I never thought I’d see the day when our country would come to a place where we were not allowed to share our views, thoughts, beliefs and opinions. This is a wake up call for all Americans! Our freedom of speech is disappearing before our eyes. If we don’t fight for our rights, our children will greatly suffer. There are so many areas where our freedom of speech is being stripped, but the biggest place where it’s happening the most is good ol’ Facebook.
If people can post death threats and violent graphic photos of sex, (which should be illegal) on their Facebook page, others who post stories of God’s truth and hope should also be allowed – if not featured posts. I have personally had my videos blocked on Facebook as well as people filling my inbox telling me they can’t share my posts or like my posts. I could really care less about if they hit the LIKE button. I want people to be able to share the content that I produce. Many other close freinds are having hte same issues on Facebook. However, one bold warrior for Christ, Pastor Rich Penkoski is in the midst of a lawsuit with the state of West Virginia and soon Facebook due to what recently transpired on his page.
Rich spoke truth in love regarding his relationship with the Lord and how God wants us to live according to his word so that people would come to a life saving knowledge of him. However, Facebook doesn’t like Jesus. They took his Warriors for Christ page down without any notice and without any reasoning. Rich had over 226,000 followers in less than a year! There was no hate speech on his page. In fact, he received much hate through Facebook users. One person told him,”You should go kill yourself. You don’t deserve to live.” What did Facebook do? Nothing. The love of Christ was too much for Facebook to bear and yet beheadings and death threats of Christians on other people’s pages were completely within Facebook rules and regulations! Are you kidding me?
Instead of hiding in a hole, Rich started a second page which had grown to over 6,000 followers in a week and AGAIN Facebook unpublished his page! Again with no explanation why! No posts were removed, it was just unpublished and all appear requests ignored. He is now on his third page Warriors for Christ on Facebook and yet his posts are now marked as spam. What do we have to do as Christians in order to share OUR views on Facebook? Change our names and keep starting over while the people who post the real hatred are constantly on the news feed? This is unjust and unacceptable!
I congratulate Rich for taking a stand. It’s long hours of dealing with details of the lawsuit while raising 6 kids and running a full time ministry and yet he’s DAVID fighting GOLIATH. If we don’t deal with this major censorship, our kids will have NO voice in the upcoming years.
Here is a recent episode of Hollywood Insider, where Carla D’Addesi and I ask Rich the tough questions about what went down with Facebook and how we can fight for our freedom of speech to remain in America. Watch this video and please share and post on your wall!
Episode 26: Facebook Censorship of Christians and what we can do to maintain our freedom of speech.
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SHOW TIME LINE
Introduction 1:29 Pastor Rich Penkoski shares about his childhood. 2:25 Rich was involved in witchcraft as a teen. 3:25 The dark side is real! Kids are involved in witchcraft thinking it’s harmless fun! 6:02 Rich becomes interested in Wicca and witchcraft. 7:45 How Rich went from drugs, alcohol and a suicide attempt to giving his life to Christ. 11:11 Why Rich started doing drugs. 11:55 Satan deceives by telling kids their identity is in drugs, alcohol and sex. How Rich gave his life to Christ. 17:44 The moment Rich knew God was real. 19:13 Jesus believes in Satan and Demons. Demons were talked about in scripture and the church does not talk about this any longer. 20:52 Christians need to be willing to die for Christ and his cause in our life. 21:43 FACEBOOK SHUT DOWN RICH’S PAGE! Facebook jail is real! 23:15 Facebook is saying we are hateful and yet true hateful speech is allowed on Facebook. So backwards! 24:34 Why certain “hot topics” are not being addressed in the church today. 25:19 Rich has been blamed for posting hate speech and that is a lie. 27:29 What Facebook is currently doing to Rich’s page Warriors for Christ. 28:10 Carla gets fired up regarding the hypocrisy of Facebook. 29:50 When we are put in Facebook jail, what should we do? 32:56 People want the truth but the lost are being deceived. The people sharing the truth are being shut down. 33:43 What Rich thinks we can do to be ACTIVE in our faith. 35:20 Rich is suing the state of West Virginia and soon Facebook. 37:18 Rich is looking for other names to get on the lawsuit! Whoever has been censored, contact Rich! 39:27 Rich is on page 3 of Facebook. He has to keep starting over. 41:23 Social Cross - the new Christian version of Facebook! Sign up today! 44:16 Pray for the lawsuit underway in West Virginia! 46:20 Rich’s last thoughts. Jesus loves every single one of us. 50:14 Sign up for our newsletter by texting MEDIAGUIDE (no spaces) to the number 44222. Conclusion
Let’s put up a fight and go to war with this giant. Christ wins in the end. We must get off the bench and stand up for our freedom of speech. If we are being silenced, find a lawyer as in Rich’s case. Whatever it takes. Enough is enough.
THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE: Take a stand if you are being shut down or blocked when sharing your faith on Facebook or any other social media platform. You will be teaching your kids (as Rich is) on how to stand up for God’s truth no matter what the cost. If we don’t stand up for our freedom of speech, what kind of world will we be leaving our children? Let’s show our munchkins what God can do when we are attacked. Join Pastor Rich Penkoski in his mission to share the gospel with the lost by clicking on his Facebook page.
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