Following on from the last issue of The Vibe, here are a few more unbiblical beliefs that have found their way into Christian thinking over the last few years …
See if you can recognise any.
6. The church is a meeting place.
Christians continually refer to buildings that house church services as “the church” — which is why when going to said building, they say, “We are going to church”. This in spite of the fact that Scripture teaches that God’s people are the church and that each believer makes up the temple of the Holy Spirit (see 1 Cor. 3:16,12.). We need to change our language to agree with the reality that the building or cathedral we meet in is not the church but merely houses the body of Christ for corporate worship, preaching the word and a raft of ministry and mission responses. 7. Ministers are only in the church place.
The word “minister” simply means servant. Since we are all called to be servants of God, we are all ministers of God — irrespective of whether or not we are in full-time church ministry. Whatever job you have, your employer is paying you (whether they know it or not) to be a minister of God, representing him to the particular entity where you work. Mind you, we do not neglect our employment responsibilities in the process. 8. Eternal life begins when we die physically.
This is an oldie! But, it’s wrong. While many believers talk about going to heaven to be with God for eternity the truth of the matter is: eternal life begins the moment somebody receives Christ here on earth (see John 3:16-19, 5:24). Consequently, we can begin to enjoy the abundant (eternal) life now while living on earth! When we leave earth we are translated into the fullness of eternal life. 9. The larger the church, the more influence it has.
The fact of the matter is, our nation has never had more megachurches, while at the same time, Christianity has never had as little impact on culture as it does today. Strange, right? Hence, there is not necessarily a correlation between the size of a church and its impact on the surrounding community. There are even small to mid-sized churches that have far more impact on a community than megachurches that are only concerned with attracting their neighbours for church growth and care not about the conditions of the communities of the unchurched. These amazing churches a “punching” way above their weight. 10. There is no need for a true Christian to confess their sins.
There is an unbiblical teaching going around in some hyper-grace circles that, once a person is born again, they never need to confess another sin since Jesus paid the price for all sins, past, present and future. While it is true that Jesus paid for the sins of believers—past, present and future— but we need to continually live a life of true repentance and apply the blood of Jesus to our life after we sin. Even as the apostle John told all believers “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). He was speaking to the church right there.
The apostle James also admonishes believers to “Confess your faults one to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (see James 5:16a). If anyone teaches that Christians can live the rest of their life with unconfessed, ‘un-repented-of sin’ — after grieving the Holy Spirit of God (see Eph. 4:30) – then I do not know what Bible they are reading, but it is not the same one as I read!
Hoping you are the same.