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“Face Your Friends”

     I have had an account on Facebook for a few months now.  I have friends that are members of different denominations.  Many times, I see them on Sunday or Wednesday make comments on "saving" someone or give a preview of a lesson they are going to preach, and I have even witnessed one typing the "sinner’s prayer" for someone to read to obtain salvation.  We both know salvation is not obtained by prayer.  My question is: should I just not take part in those conversations, so I don't start a cyber war because their friends are the ones agreeing with them… or should I speak up and proclaim the truth?  Face-to-face, I would correct them using Scripture, but it's easy to scroll on by when on Facebook.  What would you do?


Dear Friendly,

In every area of life, when to speak up and when to remain silent is a skill that takes time and wisdom to acquire.  The Bible teaches us to be brave and courageous with God’s truth (Lk 12:3-4, 2 Tim 1:7), but it also teaches us to not waste time on those who aren’t interested (Matt 7:6).
If the situation seems appropriate, feel free to make a comment on Facebook that there is another side to the story when it comes to the plan of salvation… but don’t feel guilty if it is clear they aren’t looking for input.  You can always use the information in the public Facebook post as a catalyst for a private conversation… which might be a better setting.