Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe

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Clichés  and catchy sayings about life and God can hinder our faith and relationships. Larry Osborne talks about the price we pay with assumptions based on flawed beliefs rather than biblical truth. 

Larry Osborne has served as Senior Pastor at North Coast Church since 1980. He is an author and nationally-recognized trainer of pastors. His books include Accidental Pharisees, 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe, and The Unity Factor


Proverbs 21:5 (NASB)

5The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage,

But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.

New American Standard Bible, Copyright 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.


Larry talked about the folly of living in "assumption land" where people make hasty decisions based on catchy phrases or clichés that have no basis in biblical truth. He gave 4 common mis-beliefs:

  1. Faith can fix anything.
  2. A godly home produces godly children.
  3. Christians shouldn't judge.
  4. A valley means a wrong turn. 

How have any of these phrases shaped your attitude, belief, or behavior? How have you been living in "assumption land"?
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What are some other assumptions, clichés, or spiritual urban legends that have gotten you off course?
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Briefly, Larry explained that: 
  1. faith is about obeying God, not fixing things. (Read Hebrews 11 for proof.)
  2. a godly home increases the odds of "good" kids, but it is no guarantee because we have free will.
  3. we are not to condemn people (bring God's judgement), but we are to perceive, notice and say when something is wrong.
  4. God leads us through valleys and we can't bail out of God's valleys. (Read Acts 16 about Paul's time in prison.) 

How are you encouraged by the Larry's biblical explanations of these false assumptions? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
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Acts 17:11 (NASB)

11Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.

New American Standard Bible, Copyright 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.


Let's move out of assumption land by searching Scripture for ourselves and check up on the accuracy of the statements we hear from other people or read on a coffee mug. That is how we we will know what "things are so."


If you'd like to read more about dangerous assumptions and how to base faith on truth, you can find 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe by Larry Osborne here.