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The Place and Function

Of A Cyber Church in a Cyber Age

Redefining the Church in an Information Age,

 

Part 2

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Seizing the moment of opportunity

One important lesson I have learnt in life is that new season often come with various kinds of challenges and opportunities. The issue, however lies in our perceptional ability to precisely discern and judge things through the wisdom that is from above, so we can turn to our own advantage what may present itself as the enemy’s scheme. Opportunities are disguised in trials, challenging and even in fear in some cases. The fear of the unknown is really what hinders us from taking advantage of the various opportunities heavens is opening for us especially through the World Wide Web.

my journey into the world of computer

Moving into the next phase of the Lords agenda for the church means that we must learn how to go down to Egypt and recuse those enslaved by the spirit of Pharaoh. In some cases, our apprehension over situations we are not familiar with is highly rooted in cultural or religious beliefs. For those of us who are not early in life expose to the world of knowledge and information may react to things in a different way to people who have been exposed, and have leveraged themselves through extensive traveling opportunity. You may find what I am about to say funny, but this is a true story of myself.

When I finished my bible training in 1991, I was offered the opportunity to go learn computer illiteracy course but I rejected it.  My main reason for the rejection was built on the fact that I’ve been already informed that the anti-Christ was going to use the computer to destroy the world. Since my view of computer knowledge was already established on its negative impact on people globally, it becomes difficult for anyone to persuade me of learning it.

the power of exposure

As much as that information carries a large degree of truth, the issue however was my approach of understanding.   If I had known someone back then who could precisely explain to me, and give me important reasons why I need the computer as a servant of the Lord to enhance my bible study and research, I am sure, I will would have been persuaded.

The point here is, the perceptions we’ve developed through the years in approaching things or people alike does greatly impact how we interact, respond or even utilize opportunities open to us. By 1995, my mentality towards the world of computer had been greatly enriched through my exposure to certain folks I came in contact with who purely preached the message of the kingdom back then but were also computer savvy. Beyond my spirit in agreement with what I had from them, I also noticed how they utilized the power of information technology, coupled with their laptops and projectors to seamlessly communicate the gospel.

This experienced galvanized me to buy my first laptop in 1996. By 2004 just before I relocated to South Africa, our church community launched a skill empowering project, which back then, was one of the first of its kind.  The church auditorium, was turned into a computer lab where everyone, including people of the Muslim faith were all given the opportunity to be computer literate. This project brought so much joy into my heart when I saw the zeal and passion of individuals who are hungry to learn.

 My point is, if the church will ever move up to the next reality of divine intent, we need to adjust our perception and concept of interface with the world around us. The truth is, the church will not always have these free social platforms to express the knowledge of the kingdom as we have it today. We therefore need to awaken ourselves to the realization while we still have this opportunity made available before it’s too late. No one really knows when this door of social media will be scrambled or even shut down completely. Yet, while we have this lifetime opportunity, let us maximize every moment to strategically share and push the agenda of heaven through all social media.

Using these platforms to showcase a prideful, frivolous and selfish agendas is certainly a misrepresentation of the purpose of the lord for Facebook, Twitter Google plus and other platforms available. We have to start taking the focus off ourselves and truly start promoting the cause of kingdom agenda through social media forums. We need to be weary and careful of what we say, post and twit.

As believers, your words and mine must be highly seasoned with the divine wisdom and intent of this season. Our words and statement should go viral until society and governments across the world notice that the kingdom of God is coming near them.  Our hearts must be awakened to the unheard cry of millions surfing aimlessly and vulnerably on the internet.

The field of social media 

Think about this for a moment, the most vicious hardened jihadist make most of their recruitment via the social media platform. What indignation on the church of the lord. The very same platform, we have been given as a gateway to reach the unreached are the same tool this destructive elements are using to advance their destructive agendas.  We need to step up our mission and mandate to reach this powerful digital field many have neglected to humanist, capitalist and jihadist ideology.

 It is unfortunate that we still see believers and spiritual leaders alike, who are so timid and afraid to use the social media to effectively advance the purposes of the Lord because they still sees it as something inspired by the devil.

