4 lies I believed as a new Christian
Being a new Christian can be overwhelming. You get to watch your entire life do a 180. Sometimes it can be scary because it’s something you’ve never done before.More often times than not, a new believer can get caught up in the wrong mindset. Maybe we think these things because of watching other ‘christians’ or maybe it’s just something we think. Let me tell you a few things that I believed as a new Christian just in case you are in the same boat as I was.
1. You don’t have to read the bible to be a Christian
This is a lie, that often, people who have been saved for years seem to believe. Let me be clear here. You need to read the bible the be a Christian. It’s not just some random book the old dude preaches out of on Sunday. It’s God’s Holy word. The bible is supposed to be instructions on how to live. How will you know how to be a follower of Jesus if you don’t open his word?
The bible is full of ways on how to live a life that is pleasing to God. Without the bible, you can’t learn. Without the bible, you can’t know who God is. You may be able to hear things a preacher says about God, but you can’t truly learn who He is without being in His word. It will give you a better understanding of who God is. You can’t have a relationship with someone you don’t know. Read about who He is.
2. If my preacher said it, it’s true
Once again, even people who have been following Jesus for a while get caught up in this lie. Just because a preacher is wearing a suit and is on stage with a microphone, doesn’t make everything He says true. For all you know, He could be a false teacher. He could be teaching you things that are not true but you may not even think twice about it because he “knows what he is talking about.” Sometimes, people even preach off of their own opinions. Now, maybe not even to that extent.
What if your preacher were to misinterpret something on accident? Maybe he just misunderstood something, and because you don’t dive into God’s word and look into it yourself, you would never even know. Don’t believe everything your preacher says. Look into what he is saying because he may be wrong. If he’s wrong, then that instantly makes you wrong. Research it before believing it.
3. I only have to pray before a meal
I grew up in a home where I was taught to pray, but we only did it before meals. Yes, pray before meals but don’t let that be the extent of your prayer life. 2 Thessalonians 6:18 says “pray continuously”. That doesn’t mean pray only to thank God for the scrumptious food you’re about to devour. Pray continuously. Pray as much as you can!
(Also, incase you did not catch this: There is no 1 Thessalonians 6. The real reference to that verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:17. I just wanted to show you how easy it is to believe anything you see or read. Now, you may have caught that but maybe you didn’t. It just proves that you need to research things because people are deceitful.)
4. You don’t have to go to church to be a christian
When I first became a Christian, I never wanted to go to Sunday morning church. My excuse was “I don’t have to go to church to be a Christian”. Although that is somewhat true, there is much more lie than truth in that sentence. Sure you can read your bible at home but then you miss out on what God is doing inside the church. You can’t serve within the church. God wants us to be around other believers. Being around other Christians encourages us and ultimately helps us in our walk.
It can be super easy to fall away from God but if you have a body of believers, they will lift you up and do everything in their power to make sure you don’t step off the path again. They can be your accountability partners. You need church to be a christian in my opinion. I have stopped going to church before. It was hard to be a christian alone in the world that we live in today. Everything around me was trying to get me away from God, especially with the household I was living in. Trust me, after you lose your focus on God, it is tremendously hard to get back to where you were before. Stay active in church. The bible talks about the church a lot. It sounds pretty important.
Those are four lies that I dealt with early on in my Christian walk and I hope the same for you! Thank you so much for reading.