Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hacked Accounts

Facebook and Twitter have both recently had a series of hackers who by their very intent will take over one’s account and post whatever they want.  
On Facebook, it has been a series of nude photos to tempt people to look at pornography.  On Twitter, it seems their intent was to advertise some product.  Evidently, in technical terms concerning the twitter hack, it is called a phishing scam.  It seems that it is quite effective to get one’s attention by causing concern about the privacy and security of their computer files and personal information.  Then, as with some scams, the intent was to lure one in to look at the advertising of a product.
This seems all too familiar!  This is exactly how Satan works to tempt us.  The devil has his own “phishing scam.”
“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren” (James 1:13-16).
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8).
Our attention may be diverted from our faithful walk to look upon something evil.  We must keep our desires pure so that we are not drawn to such evil (Matthew 5:8; Philippians 4:8).  If lusts (desires) conceive, sin is its by-product and ultimately results in our spiritual death and separation from God (Romans 6:23). 
Just as we must be careful to keep your social accounts secure, we must keep our hearts secure from the devious and deceitful temptations of the devil.  For He is the father of lies (John 8:44).