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Good Internet Fellowship

I've found myself spending more time on websites like this than in my church. I feel that the fellowship is better. Is there anything wrong with good Internet fellowship that limits my time for church?

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Fellowship is more than writing and writing and writing on the blogs.

Fellowship is an actual relationship and that doesn't mean through e-mails.

Head knowledge is not relationship.

Being able to recite pages upon pages, reference every religion known to man is not relationship. Relationship with God and people is personal, actually talking to them in person. You won't find that through the internet because anyone can impersonate Christianity through head knowledge. You know head knowledge by its' fruits. There is very little anointing on head knowledge by rote. It's like jumping into a sea of words without the Life Preserver.
---Donna on 6/26/08

You'll find the anointing in your church and not through the internet. There are some that have God's favor. By and large, you'll find the anointing, the presence of God on God's people, working through God's people and with God's people.

God tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. It's not a club, but God's presence or anointing falls upon His people.

It's very rare when you can feel God's presence in the same way through the internet. There's too much conflict.
---Donna on 6/25/08

If the fellowship you have on Net is real, it will make you better able to relate with people you know in church and elsewhere you live. Yes, you can have full fellowship on Net . . . if you can have fellowship with Jesus whom you do not see > "whom having not seen you love" (in 1 Peter 1:8). God's love is not limited to sight > "faith working through love" (Galatians 5:6) does not depend on seeing to love. Blessed are those who have loved though they have not seen (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/11/08

"'For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them'" (Matthew 18:20) If we are gathered on Net, in His name, Jesus Himself is with us so we have the real presence of Jesus more than ones claim to have in a piece of bread (o: Being physically present is not enough, plus that can tempt us to evaluate each other by sight . . . appearance . . . of how we act and tone our voices, etc., which can be acting to control what each other thinks (John 7:24). (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/11/08

"I would call my activities, on websites such as these, 'communication' but not 'fellowship'." RitaH

Right Rita, mostly. I've been on CN for years, and I like the communication.
However, through the years I have made friends and we write and share God's love, also offer prayers together and share our griefs as well. I am in contact with some by phone.
I don't think that this should interfere with our going to church to hear God's Word and fellowshipping with other believers.
---NVBarbara on 4/9/08

sag, what you may want to do is take walks around your neighborhood and as you say hello to people a few times, start conversations with them. Then ask them if they'd like to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior and then you can invite them over. I did that in my new complex and now I hold in-home meetings and they are thrilled we all met and are loving it and have each other. There are a few not saved yet, but i know they are being drawn because they show up every week.
---Donna on 3/27/08

Some people do feel "isolated"/sad/depressed and disappointed that the teachings of traditional Christianity do not teach more intimacy with God, but instead focus on fellowship/friendship. SOME people would like to be truly closer to God, but the "churchES" offer/teach only FAITH and that we should WALK by faith. These people are broken hearted and 'low of spirit', but Jesus said "Blessed are the poor of spirit..." Matthew 5:3 and have the PRESENT heaven in their heart.
---greg on 3/27/08

Church is a place to go and fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ. You need church to feed the sprit. Coals in fireplaces are red with heat as long as it is with the fire, but what happens when you move a piece of coal away from the fire it goes dark and most importantly it starts to cool.
---Brent on 3/26/08

Steveng is correct - churches are full of church goers. That does not mean that they are all bad. Some people are feeling isolated, going to church week after week, wondering why the world is in the mess it is, and watching the people taking part in their rituals and New Moons. Rituals won't help when you are standing facing Jesus. Repeated prayers, and obedience to men. No, that won't help. We have been warned (in the Bible).
---frances008 on 3/26/08

What's this hogwash about "going to church?" Christians ARE the church. Christ isn't coming back to join with (marry) a denomination, or a building or a non-profit organization. He's coming back to marry people, His people. The churches in the Bible are the locations of group of Christians. Christian growth can be a lot stronger if formed in a home with a few friends, to encourage one another in a more intimate way. Study more about home churches (you'll need them in the future).
---Steveng on 3/25/08

Paul the Apostle said our fellowship is with Jesus Christ. We go to church for many reasons, but we spend time with God for one reason..."that I may know Him in the power of His resurrection." Do you have the Spirit of truth abiding in you? Then how would you know that what you're reading on websites is the truth according to God's word? Jesus said, "Thy word is truth." Many give opinions and many are very liberal Christians who misinterpret the Holy Word of the Lord God of Israel.
---Donna on 3/25/08

There is nothing wrong with getting on Christian sites like these but it should not take place of your church. This time might be an online fellowship but not the kind of fellowship that you need inside of a church. What type of church to do belong to? Is there fellowship with certain people, clicks with certain people? and your somewhere in the middle?
---Rebecca_D on 3/25/08

The internet is a way of evangelizing. Better that Christians have their say, otherwise these websites like Christianet will end up only being tools of the enemy. We cannot just let that happen. But if you need to get back to fellowship, by all means do so. There is a lot in what Steveng says. For me the internet is better.
---frances008 on 3/25/08

I would call my activities, on websites such as these, 'communication' but not 'fellowship'. I think that the only time that using a forum (and watching Christian T.V.) as a substitute for real fellowship in Church should be when one is housebound. There is nothing wrong with the former but meeting real people is a big step better.
---RitaH on 3/25/08

Going to church is good but if you have to go to church to be a Christian you probably are not one. Our relationship with God is 24/7 you should operate in the Holy Spirit all the time.If you don't your living on the Preachers Holy Ghost, just what you get from him on Sunday and it won't make it out the door cause it goes home with him. The early church was in peoples homes make an alter in your home and I promise The Holy Spirit will
be there.
---exzucuh on 3/24/08

Would you delevelop an internet relationship with God?

God wants us to have a personal relationship with him and with one another. Nothing can beat face-to-face contact with other people. It's the only way to develop a strong bond with the other person. Words on the internet are empty - no intonations or body language to make your point. You must go out into the world not sit at home and type words. The internet is only a tool to use, not a place for serious Christian growth.
---Steveng on 3/24/08

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God wants me to love the people who are around me, where I live > "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?" (in Matthew 5:46) So, I pray for God to develop my relating and reaching, here where I live, including in one church, here, which does have preaching of the Bible. I do what I can with these people, but invest available time in Internet sharing, however this works out (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/24/08

Well, are we looking for people who will agree with us and tell us what we want to hear?

If we are for real as Christians, I'd say we can attract to and connect with other Christians where we live, and on the Internet. And be able to reach to the others >

"He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness." (Hebrews 5:2)
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/24/08

Unless it is real time interactive exchange I would be reluctant to call it fellowship.
---notlaw99 on 3/24/08

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