About three years ago, I wrote an article titled 9 Unbiblical Statements That Christians Believe, and it really struck a nerve with people. Many Christian online publications picked it up to share with their audiences, and it was one of the “most read articles of the year” on several of those sites. Now, I don’t mean to communicate that for prideful reasons, but rather, to point out that it’s obvious that we’ve all heard these one-liner statements and we’ve also realized that they’re not in-line with what the Scriptures teach.
Sadly, the list doesn’t stop with just nine of these unbiblical statements. There are many of them that are cultural teachings and spiritual sounding clichés that have snuck into the Church, got baptized, and then joined the ranks of our jargon. We’ll hear someone quote a statement that sounds nice to us, and we’ll begin repeating it as though it’s Biblical truth without ever researching it in the Scriptures.
“What’s the big deal?”, you may say. The big deal is that these statements tend to deeply affect our thinking and actions when we have forgotten what the Bible actually teaches. Not only are the statements unbiblical; most of them teach the opposite of what the Bible teaches.
Here is a list of five more popular unbiblical statements that Christians tend to believe:
The devil is in Hell.
The devil is not a little red-man with a pointed-tail holding a pitchfork while ruling Hell. Hell will be his home eventually in the last judgement – “and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10).” However, he is not there yet. Where is he? “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).” He is here, not there.
God is my co-pilot.
If you’re a Christian, you and God are not equal partners sharing the control of your life. “God is my co-pilot” may be on a bumper sticker, but it’s not in the Bible.In fact, John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease (John 3:30).”
God is the pilot. He is the plane, He is the fuel that powers it, and you are just along for the ride. However, He has given you a wonderful seat in first-class to watch the view of what He does with your life when you fully trust Him to be in control and to fly! He may not fly it the way that you would have dreamed, but you can be certain that it will be a far better ride that you could have ever imagined. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,” (Ephesians 3:30).
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Source: Christian Post