YES or NO?

The following is my personal thought process about dealing with social media and sources during this troubled time:
“Our fight is not with people. It is against the leaders and the powers and the spirits of darkness in this world. It is against the demon world that works in the heavens” (Ephesians 6:12).
“The dragon was thrown down to earth from heaven. This animal is the old snake. He is also called the Devil or Satan. He is the one who has fooled the whole world. He was thrown down to earth and his angels were thrown down with him” (Revelation 12:9).
On the testimony of Scripture, let us never see other image-bearers as the enemy; but rather as captives of the deception of the enemy.
All evil actions begin with the deception and lies of the fallen accuser. Therefore, let us never fight his deception in return with more deception, half-truths, rumors, unsubstantiated claims, gossip, hearsay, insinuations, exaggerations, logical fallacies, maybe’s, might-be’s, and/or false prophecies.
But rather, let us prepare for battle by first putting on the Belt of Truth. As Jesus said:
“Let your yes be YES. Let your no be NO. Anything more than this comes from the devil” (Matthew 5:37).
During these troubled times of spiritual warfare, before you repeat something, ask yourself a few questions, and answer them with a simple YES or NO:
“Do you know as an indisputable fact that it is true?”
“Do you know for a fact who the source is and that they are reputable?”
“Does it make image-bearers out to be the enemy rather than captives of the true enemy?”
“Does it incite the unnecessary use of violence or force against image-bearers?”
(Yes, there is a point at which image-bearers have become so deceived that the use of force is needed in order to protect other image-bearers from them. Hence the use of the term “unnecessary.”)
If you could not answer the first two questions with a simple YES and the second two questions with a simple NO, and you still repeat it; then according to Jesus, what you are repeating could be of Satan.
That is to say, what you are repeating could be a lie in the form of a half-truth, rumor, unsubstantiated claim, gossip, hearsay, insinuation, exaggeration, logical fallacy, a maybe, a might-be, and/or a false prophecy that has been put forth by Satan to destroy and kill image-bearers.
As Jesus said:
“He has been a killer from the beginning. The devil has nothing to do with the truth. There is no truth in him. It is expected of the devil to lie, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
But let us also remember what Paul wrote:
“For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
Therefore, just because what is being said seems to be coming from someone on our side, and it seems to aid in the defense of our position; that does not make it true.
In fact, knowing that Satan and his servants are putting out false information that looks like it comes from servants of righteousness, we should be more wary of information that supports our arguments than we should be of that which supports the opposing arguments.
We would be fools to think that Satan does not know how to deceive us with something that looks like the truth.
And here is the thing that will throw you off: it is possible for unbelievers to be factual and reputable sources who speak and report the truth; and for those who claim to be believers to speak and repeat lies.
As Paul wrote in Romans 2:14-15, unbelievers are capable of doing what is right and speaking truth because of the law of God has been written on their hearts (even though it further condemns them). And conversely, believers are capable of believing and propagating lies.
Again, we must ask ourselves if we know for a fact that what is being said is true, who the exact source is and that they are reputable; and that the purpose is not to make other image-bearers out to be the enemy and incite unnecessary violence against them.
If you have to preface a statement with, “I’m not sure if this is exactly true…,” or “I don’t know who the exact source of this is…,” or “I know this could turn people against one another, but I think it needs to be said anyway…”
…then it actually doesn’t need to be said.
And yes, I realize that doing so will extremely limit what we repeat. That is the whole point of Jesus restricting us to a simple YES or NO.
It is better for us as disciples of Jesus to remain silent and suffer than for us to repeat possible lies of Satan that come in the form of half-truths, rumors, unsubstantiated claims, gossip, hearsay, insinuations, exaggerations, logical fallacies, maybe’s, might-be’s, and/or false prophecies.
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