20 Head-Scratching Christian Phrases We’ve All Heard

Christianese 101.

You've probably heard them: Hedge of protection. Blood of the lamb. Sea of forgetfulness.

Like any other segment of the population, Christians have developed words and phrases unique to church culture.

Though many of these phrases are legitimately challenging—and some are even concepts straight out of Scripture—they often develop into clichés that can be very confusing for those less familiar with churchy language.

After all, most people aren’t fluent in Christianese.

We asked you to share some of the strangest Christian phrases you've heard, and you came up with some true gems. Here are some of our favorites:

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Top Comments

Andrew Wood

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Andrew Wood commented…

"Hedge of protection." A force-field of shrubbery, I guess.

Kathryn Crawford

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Kathryn Crawford commented…

I wanted to punch every person who told me to "guard your heart" when I was dating my husband. What kind of advice is that? What does it even mean?!?!?

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Johannes Persson

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Johannes Persson commented…

"Just be honest with where you're at". Chipotle.

Grace Revolution

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Grace Revolution commented…

There was a time after various Christian phenomena such as Pensacola, where people endlessly said, 'More, Lord' to everything. I'd be telling a friend about something fun that happened and she'd turn it into a sudden prayer, 'More Lord, more'. It was just odd.

Grace Revolution

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Grace Revolution commented…

I've noticed there's a lot of fire in Christian songs too; 'Set me on fire' or 'I want to burn for you'. There was also a song 'I want to run with the fire'. Isn't that dangerous? :)

Aimee Tapp

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Aimee Tapp commented…

The church I'm in now says "flesh out" every single week. Any biblical concept, "What does that look like to flesh that out in our daily lives?"

Matt Unger

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Matt Unger commented…

I come from a pentecostal background so shouting "Amen" after a good point was a common occurrence. Still not sure how that became a thing.

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