Is it fake news or not? Fake news used to be only found in the tabloids next to the checkout at the supermarket but now it’s everywhere. When I scroll through my news feed on social media it can be hard to distinguish between true and fake news. Who can you trust these days? Most of these fake news sites aren’t meant as a joke or satire but blatant lies to intentionally misguide and push their own agenda.
This plethora of fake news isn’t anything new for Christians. We’ve been under attack from Satan since Adam and Eve. Remember in Genesis 3 how Satan deceived them by misinforming of God’s alternative agenda to withhold good from them? They both bought into the lies, accepted them as truth, and it led to sin and eviction from the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve even hid from God as their perception of the One who walked with them was now like that of Satan and out to get them. If knowing and applying the truth sets you free (John 8:32) then it seems knowing and applying lies will imprison you. But how do you tell truth from lie? How do you ensure you don’t end up scammed by fake news of Satan?
Fake news could also be called gossip, rumors, speculation, and hearsay. Point-blank fake news is lies. To know a lie, you must know the truth. And to know what is true and can be trusted you must have a reliable source. Jesus said He came in truth and grace (John 1:14, 17). He is the truth (John 14:6). John 17:17 says the Bible is truth. The Bible is very reliable and internally consistent despite having been written by about 40 authors over the span of approximately 2,000 years. Archaeology has confirmed the accuracy of Scripture time and time again. Historical documents also corroborate Scripture’s claims and events. The Bible was written by eyewitnesses who write about other eyewitnesses thus adding to the affirmation of its content. Although having no original documents because of the substance on which they were written, the 24,000 copies or pieces of harmonious copies of the New Testament alone outweigh many other trusted writings from the ancient Near East like Caesar, Herodotus, and Tacitus which each have less than ten copies remaining. The Bible is the standard of standards.
Fake news has attempted to disprove Scripture for centuries and even was used in Jesus’ day to mislead those of His Resurrection (Matthew 28:11-15). Satan is a liar and his words have been deceiving and manipulating those in search of truth for centuries. Has Satan sold you a bill of goods? Maybe you’ve been told your past has been such a mess God can never use you? Perhaps you’ve heard the fraudulent claim your marriage is too far gone for God to save? If you’ve felt unloved, unusable by God, irreparable, or abandoned by God then you need some TRUE NEWS! One of my favorite verses is Psalm 51:6 where it reminds us, “God desires truth in our inward parts.” He not only wants you to know truth but know the One Who is True. Revelation 19:11 tells us His name is “Faithful and True”! Psalm 33:4 says, “For the word of the Lord is right and true. He is faithful in all He does.” We must be people who reflect John 8:31-32, “If you abide in My word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”.
Has the enemy tried to condemn and paralyze you with lies, gossip, rumors, misinformation, or deception? Have you felt “less than” because of Satan’s accusations? Have you bought into lies for years even when you read the Truth of Scripture? Truth will set you free – if you believe and apply it. Do Proverbs 30:5 -“Every word of God is flawless. He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”
Stephen and his wife Haley have called Arkansas home all of their lives. Stephen has served in several ministry roles over the last 25 years and as a lead pastor for the last 8 years. Stephen attended Williams Baptist College and earned a BA in Biblical Studies from Ouachita Baptist University, an MA, MDiv, and DMin in Christian Leadership and Pastoral Ministries from Liberty University. When not pastoring, Stephen enjoys running, cycling, reading, writing, camping, fishing, and spending time with his family.