Ten clichés Christians should never use

by Kim on August 3, 2012

Christian Piatt, writing in today’s Church Times. These are the clichés; Piatt offers some commentary too.

1. Everything happens for a reason.

2. He/She is in a better place.

3. Have you asked Jesus into your heart?

4. Do you accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour?

5. Jesus died for your sins.

6. Love the sinner, hate the sin.

7. The Bible clearly says …

8. God needed another angel in heaven, so he called him/her home.

9. Are you saved?

10. The Lord never gives someone more than they can handle.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }


Tony Burgess 08.03.12 at 1:30 pm

I fear that some Christians will continue to make our faith more cliche than something meaningful, real and life changing. Some in our faith seem to have a limited understanding of what it really means to be a Christian.


Mark Byron 08.04.12 at 8:01 pm

I note all the cliches gore either Reformed or evangelical oxen. Some of
the funeral niceties are cringe-worthy, along with some of the stock witnessing lines. “Hate the sin, love the sinner” is one that seems out of place there, although it gets mangled in our sexuality debates.


Kobina 08.07.12 at 1:12 pm

If we can’t talk about being saved or sin then what’s Christianity all about these days?


Kim 08.07.12 at 10:11 pm

To be sure, Kobina. But, e.g., with 9. — it’s so often so smugly put. As Piatt says in his commentary: “it implies a power/privilege imbalance (i.e. ‘I’m saved, but I’m guessing you’re not, based on some assumptions I’m making about you’).” Or with 6., as Mark rightly suggests — it’s been “mangled in our sexuality debates.”

Mark makes another good point, BTW, regarding Piatt’s anti-evangelical bias. Maybe sometime I’ll try to put together 10 cringe-worthy clichés that come from the liberal side of the tracks.


Alwyn ap Huw 08.08.12 at 3:26 am

I learned to be a Methodist preacher in the 1970’s – my main difficulty at the time was making my sermons fill the allotted 20 minuet slot. God is love says it all – how do you expand on that into a full sermon?

Can one preach and expound in today’s fast moving world?

The last sermon I preached was heard by a faithful five. The last tweet I twittered was read by my 300 followers and re tweeted to hundreds more. Your clichés are all of twitter length!

Rather than condemning Christian clichés, perhaps we Christians should tweet and retweet them with evangelic zeal!


Mark Byron 08.12.12 at 12:28 am

To borrow from Luther-Tweet boldly!


Scott 08.24.12 at 11:19 am

I agree some of these phrases have been overused to the point of becoming trite, and unhelpful.
Though if #10 (The Lord never gives someone more than they can handle) is about temptation, then it may be cliche to say it, but it’s entirely truthful, and straight from 1 Corinthians 10! I’ve found this really helpful recently.

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