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WHEN GOD’S NAME IS A SWEAR WORD

The third commandment, COMMANDS us not to take the Lord’s name in vain. It goes on to say that He will not hold those guiltless that use His name as a swear word.

Exodus 20:7, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”

It turns my stomach when I hear people take the Lord’s name in vain, especially Christians…sometimes it is even painful, other times it makes me angry…they should know better.

There is a very good Richard Gere movie based on a true story called Hachi. It’s a tale about a man who rescues and befriends a dog. The movie is delightful…and for the most part, “safe”. The movie was rated G. The rating was probably appropriate. There were a few issues that I wished that they had a Rating of G and maybe a disclaimer or something to warn parents.

One thing really caught my eye…or rather my ear…At one point, Richard Gere bangs his head and immediately takes the Lord’s name in vain.

I have asked many people about this scene and…no one remembers Richard Gere using God’s name as a cuss word. Yet, he did. Oh, they remember the movi…just not that sceen. Why would no one remember? We have become desensitized to everything around us.

One brother told me one time that his teenage son would spill milk and say, “J-sus!” Notice the quotes? I didn’t say it. Other times he might be playing a video game and he will hear him yell, “oh G-d!” or “G-d Dang it!”. He said, “Wow, that’s good, he is finally getting it.” Like it was a good thing. And, getting ‘what’ exactly?

A good thing? But then again I have heard this brother himself say things like, “J-sus Christ” or “G-d Da…it” or “H-ly Sh…”. The ironic thing is I have also heard him talk about other people at his work. He works in the service industry…and he claims that people all around him do it. But he is so close to it that he does not realize he does it every day.

In todays modern world, we have desensitized ourselves so much that we watch Rated R movies, we swear, we look at pornography, we throw back a few beers with the fellas on Friday night…then come Sunday Morning…we put our church clothes on…smile and say God Bless you…pretending like we live such righteous lives.

Psalm 101:3, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”

The Old Testament also identifies several ways in which the third commandment can be violated. Many think it is only the most obvious…to blaspheme or curse the name of God, which we saw already the seriousness of this in…

Leviticus 24:16, “And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death…when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.”

Put to death for using God’s bame as a cuss word! Yes, God is deadly serious.

But there’s more to this commandment than that. The third commandment also forbids empty or false oaths: “You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:12; cf. Hosea 10:4).

“And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.”

“They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.”

When you make a declaration, swearing by God’s name, it must not be a false promise or one you do not intend to keep.

Why is taking the Lord’s name in vain so important as to make the top three of the big 10?

I have considered this…and first it so grieves my spirit when I hear it.

Remember in Exodus 3 where God speaks to Moses from the burning bush? Moses asks God, “The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?”

God replies with those famous words: “I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you” (Exodus 3:13–14).

God names himself as the sovereign, self-existent one. In fact, the covenant name YHWH (Jehovah) is probably connected to the Hebrew verb “to be.” God is that He is. That is His name.

We see the same in Exodus 33 and 34. God shows Himself by speaking His name.

The irreverent use of God’s name is a very serious matter indeed. Everywhere in Scripture the name of the Lord is exalted in the highest possible terms.

“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.” (Psalm 8:1).

“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” (Psalm 29:2).

The first petition of the Lord’s Prayer is Hallowed be thy name.” (Mattew 6:9).

The apostles proclaimed that “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10–11).

Psalm 34:3, “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.”

God’s Word is constantly reminding us of the Holy importants of God’s divine name. A name above all names…a name to be exalted.

I think we tend to dismiss the third commandment because we feel it is insignificant. However, a closer look at this command, we see that it is listed among other serious infractions including idolatry, Sabbath breaking, disrespecting parents, killing, adultery, stealing, lying, coveting a neighbor’s spouse and/or possessions.

Perhaps it is not as insignificant as we might think. Words reveal our substance, the truth of who we are. They testify either of our devotion to God or of a serious spiritual problem. We know this because the command not to take the Lord’s name in vain follows instructions to love God wholeheartedly and not to worship idols (causing spiritual malaise).