While on the flip side, those who have taken advantage of   now using it to abuse, control and manipulate the spiritually blind and on-informed.  Some pastors and spiritual leaders, due to their insecurity and unbiblical agendas, have gone as far as trying to censor, monitor and even discourage their members from using the social media.

This is mostly unfortunate. Heaven has granted you and me to be part of a company of warriors of righteousness and harvesters at the same time; and our field is the World Wide Web.  We need to start integrating our voices, resources and other forms of capacities to take this vast land of the internet world. The fact is, I am not certain if the church will continue to exist from the way many of us have grown to know it; the idea of investing in some palatial building structure with congregation seating and listening to the preacher, in my opinion may no longer be realistic in the era we are stepping into, if biblical prophecy is true to its description of the operational character of the third day church.

I however do know one thing which I am fully certain about is that the church of the lord will abide and remain strong until the final appearance of the Son of man. While this is not my focus in this article, I, however, do believe we need to start considering and making the right adjustments in terms of changing the concept of our gatherings and meetings in a manner that will help us travel light.

One way we can start changing the face of the 21st century church community is through having a strong online presence. And this means that we have to invest in building a strong community cyber platform across the web that is not easily penetrated by viruses.

Why we need to build a cyber church system

Constructing an impregnable cyber system with the necessary technical edge to advance the initiative of the kingdom of God is a must for us today. Why? There are more people today who are more active in the cyber world than in the physical world. It is so design today that nothing works in the physical realm without a direct connection to the cyber world. I feel this strong urge to remind you as I remind myself why we’ve been given this window of opportunity through the social media platforms to preach the gospel of the kingdom.

We have to be keenly aware of the reason the Lord has made available the world of Facebook, Twitter, Google plus, YouTube and the rest of the social media platforms for this season. Believe me, the 21st century media hub initiatives are divinely orchestrated to push and advance the prophetic agenda of the lord to a precise conclusive end. Regardless of what these social media platforms are presently being used for, their primary objective must be kept afresh within our hearts and alive in our as prophetically oriented individuals.

You and I as members of the church of the Lord needs to start seeing things strategically, most especially what is happening in the world of social media and it’s a-complained technologies. To still view Facebook and the rest media as some trending platform to express our own self agenda opinion is certainly a misplaced priority as a believer in Christ. We are told through the word of God that whatever we do must be done as unto the lord.

If we follow scripture for what it says, our priority will drastically change and enhance the larger body as we engage the gates of hell. The social media is an effective and strategic tool, heaven has inspired certain individuals to create the spirit of fulfilling biblical prophecy. The only way prophecy like the mountains shall be made low, the valleys filled and the crooked parts made straight can only be through a Channels like this. Imagine the numbers of open source collaborations communities online that has made a huge difference in the lives of millions.

 The release of the Cyrus spirit

There is virtually anything you are looking for to help you become whatever you believe you’ve been designed to achieve with minimal amount to purchase such application or information. The Lord has not only poured out his spirit for us to prophesy, and see visions and dreams, he has also equipped certain individuals with the spirit of Cyrus to build a system that can birth and midwife kingdom initiatives through technological innovations and development.

This grace or resource if you will, is a capacity associated with the ability to invent and Engineer things that could further fast-track the fathers redemptive plan for humanity and all creation. Regardless of how humanist philosophy sees technology, believers should understand that all forms of technological breakthroughs are ordained and designed by God to fast-track the manifestation of the Son of God.

This spirit of Cyrus as we’ve seen it is manifesting in an increased level in our time through individuals leading the frontier of technological breakthroughs and development in the Silicon Valley. This spirit is usually released at the threshold of a new prophetic turn in the earth. new technology are signs of impending coming judgement of the Lord like we see in the days of Noah.  

This grace in most cases, function through men and women we may not term as religious, yet the father raises them to strategically release creative opportunities and resources for his Church and purpose to be known. These individuals accelerates and further amplify the prophetic voice of the Lord across platforms and system especially in marketplace. 

