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					A Christian Stereotype
A Christian What Type?
   What is a stereotype? It can be described as a cookie
cutter that cuts the same pattern over and over. It always
cuts or molds the same pattern or shape. Some other words
used for stereotype are pattern and mold. Many Christians
think if their lives fit into a certain pattern or shape, like
going to church every Sunday, they are living the Christian life.
Wrong! They are letting the kingdom of darkness and their
old sin natures deceive them. They are cookie cutter
Christians or stereotype Christians.




Galatians 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he
deceives himself.
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows,
this he will also reap.
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  A stereotype Christian is someone who has personally
believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. However, he
doesn’t take the Word of God seriously. He doesn’t study with
a pastor-teacher and learn, believe, and use Bible doctrine. He
takes shortcuts.




  A stereotype Christian is someone who is totally ignorant of
God’s plan for believers. He has no idea how to be filled with
the Holy Spirit.* He doesn’t know the ten problem-solving
tools or how to live in and use the predesigned plan of God.**
*Go to allaboardgodstrain.org and read booklets under heading of “The Ten Problem Solving
Devices”. **God’s Plan vs. Satan’s Plan, No Excuses!




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  Since a stereotype Christian has no understanding of God’s
plan, he lives by what he feels must be God’s plan for his life.
He lets his emotions rule his thinking. He’s a slave to his
emotions or to how he feels!* Since emotions can’t think, the
stereotype Christian creates a lot of problems for himself!
He’ll be distracted from the plan of God.
*Go to allaboardgodstrain.org and read It’s What You Think, Not What You Feel.




 Romans 16:17-18 Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause
 dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and
 turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of
 their own appetites [emotions]; and by their smooth and flattering speech
 they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
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 The stereotype Christian thinks the goal of the Christian life
and spirituality is living morally. Living morally means doing
what is right. People who don’t steal are being moral, but that
doesn’t mean they are spiritual. There is a lot more to being
spiritual than just being moral. We have to change our system
of thinking to line up with God’s system of thinking! How do we
do that? Learning, believing, and using Bible doctrine! The
Christian spiritual life is much more than being moral! It is
much more than being good.




James 3:13-15 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by
his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you
harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or
deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly,
unspiritual, of the devil.                                               Page 4
  Since a stereotype Christian is ignorant of God’s plan, he
can be very self-righteous. When a stereotype Christian sees
another believer relaxed and enjoying life, he says that
person is being worldly or carnal. An example would be two
people going to church. One gets all dressed up and wants
people to notice how great he looks. He’s really not too
concerned about listening to the lesson; he’s more concerned
about what people think of him. The other one is in jeans and
a t-shirt. He is focused on the lesson and God’s thinking.
He’s enjoying what God is doing for him. The self-righteous,
dressed-up Christian will look down on the relaxed Christian.




Proverbs 6:16-17 There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which
are an abomination to Him; haughty eyes [pride], a lying tongue….

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty [arrogant, proud]
spirit before stumbling.
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  Since the stereotype Christian likes to be noticed, he likes
a pastor-teacher who will give him attention. He wants the
pastor to be available to talk whenever he needs advice or
just wants to be noticed. He doesn’t learn, believe, and use
Bible doctrine. He takes the pastor’s time away from
studying and teaching Bible doctrine. SELFISH!




James 3:16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find
disorder and every evil practice.

Romans 2:8-9 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and
follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress
for every human being who does evil….
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  The stereotype Christian thinks of the mature believer, and
also those on their way to maturity, as nuts! He thinks they
go to class too often and study too much. Since the
stereotype doesn’t study the word of God, he doesn’t
understand doctrines like the angelic conflict, dispensations,
etc….* He develops mental blocks toward doctrinal teaching
and becomes very arrogant or self important. Whatever he
doesn’t like or agree with he considers to be wrong or nuts!
*Go to allaboardgodstrain.org and read Looking at History Through God’s Timeline.




Galatians 4:16 Have I therefore become your enemy by telling you the truth?
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   The stereotype Christian is a fake! He can put on a sweet,
sincere face and talk in a sweet and sincere manner. He can
change his behavior pattern so it looks like he has changed his
character and integrity. However, inside he is using human
viewpoint and human power. To really change his character
and integrity he has to learn, believe, and use Bible doctrine.
He has to let God the Holy Spirit control his soul. Then he is
using divine viewpoint and divine power! He can’t fake it!




Matthew 23: 27-28 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you
hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside
but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the
same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside
you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.


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  As a result of the way the stereotype Christian lives, he is
failing in the spiritual life. He can’t lose his salvation, but he
can lose out on rewards. If he doesn’t change his ways, when
he comes before the Lord at the Bema seat judgment, he’ll be
embarrassed. The Lord will judge his works by his motivation,
or why he did them. Those things he did according to his
selfish motivation will be burned. Only the things done in the
filling of the Holy Spirit will be saved as precious stones.
Hopefully he’ll have a few precious stones!




1 Corinthians 3:11-13 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which
is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with
gold, silver, precious stones, wood hay, straw, each man’s work will become
evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the
fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.
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                     Points to Remember

1. Other words used for stereotype are pattern and mold.
2. Many Christians think if their lives fit into a certain pattern
or shape, like going to church every Sunday, they are living the
Christian life.
3. A stereotype Christian believes in the Lord Jesus Christ
as Savior; however, he doesn’t take the Word of God
seriously.
4. He is totally ignorant of God’s plan for believers.
5. He lets his emotions rule his thinking.
6. He thinks the goal of the Christian life and spirituality is
living morally.
7. He is very self-righteous and selfish.
8. Whatever he doesn’t like or agree with he considers to be
wrong or nuts!
9. He is a fake!
10. As a result of the way the stereotype Christian lives, he
is a total failure in time in the spiritual life.




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                      Questions for Discussion

1.   Describe the word “stereotype”.
2.   What kind of shortcuts does a stereotype Christian take?
3.   Why isn’t it a good idea to let our emotions rule us?
4.   What does living morally mean? Give an example.
5.   Give an example of being self-righteous.
6.   Describe a stereotype Christian.
7.   What will happen when the stereotype Christian comes
     before the Lord at the Bema seat judgment?




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 A Christian Stereotype
A Christian What Type?

References: Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
            www.gbible.org

            Lesson; 3-18-09

				
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