Sunday, May 24, 2020

Preaching in front of a Camera

I have now preached two sermons before a camera with the assistance of a couple of crew technicians. The sermons were later uploaded to the church You-tube channel (@multimediasibip). The potential of reaching the masses is huge as there are already out of the District viewers who followed the online Sunday services. But I am under no illusions that this form of ministry will replace the face to face meeting and contact among members. When the mind is free to roam, the devil has a field day and there are many competing forums or other online services within the denomination and outside of it. The last days' teachings began with Jesus warning against false prophets and false teachers. To distinguish the truth and error is not for the simple but the knowledgeable and those gifted to discern the spirits. "Test every spirit for many false prophets have gone into the world" (1 John 4). Preaching in front of a camera is better than just sitting or standing at home speaking with a microphone into a laptop or handphone either for audio or video recording.
At least the few crew in church serve as human contact and fellowship instead of being isolated at home. Yet one can't hide the fact that preaching before a camera can be illusory. No one is listening at the moment the sermon is delivered. Even when it is premiered online, how many stay the course and listen to the whole sermon? Often after 5 or 10 minutes the viewer counts drop. At least in church you preach to a captive audience though some out of sight of the preacher may chic-chat with friends or check his or her phone. It is the end of days. Each and every individual is responsible for his or her actions in preserving one's faith. One great sign of the end time is falling away or apostasy (2 Thes 2:3). "That Day will come unless there is a falling away..." One of the first sermons that I preached when the MCO came into effect predicted that we would lose half the church members during this lockdown and it may take several months or years post-MCO or post-Covid19 before the church recovers. If ever.

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