8 Christian Expression that I Apologize for ever Using.

5 Mar

1.  Soul-winning

When there are so many other expressions available to describe sharing your faith with others, this one should be avoided.   This expression is misleading and can lead to terrible theology.  First of all, soul-winning is not something that we do.   Secondly, I am also not sure how the church has allowed faith to become wrapped together with the concept of “winning.”  (I could go on, but I will refrain.)

2.  Unspoken

I grew up in a Christian environment where problems were not discussed, and the appearance of piety was crucial.  Whenever it came to taking prayer requests, more than half our group would raise their hands, and simply utter “Unspoken.”  The community’s understanding of this word was that they did not need to speak another word, and no questions would ever be asked.  I understand that not all issues should be made public, but when all prayer requests are reduced to “unspoken,” I begin to wonder if we are praying, or even being the Church at all.

3.  Finding the Will of God

I once again admit to using this term in various contexts, so I apologize to those it may have harmed.  This phrase brings confusion because it portrays God’s will as something mysterious and difficult to discover rather than following God’s daily guidance and making decisions.  The Psalmist writes, “Your Word, O Lord, is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

4.  Go Deeper

This phrase is often used to explain that some teaching or curriculum is too shallow or basic.  However, what exactly does “go deeper” even mean?  I don’t believe that we can really gauge the depth of various theological issues.  One Christian may perceive one topic deep, while another considers it shallow.

The Bible does mention “elementary teachings” in Hebrew 6:1-2.  So let’s see what topics are not deep?

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

The shallow list includes:  repentance, faith in God, cleansing rites, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.  Was this list written to explain basic teaching for all people at all times?  I don’t think so.

Usually I hear this expression voiced by those who want more facts, statistics, and Bible knowledge.  It is driven by a modernistic mind-set which believes that knowledge equals godliness.  However, we all know that knowledge does not equal change or spiritual depth.

5.  Love the Sinner, hate the sin.

I am still looking for the passage in the Bible where I am called to hate other people’s sin.  God hates sin, but as I read scripture, Jesus seems to make it extremely clear that we are not called to judge other people (Matthew 7:1-3)

6.  Traveling Mercies

Another phrase often repeated during Christian prayer time is “traveling mercies.” While this phrase requested no accidents or mechanical breakdowns, it was also used to share with others that you were going on vacation.  (However, as a kid who rarely went on vacation, maybe I am just bitter!)  While I have asked God for His protection, we must remember that mercy comes in various forms.  (Have you heard this song by Laura Story?)

7.  Teenagers are the church of tomorrow.

This expression continues the false teaching that teenagers are incapable of participating or contributing to the church today.  I am a strong believer in the unity of the body of Christ, and that all generations have a role within the church.  (For more read, Disfigured Body of Christ).

8.  I just believe the Bible

It is similar to the expression “Bible-believing” and “God said it.  I believe it, and that settles it.”  These phrases are often said to stifle theological discussion by refusing to acknowledge the process of biblical interpretation.  As Christians, we can hold different theological position without causing us fear or doubt our own faith.


What is your least favorite expression that Christians use?


photoDr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources, a non-profit designed to provide resources to parents and emerging adults.  You can follow his writing and work on Twitter or Instagram.

3 Responses to “8 Christian Expression that I Apologize for ever Using.”

  1. Thom Desmond March 5, 2015 at 09:49 #

    Good stuff! My least favorite expression is, “God will never give you more than you can handle.” Uh, false. He always gives us more than we can handle so we keep trusting him – 2 Corinthians 12:8-10.

    • Wiggle Worm March 5, 2015 at 11:46 #

      I agree…I can’t believe that God will never give me more than I can handle, because if that is true then God messed up, and I can’t believe in a God who makes mistakes…So either God does give more than I can handle, or I am destined for hell (’cause if Jesus isn’t perfect then no one has taken my place, and there is no one good enough to sacrifice so that I may live)…

  2. Shelly Foy March 9, 2015 at 23:06 #

    I really liked t I u writing k The 8 Expressions…I agree with your 8. I would like to add 2 of my own. I don’t like the phrase “being sold out” as Jesus isn’t a transaction. It cheapens faith and grace. The theologically correct phrase is “being obedient” or even “totally trusting God”, which is what the Lord wants from all believers. The second expression I would add is “I will pray about it.” This expression suggests that person is going to pray for the issue and not to the One, True Living God who can and does answer the prayers of His children. When I hear someone say they will pray about about my issue, I know those are empty words and will be forgotten the next hour.

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