John MacArthur on the Destructive Nature of Christianese

Posted By on January 18, 2016

Women, are often most to blame for perpetrating misunderstanding and untruth through Christian cliches. Undoubtedly, and in part, it is due to our innate desire to nurture and to lend an empathetic ear. Our Titus 2 role will not be fulfilled however, without understanding and a foundation of truth that will out live us. It is a short-lived illusion to think that laying aside standards and consequences for an ethereal notion that comfort, direction, and hope can be found outside of the knowledge of Him. We need to quit making things up.

Unless a framework of understanding is built on His wisdom, we will continue to come up against the same trials that disquiet and undermine us. The same trials that tempt us to give up trying to understand and just embrace “Let go and let God.” It there any wonder that we’ve left off Christian cliche for Disney cliche (“Let it go…”) or that this leads to eventually embracing the idea there is no solution, no hope and no power to overcome in the Grace of Jesus Christ.

Don’t let go and let God. He is already all thing to all people. Play your part in the knowledge, wisdom and grace of Jesus Christ.

John MacArthur explains,

If an unbeliever with no religious background walked into your local church, what sense—if any—would he or she be able to make of phrases like “Ask Jesus into your heart,” “I felt led,” or “Let go and let God”? Taken at face value, what should any of that mean to an outsider? And more importantly, how would the explanation of those Christian clichés lead anyone to a clearer understanding of the gospel and other biblical principles?

The church has developed its own insular language, made up mostly of shorthand like the examples above. Too often, we talk about rich biblical truths in these dumbed-down terms. And after generations of such carelessness, many in the church can’t separate these extra-biblical phrases from the truth of Scripture. Worse still, these clichés have encroached into our worship, discipleship, and evangelism, [and blogs] spreading doctrinal confusion throughout all aspects of life in the church.

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