Fake news is false information broadcast as authentic news. The purpose is to mislead people by spreading false information far and wide. It may consist of intentionally false stories; jokes told as facts; hoaxes; and reports slanted to create doubt. Twisting the truth did not just start. Years ago, the Apostle John alerted God’s people about those who spread false and distorted details about the identity of Christ. No one can deny Jesus’ presence in history, but some have tried to discount His significance by claiming He was a mere man-/not God in human flesh. John wrote this in 1 John CH. 4: “Dear friends do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God… If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God.” John knew that Jesus the Christ is 100% human and 100% God-a mystery hard to fathom, but true and necessary in order for Him to offer the perfect sacrifice for our salvation.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More