What To Say To Evangelical Christians

Evangelical Christians have a distinctive vocabulary.  You need to know this, because if you don’t, you can quickly reveal that you do not “belong to Christ.”

If you are asked “Do you know Christ?” or “Have you been born again?” or “Have you had a personal experience with Christ?  your response is very important.

If you say “I believe in God,” your answer reveals to an evangelical Christian that you probably have never been saved or born-again.  As they would put it, “You have not had a personal experience with Christ.”

An evangelical Christian believes that life’s most important experience is an experiential knowledge of Jesus Christ, not just an academic acknowledgment of God’s greatness.  Evangelical Christians take seriously the declaration of the Bible, “You must be born again.”

The worst thing you can possible say in response is “I’m a good person.”  Evangelical Christians believe that salvation is through faith in Christ, not through good works or a moral life.

Here are phrases and expressions that are commonly used in evangelical circles:  “I have been born again.”   “I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.”  “I have been saved by the grace of God.”

At the end of a prayer, the following phrases are customary and expected:  “In the name of Jesus Christ.”  “In the name of our Lord.”  “In the name of our precious Savior” or “In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Sometimes “In thy name” is used if non-Christians are present and the person praying does not want to give offense.

The expression “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,” though not taboo,  suggests that the person saying the prayer is probably a Catholic (or possibly an Episcopalian) and not an evangelical.  Evangelicals believe in the Trinity, but tend not to use this phrase in personal prayers.

In every field of interpersonal relations, if you know the vocabulary of the group you are interacting with, you will be more successful.  This is certainly true when you communicate with born-again, evangelical Christians.

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