This creative spirit is consistently released through the turn of a new century as the church transits into a higher, matured level of the promotion new strategic truths for kingdom representation.  As the advent of the printing press technology accelerated the spread of sound biblical knowledge during the unfortunate Roman Catholic Dark Age era, the lord is also now using the various technology initiatives of the World Wide Web and the social media platforms to release the pure strategic apostolic truth for humanity. This is the most important hour for the church to unite in faith and grace in order to fast-track the divine intent of the Lord of creation.

preparing for war

Having said this, sadly, we still have brethren, even though they’ve been exposed to the reality of the shifting seasons like this, are still pervaded by wrong frame of thought and beliefs with regards to the usage of the social web. Their attitude toward technology and the use of social media as a vehicle of propagating the gospel is still very much hindered by the lack of openness to the current speaking of the Spirit of the lord. Their misgivings towards the utilizing the full potential of social media as a platform to advance the general development of the corporate body through integration is a major setback for kingdom initiative.

As we meditate on this great phenomenal, we should start to think of how we can effectively translate this opportunity to a powerful irresistible recognized force in the earth. When you think of the success story of a community like the life church who built Youversion bible App, you then begin to understand and appreciate what I am trying to communicate. The Youversion bible App is one of the most used bible Apps globally today. As powerful as this may sound, it is just a fraction of what still need to be done within the kingdom community if we are going to fulfill the mission of the great commission.

Building a true kingdom community that becomes a hub of representation and expression of sound biblical principles that can answer and defend the cause of the faith we are called to preach and teach in my view is highly recommended and necessary today.

I sense prophetically that we have to drastically shift away from a low ranger mentality of using social media. We are already seeing how individuals are being targeted both online and offline in some countries just because of their faith orientation.  Believers across all platforms should learn to connect to other platforms with the resource technology that will not only protect them against the new types of enemies surfacing online, but that can also help them to achieve their individual ministry mandate online and offline.

There is a need to awaken our research and development department in building a powerful irresistible firewall system. We need to build a community system that can stand bold, strong and strategic as  watchmen on the watchtower of kingdom initiatives online. The enemy is not sleeping. The fact is, he’s already planning his next attack and we have to be on the watch before he strikes. Cyber war is becoming more real and popular to the point that it has today become a game changer the concept of conventional battle.

There more we accept the reality of a cyber world as believers the more we need to start putting a strategic digital firewall in place to keep our activity online and offline secure. My point is, the church need to drastically change its focus, platform and strategy of expression from a mere physical building to a structure of strategic digital systems that can easily and effectively interface with the reality of the 21st century community.

Still ignorant of the purpose of social media

While I am excited with regards to the development and progress the social media has afforded today’s society, I am also a bit worried due to the sheer ignorance that still paved the minds of certain people when it comes to the utilization of the social media tool. The time where a large number within the body of Christ still view social media merely as a platform to consume, share or post entertaining materials is now over. Please don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with us having fun on these platforms as long as we fully understand the very essence and purpose of their existence.

We cannot build a true kingdom hub online if everyone is merely speaking or doing their own thing without willing to integrate with others. The ‘promotion of my own thing kind of attitude’ only further enhances the evil scheme of the enemy online. In a situation where so called friends on your Facebook account ignore and refuses to engage and interact with important issues being discussed in my opinion, is a reflection of another agenda. If we cannot intelligently engage in discussions or comment on a vital point that bothers or affects a friend, I truly why such a person should be maintained as a friend on such social media account.

One thing is, now clear, the social media network has to a large degree helped us identify those who share the same passion, vision and objective with us, and this is highly important. While those who don’t can still be maintained as friends, but at least you now know where to place them in the order of priority. We most never forget that the primary purpose of social media in connectivity and interaction. Regardless of what we know, if we are unwilling to connect with others idea and opinion, something is critically wrong with our relationship concept.

Social media, the point of convergence

If the church is going to make a serious impact through the social media, we certainly need to start streamlining our thoughts, words and expression under various unique banners of kingdom initiative. Please note this, I am not just referring to pastors who just open a corporate account for their churches.

