June 24, 2010
Churchianity – Clichéd and Extra-Biblical Sayings
“You are too heavenly minded to be any earthly good!”
This phrase is often used to disarm genuine Christians who are on fire for Christ because they upholding a godly biblical standard in their lives.
This post will be about the silly, stupid, and un-biblical clichés being used over and over again in IC’s by their members, many of which are not grounded in biblical truth or have sinister motives.
This is just a sampling of those various sayings and scriptures.
Some Scriptures out of Context:
- Matthew 7:1- Judge not, lest you be judged. (Used to tell people not to judge others no matter how terrible the sin. Twist not the scriptures lest you be like the devil ;) )
- 1 Chronicles 16:22, Psalm 105:15 – Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. (This passage refers to physical harm to God’s biblical prophets, not that you can’t speak biblical truth to them or point out error in love.)
- Malachi 3:18 – Will a man rob God?” (I would like to ask the leaders who extort tithes from their congregation the same thing.)
Catch Phrases, Sayings and Questions That May Be Used:
- “God knows my heart” (Jeremiah 17:9 – the heart is deceitfully wicked, who can know it. God knowing your heart isn’t necessarily a good thing.)
- “Don’t put your mouth on the ‘Manna God’” (Meaning you can’t say anything bad about a spiritual leader even when they are in biblical error. This is a threat to keep Christians silent about sins of leaders in the congregation.)
- “Be careful of what you say about the man of God” (Same motive as above, but this is more of a veiled threat used in conjunction with the saying above.)
- “Christians shouldn’t argue about scripture!” (So I guess we are to let heresy and false doctrine go eh? Rooted in the false tolerance and “love” of the world which turns it’s back on biblical truth.)
- “You are too Heavenly minded to be any Earthly good” (The most “heavenly minded” people have been the most earthly good to God and his kingdom this is a heretical statement if there ever was one. What happened to FIRST seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness?)
- “Who are you accountable to?” (This is a reference to someone being accountable to a leadership in a church. This assumes that one must be under submission to a church’s leadership, and the person being questioned is supposedly being a “lone ranger” with “no accountability.”)
- “Who is you spiritual mother/father?” (This saying is based on the false spiritual covering doctrine out there that one needs a spiritual mother/father to be accountable to.)
- “Stop majoring in minor things.” (When the issue is REALLY MAJOR)
- “Just PRAY about it.” (Instead of dealing with and confronting sin. We’ll just ignore scripture and let God deal with it.)
- “Let go and Let GOD!” (Do what exactly? LOL)
- “Just praise your way through it…” (Another way to ignore real issues a believer is having while denying your responsibility to help them.
- “Why are you trying to be ‘holier than thou’ or a ‘holy roller’?’ (Oh this is the favorite saying of churchman who would rather live a live of sin than live up to God’s holy standard. This is their way of persecuting and shaming real followers of Christ for doing so. )
- “God is love, and we should love one another and not judge.” (Again Jesus speaks about a certain type of hypocritical judging, and does not bar a Christian from using discernment when righteously judging a situation based on the word of God.
- “God helps those who help themselves.” (This is a false saying. God helps those who CANNOT help themselves, and our salvation is one of the many examples of this. Salvation is by grace through faith, and not by works so man can boast of “helping themselves.”)
- “God bless the child that’s got his own.” (Again another extra-biblical works-oriented saying that I hear all of the time which is false.)
- “God will give you a hundred fold blessing” (This false saying comes out of the false prosperity doctrine that God desires all believers in Christ to be rich.)
- “Sow a ‘seed’ to receive your blessing” (This again is based out of the false prosperity “gospel” which incorrectly applies the concept of sowing and reaping to Christians giving money to get a 100 fold return on their investment. This is NOT how biblical giving is done.
- “God wants believers to be RICH!” (Ugh…. FALSE!)
- “No one’s perfect.” (While this is a true saying, this cliché is often used to justify “cheap grace” while continuing in sin. There is ONE who is totally perfect who walked among us, and while we can’t be perfect in ourselves, we will be perfect in Christ.)
- “I’m going to get what God has for me!” (The cliché of the covetous and selfishly ambitious. Folks who use this cliché for the most part treat the Lord like he is their cosmic genie, often acting like God is required to give them all their fleshly wants and desires.
- “Oh you’re just a hater.” – (Ahhh the term “hater” has often been used by churchians who want to dismiss criticism for their behaviors. When you are more focused on their “haters” more than on Christ, you are self-absorbed and full of yourself.)
- “Don’t throw stones.” (This is a phrase derived from the gospels of Jesus saving the adulterous woman from being stoned. “He who is without sin cast the first stone.” I have seen the phrase used correctly in it’s context, but most of the time, this is another catch phrase used to deflect blame and valid biblical criticisms of a person’s behaviors.
Know the real intent of these extra-biblical sayings. The churchianity system often programs it’s followers to (mis)quote and (mis)use scripture and other un-biblical sayings to protect themselves from being exposed to biblical scrutiny. You will hear many leaders and congregants use the following phrases and scriptures out of context to deter dissent and correction among the congregation, as well as some other sayings. These mantras are clubbed into the heads of churchgoers every week, and they can spit these phrases without any hesitation, but still do not understand the gospel, or who they are in Christ.
Here are some more unfortunate sayings of churchianity:
1. Sow a seed!
2. Turn to your neighbor & say…
3. God don’t bless no mess!
4. God don’t like ugly!
5. When the praises go up the blessings come down!
6. God hates sin, not the sinner!
7. I’ll pray for you!
8. He who is without sin cast the first stone!
9. Don’t judge!
10. I’m coming’ out!
11. It’s not over til God says it’s over!
12. God ain’t through with me yet!
13. You don’t know my story!
14. No test, no testimony!
15. I plead the blood!
16. I feel the anointing!
17. I’m blessed & highly favored!
Whew. Pray for the IC, but also pass this blog along, tell your brother/sister in Christ the truth today.