In this article I want to talk to you about popular sayings that we commonly heard in the church today. It is what I call “Christian slang.” These are expressions made popular by contemporary preachers, teachers, and authors. Christians hear and read it so much that they think these expressions are truth, when in fact they are not and are actually quite devastating to faith because they replace truth.The four commonly heard expressions I am going to talk about in this article are:
- Apply the Bible to your life
- Claim the scriptures
- Do the word
- Stand on the word
- Get God involved with your life
For example, if you were thinking about fasting and you are trying to apply the Bible to your life, you would search the Bible for God’s will about fasting and then do that. Most Christians quote these passages in Isaiah:Isaiah 58:5-8
5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?
6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward.
What Christians want: They want God’s blessing so they read the Bible with their needs in mind, looking for how the Bible might be applied to their life so they can walk in the blessing. In this case, they want God to stand on behalf of their cause (thy light to spring forth in the morning). They want God to bless them with health (thine health shall spring forth speedily). They want God’s power to go before them and make a way for them through the difficult passages of life (thy righteousness shall go before thee). They want God to watch their back (the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward).
Christians also want God to correct their waywardness and fasting is often chosen as a form of affliction they are willing to submit themselves to for the prize (listed in the above paragraph).
The statement is often made, “Do you want to get God involved with your life? Then you must do these things that you read in scripture.”
Another good example is seen in how financial matters are weighed. If you are thinking about your financial security and trying to apply the Bible to your life to get God involved with your finances, you would search the Bible for clues to God’s will about how you are to handle money and then do that.
By these teachings the Body of Christ is monthly given 7-step, 12-step principles that are taken from the Bible that you are to implement to get God involved with your life. Life decisions are based on Bible verses.
The book of Proverbs is often quoted when teaching about how to get God involved with your finances: “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent” (Prov. 28:20). Teachings focus on financial accountability and how that pleases God and opens the door for you to receive your blessing.
Malachi 3:10 is also much quoted: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
In this case “doing the word” means “paying your tithe” (money) in the hopes of God getting involved with your finances and reciprocating to you a blessing that will be so great you would not know what to do with it.
It is widely accepted that as you apply the Bible to your life (in the above cases by the proper fast and tithe) you may “claim the scriptures” and confidently “stand on the word” that God will come through on His end with your blessing.
How many areas of your life are you encouraged to apply the scriptures to? The areas of your life that you are encouraged to apply the scriptures to are endless: your marriage, your relationships and friendships, the past abuses you have suffered. . .when facing difficult decisions, when faced with fear, doubt, and frustration, when angry, and impatient. . .when sick or in trouble, when looking for holiness, modern Christianity encourages faith participants to claim what the scriptures say about their situation, apply the Bible, do the word, and stand on the word, and expect God to get involved.
The problem with molding your faith after television preachers and Christian book authors is that they make popular the newest fad that erupts in Christian circles much like the Hollywood crowd does for the world. But the fad, just like the Hollywood trends, are born of human aspiration and passion not the grace of God in truth. And when the fad runs its course you are left empty of grace and fruit.
There is a growing concern among Christian leaders that after decades of teaching, believers are ill equipped to walk in faith. There is a growing concern among Christians that after decades of claiming scriptures, applying the Bible to their life and standing on the word, that God is not involved with their life as they assumed He would be.
When believers claim the scriptures it sounds as if they are doing the right thing, but in actuality they are merely claiming the testimony of the scriptures without coming into covenant with God. The scriptures testify of the covenant, but does not replace it. Just as the scriptures testify of Christ dying on the cross, but does not replace Him.
Christians are claiming the scriptures apart from the Second Covenant knowledge and tools whereby God directs faith in righteousness. By claiming scriptures apart from the covenant they are taking ownership of the scriptures to apply it to themselves instead of applying it to faith and covenant.
Satan also took ownership of the scriptures and quoted them to Jesus in hopes that Jesus would do the same. Satan said to Jesus, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone” (Mt.4:6). Satan’s temptation to Jesus was to set the scripture within the frame of His own logic to “do the word” and then “stand on the word” in expectation of God getting involved with His life. It was a logical application, but it was absent of the covenant, and Jesus refused to comply.
Jesus priesthood could not be fulfilled by Him taking ownership of the scriptures for Himself. He would have tried to fulfill the will of God by His own logic and missed God. Your priesthood also cannot be fulfilled by you taking ownership of the scriptures for yourself. Your logic is a barrier to grace.
Many ask, “What is a cult?” Satan is the cult, he is the deviation from the truth as Jesus said when speaking to the religious leaders of His time, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (Jn.8:44).
Did that mean that these religious leaders were involved with what the modern world would identify as “occult activity” or “Satanic worship”? No. Jesus identified Satan as the spirit of error just as Apostle John later identified him as the spirit of error, “We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” (1Jn.4:6).
Jesus was teaching that all deviation from the truth is a result of Satan teaching lies. Jesus never taught that we could have part truth and part error or that ignorance of the truth was some sort of blessing in disguise.
Christians like to swing the sword of truth against everything that is not in alignment with their personal belief systems. This is not true spiritual discernment. True biblical discernment does not take place in the dark, it takes place in the light. The moment of truth for the church is the realization that the many years they openly professed not to have the “whole truth” they were admitting to embracing the lies that Satan teaches.
If you truly want God involved with your life then come into covenant with Him and use the knowledge and tools of our Lord, Jesus Christ and you will see the Bible and your life from a whole new point of view. . .the perception of the throne. Those who walk by faith fulfill all things.
The spiritual blessings are the spiritual tools which the carnal eye cannot see nor understand but come from Jesus Christ who is the Lamb of God.
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