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The Catchphrase: What Would Jesus Do?

Updated on March 9, 2017

I don’t know about you, but there seem to be countless catchphrases and mottos that many use within the church system today. All you have to do is put Christian before the word you are going to put into Google search images engine and you will get what I mean. There are a plethora of t-shirts, bumper stickers, mugs, pens, pendants, etc. to show off your special catchphrase to your fellow church members and those in the general public.

The most famous catchphrase in the institutional church system is the epitome of what Christianity is founded upon. The love of titles, buzz words and catch phrases have enamoured the masses so much that they have to parrot them to everyone else like programmed robots. These specially tailored words have been created to invoke a response and then a behaviour that aligns with their pithy religious expressions.

Before we take a look at the most famous catchphrase of all time, let’s take a look at some other popular ones:

  • WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent sin burn.
  • HEAVY DRINKER: If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.
  • LOST? Someone is searching for you.
  • Suffering from truth decay? Brush up on your Bible.
  • Catchup with Jesus. He blesses from my head to-ma-toes.
  • God answers knee-mail.
  • My boss is a Jewish carpenter.
  • Jesus is my homeboy.
  • Bumpersticker: Are you following Jesus this close?
  • No Jesus No Peace, Know Jesus Know Peace
  • Mug: Happiness is a cup a coffee and my Bible.
  • This is a ch_ _ ch. What is missing? U R.
  • Let go and let God

Yes, there are some groaners as well as some witty ones. This list could go on and on and pretty sure you have a few up your sleeve as well. What you may find interesting is that every institutional church has their own catchphrases that are designed to fuel their particular agenda. One catch phrase that supersedes them all is, 'What would Jesus do?' or WWJD? Everyone has heard a great deal about this one. It is recognized by the religious as well as the secular masses.

The purpose of this article is to scrutinize one of the most popular catchphrases in the modern church system today that is meant to invoke a righteous response, or action of church folk. Nevertheless, it negates the guidance and leading of the Holy Spirit.

This happens when you worship a dead Jesus.
This happens when you worship a dead Jesus.

The Church Institution

Before we dissect the catchphrase WWJD? some clarification is necessary. The church institution as manifested today is identified by sacred buildings where people congregate for religious activities run by clergy designates who adhere to the mandates and templates of their denominational brand names. What is called Christianity today is about creating designation, routines, rituals and structures to advance their unique memberships. Their embodiment is defined by their loyal adherence to the building and the programs that they have made for themselves.

The effect on the masses can be boiled down to the most famous catch phrase in all of Christendom, WWJD?

Church members now must ask themselves what Jesus would do in every situation because they need an affirming catchphrase to pattern their lives after in an attempt to answer when engaging others outside of their four-walled worlds.

Direct Communication, or Presumptions

Now, it is true that we should consider how Christ would do things, but WWJD? is not really about relationship with our Father through His Son, but is more about self-determined presumptions.

The faithful followers of Christ are involved in direct communication with their Father in heaven who has direct involvement and influence in their lives. A devoted follower of Christ does not have to ask these types of questions at all because the catchphrase would contradict the ruling of Christ in their hearts already. When we become temples of the Holy Spirit, the question does not need to be asked because we already know what Christ has done, what he is doing and what he desires in our lives because he is our Lord and Saviour. His life giving spirit is living within us at every moment.

WWJD? is a question that is asked by someone who behaves and acts as if God is inactive and silent through His Son; therefore, they must presume that He is unable to communicate His will to His people. The question, or catchphrase must be used by those who think they know better because they presume that their answer is how things are supposed to be done. This means that they derive an answer of themselves rather than just simply listening to Him, being led by Him and being obedient.

WWJD? is a question that is asked by someone who does not know. They presume that if Jesus were here, then we would know and not have to ponder what has to be done next.

Living and Active, or Dead

A loyal follower of Christ already knows that he is already in their hearts. He hasn’t been gone for two-thousand years and now we have to imagine, or wait for an answer from a sainted sage to tell us what to done in a particular situation.

We must get beyond these vain catchphrases that divert away from a living, active and intimate relationship with our heavenly Father through His Son. WWJD? is an attempt to get an educated guess about the will of God in our lives. Of course, the institutional religious system will have an answer for you.

The ekklesia of Christ do not need to ask questions that presume to engage relationship-void mindless questions. This type of question is reserved for those who worship a dead Jesus in an abolished temple system that cannot discern the leading of the Holy Spirit and must resort to their salaried officiates to guide them and solely provide the questions for the people according to what is right in their own eyes.

WWJD? buys right into cunning concepts and vain practices of religious men in their premeditated patterns, principles and presumptions.

