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These 9 Statements Used by Christians Need to Stop

Posted on January 13, 2016 in Theology by

One of the most striking features of this decade is the slow but certain death of cultural Christianity. By that I mean there was a time when you could say you were a Christian, spout off a few cliché “biblical” phrases, and people shook your hand and said “God bless you, brother.” But that time is coming to an end as we realize that many people have mistakenly believed they were Christians for one wrong reason or another.

Cultural Christians are becoming easier to spot due to their use of clichéd statements that have no foundation in Scripture. We’ve all heard these statements come out of the mouth of church-goers at one time or another. We’ve probably even said one or two ourselves.

Statements like “cleanliness is next to godliness” and “God won’t give you more than you can handle” have been used so often that many people believe they are biblical and can be found somewhere in the Bible. When you mention that such phrases are man-made and have no root in Scripture you will be met with confused looks and questions. But, like many things that came out of cultural Christianity, these, and other statements are simply…wrong.

A recent article listed “9 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe.” As I read through the article I couldn’t help but recall conversations with friends that have used each statement. And, as one might expect, these phrases appear often on social media either as a post or as a response to a friend.

So what are some of the statements used often by Christians despite the fact that they are not biblical? The list includes:

9 False Statements Christians Say – And Why They’re False

Posted on April 13, 2015 in Theology by

Have you ever made a statement like “we’re all God’s children”? It’s a common phrase heard most often quoted by Christians (and those claiming to be Christians). The problem is that this statement is patently false. So why do Christians say something like it?

Some adages and cliches have become so entrenched in Christians and church culture that they get repeated generation after generation without much thought. But these statements are not just false, some are anti-biblical, and some lead people astray. So what are the most overused and unbiblical statements Christians need to never ever, ever, say again? Here’s the list:

Two Reasons Why Many Churches Are Dying…or…Killing Themselves. Part 2: Unbiblical Pastoral Expectations

Posted on February 17, 2015 in Theology by

Last week I wrote about how unbiblical church structure is killing the church. By having an unbiblical structure the church opens itself up for unqualified leaders to be put in place, and the schisms and disunity that comes through constantly holding church votes. Today I want to talk about another characteristic that is killing the church: unbiblical expectations of pastors.

Growing up as a pastor’s kid I thought it was the pastor’s job to be available to everyone in the church 24/7. No matter what day or time, if someone called, the pastor dropped what he was doing and sprinted out the door to “minister.” This meant being available via phone while on vacation – if you took a vacation, and not letting family outings or anything else get in the way.

The pastor was required to wear a suit and tie at all times – apparently it’s in the Bible somewhere. And while the pastor is expected to be an expert in all things Bible – such as theology, Greek, Hebrew, and application – his primary job was to serve the people of the church in any way they desired. Such things as vision are better left to the people that have been at the church since it began. And decisions regarding the budget and how to spend the money are for committees the pastor isn’t a part of. And should the pastor feel led to being or end a particular ministry it would be in his best interest to get approval from the congregation by holding a vote.

Two Reasons Why Many Churches Are Dying…or…Killing Themselves. Part 1: Unbiblical Structure

Posted on February 12, 2015 in Theology by

This is likely to be a short blog post. But one I hope to build upon and expand into a cohesive doctrinal teaching regarding the church.

Recently I was in a discussion with a group of people about the church. We were talking about being hurt by the church; something I’m afraid too many people have in common. In fact, when I asked who had ever been hurt by the church I am fairly certain every hand went up. I jokingly quipped that those hands not going up represent some “really good liars.”

Call me a skeptic, but anyone that claims to have never been hurt by the church strikes me as dishonest. After years in ministry I’m just not sure there is anyone left that has not been hurt by the church.

As I reflect back on my life growing up as a pastor’s kid, ministry education, and time spent in various ministry roles, I have concluded that two things lead to much of the hurt that takes place in the church: unbiblical church structure, and unbiblical expectations placed on pastors.

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