Stuff Christians Should Stop Doing

Here is some stuff Christians should stop doing.

1. Telling people “I’ll pray for you” without actually praying for them.

Guilty as charged. I can’t think of anybody who hasn’t done this at one time or another. And while most of us don’t actually mean to forget, it’s probably best that we just set aside time on the spot to pray for people. Are we really so busy that we can’t stop and pray for someone’s needs? We need to make sure we are fulfilling our duties as Christians and actually follow through with them. One prayer could be the tipping point to someone coming to know the love of God. Don’t miss the opportunity to speak life into someone because you don’t think you have time.

2. Attending Church on Sunday, but ignoring God’s voice the rest of the week. 

Ouch! This one stings a little. Many of us get in the habit of making God just another addition to our weekly check-list, but the reality is that our entire lives should revolve around him. God deserves #1 priority in each of our lives, and to treat him any differently would go against the foundations of the Christian faith. Evaluate the way you are spending your time, money, and energy. If you want to see a change in your life then you need to begin giving God the place of honor he deserves. Stop treating God like the last kid picked in doge-ball.

3. Praying for God’s provision when we have yet to use what he has already provided.

Way too many of us tend to treat God like a personal genie. Prayer was given to us as an open line of communication between us and God, but the harsh reality is that way too many of try to use it like a drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant. You don’t get to pick and choose the way God provides, but you do get the opportunity to trust his plan and have faith in his promises. I can’t begin to explain how many times I’ve ignored God’s provision because it wasn’t wrapped the way I intended it to be. Every time we purposely ignoring God’s provision, we are indirectly telling him, “I don’t trust your plan.”

4. Trying to be so relevant that we actually hurt the message of Jesus. 

There is nothing wrong with trying to be relevant, but we need to understand that there is a BOLD line between being trendy, and then completely disfiguring the message of Jesus. We can’t expect to bring any change to the world when we don’t look any different from it. I’m a firm believer that Jesus came to reclaim culture and not abolish it, but this doesn’t mean we need to water down His message so that it’s easier to swallow.

5. Telling people, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” 

Why should we stop saying this? Because it’s a lie… We’ve completely twisted 1 Corinthians 10:13 as this verse is pointing towards temptation, and even then it states God will be there if things get too tough. The reality is that God just might give us things we can’t handle so that we will gaze towards him for the extra help. Mind blowing right? Realize that not everything is going to go the way you plan, think, or hope. Sometimes stuff is going to hit the fan, and in order for you to get through it you are going to NEED to rely on God’s comfort, peace, and understanding. We weren’t meant to do life alone.

– Jarrid Wilson


What are some other things Christians should stop doing? Comment below.

Published by Jarrid Wilson

Husband, Father, Pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship & Author of a few books.

269 comments on “Stuff Christians Should Stop Doing”

  1. The “I’ll pray for you” one is one of my pet peeves. A lot of times, people (myself included) use it to get out of an uncomfortable situation or when we don’t have anything to say. In my experience, it can be more powerful when I actually pray with the person instead of praying for them later.

  2. I agree with 5 a little. The only thing I’m not in agreement with is the title of #5. God puts us through things we can handle. The reason why it seems like we can’t handle it, it’s because as humans we only see the problem rather than the solution (which is God). In conclusion, “God will never give you anything you can’t handle” because everything we’re put through has an escape we’re capable of getting to (with God of course). Maybe as Christians we should change the phrase around to make it clear that God gives us things we can handle with His help.

  3. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” isn’t that the same as saying #5?

    1. In Christ, GOD is the one who will help you out of the situation. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says there is nothing that can “tempt” you beyond what you can handle. The verse also says, “But when you are tempted” God will be there for you. Thus stating there will be times you wont be able to handle the temptation, THUS NEEDING GOD. :)

    2. Along with what Jarrid said, I would add that this verse is specifically addressing the area of temptation. I think to apply it to everything in life would be taking it a bit out of context.

  4. Hi Jared! My name is Luanna and I’m Brazil. I lived at Florida for almost 10 years and came back to Brazil about 5 years ago.. I just have a question for you cause I got confused when you said at the 4th statement that God doesn’t give us what we can`t handle. He can do that, I’m sure. For an example, I have a friend and that he’s going through a really tough time in his life, problems with family, friends and especially in his faith. He always comes to me for advice what I say is “God with never give you what you can’t handle.” I say this cause I think it’s true. You are totally right in saying that God will with make us stay in a situation that we can’t handle but I disagree that he doesn’t do that always, but when He does, He’s sure of making us pray, claim for Him and ask for extra help like you said. Well, that’s pretty much it, I hope you understood what I meant to say. I love your blog and I follow all of you post on facebook. God bless you always, Jared. You are a very blessed man!

    “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempte beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

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