I want you to consider James 3:11 for just a moment, “Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?”

Translation … does a Christian put forth both sweet water and bitter water? Should a Christian be swearing? Should a Christian be taking the Lord’s name in vain? What does it say for our love for God when His name is no more than a swear word on our lips?

James 1:26, “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.”

James is being as clear on the matter as he possibly can. If you cannot bridle your tongue (you swear, take the Lord’s name in vain, speak evil of others, etc.) then you are not saved!

By not using God’s name as a cuss word shows we love Jesus and we believe that His name is truly exalted above all.
Recognizing this as the Holy Ghost helps us overcome sin and live sanctified lives.

Though all of this what is our truest identity? What is our real purpose? Are we not Ambassadors of Heaven?

Finally, I will leave you with 2 Corinthians 2:14,

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.”

Christian, if this is you. If you have trouble with bridling your tongue…you are swearing or the God that you profess to love…whose name is nothing more than a swear word…if your blasphemy has pricked and convicted your heart…turn to Him…beg thy forgivness and ask Him to help you to never do that again.

If I can help in anyway, please let me know.

May God bless you and yours.

There is a very good Richard Gere movie based on a true story called Hachi. It’s a tale about a man who rescues and befriends a dog. The movie is delightful…and for the most part, “safe”. The movie was rated G. The rating was probably appropriate. There were a few issues that I wished that they had a Rating of G and maybe a disclaimer or something to warn parents.

One thing really caught my eye…or rather my ear…At one point, Richard Gere bangs his head and immediately takes the Lord’s name in vain.

I have asked many people about this scene and…no one remembers Richard Gere using God’s name as a cuss word. Yet, he did. Oh, they remember the movi…just not that sceen. Why would no one remember? We have become desensitized to everything around us.

One brother told me one time that his teenage son would spill milk and say, “J-sus!” Notice the quotes? I didn’t say it. Other times he might be playing a video game and he will hear him yell, “oh G-d!” or “G-d Dang it!”. He said, “Wow, that’s good, he is finally getting it.” Like it was a good thing. And, getting ‘what’ exactly?

A good thing? But then again I have heard this brother himself say things like, “J-sus Christ” or “G-d Da…it” or “H-ly Sh…”. The ironic thing is I have also heard him talk about other people at his work. He works in the service industry…and he claims that people all around him do it. But he is so close to it that he does not realize he does it every day.

In todays modern world, we have desensitized ourselves so much that we watch Rated R movies, we swear, we look at pornography, we throw back a few beers with the fellas on Friday night…then come Sunday Morning…we put our church clothes on…smile and say God Bless you…pretending like we live such righteous lives.

Psalm 101:3, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”

The Old Testament also identifies several ways in which the third commandment can be violated. Many think it is only the most obvious…to blaspheme or curse the name of God, which we saw already the seriousness of this in…

Leviticus 24:16, “And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death…when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.”

Put to death for using God’s name as a cuss word! Yes, God is deadly serious.

But there’s more to this commandment than that. The third commandment also forbids empty or false oaths: “You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:12; cf. Hosea 10:4).

“And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.”

“They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.”

When you make a declaration, swearing by God’s name, it must not be a false promise or one you do not intend to keep.

Why is taking the Lord’s name in vain so important as to make the top three of the big 10?

I have considered this…and first it so grieves my spirit when I hear it.

Remember in Exodus 3 where God speaks to Moses from the burning bush? Moses asks God, “The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?”

God replies with those famous words: “I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you” (Exodus 3:13–14).

God names himself as the sovereign, self-existent one. In fact, the covenant name YHWH (Jehovah) is probably connected to the Hebrew verb “to be.” God is that He is. That is His name.

We see the same in Exodus 33 and 34. God shows Himself by speaking His name.

The irreverent use of God’s name is a very serious matter indeed. Everywhere in Scripture the name of the Lord is exalted in the highest possible terms.

“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.” (Psalm 8:1).

