CHURCH WORDS & RELIGIOUS PHRASES THAT I DON’T LIKE

Here are a few phrases I hear periodically that just don’t make sense to me…

  • “LORD, WE HOPE WE’VE DONE THIS IN A WORTHY AND PLEASING MANNER.” I understand what’s being prayed when we say this, and I’ll be the first to say, “Let’s do things respectful and right,” but sometimes I think we think that God’s going to strike us dead if our minds wonder during worship? Maybe we think God will bar-b-que us for forgetting the words to a song? Is God just looking for a chance to catch us doing something wrong? Have we beat people up with the story of Nadab and Abihu so much that we’re living in constant fear of our Father? How sad! Why do we enter His throne room as frightened children with our head down, afraid to make eye contact? Is God not pleased to see & hear His children? Are we not to, “Approach the throne of grace with confidence?” Hebrews 4:16. WAKE UP people. He’s your Father, and He loves you. He’s not a task master with a whip looking to beat you!
  • “THE LESSON OF THE HOUR WILL BE GIVEN BY TREY, OUR REGULAR PREACHER.” Actually this phrase always makes me laugh. First, I’ve never preached for an hour in my life, but does this mean I can? Second, how do they know I’m regular? :)
  • “THIS CONCLUDES THE LORD’S SUPPER AND NOW WE’LL HAVE THE CONTRIBUTION.” Does it not count if we don’t use that phrase between the communion and the contribution?
  • “BAPTIZED BELIEVER.” Okay, before I get in trouble I want you to understand that I understand what’s being said here. I honestly do. But “baptized believer” is an unbiblical phrase. Jesus spoke of two groups of people, believers and non-believers. Nowhere in the Bible does it ever say anything about a special group called the “baptized believers.” Am I saying baptism isn’t essential, necessary or important? No way. I am saying that if we’re going to follow the bible and do things biblical, then let’s use biblical words and phrases correctly, too.
  • “EPISTLE.” Again, just like above, use biblical phrases. Biblically they are called letters not epistles. That word has to be so confusing to babes in Christ.
  • “UM, YOU JUST TOLD A LIE IN CHURCH!” You’re not supposed to lie anywhere, and it doesn’t make it worse if you do it in the church building.
  • “WE’RE GOING TO CHURCH.” I’ve told you before, we don’t “go to church”, we “are the church.” The church is wherever the people meet. It’s not the building.
  • “ARE YOU GOING TO EVER DO FULL-TIME WORK SOMEDAY?” The dreaded phrase heard often by youth ministers and associate ministers. What a slap in the face. “Full-time” work? What does that mean? Do they already not work full-time? They probably put in more hours than the minister every week, but for some reason many think that associate ministers or youth ministers are not in “full-time” ministry until they “move-up” to preaching. Does it make you more holy if you preach? Honestly, Paul said, “God gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11). Or if I can rephrase that, “God gave some to be ministers, some to be youth ministers, some to be associate ministers, some to be bible class teachers, etc.” Don’t belittle one of God’s servants because he doesn’t preach.

Okay, enough preaching today. Any phrases or words you’re not crazy about?

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  1. Greg says:

    Don’t get me started on this one! I’ll just say, “Amen!” to what you’ve written and pray that God will “guide, guard, and direct you” through your ministry, and give you a very special blessing, bless your heart.

  2. Andre Nunes says:

    This is a pretty good post Trey. nice job. I know I don’t have many years in the church like most of you do, but I have seen many changes, some of them that I don’t agree. Its very interesting how, most churches are trying to be politically correct, working very hard no to step into anybodies toes, but they forget, that they are in fact stepping in Gods huge toe. Like it says in James chapter 1. We should be slow to speak and quick to listen to Gods word.
    Have a great day, Trey.

  3. Evan Williams says:

    “Is it almost over, im so hungry”
    Trey you don’t know how often that i hear this phrase….and i must admit iv’e probably said it a few times myself

  4. blogprophet says:

    “place membership”

    not biblical. we set up barriers and make people feel excluded from day one instead of accepting them, loving them, and finding out along the way where their faith is and how we can help them along.

    the church directory should not be considered equivalent to the Lamb’s Book of Life

  5. Odgie says:

    Prayers to Father Weejus, as in “Father we just…”

    I love perusing church ads for ministers in the Christian Chronicle and other places. They always say that they want a “godly” man, or a “Spirit-filled” man. As opposed to, say, all of those churches that want a godless man or a man devoid of the spirit?

  6. Tim Archer says:

    I believe if you’ll check 1 Corinthians 16, you have to say “separate and apart” before taking the contribution.

    After “partaking” of the Lord’s supper, of course. (That’s PARtake, if you’re in Texas)

  7. preacherman says:

    “Guide, Guard, and Direct Us!”
    Yet another empty phrase.
    Why not “lead us not into temptation”? or “May the Lord direct our hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” (2 Thess 3:5). It sounds better.
    :-)

  8. That Girl says:

    …and bring us back at the next appointed time.

  9. Jeff Slater says:

    “…while we stand and sing.”