Are we to respond to situations according to the motives of a dead religion that shuts out hearing the voice of God for ourself, or accept the clever sophistry of self-appointed religious men?

The response of all true followers of Christ is about something that is living and active inside of them. It is not pleading to an outside source for directives.

Vain Imaginations

Israel in the Old Testament did the same thing by pursuing what appeared to be right in their own eyes, and what they thought would please God.

What would Yahweh do?

They fell into idolatry in their imaginative worship towards God. It’s not really about what Yahweh and Christ would do, but about aligning ourselves and being in unity with the Father and the Son.

"I AM INQUIRED OF BY THOSE WHO DIDN'T ASK; I am found by those who didn't seek me: I said, See me, see me, to a nation that was not called by my name. I have spread out my hands all the day to a REBELLIOUS people, who walk in a way that is not good, AFTER THEIR OWN THOUGHTS – Isaiah 65:1-2

When we presume to know on our own what God wants and how we should behave is not entreating Him, nor allowing Him to sovereignly lead us. The result is people running after their own thoughts. This is called organized religion today where people vainly imagine how Christ might do things. The institutional church system is organized my man’s methods and proudly operates on their own reasoning to obtain God.

"For I [know] THEIR WORKS AND THEIR THOUGHTS: [the time] comes, that I will gather all nations and languages; and they shall come, and shall see my glory. – Isaiah 66:18 

God ignores worship practices derived from the imaginations of men. As in the case in Isaiah, Yahweh turned to the pagans who never sought after Him. The moment we decide for ourselves is the moment we miss the mark and become disobedient and rebellious based on the deceptive premise of WWJD? It is not a question of WWJD? but about our obedience to our Father in heaven.

THROWING DOWN IMAGINATIONS and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the OBEDIENCE of Christ; and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your OBEDIENCE will be made full. – 2 Corinthians 10:5-6

Having an imagination is not sinful, but it is vain imaginations that defies submission to the authority of Christ.

One more step and you will be in church.
One more step and you will be in church.

The Dead Works of 'Good Deeds'

Organized religion very much likes to speak about all the good things that they do for others. They fail to understand that they do things in the authority of the own name that they have created for themselves rather than by the authority and Headship of Christ. It is the name of their religion that they boast of. A good deed does not equate to being Christ led, yet most assume that it does.

Also, a good deed does not equate to being Spirit led and in submission to God. The fact is that a good deed can be a product of the vain imaginations of 'holy' men based on their prescribed formulas.

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. - Matthew 6:1

Most of the time those who defy the mandated hierarchical church guidance are deemed 'decenters.' Unfortunately, they do not understand that those who care about being the hands and feet of Christ are not about having the appearance of godliness, but obedience.

The true Gospel removes men from their thrones and puts the crown on the head of Christ. Virtuous deeds can even be antichrist because it is about motivation and service to man’s religious kingdoms rather than by the leading of Christ in service to the Kingdom of God.

The inventive marketing schemes of the institutional church system with their catchphrases are about service to the concepts that are motivated to do dead works of 'good deeds' where people pat each other on their backs. Look at me, look at us, look at my pastor, look at my building and look at my denomination. They never first point to Christ, but want you to partake in their abolished temple system.

Sincere faith in Christ points to him, not to vain religious works.


A witness of the grace of God through His Son is not motivated by going around saying the latest catchphrases, wearing a t-shirt, or slapping on a bumper sticker to 'evangelize.' The Gospel is about the death and resurrection of God’s Son, not duty to man's inventions. There is a difference between witnessing our faith and being a witness. If you think WWJD? testifies about the Gospel, you are sadly mistaken. Wearing your special bracelet and trying to imagine what Jesus would do does not equate to being a witness, but rather a church puppet who parrots what their salaried hierarchy tells them to do.

Spending millions of dollars on religious gimmicks, such as WWJD? bracelets puts money in the pockets of those who sell them. Even Kayne West has a WWJD? bracelet. I guess he must be 'witnessing' too.

Kayne West with his WWJD bracelet.
Kayne West with his WWJD bracelet.

Here is an idea: Let’s get all the sheeple all hopped up on glorified rubber bands, or stylish pins that say, 'Jesus is my homeboy.' That’s really gonna have an impact!

Why treat Jesus like a dead man, or a marketing scheme?

Do you not believe the spirit of Christ is alive in us and can communicate to us without gimmicks?

WWJD? implies that he is not alive and not able to communicate. Unfortunately, most devoutly religious people present a dead Jesus. They are simply spokespeople of those who are spiritually dead in their man-made religion of dead works in an abolished temple system.

New Flash!

Christ is alive today. He is here.

