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4th Quarter 2017 issue

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Are YOU an Idolater?

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Rosenstein purchased a new iphone and instructed his assistant to set up a parental-control feature to prevent him from downloading any apps.

He was particularly aware of the allure of Facebook “likes”, which he describes as “bright dings of pseudo-pleasure” that can be as hollow as they are seductive! And Rosenstein should know: he was the Facebook engineer who created the “like” button in the first place.


There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people's ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smart phones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted”, Rosenstein says. “ALL OF THE TIME”!

The technologies we use have turned into compulsions, if not full-fledged addictions”, Eyal writes. “It's the impulse to check a message notification. It's the pull to visit YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter for just a few minutes, only to find yourself still tapping and scrolling an hour later.”. NONE OF THIS IS BY ACCIDENT, he writes. It is all “JUST AS THEIR DESIGNERS INTENDED.”.

Source for the above information is https://www.TheGuardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia.

For nearly 5 years, I have been warning you, the reader, about the dangers of technology. There are some good uses but MOST are bad and some are just plain evil. If you want to see a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, then open your eyes whenever you are in public and observe how nearly every person is constantly on their phones. That is idolatry!

The greatest addiction of our time is not drugs, alcohol or the like; it's the internet! Nearly every person you see in this day and time, no matter their age, race, color or religion, is constantly on their phones or being distracted by them. That is idolatry!

God doesn't have me to write this article for enterntainment or just a conversation piece. I am merely a vessel the Lord is using to instruct you who desire obedience to Him to get rid of these hand held idols. I do NOT have a smart phone and neither does my son; at least not one that is connected to the internet. He can only use it in WI-fi spots because I don't have internet in my home.

Technology is the chief weapon being used by the devil to control the minds of people all over the world. And for those of us who love God in sincerity, we best control it now. I publish a 16 page Christian newspaper which requires a fair amount of internet use but I'm not “connected' to the cyber world like most. The most effective people in life are planners who “plan the work and work the plan”, like my pastor.

All of the internet is designed for the purpose of addicting every person on this planet and, as I published in a previous issue of Todd's Techy Tips, social media is actually, in reality, anti-social media.

In closing, when God leads one of His preachers to warn His people of things they need to stop doing and they don't adhere, God chastens them. So if this article has pricked your conscience then I strongly recommend you pray and follow His direction. My recommendation is, if you truly love the Lord, to get rid of your smart phones and go back to a basic phone. Get the internet out of your home completely and use wi-fi locations like libraries, coffee shops, etc. like my son and I do. And I promise you will feel such relief in your spirit and, most importantly, get your focus back!

Psalm 97:7 “CONFOUNDED be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.” Webster's Dictionary defines the word confounded as “confused, damned”.