“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” (Psalm 29:2).

The first petition of the Lord’s Prayer is Hallowed be thy name.” (Matthew 6:9)

The apostles proclaimed that “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10–11).

Psalm 34:3, “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.”

God’s Word is constantly reminding us of the Holy importants of God’s divine name. A name above all names…a name to be exalted.

I think we tend to dismiss the third commandment because we feel it is insignificant. However, a closer look at this command, we see that it is listed among other serious infractions including idolatry, Sabbath breaking, disrespecting parents, killing, adultery, stealing, lying, coveting a neighbor’s spouse and/or possessions.

Perhaps it is not as insignificant as we might think. Words reveal our substance, the truth of who we are. They testify either of our devotion to God or of a serious spiritual problem. We know this because the command not to take the Lord’s name in vain follows instructions to love God wholeheartedly and not to worship idols (causing spiritual malaise).

I want you to consider James 3:11 for just a moment, “Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?”

Translation … does a Christian put forth both sweet water and bitter water? Should a Christian be swearing? Should a Christian be taking the Lord’s name in vain? What does it say for our love for God when His name is no more than a swear word on our lips?

James 1:26, “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.”

James is being as clear on the matter as he possibly can. If you cannot bridle your tongue (you swear, take the Lord’s name in vain, speak evil of others, etc.) then you are not saved!

By not using God’s name as a cuss word shows we love Jesus and we believe that His name is truly exalted above all.
Recognizing this as the Holy Ghost helps us overcome sin and live sanctified lives.

Though all of this what is our truest identity? What is our real purpose? Are we not Ambassadors of Heaven?

Finally, I will leave you with 2 Corinthians 2:14, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.”

Christian, if this is you. If you have trouble with bridling your tongue…you are swearing or the God that you profess to love…whose name is nothing more than a swear word…if your blasphemy has pricked and convicted your heart…turn to Him…beg thy forgiveness and ask Him to help you to never do that again.

If I can help in anyway, please let me know.

May God bless you and yours.

Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

A Biblical Study…

Reverend Kevin R. Airrington
December 10, 2011
Saturday Morning Bible Study
Community Bible Church

The World is a system opposed to God.   We profit from the Word when our eyes are opened to discern the true character of the world.

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1

There is a high death rate as a result of alcohol-related accidents in this country.  Daily you can pick up a newspaper and read scads of stories of families that are destroyed due to a drunk driver.   According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person dies every 33 minutes in an alcohol-related accident.  And that’s not all.   There is an estimated alcohol-related injury every two minutes.

Consider these additional statistics from the United States Justice Department: Nearly 4 in 10 violent victimizations involve the use of alcohol.  Also, victim reports show, on average each year about 183,000 rapes and sexual assaults involve alcohol use by the offender, as do just over 197,000 robberies, about 661,000 aggravated assaults, and nearly 1.7 million simple assaults.

Many people have told me that drinking has nothing to do with DUI’s or tragic deaths due to alcohol.  I beg to differ.  Say what?

The Scriptures are true! “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1. 

Alcohol is at the root of all kinds of problems in our country today and it has been for hundreds of years.  Proverbs 23:31-32 is a powerful injunction against drinking alcoholic beverages. It says, Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.  At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

There is clear evidence in the Scriptures that believers should not drink alcoholic beverages.

There are 637 references to wine, drink, and drinking in the King James Translation of the Bible.  Most people think in today’s terms, believing that when the word “wine” is mentioned in the Scriptures it refers to alcoholic wine.  Actually, that is not necessarily true. Thirteen different words are translated “wine” in the King James Version of the Bible.  The word “wine” has a wide range of meaning in the Bible, covering everything from grape juice to concentrated grape syrup to alcoholic wine.  To understand what the Bible has to say about drinking, we need to look at several of these words.  

OLD TESTAMENT HEBREW WORDS FOR WINE

“Yayin” — It is a general term for grape beverages and it includes all classes of wine, non-alcoholic or alcoholic; unfermented, in the process of fermentation and fermented. (Proverbs 31:4) Usually, the context will show whether it is alcoholic wine or not. Yayin, when used properly was always diluted with water.

