TopMission, our organization, covered the remainder. This was a big step of faith for us.

And now?

We launched this project because we were convinced that we had to do it. Why? Because we had remarked that there was a huge missing link between ConnaitreDieu.com and the local churches: only 1% of the visitors of the website ConnaitreDieu.com join a local church. This means that 99% remain outside of the church in spite of the fact that these people are truly interested in God… This is why we had to offer them a way to continue their spiritual journey. And the project MonEglise.net was created to fill this gap.

I am really happy to see people blessed, encouraged, saved. I bless God for this. I also think that our team has done a remarkable job. Thank you, TopChretien team!

However, I wonder if it is reasonable to continue to invest so much money, time, and human resources (20 people are needed in the studio) for such results? In addition, how can such a project be financed beyond its initial phase?

I was expecting a greater impact and also greater financial support.

I ask myself the question, and I ask you the question, too. Should we continue this project beyond the first six months? What do you think?

*** Reaching an Online Generation ***

In terms of size, the Internet is already very large. Let’s just take two figures: there are 1.5 billion Internet users with 350 million of them on Facebook.  The new generation is online! The number of users is exploding and is going to grow to three billion in the coming years thanks to mobile phones with Internet access. The potential to spread the good news is phenomenal (click here to read more about this).

It has been twelve years since I started using the Internet to share the gospel. In 1997, I launched a website to promote the church I was planting in the south of France. Then, in 1998, I launched a Christian portal (www.topchretien.com), and in 2003, a multi-lingual evangelistic website called www.LookingforGod.com. Since that time, sixty million people have visited the websites and millions have accepted the Lord or rededicated their lives to him. I am blessed and amazed to be a laborer in his harvest! But one laborer alone cannot make a big difference. Jesus said, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers [plural] into his harvest.”

Therefore, together with other laborers representing different Christian organizations in about fifteen countries, we developed the Jesus Internet Project to strategically position websites on the Internet, in the main languages of the Internet. Some websites act as bridges to the main websites (landing pages), others present the gospel, others are entirely dedicated to the follow-up of seekers who want to learn more about Jesus. We are calling it the “stepping stones strategy.”

Together, we want to use and promote a common brand: Jesus.net. We invite every person or organization on the Internet to join us. Our goal is simple: make Jesus famous on the Internet! We will develop and offer a tool which is able to transform every website into an evangelistic one. The real strength of Christians is revealed when they overcome their differences to work in unity.

For many, the Internet is an additional audience for their ministry. For others, it is a way to earn money. I believe the Internet is the best opportunity for Christians to work together to make Jesus and his message known.

We need to understand that the Internet is far bigger than any organization and that building one’s “own little kingdom” is not the solution. Together we can do what no one can do alone!

What Are Christians Doing on the Internet?
Christians have launched websites to present their services and their message. As a result, there are a huge number of sites, most of which receive very few visits. If you type the word “God” in Google, you will find 365,000,000 pages—one million pages to visit each day during one whole year.

Christian use the Internet in many different ways:

Type of Website Goal Stats Examples The Challenge
Institutional communication website Make one’s organization or church known From a couple dozen to thousands of visits per day BillyGraham.org, LifeChurch.tv Presenting the message instead of promoting the organization/founder
Personal website Share one’s point of view in a blog, a personal site, myspace.com, etc. From a couple dozen to thousands of visits per day PhilCooke.com, TheDigitalSanctuary.org Visibility is essential; the site needs real differentiating to stand out from the rest
Evangelistic website Share the good news From a couple dozen to thousands of visits per day LookingForGod.com, Jesus2020.com Being well positioned in well-known search engines in order to reach seekers in spiritual need
Content website Make one’s content known From a couple hundred to a few thousand visits per day ChristianityToday.com, FocusOnTheFamily.com Navigation, because the richer the content, the easier you can get lost
Commercial website Sell products and services From a couple hundred to a few thousand visits per day ChristianBook.com Having each item well referenced by search engines
Free resources website Offer a free service, such as a directory, an online community, a search engine, an online Bible, an online church service, etc. From a couple hundred to a few thousand visits per day BibleGateway.com, YouVersion.com, ChristianGo.com Having a simple and effective concept, because the new trend is no more the global portal but the specialized website, concentrating on one main function
Community website To create one’s own website by using existing social networks, in particular Facebook and Twitter From a couple hundred to a few thousand visits per day The group called “I-Love-Jesus” in Facebook already has more than one million members Being able to answer the question, “Now, what am I going to do with all those members?”

