False Christian Cliches You May Believe

In the Christian culture there are many cliches that are repeated so frequently that it’s easy to believe them without any Scriptural justification.  Six common cliches are addressed below:

  • God loves the sinner, but hates the sin: See to David Platt address this or read John Gerstner‘s response
  • God helps those who help themselves: This is possibly the most commonly believed cliche ingrained in our culture  with 82% of Americans believing that it’s in the Bible.   James 4:8 is in the ball park of this phrase, but it’s meaning is not equivalent.  Erwin Lutzer answers the root issue with this idea in a sermon
  • Preach the Gospel at all times; if necessary use words: Listen as Voddie Baucham answers the fallacy that the Gospel can be communicated with our actions.  This does not change the fact that we should show our good works before others that they may glorify our Father (Matthew 5:16), but rather conveys the need to deliver the message of guilt before God and mans’ need to be reconciled to Him and by Him
  • Accept Jesus into Your Heart: David Platt responds to the all too prevalent idea of accepting Jesus that obscures the Gospel and leads to false conversions
  • God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life:  God’s definition of wonderful is probably different than yours.  Hebrews 12:6 says, “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”  Consider the lives of the disciples, which mostly ended in death, and the lives of many others through out history (e.g., Puritan’s from the Great Ejection, early martyrs) and you’ll see that God’s plan for your life many not be what you expect.  It’ll be wonderful, but God’s definition of wonderful rather than ours
  • All I need is Jesus: We are called to be part of a Christian community and need each other.  Jesus is also part of community in the Trinity

The one-liners are not only wrong, but they’re harmful because they support incorrect theology regarding God and the Gospel.  In the spirit of Acts 17:11, search the Scriptures and test the messages you believe before parroting then to others.

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