Attempts to censor God’s message to a sinful world is as old as the time of creation just after the fall. God’s prophets through the ages have faced it from the God-haters time and again. Below is a sampling of scriptures reflecting that:
Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:
Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
21 Therefore thus saith the Lord of the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of the Lord, that thou die not by our hand:
22 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:
Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy…
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2 Timothy 4
Now in our day, there is a concerted effort by tech giants to silence the voices of true Christians as pointed out today in Natural Health News. The report exposes how the threat is real and has been going on for years. It mentions several of their tactics and strategies to hamper the spread of God’s truth. In a recent survey, Lifeway Research discovered Christians are concerned about doctrine more than anything in church (see chart below). As we see efforts inside and outside the church to increase attempts to thwart, water-down, or make the gospel disappear, the question will be where will we stand? Will we put on God’s full armor and stand in the evil day? Or will we cower under those attempts to censor us and begin to censor ourselves?