These different ways of using the Internet combine with more or less success. But what is really trendy today is simplification. KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) applies well to the Internet. Even Microsoft, which just launched their search engine (Bing.com), finally understands this. Lots of Christian organizations try to mix everything in one website. As a result, very few succeed (considering the Internet scale). Moreover, the most visited religious website happens to be a Muslim one!

Measuring the “Success” of a Website
Some people think success shouldn’t be measured. In 2007, Brown Governance and the Internet Evangelism Coalition compiled an excellent survey called “International Internet Evangelism Performance Measurement Report.” Below is part of the report:

Two respondents articulated that measurement should be “left to God.” While God will no doubt take the final and ultimate measures of the efforts of individual Christians and Christian organizations, should this keep us from creating, implementing, measuring, adjusting, and reporting on our strategies and efforts? We believe that Christian organizations should not feel threatened by an expectation of results. Results are important to God—if they weren’t, he would not have given us a mission to begin with. We believe that the Church needs to be reproducing and it should therefore engage in measurement to ensure that it is.

There are many ways to measure success for a website. As a missionary on the Internet, my best tool to measure effectiveness goes beyond figures. A ministry CEO once said, “Eric, all these figures are just virtual! It’s only figures and behind them there is probably nothing more!” On that same day, a friend of mine who is a French pastor sent me a short message while he was visiting Algeria. It said, “Eric, guess what I’m doing? I’m baptizing someone who accepted Jesus on one of your evangelistic websites!” Or, consider Mariana, who is living in the Palestinian territories. When we launched MaarifatAllah.com (LookingforGod in Arabic language) in December 2006, she was the first seeker to write us. She said, “I would like to have Jesus in my life!” Since that date, more than fifty thousand Arabs (most from a Muslim background) wrote to tell us the same thing!

A successful website is one which has a lot of visits, a continuing high growth, a worldwide audience, a high conversion rate, is very visible in search engines—and which has very high offline results. To keep being successful in the long term on the Internet, we need to cleverly use not only the best existing tools, but also be ready to start new ways and approaches.

Are New Approaches Possible to Reach the Online Generation?
I think so! Last year we participated in a brainstorming session with other pioneers of the church-planting movement (CPM) and Internet evangelism. One of the results was the launch of a blog called “reachingtheonlinegeneration.com” by Paul Watson to try to apply the principles of CPM multiplication to the Internet. With partners and friends, we are exploring the following avenues:

  1. A new online follow-up service for seekers. The method used by most organizations involved in Internet evangelism comes from evangelistic campaigns; we ask a spiritual counsellor to take care of the “new convert” and we measure the result. But another approach is possible with Internet: using a PUSH instead of PULL approach.
  2. E-learning applied to discipleship. For the last eight years, EO (a Dutch Christian organization) has gotten incredible results by using E-learning. For example, in Poland, fifty percent of the people following the five-week lessons of the E-learning course are joining a local church or an Alpha course.
  3. Artificial intelligence applied to evangelization and discipleship. Why not use artificial intelligence to present the Bible in a more attractive way that is based upon the seeker’s need? It’s now possible.
  4. Viral effect of CPM applied to the Internet. A real viral movement can occur on the Internet. To do so, we need to help new believers to reach their “Oikos” online.
  5. An interactive Facebook application. What do you think of an application that would present the gospel according to your Facebook profile and that would help you testify to your online friends?
  6. An online church. I am not talking about broadcasting church services online as many churches actually do. I am thinking about a church with services, pastors, sermons, prayer rooms, and spiritual growth resources especially dedicated to online people who don’t have a church. This online church would have two main goals: make disciples and start offline churches.
  7. Using the Internet to reach cities. It is possible to target cities according to the needs of the Internet users living in those cities. Did you know that the town where the word “depression” is the most searched on the Internet is Melbourne, Australia? And that the city where the word “suicide” is the most searched is Portland, Oregon, USA?

