Churchy Sounding Aphorisms. Churchy sounding aphorisms abound from the mouths of those who presume to advise and "pastor" Believers. The problem with churchy sounding aphorisms is their beguiling appearance of supposed wisdom and substance. Listeners to these promotions often think that mere mental assent, with a measured response of head nodding and verbal agreement, constitutes a profitable action. Many listeners are so skilled at this mental assent that they wonderfully and marvelously stay at the ready to condescendingly and sagely respeak lots of these aphorisms to others. Another problem with churchy sounding aphorisms is that those who speak them presume, because of their sincerity, their "pastorly" qualifications, and their sense of "faithfulness before God," they can mix their own opinions, their own promotions, and their own sensibilities with the pure Word of God for the sake of "explanation," and call it all God's Word. Satan mixes his own ideas with the Word of God. Jesus spoke wisdom, Scriptural imperatives, Law, and the Mind of God. Rather than merely verbalize these things, He demonstrated all of them materially. Speakers of churchy sounding aphorisms, to whom we happen to be exposed today, should be held accountable to materially and observavly demonstrate in their own lives the babbling advice they trot out for others to hear. In this way, speakers of churchy sounding aphorisms can then truly "follow" their Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, rather than just speak of doing it. I Corinthians 4:20, "For the kingdom of heaven is not in word, but in power." JoWilli.