In Christian media today there are:
– news rags,
– Christian news rags,
– and gag rags.
The typical news rag should operate from journalism ethics and standards. We rightly should expect that a Christian news rag should operate between the balance of journalism ethics and standards, and biblical standards.
Unfortunately, in the Christian world we have gag rags, so-called “Christian” rags that show no regard for journalistic ethics and standards or biblical standards but serve the needs and are governed by the standards of the Evangelical Industrial Complex.
Of course these news sites will sound “truthy”. There may be even good journalists involved in these “gag rags” wo are not aware of what their “gag rag” has been designed for. And these “gag rags” just might write true little stories to tickle your spirit and make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside – but are they properly investigating, scrutinizing, or even holding to a journalistic or Christian ethic or standard?
Instead of Christian journalists or reporters investigating or reporting the truth, we seem to have Christian journalists and reporters clinging too, or promoting their pulpit-pimping idols. Their lack of integrity with these news groups are most notable when important stories do break and they refuse to report the scandal or event – or choose to report it late because it looks suspicious that they don’t cover such a popular story. At the end of the day, these rags neither cling to journalistic standards nor Christian standards – and it’s pathetic. It really is.
Quite frankly we are not impressed by the deceitful, neglectful reporting of certain “Gag Rags”.
The safest way to approach Christian media is to read them first, then see if you can find additional information on blogs or other sites that verify sources as to what was said. And make sure your bible is open so no one deceives you.
Below are “Gag Rags” you need to avoid – lest you believe their lies and end up being deceived by the people they promote as legitimate Christian leaders, teachers or prophets.
— GAG RAGS —
Charisma Magazine (Charisma Mag)
The Bible Society
It’s sad when we see secular media appear to hold to a higher standard for truth than these “gag rags”.