Devotional | 9 Reasons You're a Terrible Christian


So here it is – the definitive list. I've interviewed a bunch of different people, taken notes from pastoral meetings and done lots of research – and here are the top 9 reasons you’re a terrible Christian.

Ok, full disclosure. I’ve got an apology for you… I led you here under false pretence – I don’t have 9 reasons why you’re a terrible Christian. I don’t even have one. Sorry about that.

The truth is, I wanted to bring you here to encourage you, but I knew if I titled this post ‘9 reasons you’re actually doing really well’ you probably wouldn’t have clicked the link.

The fact is, we all find it a lot easier to hear and believe something negative about ourselves than we do something positive.

When I say I have 9 reasons that you’re a terrible Christian, our first thought is probably something like ‘only 9?’ We seem to have this natural disposition to automatically see the worst in ourselves.

One of the many messages that has come out of Bethel Church in Redding that has blessed me is Kris Vallotton’s teaching on the difference between conviction condemnation. The core point is that condemnation associates your sin with your character – it says ‘you lied, therefore you are a liar’ – whereas conviction disassociates your sin with your character – it says ‘when you lie, you’re acting below your true nature.’

We know, don’t we, that condemnation comes from the enemy and conviction comes from Holy Spirit.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

The word convict is often a translation of the Greek word elencho, which means “to convince someone of the truth” – our default assumption is often that God wants to convince us of the truth that we’re sinners – but the most easily believed lies are the ones with a little bit of truth mixed in. 

We were sinners and worthless, but we’re not anymore, we are new creations in Christ. 

“‘You’re nothing without Christ’ is a half-truth – but you’re never without Christ, so you’re never nothing.” Stu Glassborow

There is so much more I could write on this topic, but I don’t want to go on too long. My heart would be that as you read this, you begin to learn to discern the difference between condemnation and conviction. 

When we understand that God is for us and not against us, it becomes a lot easier to hear and receive His loving correction that sets us back on our intended course – to be like Christ!