Pastors and spiritual leaders must learn to interconnect and integrate their grace, gifts and community with other parts of the body so that their own community can fully benefit from the supply of other members of the body. We need to remember that the body is made out of many parts, and not one single unit. There very core objective of the social media platforms is to enhance our integration and collaboration as members of the body of Christ.

The propagation of the gospel of reformation, redemption, transformation and the ultimate restoration of all things back to Christ can be greatly enriched through these platforms the lord has strategically positioned for his church today. But in a situation where some view these platforms as a place to display their carnality, promote their myopic pet doctrines, and unduly take advantage of the confused and desperate folks, I believe this is a huge disappointment and a setback for the reason of social media. There’s a need to be awakened to the present opportunity given to us as members of the body of Christ to utilize this season of opening to push out as much research possible for people to be able to access.

Like Joseph in Egypt, these are seven seasons of abundance. The season and days of need are coming. Whatever can be stored for communities must be stored because the days of spiritual drought are getting closer.  There will arise another King, who does not know Joseph nor his God, and will seek to persecute the lord’s people in the days of his ruling.

To be continued…

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The Present Reality of a Cyber Church

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Redefining the place and function of the

church in an information Age,

prophetic perspective to building

a 21st century governmental church

Part one

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

 

 

A template of the current shift

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. 1 Corinthians 15:

Apostle Paul was indeed a spiritual man who clearly understood the laws that defined and govern both the natural and spiritual realm. He understood the order and law of the two man which till this very moment defines and also differentiates the two system call Adam. The first man is reflective dust, in other words, what can be seen, torch or contacted physical. While the second man, the last Adam is from above. Above means that dimension which is alien to this physical realm, but yet, relevant in its purpose and assignment to the earth. The earth is the realm of assignment. The place of fulfilling heavens divine assignment. All the progressive technological  discoveries and interventions we’ve seen in the past 6000 years all attest to the father’s redemptive and restored plan for man and creation. Wow!

The two system

The operation or function of the second man, the last Adam lives in two dimensional realms of life that can interconnect without being influenced or corrupt from the order of the earth. Paul also knew that what is seen in the natural comes from the unseen dimension of the Spirit. He further explain that what define spirituality cannot be truly value, measured or applied if there is no physicality that embodies such dimension.  In other words, miracle can only be miracle if they are done in the realm where there are laws and principles that makes it impossible for such to take place.

Therefore, defying gravity on earth becomes a miracle because it is not a natural occurrence here. However in space, such act will not be seen as a miracle due to a different atmospheric climate. Therefore, Paul argues in verse 46 of the scripture above us that the spiritual does not come before the natural manifestation of things, even though he knew that everything seen in the natural is sourced and sustained from another dimension that is purely spiritual. However, to grasp this reality, there has to be a convergence; a confluence point where these two reality are attracted to each other without contradicting the essence and purpose of their union which is to manifest thei knowledge of the fathers glory.

This, I believe is what the church is still struggling to comprehend in regards to how to shift from a tangible brick concept of building to a true spiritual community call the church of the living God. As i present some of this point I felt has been highlighted within my spirit with regards to the current transition of the body of Christ from how we use to know it to another reality which may be the final reality of church structure before the appearance of the Son of man. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to lead us to the pool of ‘sent’ so we can receive clearer insight for what is ahead of us. The multiple organs and function of the church must now come together for the sole purpose of manifesting the knowledge of the glory of the lord by using the cyber platform.

The present increase of innovative technological breakthroughs are all pointing to one source and objective-the salvation of man. The world is now waiting for a church that is not boxed nor confined to a particular formula or geographical location in other for her to function in the power of her apostolic commission. We are in a new day where everything is changing in a pace we can hardly catchup. We now have to reconsider the way we use the current available technologies to build and establish the church of the third day. Welcome to the cyber Age.

Understanding the Information Age

As the Industrial Age reshaped the general image and identity of society, to the point of almost altering the narratives of past historic values. So today we are seeing the present Information Age, not only changing the narrative of life as we know it, but also consolidating the previous technological discoveries and their breakthroughs under one unit that can be accessed by just a push of a button.  We are certainly now in a time of updates and upgrades of the core drivers that allow us to effectively engage with ourselves and the larger society in a creative and productive manner.

