What are we really saying?

Christian Speak — the language of evangelical Christians — has developed over time. It’s the inclusion of certain terms and phrases in our vocabulary. We hear things, we repeat them.

  • I “asked Jesus into my heart.”
  • Just “repeat this prayer after me.”
  • I’m saved because I prayed “The sinner’s prayer.”

The problem is this: over time we use words and phrases just because we’ve always used those words and phrases, but we never stop to consider their origin — or even if they are biblically accurate. Erik Raymond discusses one such phrase at his blog Ordinary Pastor. He considers the meaning of the phrase “I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior.


About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

One Response to What are we really saying?

  1. Joyanna says:

    We were just talking about this very issue this morning during our family worship time.

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