Tuesday, November 1, 2011

CHRISTIAN CHAIN LETTERS:

                                      
Are They Innocent? Or Something Else?


I don’t know if you have ever received a chain letter, but I have. And I find them bothersome. Do this; do that?
Recently, I have been receiving “so called” Christian chain letters. Again, I was instructed to do this; do that. And if I did exactly as the email requested, I was promised a blessing.  
Now for the big question.
Does the Lord require us to forward X number of messages in order to get a blessing? And if we refuse to do as the message states, does this mean we are a follower of Satan?
As strange as it might sound, one of the messages I got recently put forth that exact question at the end of the message.
The message ended with a test to see who followed Jesus and who followed the evil one. The message suggested that those that forwarded the message to ten people were on the side of Jesus. Those that didn’t were not. The message claimed to speak for God when saying that those that did as the message demanded would receive two (Big) favors.
Does any of this sound like something you might find in the Bible?
Yes, the Lord does tell in scripture that if we will do certain things we will get a blessing. But do Christian Chain Letters agree with those scriptures or any scriptures?
I have no doubt that many if not most of those who forward emails like this are true believers. But what of the person who created the chain letter? Can any of us vouch for that person? Do we even know who wrote it the first time?
Let us keep watch always. Remember the evil one goes out to see whom he may devour. Should we allow our minds and bodies to be a meal for Satan?  
And don’t believe everything I tell you in these articles either. Though I try very hard to speak the truth in love, I can be deceived. 
We all can.
Search the Bible for answers. It is truth. 
I cannot leave without giving you the opportunity to watch a wonderful video on the Names of God. I was blessed by it. Maybe you will be blessed, too.


And don’t forget to leave a comment.



 

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

awesome commnets on chain letters, I hope people read this and take notice. Video on names of God was awesome also, have a bless day.

Molly Noble Bull said...

Thanks for writing, Anonymous. I'mglad you liked the article and the video.
Love,
Molly

DenaNetherton said...

I've written blog posts about the problem of chain letters. . . Christian chain letters in particular. They are a perfect example of man-made religion, or legalism. These letters in effect try to control God by promising his blessing based on your actions. Ridiculous and not Christian! I have friends who routinely forward these letters even though I've expressed my thoughts about chain letters. I gleefully delete every chain letter I receive. No guilt, no fear. God is way bigger than a silly chain letter!

Molly Noble Bull said...

Thanks for writing, Dena. I delete chain letter, too.
Love,
Molly

Sarah said...

In my opinion, the only thing chain letters are good for is irritating the person you pass them on to! Any positive thing one reads in a chain letter is drowned out by the threat at the end. I just delete them without even reading them.

Have a happy day!

Sarah

Molly Noble Bull said...

Dear Sarah,
Thanks for writing. Like you, I find chain letters troubling. I cannot help but wonder if some folks simply forward everything sent to them.
Love,
Molly

Teresa Slack said...

I have always been annoyed by these forwards. I shouldn't have to pester 10 of my friends in the next 10 min for God to bless me or angels to watch over me or something good to happen or whatever. I think it's immaturity and worldliness that make ppl hit the forward button. They mean well but don't realize they are diminishing God's power and grace for his people. I love my well meaning friends but the only button I hit is DELETE.

Molly Noble Bull said...

Thanks Teresa.
In the words of a childhood song, "Be careful little finger what you forward. Be careful little finger what you forward. For the Lord God above is looking down with Love; so be careful little finger what you forward."
I might have gotten some of the words wrong in the song above. It's been a long time since I sang it. But I think you get the idea.
Love,
Molly

D said...

Thank you for posting this. It got me thinking. Be blessed. The video was great.

Molly Noble Bull said...

Thanks for writing, D. I would love to know how you found this article after so long a time.
In any case, I am glad you did.
Love,
Molly

Anonymous said...

Loving the article & video, may God continue to bless you... The video was an eye opener to other names I could call on God with which depicts His character!

Anonymous said...

Loving the article & video, may God continue to bless you... The video was an eye opener to other names I could call on God with which depicts His character!

Anonymous said...

Loving the article & video, may God continue to bless you... The video was an eye opener to other names I could call on God with which depicts His character!