Bad Expressions

               Last week, I spoke about the proliferation of bad songs in our churches. Finding good Christian songs to sing in our worship services is becoming as difficult as finding a good movie to watch in the theaters.

                Today, I want to call your attention to some of the bad expressions that I hear frequently everywhere and around many churches.

                “Good luck” Luck does not exist and it is an insult to God’s providence in our lives.

                 “And my God shall supply all your need…by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)

                 “Cross my fingers” “Knock on wood” Is this Christian faith or pagan superstition?

                 “But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD” (Psalm 31:14)

                 “Oh my G…” We should not use this phrase or any other that blasphemes God

                 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain” (Exodus 20:7)

                 “We are all God’s children” We are all created by God, but not everyone is His child.

                 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:11)

                 “Let go and let God” (give God control) We must submit to the God that is always in control

                 “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7)

                “I need to forgive myself” You can accept God’s forgiveness and forgive (not absolve) others

                “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7)

                “I want to give to the less fortunate” Fortunate is the same as lucky. This expression also

                comes dangerously close to pride and boasting.

                “My religion is Baptist…Pentecostal…Presbyterian, etc.” Religion is for Cain, Pharisees, etc.

                “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:21)

                “God helps those who help themselves” I would say that God helps those that cannot do it.

                “…for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)

                “When God closes a door, He opens a window No, the door is closed. He may open other doors.                

                “He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens” (Revelation 3:7)

                We need to learn to express ourselves biblically. Our words and phrases must be a reflection of our new nature in Christ. Let us beware of pagan, secular and ungodly expressions; let us glorify our lord with everything we say.

                A. G.

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