  10. RAN says:

    OH..OH! I have a good one that is heard WAY too often in our congregation (but hopefully will be changing soon, as it was recently discussed in a men’s class). At the table, after communion…..”now as a matter of convenience, we will have the offering”. CONVENIENCE?!?!?!?!? Who are we to make something convenient for us in worship?!?!

  11. Philip Murphy says:

    Yep… “epistle” is a bit confusing… but so is “babes in Christ.” I can’t help but think of a Baywatch-esque Bible tv show. Maybe we’ll call TheWayWatch… and we can have Miriam sport a thong as she runs through the Nile.

  12. TREY MORGAN says:

    Philip – Funny

  13. Tommy says:

    I’m glad you had a “ready recollection” of these things.

  14. Brienne says:

    Amen to the “full-time work” comment. Youth ministers, contrary to sometimes popular belief, do not work one hour a week and then party and play games the rest of the time. Youth ministry is a full time job for everyone in our family, and there’s only one of us that’s paid for it. :) I’m sure that doesn’t happen in preacher’s families at all.

  15. Matthew says:

    Good post, we have a ton of these little sayings. No wonder newcomers have a hard time understanding us.

  16. AncientWanderer says:

    Matthew-
    It’s the “touchy-feely” cliches about mom and home and apple pie that get strung together and called a sermon that crack me up.
    I wonder how “newcomers” in many congregations ever understand the Gospel from the sermons preached.

    You know what I’m taking about—

    “Jesus is the reason,
    God is love,
    God is yor mac daddy of love,
    they don’t care how much you know tills they knows how much you care,
    All Church buildings needs to have crosses on them- red crosses ’cause they is hospitals for sick not sanctuaries for righteous,
    Oh yeah GRACE RULES!”

    Then a non invitation song 😉
    They sound kinda like Joel Olsteen with a Bible minor.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Enjoyed this one alot! Have to say that one I get tired of is getting asked of my son who went to Bible College (Ozark), Is he ever gonna use his education for something?!?! He as all of us should be is a minister in all respects of the word, he just doesn’t collect a pay check from a congregation, therefor he is seen as not using his education and training because he doesn’t get paid for it.

  18. Larissa says:

    well all of mine were taken up! good post! I especially agree with the “baptized believer” or any phrase that is used like that, b/c it happens a lot and then somehow becomes “scripture” in our lives.

  19. Wade says:

    We had a guy who used to always start the closing prayer by saying, “Shall we all pray together?”

    I was so tempted to yell out, “No! I’m gonna pray on my own!”

    Great post!

    W

  20. Matt H. says:

    I would thing that another phrase you would not want to hear is:

    “Preacher your Fired”:)

  21. Matt H. says:

    Amen, to Blogprophet, I never have liked that “place membership”

  22. Anonymous says:

    LOL!!! way too funny. Matt H, yours is especially funny…….. and oooohhhh so true. LOL Enjoyed the fun Trey. Gonna call you soon just to catch up on things.

    Eddie

  23. cdj says:

    I’m going to blog about it soon, but you should read “Blue Like Jazz.” Have you heard of it? I’m about 3/4 through it and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Miller mentions those cliches and others that you mentioned in your post. I HIGHLY recommend this book, too and I know you are a reader so it would be a quick and engaging read.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I am not a blogger, enjoy your blogs.
    Maybe this next question comes under misquoted scripture rather phrase don’t like…
    My aunt asked me to find the scripture “God will not give us more than we can bear.”
    1 Cor. 10:13 talks about will not allow us to be tempted more than we can bear.
    This may be a whole new blog for you.
    Is this misquoted or am I missing where the verse is?
    Keep up the blogging,
    Irita

  25. TREY MORGAN says:

    Irita … You’re right. The verse is 1 Cor. 10:13. And it is often misquoted. Paul says, “God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” You’re right. And, yes there are lots of misquoted scripture. And there is a lot of quotes that people think are in the Bible but they are not… for example:

    “cleanliness is next to godliness” is actually a verse in the Bible and there are others too.

    Hope your family is well. Miss you guys.

  26. Falantedios says:

    The best part of Blue Like Jazz for me was Miller describing confessing the sins of the historical church to unbelievers and asking for forgiveness.

    For annoying cliches, how about the two-stage invitation process?

    For overquoted nonexistent passages, how about “God helps those who helps themselves?”

  27. cdj says:

    Falantedios…I agree, I was just telling my coworker about the book and that was the first thing I mentioned. That was a very powerful point and definitely thought-provoking, as is the whole book.

  28. "Uncle" Roy says:

    How about the prayer, “God be with those who are sick of this congregation.” Wonder who those folks are…

    Great blog, Trey.

  29. David Kirk says:

    “Dear Lord, we pray for all whom it is our duty to pray for the world over.”

  30. orthodox says:

    EPISTLE.” Again, just like above, use biblical phrases. Biblically they are called letters not epistles. That word has to be so confusing to babes in Christ.”

    Uhh… Epistle is the Greek derived word for letter. Biblically they are called an ἐπιστολῆς (epistle).

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