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Mar 28, 2017 by Will Maule

5 Cheesy Christians Phrases That Need To Die NOW

As Christians, we can be guilty of developing our own, less-than-Biblically-sound vocabulary, can't we? Most of the time, our adoption of these phrases is out of a good place; we want to encourage, comfort or reassure friends who may be going through disappointment. But let's be careful not to offer them false hope. With that in mind, Matt Smethurst at The Gospel Coalition highlights 5 Christians phrases that need to die. 

1. “When God closes a door, he opens a window.”
"I appreciate the heart behind this statement. It’s true, after all, that God can do anything he pleases (Jer. 32:27), that he sometimes redirects our course (Prov. 16:9), and that he never abandons his own (Heb. 13:5). But if God closes a door in your life, there’s no guarantee he’ll open a window. He may not open anything. He may want you to realize you have the wrong address."

2. “You’re never more safe than when you’re in God’s will.”
"Insofar as the safety here is eternal, or means something like “in the right place,” this maxim is gloriously true. Almost every time I hear it, though, the person is referring to physical safety. Years ago, as I was preparing to become a missionary in a closed country, a few well-meaning believers assured me God would protect me from harm since he had called me. Jesus seems to disagree: You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. (Luke 21:16–18)"

3. “Let go and let God.”
"At its best, this phrase highlights the value of surrender. God is God and you are not, so lay down your résumé, your excuses, your fears. All too often, though, the phrase is wielded as if the symbol of Christianity is not a cross but a couch. It’s subtly used to put the brakes on striving, on working, on effort. Now, if “let go and let God” solely referenced the moment of justification, it would be fine. But it typically refers to the process of sanctification, which is anything but passive."

4. “God will not give you more than you can handle.”
"In a culture that tells us we can be anything we desire, this motivational slogan is meant to encourage, to reassure us that life won’t be too hard. There will be challenges, sure, but God knows my limits. He won’t overdo it. The problem, however, is that God will give you more than you can handle. He’ll do it to make you lean on him. He’ll do it because he loves you."

5. “God helps those who help themselves.”
"I’m not aware of a statement more commonly misidentified as a Bible verse. And the fact that it originates from Benjamin Franklin—not God’s Word—is the best news you will encounter today. If God only helps those who help themselves, we’re all sunk. But he didn’t come for moral standouts; he came for moral failures (Matt. 9:12–13; Luke 19:10). He came for us."



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