BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4, 2019.
NEHEMIAH 8: 1-5
Key verse: Nehemiah 8:5 “And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:”
QUESTION: Is it right as a man of God to carry laptop or phone on the pulpit instead of Bible to use it and preach?
Every preacher should study his environment. There is an environment that you can do that, and nobody will be offended. It is not seen as a sin to you but there is an environment that you can do that, and the people will be offended at you that you have done the wrong thing. So, know your environment.
Of itself there is no sin there but if you come to a congregation of ignorant people who do not know that there is no sin there and you are pricking their conscience, you are making them to commit sin and you are not working in wisdom and understanding you sin.
However, when you go to a congregation where the people are enlightened and peaceful. Some in the congregation may even ask, “Oh! Can I have a look at your laptop? What software do you use for Bible studies? Oh that your software how did you get it?” That is an enlightened community.
They will not feel that you are committing sin. We need to understand this because whether you like it or not between 5-10 years to come, hard copy Bibles may be replaced by electronic soft copies. That is because of advancement in knowledge and technology all over the world.
You may even discover that Bible publishers and printers might even prefer the electronic soft copies of the Bible. What you will be seeing in the market would be a different thing from the traditional products. You will just have to adjust and buy them.
We were using audio cassettes for messages some years ago, but can you readily find it to buy in the market now? They have been systematically phased out by the compact disc (CD) technology. It has now become DVDs, CDs. Yet more developments and discoveries are still ahead of humanity, for the Bible says that in the end times, knowledge shall increase.
Thought for the day:
Every preacher should study his environment.
Song for the day:
He is everything, Jesus is everything to me…
Bible reading for the day:
Daniel 3-4; 1 John 3
PASTOR PAUL RIKA