Greg Locke, a pastor from Tennessee and former guest on the BTJ Podcast, was kicked off of YouTube recently. Christian ministries being locked out of YouTube has been more common than most know in the last few years. Any ministry that is outspoken about homosexuality, transgender ideology, witchcraft, Islam and abortion, as Pastor Greg has been, is a target for YouTube.
Pastor Locke, the pastor of Global Vision Bible Church just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, was in Ohio for a ministry obligation on Tuesday when he learned that his YouTube channel was gone. Pastor Greg was not simply locked out of his account, but the entire account was deleted!
The link to Pastor Locke’s YouTube account currently has the message, “This page isn’t available. Sorry about that. Try searching for something else.”
Not only was Pastor Locke’s own YouTube channel deleted, but his church’s YouTube account for Global Vision Bible Church was also deleted and cannot be found at the time of this article. According to the Roys Report which broke the story, “A spokesman from YouTube stated to media that he was looking into the matter.”
Whether you agree with Pastor Greg’s biblical theology or approach is not really the issue. Pastor Greg’s biblical theology highlights the bias of social media giants like YouTube; groups like the Taliban and violent anti-Christian Marxist organizations like ANTIFA are able to maintain their YouTube presence, while peaceful Christians like Pastor Greg are having their content blocked.
“I saw it on Twitter,” said Locke in a phone interview, adding that he had not received any official notice.
This is clearly not an algorithmic mistake or a mishap, because both Pastor Greg and his church have had their YouTube accounts deleted. BTJ has reached out by message and phone call to both Pastor Greg and Global Vision Bible Church for a comment on the situation, but have yet to hear back.
Several churches have experienced this sudden deletion of their account in the last couple of years. The numbers really increased in 2020 and 2021 during Covid-19, when certain churches began to question the viability of not fellowshipping together during lockdown’s. This prompted BTJ to start our own servers in other nations outside of the control or influence of certain governments and laws.
BTJ hosts a Hackers Conference every year to meet these challenges. There is a Gospel battlefield today that is more digital than it has ever been before. The rules for this battlefield keep changing which means that we must keep adapting to it. Pastor Greg and their church are on the front lines of this battlefield.
In order to meet this challenge BTJ brings together computer programmers, code writers, hackers, and gamers to join us for a special closed door strategy meeting. For those that would like to join, send an email to email@example.com.