I wrote in my blog titled “Soul Ties” that we connect with someone via our mind, will, or emotions and form a soul tie. Some ties can be positive, others negative. The advent of the cyberspace age has introduced a new peril far more dangerous than anything we have yet seen.
Since the beginning of time, the spoken word had the ability to keep others engrossed and even mesmerized. From stories and oral history, to plays and books, and eventually progressing to radio. This offered a different fascination in that one’s imagination was quite engaged. They found that serials of different shows like The Spirit or The Lone Ranger had people talking and waiting for the next episode. People began to relate to characters on many radio shows. Orson Welles scared thousands with his radio story of an alien invasion as if it was happening right as people listened. People began to see the power of this medium and how it could be used to make a lot of money. Television brought in a whole new form of communicating. Now you could “see” what you previously just heard. Soaps, named for soap advertisers on these continuing shows, had people so enraptured they started to act as if they knew these characters. As TV evolved, this was the case with many series. Just as with early movies, producers and directors got people hooked by using cliffhangers. You had to see the next adventure to find out what happened to your hero. So far, much of this seems tame and benign. But this was a nascent medium so far. TV series became more sophisticated and started pushing the envelope with censorship, and now we have pay TV where little is left to the imagination. People were becoming more tied to many things that were able to erode at the basic foundation of core values ~ not so much in what was shown, but from the doors that were being opened from this evolving electronic medium.
Sex sells. As soon as video joined with this, it became a multi- billion dollar business. And cyberspace has allowed this industry to increase exponentially. Porn became accepted, but the damage it has done is increasing in severity. The worst parts of these industries became even more dangerous in how it contributes to sex slave trade and abuse of children. The evil practices of idol worship under ancient civilization had nothing in comparison to what is going on today. People everywhere, including the church, are seriously addicted. It has become a worldwide pandemic evil. And surprisingly, with the advent of 24 hour news, we have a new pathological problem infecting us.
I’ve lived long enough to have seen much in the form of communication increase, but I find that which we now see in social media to be a different form of danger. What started as people catching up with each other and networking has become a venue to spew hate and hide behind a degree of anonymity. As Christians, we have no excuse to be ignorant of Satan’s devices. As it states in Ephesians 2, he is the prince of the power of the air and works diligently in the hearts of those who are disobedient to the truth of God. The enemy appeals to the natural thoughts and cravings of a rebellious mind. This is not new. Satan was a liar and a murderer from the beginning. But if we’re in Christ, we are a new creation. Old things have passed away and all things become new through our place in Him. It states in 2 Corinthians 4, that “the gods of this age has blinded the minds of those not walking in God’s truth.”
The enemy works to divide and sow discord. As it states in 1 Peter 5, “Our adversary (Satan) goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” A big roar, but actually it is bereft of power, as Christ defeated him and we are in Christ, far above every power and principality. We are told to resist the devil and remain steadfast in the faith. By submitting to God we are empowered to overcome. In Luke 10:19, the Lord tells us, “I give you power and authority over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means harm you.” But we keep conceding this territory right back to the enemy when we become constantly embroiled in this chaos and come into agreement with that which only tears down through hate and unforgiveness. Rather than pray to build up, we end up cursing through our following a wrong voice. This discord displayed in social media has caused soul ties with people you might not even converse with in person. And if you were in proximity to them, the discourse could very well be of a more conciliatory nature. But couple that with a political atmosphere that seems to just breed more contempt and division, and you can see how easily the vitriol escalates. The ties people are now making with others, commenting on views shared on TV and radio, are becoming toxic to the point of eroding even our relationship with God. He has no part in this. I clearly heard Him say that “this spirit of lies from the father of lies has filled the airways and is doing irreparable damage. And those who say they are believers have jumped in with both feet. And those who should be looking after you and protect you, are powerless because they are under the same spirit.” This is like what we heard in Matthew and Mark in the parable of the sower. The enemy comes in to steal that good word put in you. Hate and division have no part in His kingdom.
We must stop and realize how this hate spewed venom compels us to be tied to others that cause us to stay in a place that destroys our peace and our relationship with the Lord. And how can we seek to expand His kingdom when we are undermining it with our actions? Do not be partakers with these deceivers and workers of discord. Come out from among them and be separate. The Message Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10 that we don’t fight as the world does and “The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing and manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire corrupt culture.” Every warped philosophy and every evil induced argument that exalts itself against the knowledge of God must be brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. If you’re part of the problem, you cannot be used as part of the solution which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
If you’ve made soul ties with those you interact with on social media, you must realize that it causes an erosion of your relationship with God. I pray you renounce it and all other attachments that have been established with people bringing about negative connectivity. Ask God to cleanse you from all that has attached itself to you through these soul ties. You need to also realize that every word spoken and all thoughts created through this media become ingrained in you, and are always before Him. They are at odds with His Spirit of truth. Pray for wisdom and a discerning ear to hear. Unlike the words spoken in cyberspace, every word of God is pure and He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Blessings.