Christ is dead in institutional buildings, but is alive in temples of the Holy Spirit that are not built with man’s hands. In contrast, organized religion with their mumbo jumbo catchphrases are in reality trying to manipulate you by controlling your behaviours in their arrogant hierarchical system they call the church. Gimmicks and buzzwords are the norm in the world of self-deceptive righteousness that voids personal communication and obedience to a living Christ who is the only Head of his ekklesia.

Are you being sucked in by the vain religious concepts that are spoon fed to the masses each week by some hireling upon a pulpit?

You already know your pious slogan, or catch phrase because it has been seared into you.

WWJD? assumes an 'if.' That is, 'if' Christ could speak to you about your situation.

Christ is not dead!

Stop slapping him in the face by asking WWJD? and flaunting your glorified elastic bands.

Our Messiah is a King, not a catch phrase, or religious gimmick that you wear.

You were bought with a price. DON'T BECOME BONDSERVANTS OF MEN. – 1 Corinthians 7:23

Knowing that you were redeemed, NOT WITH CORRUPTIBLE THINGS, with silver or gold, from the useless way of life handed down from your fathers, but with precious blood, as of a faultless and pure lamb, the blood of Christ – 1 Peter 1:18-19

A Catchphrase, or Obedience?

The institutional church is about attendance, performance, rules, rituals and membership as an outworking of 'God’s wonderful plan for your life.'

We have all heard that one before, right?

Why believe in this farce?

The living life of Christ is found in him. We are part of his body, not the other way around. It is not about being all-inclusive amusement festivity where men with titles stand over the people, tickle their ears and make them feel good so the offering plates will fill up.

WWJD? is like running around like a chicken with its head cut off. If Christ is alive inside of you, then you already have the full counsel of God via the Holy Spirit. It is the ones who are in a dead religion that need to ask questions by wondering how Christ would do certain things. It is a sign of people who have become dependent upon men who like to draw attention unto themselves, rather than pointing to the one true Shepherd. The insatiable hunger and addiction to the institutional religious beast sucking the life blood out of their gullible victims.

Following the way of Christ is not asking what would Jesus would do, but about walking with him daily. Let’s do away with the question. Remember what the serpent said,

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “DID GOD ACTUALLY SAY… - Genesis 3:1

To embrace the reality of Christ in us has no need to ask, WWJD?

Obedience is more critical than fellowship. To follow Christ often means dis-fellowship as it will mean throwing out the vain gimmicks and separating from the people who partake of the carnal religious world. It is about exposing the religious peddlers and their wares for the snake oil it is. People are so hopped up that they think they are in the 'last day revival,' but rather they are the prophesied apostasy. WWJD? question is about partaking in a dead defunct temple religion that Christ abolished long ago.

Christ will not have anything to do with popular preachers and the authors of religious bestsellers. To follow Christ is to forsake the ways of this temporal world for the Kingdom of God. Christ was an outcast and to follow him will make you one as well.

Being defamed, we entreat. We are made as the filth of the world, the dirt wiped off by all, even until now. – 1 Corinthians 4:13

They can have their mugs, t-shirts, bumper stickers and bracelets to glorify their pious sheeple shelter that they love to herd into. They become so attached to the caged man-made system that they don’t realize that what they are worshipping is a dead Jesus. They are so enamoured with their error that tax collectors and harlots have a better chance of entering the Kingdom of God than they do. The poor attempt at imagining what Christ would do assigning their answer to their own subjective reasoning that manifests in creeds, liturgies, doctrines and templates.

For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.

Are you interested in religious man-made opinions?

If you are, then there are buildings on every other street corner that will each give you a different arrogant answer that rejects the headship of Christ for their own.

The question is irrelevant and meaningless. It is a notion of fantasy for situational ethics based on conjecture. Wearing superstitious wrist bands with WWJD? on it is not going to help you answer the question based on your own interpretation, or what your hireling pastor thinks to be true.


No, I think not on my subjective presumptions, or yours.

Christ in us is about what he has done; therefore, to ask the question WWJD? means that you need to hear the Gospel, repent and leave Steepleville.

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    • celafoe profile image


      23 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      Thank you for another great expose' of the false church system. I agree completely with you. I just cannot understand how so many people choose the bondage of the church system when Jesus set us FREE.

    • Rich kelley profile image

      Rich Kelley 

      23 months ago from The Ekklesia

      I have always said that if you have to or would ask what Jesus would do, you are not reading your bible enough.

      Excellent points, hopefully they will make people think for themselves.

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      23 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      PandN Thanks for this article. Outstanding again. I think most people spend more time reading and wearing catchphrases than they do reading and studying their bible. It's really sad.

      Thank you for writing this article. And I hope others learn from it.

      God bless.


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