Hey guys 🙂 As Christians, we should avoid sin but sometimes there are sneaky sins that don’t seem as bad that you may be guilty of. I wanted to share 10 things that Christians should stop doing that you might not know about. I also wrote a post that had 10 Things Christians Should Be Doing if you want to check that out!
I am sure that you all have done at least one of these things, but remember that God is a God of grace and love. If you find that you have done these things make sure to pray about it. Also, maybe look into some of the verses I mention and pray over them 🙂
This is one thing that I had no idea about, horoscopes and the signs. Astrology is the prediction of future events based on the stars and planets. It is basically a more accepted form of divination, which is not something that Christians should be participating in (Deuteronomy 18:10-14). When we read horoscopes we are looking for information about the future and ourselves from a source other than God. We don’t need to look at these things if we are trusting the God who knows the future. Isaiah 47:13-14 clearly tells us not to look to the stars, moons, planets, etc for the future. It is also idolatry because we are looking to creation instead of to the God of creation. God makes it clear that we are not to look to the stars or anything for knowledge, meaning that we should not partake in horoscopes or astrology.
Manifestation has become quite popular and like me, you may have become curious about the subject, but here is why it’s bad. When you are manifesting something, you aren’t doing it through God. You are trying to give yourself power that only God has. It isn’t bad to picture your goals or to speak God’s truth, but it comes down to the power that manifestation gives to us apart from God. Christians should be believing that God is in control (Proverbs 19:21). We should also be living for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Manifestation is not trusting in God’s plan and it is not bringing glory to God. It is really trying to bring power to our thoughts and words instead of thanking God for helping us achieve something. The main idea is that we should not do anything apart from God, relying on only ourselves. Like I said, it isn’t bad to picture your Christ-centered goals for motivation or to give yourself positive affirmations about who God says you are, but make sure to do it all for His glory.
Gossiping, something that is so easy to do, but so harmful. I didn’t realize how harmful gossiping really is, but each time you “spill the tea” you are participating in sin. Ephesians 4:29 tells us, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” This verse really hit home for me. It made me wonder if my words are meant to do good and build others up, or cause harm and be hurtful. Even if you don’t mean it to be harmful, or you don’t think it will spread around, it isn’t a good idea to be speaking that way. We should be filled with love towards others, but if we are eager to speak bad about them, what is that really saying? (1 John 4:19-21) So keep this in mind and make it a habit to spread love and kindness instead of harmful things.
The prosperity gospel is a method of teaching that essential tells us that if we do good things and pray, God will reward us with money, health and happiness. This is going against the word of God saying that if we do good things, God will reward us with goods. Listening to this can lead Christians astray which is why it is so important that you make sure your pastor is preaching based off of the word of God. God never promises us wealth when we follow him, He in fact states that it can easily lead to sin (1 Timothy 6:10). The prosperity gospel teaches that as Christians, our lives shouldn’t be challenging, which isn’t the case (Romans 5:3-5). Our good works aren’t what saves us, only Jesus does that and nothing we do will change that (Ephesians 2:8-9). I highly suggest watching American Gospel to learn more about this subject, but overall, make sure you are listening to a Biblically based preacher.
SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE
The number one thing that has become so easily to ignore for Christians, sex before marriage. A verse that speaks about this topic is 1 Corinthians 6:18-20: “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” We should actively resist sexual immorality and refrain from having sex before marriage. God reminds us that our bodies are His temple and we should treat them so by honoring this command. We should be glorifying God with our bodies, not using them to sin.
Like I said about gossip, what comes out of our mouth can symbolize what is really in our hearts (Luke 6:45). I thought that the verse James 3:10 was great for this subject, “From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” God doesn’t want us to be blessing Him at one hour of the day and then cursing others another. Just like gossiping, we shouldn’t be speaking things out that aren’t meant for good. Cussing is definitely not good and is meant to hurt others, so it is something that Christians shouldn’t be doing.
This can be a sin that is misunderstood. You may be thinking, I don’t have any statues of other Gods in my house, so this doesn’t apply to me, but wait! An idol can be a person, object or thing that you place above God. You may not directly worship them, but you may still be holding them above God. Is there something in your life that you are placing above God? This could be a sport, a celebrity, a friend, etc. God tells us to not idolize anything above Him (Exodus 20:3-5). Colossians 3:5 even tells us that passion, covetousness and evil desires can be idolatry if we are placing them above God. Make sure that you aren’t idolizing anything above God!
USING THE LORD’S NAME IN VAIN
What does this actually mean? Using the Lord’s name in vain means that you say it in a worthless or empty way. When we say oh my ___ or use His name in an empty way, we are sinning. Through out scripture, God’s name is a glorious thing used to praise Him. When we use His name in vain we are going against His commandments and disrespecting Him. God tells us to not take His name in vain and warns us that it is in fact a sin (Exodus 20:7). When we have a relationship with God we will want to respect, fear and love Him. When we use His name in vain, we are not doing any of those things.
Lust is a strong desire that is mostly sexual. The thing with lust is that it isn’t an action that can be seen by others, so it can be easily overlooked, but the Bible makes it clear that lust is a sin (Matthew 5:28). We can’t stop thoughts from coming to our minds, it is just human nature, but we can move on from them and not dwell on them. You may argue that it isn’t a sin if we don’t act on thoughts, but focusing on them is just as wrong. It is important to remember that God warned us that lust and other desires of the flesh are not from Him, they are from the world (evil) and therefore are not something we should trust or participate in (1 John 2:16). This can also stem back to idolatry, if we focus on lust and our desires more than God we are idolizing our sins.
Lastly, complaining is something that we shouldn’t do (Philippians 2:14). It’s not terrible to complain about being tired or something small now and then, but when we are constantly complaining about our situation we aren’t putting our faith in God. God puts us into specific circumstances for a reason. Our circumstances, good or bad, are part of God’s plan and something we shouldn’t question or complain about. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” When you feel like complaining, remember to put your trust in God and always be thankful.
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