Only as Good as the Spirit
The use of Information Technology runs up against the issue of the ends justifying the means. After all, such technology comes out of the stream of consciousness that puts its faith not in God's spiritual power over all of creation but rather in human kinds own will. It gets stuck in the experimental mode, the testing mentality, rather then ever letting go into God's hands even if it means facing atoning persecution as Jesus faced.
Apostasy brings on what is then mundanely perceived as necessity such as all the human engineering and building, the science and technology.
In the absence of all doubt, humanity could live by the free provisioning of God in a state of perfection. At the same time, when one looks at the interactions of Jesus with his disciples and others, one may see that human souls are brought along over time into a state of no doubt. Jesus and God do not snap their fingers so that instantly every soul will have no doubt. It must be freely accepted. To be appreciated, it must be learned.
Information Technology is both evil and good.
The ends of the spirit of the new commandment and the means of the spirit of the new commandment are necessarily consistent. Jesus came down to this fallen state. He went to the places frequented by publicans, harlots, murderers, thieves, etc. Yet in so doing, he was not sinning. He was saving those who would be saved.
The Internet is a place likewise frequented. It can be, and is, the instrument of depravity, greed, violence, and the spirit of evil.
At the same time, failure to go into the center of the world to shine the light is the failure of a wicked and slothful servant who had a bit of light entrusted to him thinking he would only preserve it and not risk spreading it and losing it, thereby pleasing God. God already has the light though.
Sure God doesn't want the slothful servant going further over into darkness committing the most egregious sins against his fellow servants. However, hiding the light is selfish fence-sitting by those who are not even lukewarm in their hearts.
It is within this understanding that we employ what otherwise is a wicked tool that is technology such as the Internet.
Understand here that this does not open a paradoxical door excusing delving into all manner of places. Jesus did not rush into every bedchamber of every harlot in the midst of sexual iniquity with an adulterer or fornicator.
Where the line is drawn is something that the Holy Spirit moves one to feel at the time. The conscience informs one who is really paying attention.
The Church will use technology in a way that is appropriate to its mission. The Church will be guided in this by the Holy Spirit, by the working conscience informed by God and Jesus Christ.
Some Areas of Information Technology
Move to equipment that is as environmentally friendly as possible
Move toward using the services of those who are most compatible with the Christian mission
Of course, interacting with others no matter their station in this life will afford opportunities for spreading the mission.
This will be dealt with in Policies and Procedures, planning, and purchasing, etc.
We are using software now, of course. It is how we have developed this website. As the need arises for more software, we will make that need known to our membership whose generosity of spirit emulating Christ will allow their Church to bring forth.
We will back up our work on an on-going basis.
Copy the website to CD and DVD, etc. Print it out. Store the contents of the site. Remember that investigations are carried out ostensibly to uncover subversive activities but are actually used to harass and undermine the Church.
Remember also that history is rewritten by oligarchs who purchase sellout historians.
This is another area where doubt is a huge issue.
"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." — Jesus. (Matthew 10:16).
The real Christian will not be engaged in anything the exposure of which would bring a bad reputation to the name of God amongst the heathen. Nevertheless, the serpent is a devouring spirit, the destroyer of worlds, who will thrash about in an attempt to wreck the Church, to divide it, to infiltrate it to get the members to turn to the dark side even unawares.
"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." — Jesus. (Matthew 24:24).
"If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul." — Deuteronomy 13:1-3.
"And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live." — Revelation 13:13-14
"For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." — Revelation 16:14.
"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." — Revelation 19:20.
If the Church begins to fight internally it is the cause of one of the two types of division. Either it is exposing the false-hearted or those who would otherwise be the elect of God are momentarily blinded by the dark spirit of Satan. In truth, these are the same. This is why Jesus said, "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." — Matthew 7:14.
In reality, with or without taking any of the commonly understood security measures against criminals and invaders of the privacy advocated in the Gospels, those who turn the other cheek are Christians. "And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also." — Jesus. (Matthew 5:40).
Those who trust in God to provide in the eternal life are Christians.
Computer Science often attracts mundane libertarians. Libertarians can believe they are Christians but aren't until they bring themselves to understand that true liberty, the real freedom, comes of giving and sharing all freely and in holding all things in common as the rightful inheritance of all of God's children.
We know that God has people God will give to the Church — give their gifts of computer abilities. They will give according to their abilities and not for the sake of recompense but for the sake of righteousness, for the sake of the poor and downtrodden, and for love, peace, and truth to displace evil.