Christian Sayings

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Within Christian circles, there are many different expressions and phrases that have become commonplace. Among those heavily used sayings is the notion that Christians are to be “in the world but not of the world.”
This phrase, that is often recited as if it were a direct quote from scripture, is used as a mantra by many Christians to separated themselves from the world. So what does it actually mean for a follower of Christ to be in the world but not of it, and does the phrase’s common application aid the advancement of the gospel?
Daniel Chinn, assistant professor of biblical and theological studies, said Christians started using the phrase as an interpretation of a bible passage and though the phrase is often treated as scripture it is not in the bible verbatim.
The phrase “In the world but not of the world” comes from
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God is consistently saying all the way through ‘This earth is good and my people are going to live here forever like I designed it to be from the very beginning,’ Chinn said. “And then smack dab in the middle of the story you've got the incarnation, which I think is God's greatest statement to say ‘My created world is good, so good in fact, that I, the second person of the trinity, am going to come down and take on the dirt of humanity, literally.”
Though the phrase ‘In the world but not of the world’ has truth that can be unpacked from it, Chinn said the implication of how Christians commonly use the phrase is flawed because often it is used to justify separation of themselves from their culture, which is not what scripture is calling them to do.
Some Christians hold a prospective that the culture is bad, Chinn said, and many separate themselves from the culture by having “all things Christian” in their
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