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Q:

Do you think the Internet will ever replace going to church? I think it could, because people can stay in touch through the Internet just like they do in church. They also could listen to sermons or participate in a Bible study without having to go anywhere.


A:

I’m grateful for the good things the Internet has brought into our lives, including the help it’s given to the work of many churches and organizations (including our own — BillyGraham.org).

Every day, in fact, people all over the world are hearing the Gospel through the Internet and giving their lives to Jesus as a result. Many are in our own country, but for one reason or another they’ve never understood that God loves them or that Jesus gave His life for their salvation. Others, however, are from countries with few churches or Christians, and the Internet becomes their lifeline to other believers.

However, the Internet will never replace going to church — nor should it. God blesses us when we gather together to worship Him and hear His Word. God also put within each of us a need for fellowship with others. In addition, God calls us to love one other, and this can only happen as we spend time together. The Psalmist wrote, “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:3).

Most of all, the Internet can never take the place of our relationship with Jesus Christ. God loves us, and He yearns for us to talk with Him in prayer and spend time with Him in His Word, the Bible. What place does Christ have in your life? As we look forward to the beginning of a new year in just a few days, may you experience a new beginning by giving your life to Jesus Christ.

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42 Comments

  1. Sabina says:

    As the Word of God in Hebrews 10:25 says, let us join others in church on Sundays or Bible Study groups and let us pray for those who go to work on Sunday so that God can give them opportunities to be free, the Bible say where two agree Mat.18:18-20

  2. Theresa says:

    The internet could never replace the fellowship and worshiping with my Church family. It is a small congregation but large in spirit.

  3. patty says:

    Nothing like Christ through human contact. We were not ment to be alone.

  4. Rick says:

    I have found that the church provides the full nurturing of my soul. The fellowship of believers equips the body of Christ to complete the great commission. The internet is a great resource but will never replace the church.

  5. Anne says:

    Thank you Billy and Franklin Graham for the Godly example that you both are. You are so encouraging to people of this world. You inspire me to do more of the Lords work. I volunteered at one of you Operation Christmas Child Dist. Centers this year.

  6. Joyce says:

    I wasn't raised in a church. Now that I have come to know the Lord jesus, I am excited to go to church and fellowship with other believers.

  7. Lynn says:

    I have always encouraged believers to be in church, and now I will be at service via Internet tonight and Sunday a.m.-p.m. The church had 30 minutes tops of praise/worship per week and I am going for more.

  8. Patrick says:

    Dear Reverend Graham, Communicating Jesus Christ to others comes from where the Holy Spirit is stored inside of us. True feelings of love and happiness are expressed in the person. Computers only tell others that we are happy or in love. 

  9. Alice says:

    Yes, I agree that being with other believers is MOST important and such a blessing; however, I find that with the good Christian teachers, pastors, etc. being available on T V or radio at various times a blessing also. Can boost your day!

  10. Hezron says:

    When we carefully read the Bible, we realize that God, the creator of the heavens and the earth, is a God of fellowship. He is one God but he exists in three persons. This is an indicator of fellowship. In the book of Genesis he says' let us make man