The church now needs to tap into a new dimension in Christ that elevates her spiritual and mental capacity to a higher ascended reality of what I call the creative character of the Spirit, which is only sourced through a well-developed, integrated prophetic spirit-man. When we say we are living in a changed world, it is crucial we put this in context and perspective of the various structures, systems and demography that once defined how humans lived, work, interact and even communicated with one another in time past.

As technology continues to redesign and alter not just the way we work and interact, but also eroding the moral and spiritual value of existence, there’s now a need to build and establish a powerful governmental leadership-based cyber church that can strategically and effectively give motivation, insight, clarity and direction with regards to the lords current prophetic agenda for humans within the 21st century society.

 Please not that this idea is beyond just having a website, blog or social media accounts as important as this is. Building an apostolic cyber church community mean that we are not only live streaming our individual community activities, but that we have the capacity and will to multi-integrate our various grace, gifts capacity and revelation under various relevant initiatives, designed to advance the influence and footprint of heavens agenda within our communities.

As knowledge continue to increase in an accelerated pace and new doors of understanding (insight) is opened for us, there must be a new sense of depth in the activity of the Spirit in guiding our renewed mind, in terms of how we think and represent the inflow of ideas designed to construct they type of a church established on the mountain top for all to see and stream towards according to Isaiah chapter 2.

As the father continues to update the window driver of our spirit-man which of course allows us that gain access into the of present apostolic initiative, every member of the body of Christ most now allow the Holy Spirit to systematically remove those old obsolete drivers and plugins that can no longer interface with the current revealed standard of the kingdom.

As we are lead to move from one dimension of truth into a multitude dimensional sphere of life, as seen in the matrix movie for those who have watched it, we need to understand that this realm of possibilities can only be effectively manage by a people whose  spiritual structure has come of Age according to Gal chapter 4:1. The fact is, we cannot experience a true lasting (transformation) change if we only limit it to the mere ability to use machine, technology and software to enhance how we communicate, as crucially important has this maybe.

The true meaning of change

The transformation of hearts that truly connects with one another is the reality of true change and development in society. There has never been such a time in human history where people seem to be so technologically connected but yet so divided and isolated. We’ve seen more broken homes and relationships even with the increase of applications that seeks to prevent this kind of misshappening. Suicide and murder has sharply increased in the past decade. Change does not happen due to our latest gadgets or the number of social media we belong; change is a thing of the heart.

Furthermore, change, in terms of development and contribution to the wellbeing of others has mostly been stirred from individuals who through a particular need in their lives or their community, seeks to find a solution by developing ideas and products that speaks into the solution of such needs. This season of intense need for God and the realities of his kingdom has finally ushered into our time and generation, a powerful technological breakthroughs system that is now giving everyone the opportunity and resource to achieve their dream and vision through an open source community, for a certain, the way we see and do church has to drastically shift if we must remain a driver of change in the 21st century global community.

The parallel reality of a technological Age

Think for a second how the world of smart phones and tablets have totally changed the way and manner we share and consume information today. Being able to communicate and share ideas, resource and capitals across multiple platforms with one another is one of the greatest achievements of this generation. And this I most agree, requires a different breed of well spiritually integrated men and women who clearly understand how to lead and manage these resources effectively.

The technological advance at the disposal of this present generation indeed has the capacity to either destroy the entire world through a switch in a minutes, or capitalize on this massive technological resources to develop, empower and transform the very poor and vulnerable across regions of the earth.  The challenge here is to keep pushing for an agenda that will continue to speak to the moral conscience of those in leadership across regions to stand on a high moral ground when making decision that will impacts and affect the lives of their followers but their own immediate family.

Our ability to access information and translate them into any language we desire is no longer a dream but a true reality. The level of opportunity open for communities across regions of the earth to harness this platform of transformation and strategic integration has never been so real. These are historic moment in creation when we consider the speed we now have in accessing and processing knowledge and information or strategic development. The availability of Wi-Fi today is a game changer to information consumption and general human development. There is certainly a need to be sensitive and highly discerning of this sacred moment of opportunity given to us.

 

 to be continued