This article is my second response to the Time.com news article: Twittering in Church, with the Pastor’s O.K.
My initial thoughts can be found here: What is This World Coming To!?

In 1 Corinthians the Apostle Paul writes, “What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret” (1 Corinthians 14:26-27).

While I understand Paul was correcting the church in Corinth on the misuse of tongues, on a practical level this verse speaks to churches who are allowing and encouraging Twitter in their services as well. Paul is reminding the Corinthians that God is a God of order and not chaos. Therefore, services are to be orderly. Displaying a few hundred messages on screen behind the pastor during a sermon or prayer, is anything but orderly. In fact, it would be highly distracting and utterly chaotic.

Additionally, Paul notes, “If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, and the spirits of prophets are subject of prophets” (1 Corinthians 14:30-32). One might argue that a tweet is not prophecy; however think about it, a proclamation about how the Spirit is moving you at that very time is a form of prophecy. This is the basis on which many charismatic churches function. Some of the more Biblically minded ones adhere to Paul’s command of one at a time. My point is that no difference exists between an elation of prophetic utterance in church to sending a Twitter message to the whole congregation to see.

Last, Paul explains that “the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.” Therefore, anything and everything that is placed before the church body must first be carefully scrutinized by the lens of Scripture. Messages such as “I think my thumbs are going to be sore” and “so glad they are doing Lenny Kravitz” have nothing at all to do with the Bible and shoudn’t even be shown on screen.

If the purpose of a sermon is to get one to think about their relationship with God and teach them about God’s Holy character, then following the tweets behind the pastor only detracts from the message at hand; namely, the Gospel itself: “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33).

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