Please be advised that the Bill’s Bible Basics Facebook ministry is a public ministry. What I mean by this is that everything I have to offer to my Facebook friends can be found by visiting my timeline, my Facebook page, or the Bill’s Bible Basics group, which is a public group. In fact, to take full advantage of everything that I have to offer in the way of the Scriptures, you should also click or tap on the links which I include with every post that I make. These links will lead you to even more information, and deeper Bible studies, concerning what each of my graphics is about, on the Bill’s Bible Basics website.
The reason why I am stating this, is because I have too many friends — particularly from Asian, Middle Eastern, African and other Muslim countries — who seem to only be interested in engaging in private text messaging. These people show very little interest — if any at all — in commenting on my posts, liking my posts, or sharing my graphics on their own timelines and pages.
Why is this?
I will tell you why. With ten plus years of Facebook experience behind me, I know for a fact that in a large number of these cases, these people are ultimately only after a few things: money, clothing, Bible supplies, etc. Now, I recognize that some of these people may be honest and sincere in their requests. They may indeed be real, Bible-believing Christians who have given their lives to Christ. However, with so much fraud, deception and outright lying occurring on Facebook, how can we know for sure?
Trust me when I say that some scammers can create a website or Facebook page that looks very convincing and very legitimate. That is to say, the website or Facebook page will give the impression that they truly are Christian, or that they truly do run a Christian orphanage or similar Christian ministry. When such people do start sending you private text messages, they will start off innocent enough with a simple hello, how are you, God bless you, etc. But eventually, they will get to the main point: they want your money, or something else. I have been through this enough times over the years to know. Trust me on this.
Personally, I can’t help but wonder how many gullible, naive Christians — particularly American Christians — on Facebook are sending money to these people, not realizing that they may very well be funding some Muslim terrorist organization, or just giving money to someone who doesn’t even believe in Christ, and who simply knows how to say the right things, and milk Americans for all they are worth in a financial sense.
It is for this reason that whenever I do accept a new friend request, I let the person know right off the bat in my welcome message to them, that I cannot help them in any way, other than by sharing the Word of God with them. If secretly they want more than that, then they are barking up the wrong tree, and their friend request is wasted on me. And they are wasting my time as well.
In short, I like to keep everything above board and out in the open. In other words, if I do accept your friend request, let’s keep it public. Engage with my posts by commenting on them, liking them, and sharing them on your own timeline or page. Now, if you do none of these things; and if you are silent for a long period of time; and then you suddenly start sending me private text messages, naturally, I am going to be suspicious, and I am going to wonder what it is that you really want. Many scammers start out this way.
For the record, I private text with very few people on Facebook on a regular basis. These are normally people I have known for at least a few years on Facebook, and who I have grown to trust. I know that they are sincere and legit in their faith in Christ. Currently, I can count such people with whom I text on a regular basis on one hand. Maybe two.
So again, let’s keep it public. Thanks!