False Ideas Christians Believe About…Church

How many of you watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just about a year ago?  Do you remember the preacher?  It was an American, Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church.  I remember listening to that sermon thinking to myself, “Wow, that guy just brought an astounding message.”  But in theContinue reading “False Ideas Christians Believe About…Church”

False Ideas Christians Believe About…Money

Today, as continue our series on False Ideas that Christians believe, we are fact-checking statements about money and generosity. You can’t outgive God. Give and you will receive. It’s my money; I worked hard for it. Money is the root of all evil. Let’s start with… On the surface, this one is true.  God isContinue reading “False Ideas Christians Believe About…Money”

False Ideas Christians Believe About…God’s Will

Do you know God’s will for your life? How do you find out? A lot people wonder. In this post we are fact-checking Christian ideas about God’s will.  There are a lot of thoughts out there about God’s will.  And unfortunately there is much confusion too.  Here are the ideas that we are going toContinue reading “False Ideas Christians Believe About…God’s Will”

False Ideas Christians Believe About…Salvation

What happens when we die? Is there a way to know? In this post we are fact-checking phrases about salvation and the afterlife: We’re all God’s children. We need people to pray the Sinners’ Prayer. Jesus wants to live in your heart. I’m so sorry for your loss. Heaven must have needed another angel. First,Continue reading “False Ideas Christians Believe About…Salvation”

False Ideas Christians Believe About…Temptation

Author’s Note: It’s been 2+ months since I wrote for this blog, and I’m excited to get back to it. A very busy season of life has finally eased up, and I want to catch up where we left off in the series on False Ideas Christians Believe. In order to speed the catch-up process,Continue reading “False Ideas Christians Believe About…Temptation”

God doesn’t expect that much from me? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 5]

How much does God expect from us, really? It is very tempting to think, “God does not expect that much from me,”  when you know you are so thoroughly loved by God, so thoroughly forgiven, and in fact rightfully believing that there is nothing you can do to earn your salvation. We can almost theologicallyContinue reading “God doesn’t expect that much from me? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 5]”

God wants me to be happy, not angry, and never to doubt? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 4]

In 1 Timothy 3:12 we read that “all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”  Woah.  Maybe God doesn’t want us to be happy, and only cares about us becoming godly or holy, even if it takes us being persecuted? How are we to understand this? Does GodContinue reading “God wants me to be happy, not angry, and never to doubt? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 4]”

God’s love for me is determined by my behavior? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 3]

How many of you have secretly wondered if we have sinned so badly that God actually doesn’t love you anymore? I remember when my grandmother was in hospice near the end of her life, and she had really struggled with anger, and with treating my grandfather with unkindness in those later years, in a momentContinue reading “God’s love for me is determined by my behavior? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 3]”

Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 1]

What are God’s desires for Christians?  He just wants us to pray and read the Bible, right?  Well, actually there are a lot of ideas about what God wants his people to do.   Unfortunately not all the ideas are based in Scripture. In fact, some of the ideas that Christians use to guide their lives,Continue reading “Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 1]”

God works in mysterious ways? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s involvement in our lives. Part 5]

Does God seem mysterious to you? Confusing? Distant? In this fifth and final post in our series fact-checking phrases about God’s involvement in our lives, we’re seeking to evaluate the phrase: “God works in mysterious ways.” This is related to “everything happens for a reason”.  When we say “everything happens for a reason” we areContinue reading “God works in mysterious ways? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s involvement in our lives. Part 5]”