A New Jersey pastor is asking married members at his church to delete their Facebook accounts because he says it encourages adultery.
The Rev. Cedric Miller of Neptune made the demand after 20 couples at his church ran into difficulties after a spouse reunited with an old love interest, the Los Angeles Times reported in an article.
The article, which quotes an Associated Press story, says Miller had asked married couples in his church to share their Facebook passwords with spouses, but couples still ran into problems.
Miller, pastor at the Living Word Christian Fellowship church, says he’s now demanding that 50 married church leaders delete their Facebook accounts or resign.
Anthea Butler, a columnist with Religion Dispatches magazine, says Miller is invoking an old theme in fundamentalist and conservative churches: that any new media - like movies, television and radio - is sinful.
What is interesting to me is that the conservative Christian cry used to be stop watching porn on the internet, or your kids would be pimped out on the internet by perverts. Now, social media has become the latest “sinful” activity.
Still, Butler in her column entitled, “Facebook: Internet Highway to Hell,” says she could sympathize with the pastor.
So I am not surprised that the pastor is demanding all of his leadership cease and desist from Facebook. After all, looking up an old flame or your teenage dream à la Katy Perry is just the first step down the road to perdition - especially if your home life isn’t exactly what it used to be.
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