You might be misrepresenting God…

You might be misrepresenting God…

  • If your message is not filled with hope, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you tell people that they need to come to you to understand the message of scripture, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that “being real” means talking more about the wind and waves in your life than about the One who calms the storm, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that people who don’t attend a Sunday morning meeting are outside of God’s covering and protection, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that sickness, financial problems, hurricanes, broken bones, auto accidents, and terrorist attacks are all tools of God “to teach you something”, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that a person can’t live above their circumstances and walk in peace and victory, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that someone is not being real unless they tell you they’re struggling with some huge temptation, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that the only legitimate types of prayer for a Christian are prayers of lament, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you tell someone who is experiencing the peace and joy of the Lord to “hang on, your turn is coming”, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you believe that only “properly authorized leaders” are capable of serving communion or baptizing others, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you believe that Christianity is best represented by a set of propositional statements and/or a systematic theology, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If your message does not lead to freedom, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that the Father doesn’t speak to his children in various ways, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that America is “God’s chosen country” and that everything America’s foreign policy represents is ordained by God, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that the Republican party is “God’s party, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that religion and Christianity are compatible, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that you can only “cooperate” in ministry and missions with people who have been baptized by a pastor in your same denomination, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that true Christianity is only represented by a particular denomination or systematic theology, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If your belief in Christ does not manifest itself in living the life that Christ commanded us to live, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that you are more capable of articulating what someone else believes than that very person is capable of doing, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you believe that sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, freedom to the captives, and walking to the lame were only for first-century “verification of the message”, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that the only legitimate way to articulate one’s belief in God is found in a 4th-century statement, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that our main responsibility in relationship to God is to study the Bible, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that “everyone needs to have a pastor”, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you believe that leaving the institutional church is what the writer of Hebrews meant when he wrote, “Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together”, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that a relationship with God means that you will accept or reject certain styles of music, certain hairstyles, certain beverages, or hanging out with certain people, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you think that Jesus turned water into mere grape juice, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you believe that a particular translation of the bible is the only inspired version, you might be misrepresenting God.
  • If you believe that one’s beliefs about baptism, bible translation, rapture timing, tongues, or a particular interpretation of [1] Genesis 1-2 are absolute essentials to salvation and/or fellowship, you might be misrepresenting God.
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One response to this post.

  1. Ha! Love this post. My favorite:

    If you tell someone who is experiencing the peace and joy of the Lord to “hang on, your turn is coming”, you might be misrepresenting God.

    I’ve heard some Bible teachers espouse this, and I cringe every time.

    Keep blogging and happy new year!

    Blessings,
    Darren

    Reply

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