Common Evangelical Myths

1.  II Cor 7:14 applies to America

2.  Sin is atmospheric. What you listen to and see; who you associate with; is what you become

A.  As a man thinketh in his heart…Prov 23:7 about the rich acting one way but thinking another

B.  “You will eventually become what you think…If you allow yourself to think negative worried, fearful thoughts, then you will become a negative, worried, fearful person. You cannot think defeat and expect victory. You can’t think poverty, and expect wealth. You can’t think the worst, and expect the best.” (Joel Olsteen)  foreign to bible

C.  Phil. 4:8 – Whatever is pure, lovely, etc…about people, not television

D.  Mark 7:18-23 Sin comes from within

3.  If a decision doesn’t work out, it wasn’t God’s will

A.  Eph 1:11

B.  Acts 15:36-41

4.  If you aren’t happy, you aren’t a good Christian

A.  II Cor 4:7&8

B.  Eccl 3:4

5.  Parents can control their children’s character and spiritual decisions

A.  Bible characters prove otherwise

B.  Misuse of Prov. 22:6

C.  God the Father, yet Adam, Israel

D.  Point of Proverbs – covenant children must choose right path

E.  Control is a myth – only God controls

6.  We don’t need to pay attention to anything that happened in Christian history before the 19th century. Everything before that was Catholic or something

7.  We have to forgive everyone who sins against us

A.  In the Bible, forgiveness is always dependent upon genuine repentance

              1.)  Luke 17:3&4

              2.)  Isa 1:18

B.  For the non-repentant, we do not need to forgive, but…Matt 5:44, Rom 12:14, 17, 19

C.  The danger of getting this wrong – false guilt, easy to be manipulated

8.   We can feel the Holy Spirit

A.  Absence of biblical evidence

B.  The ministry of the Holy Spirit

              1.)  Reveal the truth of Jesus and God’s Word  –  John 15:26, 16:12-14

              2.)  Seal us in God’s care – Eph 1:13&14

              3.)  The Spirit is never promised to:

a.  give new revelation, information

b.  lead us to sense God’s providential will for our lives

c.  give us feelings of God’s presence

9.   The key to Christian strength is getting into the Word every day

A.  Absence of any biblical evidence

B.  Dependence upon Jesus vs. dependence upon our disciplines

C.  The blessing of preaching   Rev 1:3

D.  The danger of false guilt

 10.   “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.”

A.  Misuse of Jer. 29:11

B.  Did God have a wonderful plan for his Son?

C.  The gift of suffering – Phil 1:29, Acts 14:22

 11.   Transformation  –  “I notice how often that word comes up; our lives can be transformed, our churches can be transformed, our culture can be transformed. We imagine if we do everything right according to what the New Testament teaches us, that things will be completely changed.” (Mark Galli, senior managing editor of Christianity Today)

 A.  Worship is not usually transforming in the sense of above

B.  If church stands for ____, will culture be transformed – no biblical evidence

C.  If I attend the right seminars, my life will be transformed?

D.  If we only did ______many would come to Christ through us?

E.  If I adopt the right strategy, my church will be transformed? No promise

Spiritual growth is slow, common, churches, as well as individuals struggle –  Rev 2&3

The presence of God Himself in Israel did not transform politics or culture?

There are no short cuts, techniques, etc. for quick change

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