One of Jesus' final commandments to us is:
"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15)
We believe that this is still our commission today. To that end we have endeavored to utilize the Web to further broadcast the pure truth of the gospel to the furthermost corners of the world.
For over ten years the Church of God of Carmichael published a website containing our beliefs and a number of good gospel related books. But over the years our presence on the Web had become more and more obscure as many religions began publishing their websites. Additionally, because our website was rarely updated with new content, search engines and web publishing services began to largely ignore us.
The result was that finding our message was very difficult because it was like a message stuck in a bottle and thrown out on the ocean of the Web. You were very lucky to ever find it.
Today we are using a "light house" strategy...
We have "torn down" (so to speak) the walls of our building, and every week we are making publicly visible what is going on at the Church of God of Carmichael. (Through out the centuries the gospel was often preached outside in public places.) This was a little "uncomfortable" for some of us at first, but we understand that we are not here for our own comfort, we are here to do the will of our Savior.
Jesus told us:
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)
We believe there is a lot of good gospel "light" going forth every week within many true Church of God buildings, but the problem is that if you are not there, it is likely you don't know anything about it.
To get the gospel out beyond our website and broadcasted over the Web we are utilizing many free or almost free resources available today including:
- Social Media (Blogs, Twitter, etc.)
- Gadgets & Widgets
- and in the future - video and greater mobile device (phone) access
In just our first year our visibility and the new people we have come in contact with has grown at least 10 fold! There are many still searching for the truth, or for fellowship with those who are of the truth. We had one brother tell us that he had known of our website for at least two years, but he could not tell from half way around the world if we were any different from many others that have become lukewarm and full of personal agendas. But - when we started publishing out the truth we regularly preach and teach today, he could then much better discern our Spirit and purpose of heart, and he proceeded to contact and communicate with us.
God still has people who want the truth without human agendas attached - we just need to make it easier for them to find and discern it!