Thursday, January 17, 2013

Keep it secret, keep it safe

“A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.” ~ C. H. Spurgeon, Gems from Spurgeon (1859)

When Matthew 18 was written there were only 300 million people on the entire planet.  The printing press had not been invented and minting coins was considered an effective propaganda tool.   Today, there are 300 million people in the United States alone.  The jet age enabled speakers to speak to larger audiences than ever before.  The information age allows people to connect around the world.  Just look at Psy obtaining over a billion views on youtube.

Often when a minister lies or proclaims some falsehood, he proclaims it before an audience, on the air waves, and the information super highway.  His supporters then demand that criticism should be directed privately through personal meeting or private email.  Some ministers will then ignore the request, lawyer up, or block the critic online.  Unfortunately many ministers rather spend more time correcting others than receiving correction themselves. 

Why should a lie have more mediums than the truth that tries to correct it?  Someone errs publicly, but the skeptic is bound to opine privately.  This is not an effective strategy.


  1. Nope - if he says it publicly, its fodder for public response. Sue me.