“Shekar” — It is the word for strong drink, unmixed wine.  The 1901 edition of THE JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA says, “Yakin, wine, is to be distinguished from Shekar, or strong drink.  The former is diluted with water; the later is undiluted.”  Shekar was not diluted with water.” (see Numbers 28:7)

“Tirosh” — This word refers to fresh grape juice. It is referred to often as new wine or sweet wine. (see Proverbs 3:10; Deuteronomy 7:13)

NEW TESTAMENT GREEK WORDS FOR WINE

“Oinos” is the counterpart to the Old Testament word Yayin. It is a general term for grape beverages and includes all classes of wine, non-alcoholic or alcoholic; fermented or unfermented.  The context has to be used to determine whether the drink was intoxicating or not. (Luke 10:34; Ephesians 5:18).  Oinos, when used properly was always diluted with water.

“Sikera” is the counterpart to the Old Testament word Shekar.  It is the word for strong drink, unmixed wine. (Luke 1:15)

“Gleukos” is the counterpart to the Old Testament word Tirosh.  Dr. Paul Dixon says “It refers to fresh wine, a new wine” or freshly squeezed grape juice.

8 REASONS CHRISTIANS SHOULD NOT DRINK

 

INTRODUCTION

And we know that we are ___ ________, and _______ ____________ ____________ lieth in wickedness.  1 John 5:19

And he said unto them, Ye are they which _____________ ____________ before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is ___________ ___ ____ _____ of God. Luke 16:15

The World is an enemy to be resisted and overcome.  As Christians, we are commanded to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12) and to be a good testimony to the world.  THEY ARE WATCHING!  as there is the Holy Trinity The Father, The Son, and the Holy Ghost — so also there is an evil trinitythe flesh, the world and the devil (Not to be confused with the Holy Trinity discussed in the book of Revelation by Pastor Joh.

The world has turned its back on Jesus Christ, and through His Name is professed in many places (even church), the world will have nothing to do with Him.  All the desires and designs of worldliness distract us from Christ and can cause each of us to stumble.  Christians are in the world and cannot get out of it; we must live here until we die or Jesus returns to take us home.  While we are here we have to earn a living, support our families and attend our worldly business.  BUT WE ARE FORBIDDEN TO LOVE THE WORLD AND THE THINGS IN IT!

  1. Can I as a Christian, fraternize or seek pleasure in the things of this world? James 4:4, John 2:15

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  1. What did Jesus say about worldliness? Mathew 15: 8   ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. Mathew 16:26 For what a man profited, if he shall gain the ________ ________ and _________ _______ ______ _______? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
    2. Luke 21: 34-36 __________ __________ _________
  2. Can giving into the world mold our activities and plans of life? Ephesians 2:2

While there are many things in the world that can distract us from our walk with Christ; let’s look at just a couple.  We shouldn’t have to eat the whole pie to know it was made with rotten apples.  How big is your God? ____________________________________________________________________________

  1. Should Christians watch rared R movies? Psalm 101:3 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. As Christians is it important how the world looks at us? 1 Thessalonians 5:22  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. Why is this important? Matthew 5:13-16 ______________________________________

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  1. Pliny, a Roman Officer and historian said, “Without salt human life cannot be sustained.” How might this apply to our Christian Life and those around us?  _________

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There is clear evidence in the scriptures that Christians should not drink  Over the years I have heard all the arguments as to why it is ok to drink and to be honest…not one single case holds up to the Bible.   I have even heard that Jesus Himself drank.   In this study, we will discover that not only did Jesus not drinkHe refused it when it was offered to Him and as a king, He was forbidden to drink.   To say that Jesus drank alcohol is just heretical in its purest form!

I have said it before, “I am not the wine police.”  If I am at your house you have a six-pack of beer in your fridge or a jug of wine that is your business.   My job, just as your job is to show you what God’s Word has to say on the matter.  After, learning the truth if you wish to continue drinking…that is between you and God.

