Toxic Christians

Dr. Stephen Phinney

I woke up this morning to an email from a Toxic Christian. The email was short but not sweet. No hello, no encouragement, no ‘how are you,’ just picking out a flaw in my writing. The first thing that went through my mind is this man is toxic.


The organic definition of toxic is poisonous, venomous, virulent, noxious, dangerous, and destructive.

You might have a few people in your life that cause unnecessary conflict or work to dethrone the strengths our Lord has invested in you through Christ. If so, you are dealing with a toxic person. These people are self-righteous, creating stress and Christianized persecution, not to mention draining you of strength. The root of their demise is nothing short of jealousy.

Jealous Christians are toxic Christians.

While many toxic Christians hide behind the skirt of Grace, typically, there isn’t an ounce of Grace in their dealings with others – at least in fronting those they are jealous of. A toxic Christian is obsessed with humbling other Christians that seem to be more popular, skilled, and advanced than themselves. They tend to self-appoint themselves as the ‘thought police.’ In this, we find the greatest rub of their demise – they cannot be corrected.

Here are a few warning signs to watch for in dealing with a toxic person:

  • Inconsistency; They come and go from your life. However, when they come, classically, they come to front you of a flaw. Their behavior is erratic. While they offer assistance to you, they don’t follow through on their commitments. Toxic people belie