In the era of Trump, fake news is a much-debated topic. Whether or not you’re a Trump supporter, fake news is real. Any discerning reader of the New York Times, Washington Post, Time magazine, or USA Today knows that. I used to read these publications regularly, as well as watch CNN. No more. The polemics, broadsides, and none-too-subtle denigration of Conservatives and Christians is a tsunami of negative reporting and editorializing. Fairness in journalism is history. Roll over in your grave, Walter Cronkite.
But the fake news that concerns me most is the biased message delivered by Christian leaders/teachers via religious media, social media, and internet platforms. This fake news is consistent in its message: prophetic hype is always heralding the next big thing; the key to miracles is YOUR faith instead of a triangulation between God, the preacher, and the preached to; the latest political revelation received by God’s voice, which often sounds much like a Fox News interview; and the most egregious of all, avoidance of any mention of demons and the devil, except in vague, non-confrontational terms.
Christian fake news (CFN) speaks of the devil when it’s in abstract terms, so long as no Christian needs to actually confront a manifesting demon, cancel a generational curse, break an ungodly soul-tie, or perform a credible and effective exorcism. CFN is okay with polite, soothing prayers and words from the Lord that are always encouraging and never dismaying. You don’t have to be a MAGA Trump supporter to see how fake news has taken over secular media. And you needn’t be a School of Exorcism graduate to know fake spiritual warfare when you see it. We need to abolish Christian fake news and get back to the truth of Luke 10:19 that we can stomp on serpents and scorpions, demons and the devil. That’s not fake news, it’s good news.