You might have said a word you never thought that should never be uttered by a Christian. Here are 7 of the shocking words you should never say.
While there are obvious things that Christians should not say, there are those that we unknowingly say without really having given thought to. Even well-meaning and sincere Christians say these words without knowing what they just said is false or not according to God’s words.
In this blog, let me share with you 7 things Christians should stop saying.
1. Good luck!
If you are a believer in God, you should not rely on luck, rather you need to rely on God’s help.
It is true that God can let the natural forces of the universe do their course, but He is always in complete control. Wishing good luck for a person is like attributing the good things in life to mere luck and not God’s blessing.
So instead of saying, “good luck”, better say, “God bless”.
2. Oh my God!
This is one of the most common expressions I hear not only on TV but also in the neighborhood. “Oh, my God” and its other variations (Oh my goodness, Oh my G, OMG, Jeez, Geez) are forms of using God’s name in vain. This is certainly a direct transgression of the 3rd commandment (Exodus 20:7).
Reducing God to a mere expression is an insult to His love and sovereignty over us.
3. He/she is in heaven now.
First, no one really knows whether a person is saved or not (since it is God’s prerogative). Second, the Bible says that no one has ascended to heaven except Christ (John 3:13). Even David, a man after God’s own heart, NEVER went to heaven (Acts 2:29, 34)!
When you read from Genesis to Revelation, you will NOT find even a single verse that tells us that the reward of the righteous is going to heaven. Instead, every dead in Christ are waiting for His second coming in their graves (John 5:25).
There are many things to discuss regarding this important topic. So please make sure you read “Shocking Truths from the Bible: Heaven is NOT the Reward for the Righteous“.
4. You’re going to hell.
You’re not in the position to determine who’s going to hell or not. It is never our duty to condemn people. More importantly, we don’t have the right to tell God who’s going to be saved or not.
It is crucial that we realize that there is more to hell that we might not understand. There are a lot of misconceptions about hell that you probably aren’t aware of.
For example, most people believe that God will eternally torment wicked people in hell. Another misconception is that unrighteous dead people are immediately thrown into the lake of fire. These are just of those false teaching in the Bible.
In relation to this topic, you might be interested in reading the following blogs:
- 7 Shocking BIBLICAL Truths About Death You Most Likely Won’t Believe
- 5 Surprising Biblical Proofs that God will NOT burn people forever in hell
- Is Stephen Hawking going to hell?
5. We are all God’s children.
As wonderful as it may sound, this is not the case in the scripture. The Bible says that there are two categories of people: The children of God and the children of the Devil. So how do we know? Read I John 3:10.
“This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.”
6. Believe in Christ and you’ll be saved.
With belief comes faith. However, there is a dead faith and a living faith (James 2:17).
Dead faith means your belief does not change your behavior while active living faith behooves you to become a better person according to God’s will.
Believing alone in Christ is NEVER enough. Because if it is true then there would be many demons who should have been saved (James 2:19). This is a big topic, but I recommend you to read “Saved by Faith or Works? Did James and Paul Contradict?
7. Don’t judge
It seems that many people are now allergic to the word, “judge.” When you point out something that’s clearly a sinful behavior, Christians are quick to say, “don’t judge.”
I sure can understand that many Christians today are compelled not to judge other people. For them, judging is equivalent to condemning. They believe that we are not to judge since we can’t see people’s hearts.
The truth of the matter is that there are two types of judging: the wrong one and the right one.
The wrong type of judging is stated by Jesus, Himself. He said in Matthew 7:1-5:
“Judge not, that you be not judged.”
“For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?“
So what did Jesus say we are supposed to do? He said:
“First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
The main point of Christ here is that we must judge ourselves FIRST. We must identify our sins, correct them, and do what is right in God’s eyes. Only then you can properly follow Christ’s later admonition:
“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with RIGHTEOUS judgment” (John 7:24).
I know there are many things that we should avoid saying as Christians, but more than that, we need to know as well what we should say.
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Wisdom and godly knowledge do not come naturally, you need to study God’s word to really determine God’s will for us. So the next time you make a statement, make sure you know God is happy with those words. This way, we can all become better Christians! 🙂