If you are interested in one of the projects above—and if you want to know more about it—or if you want to be involved in the Jesus Internet Project, please send us a comment. Innovative ideas are also very welcome! Please be praying about how you can be involved in Internet evangelism.

*** A Church on the Internet: Is it Biblical? ***

Before MonEglise.net was on line, I had promised this blog to a website director who had virulently attacked the project.  Therefore, I dedicate this blog to him with love and much respect.

Before going any further, let me tell you that I believe in the physical local church and that my pastoral calling (twelve years as pastor of a local church) always pushed me to be against the idea of a church on the Internet. Nevertheless, my heart of an evangelist also believes in using modern means to communicate the message of the Gospel and to gather believers of the entire world more closely together. “Go into all the world” is our call.

While reading this blog, try to think “outside of the box.” Let’s put aside our prejudices and reflect together; then, let’s calmly discuss without attacking one another, but respecting views different from ours. Let’s be mature, supporting our arguments without putting words in each other’s mouth.

1. Let’s begin with a verse that is one of the foundations for our local churches. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them,” said Jesus. (Matthew 18: 20)

Can this same principle be applied to those who gather together by the Internet?

Is Jesus in the midst of us when we gather together in his name on the Internet?

If yes, then Jesus is present, and there, where Jesus is present, is the church. Besides, is he present physically or in spirit?

When Jesus said this, did local churches exist, as we know them today?

No. So, why limit the presence of Jesus to a gathering between the four walls of a building, as if our actual model were the only biblical model there is?

These words of Jesus do not indicate conditions of place or distance. The church is above all the gathering of believers. It can take place in a house (“hello to the church which is in your house”), in an office, at a meal, in a public room or a room set apart for church services, in the open-air, or even by media between them, such as the Internet.

The church exists when a community of believers is in fellowship of heart and spirit. The church is above all a spiritual body.

2. Let me cite a verse that I can relate to: Malachi tells us: “Those who loved the Lord spoke to one another…The Lord was attentive and a book of remembrance was written.” Malachi 3:16

Is this book real? Yes. Is it physical? No. Thus, something non-physical can have a spiritual reality. We could take many other examples in the Bible like the angels, heaven, hell, …

Is a prayer by Skype or on a chat physical? No. Is it spiritual? Yes.

Is a gathering of believers on the Internet physical? No. Is it spiritual? Yes.

Maybe you think: it depends on the type of gathering. Is it truly a gathering in the name of the Lord?  And you are right to ask that question. But be assured that for physical churches the same question is asked.  For some churches, which are now only buildings, Jesus has not been there for a long time. Besides, it is written to the church of Laodicea: I stand at the door and knock. Jesus, outside, at the door of a church! Oh, yes… Revelation 3:20

3. Let’s take another fundamental verse: “I will build my Church and the gates of death will not overcome it”. Matthew 16:18

The Church, it is Jesus then who builds it. Wouldn’t he have the right to use the Internet for that, or any means of his choosing? He used Greek instead of biblical Hebrew to build his church, Roman roads, the galleys, roads built by slaves, and he couldn’t use the Internet?

A final point… If you want to limit the church to a gathering in a building, why then not limit as well the Word of God to the Bible on paper? Does the Bible on my computer or on my iPhone not have the same value? I read the Bible, but I don’t turn the pages.

Does it necessarily mean that I am anti-biblical? What do you think?