Sometimes we get so comfortable as Christians that we don’t realize some of the things we do are downright wrong and extra-biblical. Here are my top three:
1. You Can’t Speak Anything Into Existence
This one hits people hard. And I loved Fred Hammond’s album, “Speak Those Things“. But I’m sorry people, you can’t speak things into existence. Some have lured people into believing in the power of positive confession. You don’t have that much power. In fact, if you think you have that power, you’re an idolator at heart.
Okay, so I realize that many of you reading this may have just given me the side eye, but trust me, it’s downright idolatrous to think you can speak anything into existence. I’ve written before about how the power to speak anything into existence (or create anything ex nihilo, from nothing) rests solely with God alone. The only verse, Romans 4:17, that alludes to speaking things into existence has nothing to do with us. It has everything to do with God.
Yes, to some degree, your words have power. Any child, spouse, or loved one subjected to verbal abuse can attest to that fact that words can have a profound impact on someone else. But you can’t be running around declaring and decreeing stuff like you’re God. You aren’t. Let’s get over ourselves people.
2. You Can’t Earn Salvation
We can earn so much in life. We earn our degrees. We earn our wages. We earn our to rewards for using our credit cards. So it’s natural for us to believe we can do something earn salvation or earn God’s favor. Compulsory tithing goes into this category. We all know God loves a cheerful giver (see 2 Corinthians 9:7). You should get excited about giving money to God’s kingdom. Okay, maybe not this excited…
But despite what that televangelist tells you, giving God 10% doesn’t guarantee you’re going to get a 100-fold return. Nor does your church attendance guarantee the salvation of your soul. Don’t get me wrong, being a part of a community of faith helps grow our faith, but if your impression of salvation is tied to whether or not you make it to church on Sunday, you’re falling right back into “I Can Earn This” mode. Only one Person earned it—Jesus Christ. We’ll all do well to trust Him completely.
3. You Can’t Manipulate God
It’s appalling to see the number of posts I see from others that are borderline superstitious. Post this and God will bless you. Retweet this and in four days God will send you armored truck full of money. People need to stop watching Aladdin and start reading Scripture. We can’t rub our Bible or post a Bible verse and expect God to act on our behalf.
It’s especially unfortunate to see this in the Black church. I’ll never forget seeing a promotional video for a Black church. The pastor is considered a prosperity preacher. He was doing a series on money and decided to add some flavor to the promo video. Here’s what they came up with….
Y’all!!! Did he just turn into a Top Gun plane and fly off with a Bible in his hand? Was he preaching the “They who wait…” passage in Isaiah? Was he mounting up with wings as an eagle? Who knows? This might have become my favorite .gif of all-time just now.
The people loved the message though. They loved the bootleg graphics. They loved the idea of turning into a F-14 and decimating the enemy (okay, things just got a little weird there). Because he tells them what they want to hear. The level of disrespect of our sovereign God in some churches today is downright sickening. I think Scripture has something to say about that:
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,”-2 Timothy 4:3
Question: Anything else you can think of that Christians can’t do that we claim all the time?