The following is adapted from a post I encountered at ChurchLeaders.com
Here are the Top Five Lies Christians Believe (according to Nicole / Nicole Cottrell).
1. Church is not necessary.
The church exists for a reason! As Nicole says:
I was a lone Christian for many years. I knew no differently and I honestly didn’t know any better. Somehow in my daily reading of scripture, all the talk of the body and fellowship just flew right past me.
The saddest thing is that it was my lack of accountability and relationship that pushed me to my furthest point away from God. I would wake up every morning and feel hopeless and alone.
The Relational Nature of the church is one of key reasons for belonging. Even if you don’t think you need to church — it is entirely possible the church needs you. The interaction and the work of the Holy Spirit in that interaction is why God designed the church.
2. All Christians need to do is be “good” and act “nice.”
That is what a “good Christian does.” This lie is one of the enemy’s greatest weapons. He wants us to believe that if we just “act” a certain way and keep up appearances (i.e. do good works apart from grace) that we will be OK.
Being a Christian is not about being nice — it is all about becoming more and more Christ-like as we live in relationship with Him and learn to submit to him.
3. God doesn’t care about your small things.
Somewhere along the line we convince ourselves that God has got a lot on his plate and so we don’t bother Him with our silly little lives. We pray for others, sure. Or make our own requests known only when they are “big” things, and even then we doubt He might care or actually hear.
He cares about the details of your lives just as much as the “big picture.” He desires you to let Him into the small spaces where He can take up residence and bring peace.
4. We believe that only pastors or those in “leadership” can, in fact, lead.
Churches use words like pastor, counselor, minister of whatever or lay person. They are essentially stating that you must be a professional to serve or lead within the body.
The beauty, however, of the Body of Christ is that God calls ordinary men to do His extraordinary work.
It is not essential to have the degrees or specialized training. You need three things: willingness, faithfulness and the Holy Spirit.
Individual churches may have preferences regarding training, etc, but in God’s eyes the essential thing is a willingness to humbly follow in obedience.
5. God wants us to be happy.
Happiness in scripture is usually mentioned in terms of a fleeting moment or a temporal, earthly event. Neither the scriptures or Christ (or anyone else for that matter) ever tell us that God wants us to “be happy.” He wants us to be a lot of things: righteous, holy, godly, pure, sanctified, etc … but “happy” ain’t in the list.
It is especially true in American culture that we value happiness above all else. But how we define happiness is often misleading. We equate happiness with feelings of joy and excitement. Scripture seldom talks of happiness — but rather being content and fulfilled — have a peace that comes from knowing we live in harmony with God.
What lies are you believing? Are there other lies that could be added to this list?