FreeMultiMediaBible.org FAQ

Q: Is FreeMultiMediaBible.org a ministry or a business?
A: It is a ministry.  The fact that I do not seek tax exempt status from any government does not detract from this fact.  I reserve the right to make a profit (which may actually fund further works for Christ), as the "ox is not muzzled". Therefore it might be seen in some ways as comprising a business aspect, but it IS a ministry first and foremost!

Q: Is it OK if we email people about your site?

A: It depends...   We all have certain friends who send us the latest jokes and inspirational messages. Those “opt-in” relationships are great for sharing nice things with each other, as long as we don't bother other people who don't want that sort of thing. After all, nobody likes spam. Therefore, if you do choose to email anyone, please let it be only those who regularly forward emails to you (please don't spam anyone).

Q: Does the presence of a copyright notice mean that our church has to seek permission to copy the resource?
A: No need to seek such permission... it is already publicly granted.  Both this site and the install for the resource itself clearly state that this resource may be freely copied, provided it is unmodified from how we offer it on our site(s).  Copy it as-is and no problem.  But if anyone modifies it (such as corrupting the scriptures to endorse satanism), they can get legally stopped before they cause too much damage.

Q: I noticed end user agreements for installing the resources, such as the Bible disc and the HGO program that powers it. By giving away copies is my ministry bound by those agreements?
A: Merely by copying and giving away, no. But there are limitations posted about copying, such as, it must be copied as-is (without modifying it from how we offer it), and (except by prior written permission), it should be using our cover art.

The EULAs actually come into play when you USE the resources, such as by installing and running them.

The resources are shareware, which means that they may be freely copied under the terms specified where the permission is granted for copying them. That's totally different from the EULA (End User License Agreements). The EULAs cover USE of the resources. Although permission to copy and distribute the resources is limited to the terms specified, merely doing so does not constitute USING the resources, according to the EULAs. Therefore, provided that you comply with the simple terms specified in the places where copying permission is granted (such as "copy as-is, using our cover art"), your ministry is not being bound to the EULA merely by copying and giving away these resources.

Q: Speaking of EULAs, I notice the EULA of the HGO program powering the Bible disc prohibits using HGO to bash people or groups. Are there any exceptions? Could you just weigh in on our own particular political cause?
A: This resource is for Worship, not politics. We have no political position to exploit, no axe to grind. There are no exceptions. HGO is for use in Worship and the Holy Scriptures of The Bible, not for bashing any person or group. Our EULA strictly prohibits using HGO to bash any actual person, whether living or dead, regardless of whether celebrity, politician, prophet or preacher; and it strictly prohibits using HGO to bash any real group, past or present, regardless of whether commercial enterprise, common interest group, political party, Hollywood party, social club or religion.

Q: I notice that provision is made for end-users who may optionally wish to purchase additional features to enhance their enjoyment of worship music.  Does that mean that the Free MultiMedia New Testament is a "promotional" or "advertising" material?
A: No Way.  Many gospel tracts freely given out door to door bear contact information whereby one may order more of the same or other tracts, for a price!  The mere presence of opportunity to seek out and purchase more than what's given for free does not negate the gift of what is freely given.  The same holds true for the Free MultiMedia New Testament.

Try telling a computer store that the presence of trial versions of software means the "computer is just an advertisement", and therefore not worth paying for.  They'll laugh.  It IS a worthwhile and expensive resource in and of itself, regardless of what additional opportunities it may make available.  Likewise, the Free MultiMedia New Testament IS a worthwhile and priceless resource in and of itself, and is well worth receiving as a gift.  The additional opportunity for anyone so inclined to seek out and buy extra goodies does not detract from the value of what is freely given to all.

It IS an outreach resource from a ministry, NOT an advertisement from a business.

Q: But don't you think it's wrong to also provide links to where worship artists charge money for their worship music?
A: This is actually a religious and philosophical question.  Let's break it down for a clear look at it... 

What are you wondering is wrong: the fact that I'm helping believers to find good, Christ-honoring worship music, or the fact that worship artists get paid for their albums? 

If the enemy of Christ had his way, nobody would know where to find Bibles or worship music at all, because both are at the center of this wonderful end times revival.  Providing such information clearly furthers the Kingdom of Christ!

Now in regard to worship artists getting paid, there is a mistaken belief that anything having to do with God should be done for free.  For some reason, plumbers have no problem billing a preacher for unclogging a sink, yet many think the preacher should give away all of his time for free.  That attitude is very carefully cultivated by the prince of the power of the air, as a thinly veiled attempt at starving out the Gospel.  (And many did starve. The gospel has been spread through suffering, but that doesn't somehow make it right for us to treat others unfairly!) 

The Apostle Paul had to confront the same error in his own time:

1st Corinthians 9:7 thru 9:14 says:

Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?   Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.  If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

Folks can refuse to pay the preacher (it's a free country), but there's no moral high ground in being a deadbeat.  The Bible says those who work in the gospel deserve to get paid for it.  Nonetheless, it's good to receive with thanksgiving whatever is freely given... but it's wrong to try to coerce anyone into giving everything away for free.

Q: Why do you use the KJV Bible?  Are you a KJV only guy?
A: I love the KJV, and I personally believe that the latest research shows that it is more of an accurate translation than had been believed before (especially at the time of publication of other versions), but it is not perfect.  And there are a few verses where the NIV or NASV says it better.  Yet I do personally prefer it.  I've always had a love for the version. 

But just because it is KJV does not mean it must be read by a someone who sounds like a "bad Shakespeare actor".  I read it like it was my native dialect, so it does sound "fresh".  I chose it mainly because it is not copyrighted, so there is one less hurdle to getting it into everybody's hands for free.


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