Words, Words, Words….

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  1. Robin says:

    Thank you for this! My husband and I have been saying very similar things for years about “Christianese” terminology and even the way we do “church”. We once suggested to a pastor that instead of a Sunday morning “service” we do a Saturday night pizza party, maybe even at someone’s house, where we could invite people who might not otherwise step foot into a church building. The pastor and his wife literally rolled their eyes and patronizingly chided us for suggesting such a “worldly” idea. Needless to say, we moved on. Following Jesus and loving everyone we come in contact with has very little to do with using specific phrases and traditional venues and has everything to do with our hearts.

  2. Robin says:

    I was just reading in the April 2010 edition of “Voice of the Martyrs” publication and came across an excerpt that made me think of your post here.

    This is taken from “Proofs of God’s Existence” by Richard Wumbrand, founder of Voice of the Martyrs who spent 14 years in Romanian prisons: ” ‘God’ is truly a polluted human word. In His name statues of monsters have been declared to be holy. In His name religious wars, often the most bitter and intense, have been fought. In His name inquisitions were carried out. Nazi soldiers had ‘God with us’ inscribed on their belts. For this reason believers are called to the reality signified by the word ‘God.’ It is important to distinguish carefully between name and reality.”