The first conspiracy theory took place in the Garden of Eden as the result of a secret plot by God. Did you know this?
Satan convinced Eve that “conspirators”—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—were secretly trying to keep them from having their eyes opened to make them “like God, knowing good and evil.” Eve then became the first, beginning with Gnostics, flat-earthers, and yes voter fraud in 2020 to believe powerful forces were withholding secret information.
Our current technology has made it possible for conspiracy theories to spread faster than the pandemic. The internet which can and does promote anti-intellectualism and expressive individualism, has become a breeding ground for bizarre and strange conspiracies.
What is so shocking is that so many Christians not only believe in these conspiracies but also actively promote them in public and online. Open Twitter or Facebook and you can see a Christian (a pastor or other church leader) posting claims they cannot possibly know to be truthful.
We need to talk about why so many followers of Christ are spreading misinformation and outright lies. To begin with we as Christian’s know that slander and gossiping are as sinful.
The Bible makes it clear God hates slander (Prov. 6:16, 19). Paul states it is a behavior of those who hate God (Rom. 1:30). James refers to it as demonic behavior (James 3:15–16). We must not slander even our enemies (Matt. 5:43-48).
The only basis for conspiracy theories is unreliable hearsay and lies, they do not meet the standard for knowledge or facts. They are therefore not in possession of the truth, and thus purveyors of slander.
Is this you?
As a Christian are you slandering and gossiping about people based on hearsay?
God isn’t going to excuse all of us ignoring this slander. Jesus expects us to confront our fellow believers when they are engaging in sin and slander. (Matt. 18:15-17). Unfortunately, few people in our churches are being confronted for engaging in slander or outright lying.
As Christians choosing to stay silent is not responsible, loving, or godly. We are called to confront those spreading lies while the Holy Spirit is responsible for changing their heart.
The watching world now has the impression that such behavior is acceptable among followers of Jesus. Christians should not tolerate slander, gossip, and the embrace of the demonic. Many of the conspiracies being promoted by Christians were made up by occultists, New Age pagans, and other groups dedicated to anti-Christian esotericism.
All slanderous and malicious conspiracy theories originate from Satan.
Are you a person filled with the Spirit of truth (John 14:17), a disciple of Christ? If so, then you will not spread messages from the father of lies (John 8:44).
Search your heart, repent, and stop participating in this evil!