It is amazing that so many Christians say they love God, worship God and honor God. They say they read their Bibles and follow all that is written therein; yet they send out chain letters via the internet. This includes pastors, ministers, deacons, elders and other leaders of the church. This includes the people who stand up in church on Sunday professing their love for God. This includes people who say they know the Bible.
Most chain letters hook us by having a beautiful story or life situation that appeals to our hearts. They even have scriptures to support the elements in the story. The letter would be fine if it ended there, but then there is usually a legalistic statement at the bottom. Here are clues to let you know it is a chain letter.
- Pass this on to 10 people in order to be blessed. Once you assign a number to a request, it becomes legalistic. According to the Bible, that is not the way we get blessed.
- If you are my friend, send this to 3 people. How does sending a chain letter prove friendship?
- If you love me, send this letter back to me. This is such a poor way to express love. Love cannot be reduced to a click on a keyboard.
- If you want me to have a good day, send this letter back to me. “Dah!” It is such a sad situation when receiving one’s own letter back makes someone’s day.
- A chain letter is a way the devil has designed to keep us busy with the chain letter and doing what the chain letter says rather than reading God’s word and doing what God says.
- Actually, sending chain letters is a form of witchcraft because it involves manipulation. Responding to a chain letter opens the door for curses (not blessings) to enter into your life.
- The worst one is the one that says, “If you love Jesus, send this to 5 people.” No! No! No! That ain’t Bible! [emphasis added]. The Bible says if you love me, keep my commandments. It says NOTHING about responding to a chain letter.
Chain letters are not of God.
Chain letters go against God’s principles. You should not send them. If you receive one, you should put it in the trash. Responding to it makes you just as guilty as the one who sent it. It proves that you, too, are Bible illiterate!
If I told you to forward this to 10 people in order for you, them and me to be blessed, this would be a chain letter. Instead, I’ll simply say like Jesus: “Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28).