What are the myths we persist in believing?
The first five come from Michael Spencer, in response to a question asked of him on his site. The rest are a mixture of my own thoughts and inspirations from the #evangelicalmyths trend on Twitter yesterday.
1. The "victorious Christian life"
2. Biblical principles make things work better
3. Non-Christians are bad
4. Jesus is all about church growth
5. Well known pastors and preachers are telling the truth
6. The Bible exists to help you be successful and happy
7. God will bless America (again) if we'll only get a godly president, put prayer back in schools, repent of homosexuality/abortion, etc.
8. Worship = music
9. We have lots of people, so God must be blessing what we're doing
10. The reason we don't have what we want is because we're not praying hard enough
11. Making "Christian" versions of popular music, games, movies, clothes, etc. is an effective evangelism tool
12. Jesus taught in parables so that everyone would understand what he was saying
13. If you aren't happy, you aren't a good Christian
14. Lost people sense a void in their life
15. Teenagers think youth ministers are cool :-)
16. We will help the poor in our community by spending $25 million on a new building
17. Jesus would vote Republican/Democrat
18. I can't worship if there isn't a rockin' band
19. Asking Jesus into your heart after walking an aisle gets you the insurance so you can go on living any way you please
20. Hurting someone's feelings is a sin
21. Ten alliterative points in a fill-in-the-blank outline is effective for sermon retention
22. Abstinence pledges are an effective means of preventing premarital sex
23. We don't need to pay attention to anything that happened in Christian history before the 19th century. Everything before that was Catholic or something
24. If you make a decision that blows up in your face, you stepped out of God's will for your life
25. Type-A leaders with dynamic speaking abilities make the best pastors
There's more. Feel free to contribute your own in the comments . . .