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World Wide Web of Sin. Our technologies are “nothing more or less than plain expressions of our human nature.” Frederick Allen “When Sex Drives Technological.

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1 World Wide Web of Sin

2 Our technologies are “nothing more or less than plain expressions of our human nature.” Frederick Allen “When Sex Drives Technological Innovation”, p. 19 Your own sub headline 2

3 A culture obsessed with technology will come to value personal convenience above almost all else, and our does. Robert H. Bork Slouching Towards Gomorrah, p. 9 Your own sub headline 3

4 Just a Click Away SINS OF THE FLESH UNRIGHTEOUS JUDGMENTS HUMAN WISDOM FALSE RELIGIOUS DOCTRINE TIME-BANDITS ✓ SOCIAL MEDIA ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ 4

5 “Every new information technology since the printing press has spawned pornography. By the early 1500s, half a century after Gutenberg, an Italian named Pietro Aretino was making his living in the business. Almost as soon as there were photographs, there were dirty photographs, and on a very large scale: A London pornographer busted in 1874 possessed 130,000 of them. As soon as there were movies, there were dirty movies.” Frederick Allen “When Sex Drives Technological Innovation”, 19 SINS OF THE FLESH Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:3-5; Col. 3:5 PORNOGRAP HY 5

6 Sexually explicit material designed to promote sexual arousal Pornography “depicts erotic behavior in order to induce sexual excitement” (Halbrook, “The Threat of Pornography: Making Sex an Idol”, p. 4) SINS OF THE FLESH Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:3-5; Col. 3:5 PORNOGRAP HY 6

7 Driven by fantasy and fed by lust, it objectifies women Makes an idol of sex, Matthew 5:28 “Pornography is basically propaganda for fornication.” (Maggie Gallagher, cited by Bork) Accessibility, Affordability, Anonymity, Addiction Resist: Walk in love of Christ, Ephesians 5:1-2 Overcome: Repent, reform, refresh, Psalm 119:9- 11 Psalm 27:13-14; 57:1 PORNOGRAPH Y 7

8 Young males most likely to engage in online gambling 2010: $29.3 billion in online gambling Three states have legalized it (NV, NJ, DE) About 1700 offshore gambling websites Goal: Deprive others of their money Driven by greed, it feeds on lack of self-control and loss of kindness and love Violates the principle of stewardship SINS OF THE FLESH 1 Timothy 6:6-10; Luke 12:15 GAMBLING 8

9 Gossip, backbiting, rumor mongering, evil suspicions, Proverbs 11:13; 26:20 Mindless chatter, Proverbs 13:3; 18:21 –Harshness, rudeness, character assassination –Ridicule (arrogant, unloving); Profanity and coarse joking (vulgar), Ephesians 4:29; 5:3-4 –Posting gossip, etc. crosses the line of love into the land of bitterness and malice, Ephesians 4:31-32 SOCIAL MEDIA Proverbs 14:29; 15:21 Sins of the Tongue 9

10 Unrighteous judgments, John 7:24; Proverbs 18:13; 15:28 –R ASH J UDGMENTS RATHER THAN R EADY R ESOLUTION, Proverbs 25:8-10; Matthew 5:23- 26; 18:15 –A PPEARANCE -B ASED J UDGMENTS, John 7:24; Matthew 7:12 –M ISINFORMATION (S NOPES. COM ) Self-destructive trends, 1 Corinthians 15:33-34 –T HE “F IRE C HALLENGE ” –LGBT / S EXUAL I DENTITY E XPERIMENTATION & A CTIVISM SOCIAL MEDIA Proverbs 14:29; 15:21 Sins of the Tongue 1010

11 Hinders effective communication, Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 4:6 –Now, 140 character strokes pass for communication –Communication skills are being severely harmed –cf. Helping with spiritual troubles, Gal. 6:1-2; Jas. 5:19-20 –Value of face-to-face communication, Proverbs 27:17 SOCIAL MEDIA Proverbs 14:29; 15:21 Sins of the Tongue 1

12 Discern and test with Scripture, 1 Peter 4:11; 1 John 4:1, 6 Human wisdom disguised as Bible teaching, Colossians 2:8 –Blogs, social commentators –Bible commentaries, articles, scholarly papers… –Examine the Scriptures, Acts 17:11 HUMAN WISDOM 1 Timothy 6:20-21 False Doctrine 1212

13 Time spent on the Internet can easily be misused Use your time wisely because you cannot get it back, James 4:14-15 “Take time to be holy” TIME-BANDIT Ephesians 5:16; James 4:

14 The Internet: Use it for Good Learn Connect Teach Sword Tips on Facebook Bulletins, websites of brethren 1414


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