I Would Like to Shut the Mouths of Those Who Speak of “Open Doors”

Not sure how many people know this, but Christians typically make no sense.

This is mostly because no one has any idea exactly what we mean by the jargon we use.

This is also because, for the most part, our jargon has an origin in Scripture, we just never actually use it the way Scripture does.

“God just opened a door and we were able to sell our house and everything worked out.” Is a typical example of some Christian nonsensical jargon.

Open doors have taken on a life of their own for Christians. The concept of an open door is biblical. Paul uses it three times:

  1. 1 Corinthians 16:9
    For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.
  2. 2 Corinthians 2:12
    Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
  3. Colossians 4:3
    Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

As far as I can tell, these are the passages this phrase originates from. There are examples of doors opening in the Gospels, Acts, and Revelation, but not sure they have anything to do with how people use this phrase.

In each example above we see that the “open door” has to do with a ministry opportunity. Paul has some people he’d like to go teach and wants to be available for the opportunity that arises.

Mostly Christians use this phrase to talk about how God made something easy for them–selling a house, buying a car after an accident, getting a job, finding a woman dumb enough to marry you, etc.

Generally, open doors are seen when everything goes really smooth. What was supposed to be hard was made simple. Really? Is the easiness of a thing the proof that God was involved? Ask Job or Jeremiah or Ezekiel or Jesus or Paul or Stephen or Moses or Joseph about that one.

How many parents would tell their kids, “Make sure you only do what is easy in life, son. When things are easy, you know God is involved.”

Tribulation works patience, patience experience and experience hope. The Bible can’t stop talking about suffering, trials, tribulation and weakness, yet Christians speak as though easiness is the prime indicator of divineness.

We are dumb.

Note the first verse quoted above, “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” !!!

The door opens Paul into a situation where there are many adversaries! Hello! Even when the Bible does use the phrase, it does not imply ease and simplicity.

Life is tough. Get used to it. God told us to “fight the fight of faith;” He never said “Tiptoe through the tulips of faith.”

Selling your one house on time to buy another house is indeed a fine thing when it goes smoothly, but it is no indicator that God had anything to do with it. Donald Trump seems to do it quite well.

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