ONE THING I WILL ESTABLISH IN THIS STUDY IS THAT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO BIBLICALLY SUPPORT FOR SOCIAL DRINKING IN THE BIBLE.  If you think you have found it…let’s look at the evidence together.

Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

 

  1. What does Jesus tell us people were involved with prior to the flood? Matthew 24: 38-39 _____

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Jesus is telling us that just as people before the flood…so shall people be caught off guard when he returns.

 

  1. Proverbs 20:1, “________ is a ___________, __________ _____________ is ___________: and whosoever is ___________ thereby is not _________.”
    1. What are some of the affects on the human body? Proverbs 23:29-35

v.29 _______________________________________________________________

v.30_______________________________________________________________

v.31_______________________________________________________________

v.32 _______________________________________________________________

v.33 _______________________________________________________________

v.34 _______________________________________________________________

v.35 _______________________________________________________________

The first effects of alcohol on the brain is to dull the capacity for self-criticism and the sense of caution.  A lessening of care and anxiety follows this.  The checks on irresponsibility and unreasonable behavior are also curtailed.  Actions follow impulses, which is dangerous.  Reaction time becomes slower; coordination is disturbed; drowsiness follows.

  1. Does drinking make you forgetful? Proverbs 31:5 ______________________________________

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  1. Does drinking affect our judgment? Isaiah 28:7 ______________________________________
  2. Is it okay for Christians to drink one or two beers or a

glass of wine (in moderation)?  *Ephesians 5:18 ______________________________________________________________________________

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  1. Why does Paul tell us not to drink wine? Romans 14:21 _________________________________

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Some Christians claim their “Christian Liberty” when it comes to social drinking.  In order to do that, they must turn their backs on this portion of scripture.  It is a fact that drinking causes some to stumble; others to be influenced, some to be offended and many to be weakened.  The number one reason teenagers drink is their parents drink.  What kind of example are you setting for your kids?  One day, I called one of my older children, I think he was 18 or 19 at the time, a jackass.  As in a goofy donkey.   Definitely, not a bad word…but perhaps a word, as Christians we should not make it a part of our regular vernacular.   My youngest, 5 year old Joshua, heard his daddy say this abouot his brother.  A few weeks later, Joshua called his sister, Leila a jackass.  Our children are watching and so is the world!

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 True or False, Paul warns us to abstain from evil? ___________________

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  1. 1 Corinthians 6:12d, “…but I will not be ______________________________________________

of any.”  (The only exception is the Holy Ghost, Ephesians 5:18)

 

  1. Is alcohol addictive? Proverbs 23:35 _________________________________________________
  2. Does drinking lead to drunkenness? Isaiah 5:11 _______________________________________
  3. It is clear from scripture that drinking sets off a domino effect; if we give the devil a foothold and we rebel against God and drink what is the effect?  Isaiah 30:1 ________________________

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  1. Why else are Christians forbidden to drink? 1 Peter 2:9 _________________________________

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  1. Should we even look at wine (Alcohol)? Proverbs 23:31 _________________________________
  2. I have a little wine left over; I will just give it to a friend of mine who is not a Christian, after all this stuff is expensive so I will just pass it on. Habakkuk 2:15  ____________________________

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Drinking, even social drinking cannot be legitimately supported by the Bible.  Every drink that is available today, even beer, falls into the category of unmixed or strong drink.  Drinking socially is a worldly activity and in light of the fact that believers are neither to be conformed to the world (Romans 12:2) nor love the world (1 John 2:15), our choice should be clear.  Perhaps social drinking has enhanced the acceptability of Christians in society, but it has not advanced the cause of Christ, and it does not glorify God!  Social drinking is simply a means which the devil uses to blunt our testimony for Christ and squeeze us into his mold.

 

MEMORIZE   1 John 2:15, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

 

* The word excess is translated from the Greek word asootia which means “Riot”.  In otherwords, drinking can lead to rioting.

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