“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth…”
2 Timothy 4:3-4
Below are the Top 5 Lies that we discussed:
- Church is not necessary.
- All Christians need to do is be “good” and act “nice.”
- God doesn’t care about your small things.
- We believe that only pastors or those in “leadership” can, in fact, lead.
- God wants us to be happy.
Don’t get me wrong — there is a measure of truth to some of the “lies” above.
Is going to church necessary?
Do you need to attend church to be a Christian? No. But God wants us around others believers so we can learn what it means to be accountable to others, to serve them, help bear their burdens, and spur each other on to grow in our relationship with God together.
Does being a “good person” mean we are “good enough” as believers?
Nope. Just because we act nice does not mean that we are cutting it when it comes to serving God. When you choose to serve and follow Christ with your life, it should begin to naturally show in your attitude that you are serving God, and others will notice a difference in you. But just smiling with a happy countenance is not enough when it comes to walking with God.
Does God care about the “small” things in life?
Absolutely! Some Christians today are almost agnostic in their beliefs, and believe that God doesn’t want to be involved in our everyday lives. That is not the truth! God desires for us to follow and obey Him in the little ways and be in touch with Him moment by moment; He when we are faithful in coming to Him with the “small things,” we will trust Him with the “big things” as well.
Only pastors can be in charge and lead others, right?
The titles of “small group leader,” “Sunday School Teacher,” “Bishop”-this, and “Deacon”-that — they are only titles that we have placed on others. Sure, these can be important people in the church and they should be honored and respected, since they are the ones who should be helping lead us closer to God in our daily lives. But in the end, whether they are on stage in front of thousands at a conference, or a greeter as you walk in the church, we are all just humans trying to serve God. Jesus is the only one who was perfect, and as people, we will never be perfect. Don’t think that because you don’t have a title that God cannot use you. Even if you are a single mom or dad, raising your kids, you are a leader of your home. Whether you are a student, all the way up to a grandparent, God can use you wherever you are to do great things for His Kingdom.
God wants me to be happy, doesn’t He?
This might be the biggest lie that Christians struggle with. Our lives do not always go just as we thought they would. And our day-to-day world does not always unfold as we had planned. Often as believers, we think that if God is a good God, then I should have His obvious favor and have perfect happiness, as long as I’m being a “good Christian.” Unfortunately, that’s not true. Happiness is fleeting — an emotion we create. But true, deep, lasting joy comes from God. It’s cliche but true: God is more concerned with our holiness than our happiness. Psalm 28:7 reads,
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”
Can you think of other Lies we should cover?
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