Something which took me quite by surprise has happened on Youtube, which really shouldn’t surprise me at all. When first I became aware of Youtube, I thought of it as a place where people posted videos intended to humiliate the targeted person. How right I was…
I certainly didn’t expect to see it in the Christian community, however. Now that did surprise me, although it shouldn’t have. Even after conversion to Christianity we are falleable, and the root of sin never is completely excised, so what should I expect from a young man who is a recent convert? His father ordained him in his church, despite the fact that it is clear in the Word that a ‘recent convert should not preach’. Here is a horror story about just how dangerous Youtube can be in the hands of someone who may not have your best interests at heart.
There is a pastor on Youtube whose ministry I have followed for a couple of years. I thought he was good, despite having some idiosyncrasies which some might find off-putting. I learned not to take notice of such things, and look deeper. It got to a point where I was certain that he was a believer in the Doctrines of Grace, so I risked our friendship over it… I sent him several videos and personal messages, and he was very reluctant to even look into the Doctrines. Eventually he did, and so did his son. All at once he became an ‘expert’ on Calvinism, and it didn’t take long before he recanted, because he was not the expert he professed to be. You see, this young man was in competition with his father over subscribers, to the point where he actually found a way to post phony subs to his channel. There were pages and pages of them, and when he confronted me about why I would not sub his channel I first explained that I was aware of what he had done. At first he denied it, of course, but I did finally get him to admit it.
As things turned out, his father had fallen into sin, and he took this occasion to broadcast for all the world to see what his own father had done. He went into great detail, and I was absolutely horrified that anyone could turn on their own father. Mind you, I am not condoning sin, but neither will I condone someone posting another person’s sins (particularly his own father’s) for the world of Youtube to devour like a Jerry Springer show. I was appalled.
Many people took the young man’s side, but I am loyal to my friends, and especially if they have fallen into sin. What would Christendom be like if we immediately rejected someone who had done so? We have all done it!
But most of us have not had to live through the horror of seeing our sins posted on Youtube.
I still can’t wrap my head around this one. He has always competed with his father, and I am convinced that he is thrilled that he has now gotten the competition out of the way.
The worst of it is his sudden turn-around, “now i am a Calvinist now I am not”. How can we take somone seriously who changes their minds about theology from one day to the next? I certainly can’t. …And particularly now that he has taken advantage of the opportunity to humiliate his father before the world.
Someday maybe someone will post HIS sins for the world to see on Youtube. We shall see how he takes it. Frankly, I think the boy would commit suicide, because for him the opinions of others is everything.
I am glad I never subbed him. If he would betray his own father this way, what would he do to a ‘friend’?
Just remember, big guy, your every thought and deed is known by our Lord, who knows all. I am willing to bet that he is not particularly happy with your actions right now.