My Beloved Brethren dwelling in fellowship through the righteousness and loving-kindness of our glorious and only begotten Lord, I declare to you this day the dire need for our confession and repentance from the sins of the tongue. For the sake of our evangelical outreach, witness and testimony, that we might see salvation, redemption and assurance of new birth in the holy spirit come to unreached sinners we must turn away from speaking in foreign tongues without an interpretation.
Translation: Christians – STOP USING WORDS NO ONE ELSE KNOWS!
Seriously, just stop it right now.
Imagine that you were not part of our weird church culture The words we use on Sunday or in a prayer meeting would make no sense to you. It would be a foreign language.
Here’s why you should stop using special christian words.
1) Special Christian words block the way to God
Jesus was constantly angry at the priests because they were keeping people from coming close to God. They required people to eat certain food, dress a certain way and use certain words to worship God. This made regular people think they could never be close to God. We are doing the same thing!
2) There is nothing special about this language, we are just used to it
Some might object that many of these words are necessary because they have special christian meaning. Wrong. When properly understood many of these words do have a specific meaning that is hard to match exactly in other language, but that doesn’t matter.
The earliest followers of Jesus knew concepts about God that were easier to express exactly in Hebrew or Aramaic, their native language and the language Jesus spoke with them. Greek didn’t have the right words. But they didn’t hesitate to translate the message immediately into simple, everyday Greek. The Greeks would never understand the message in the old language. New words had to be used.
3) It Messes Up the Way WE Think About God
Using these words creates a division in our brains between what we do for God or at church and our ‘regular’ life. It makes church and God stuff feel different than the rest of our life. The bible recognizes no such division. When we pray with a bunch of fancy words our prayers easily lose the deep and personal connection that is supposed to be there between us and God.
Often we don’t even understand what we are saying. Take your pick of special christian words we use all the time and ask around at your church to see how many people can tell you what it means. The answer is very few. I am talking about words we use literally every time we meet like majesty, gospel, holy and hallelujah. I estimate that over half the regular members at our church cannot explain what these words mean. If that is true then what the heck are they doing in worship, prayer or when the bible is being read?! Not much. They are left out. Only the core, born and bred, older, native English speakers are able to really understand these words. The core worships while the rest sit on the sidelines.
by Isaac Whiting
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