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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 SWEAR?

By Kevin Airrington

When I lived in West You will know them by their fruit!Germany I was friends with a German man.

One day we were sitting around discussing languages. I asked him what the German words were for different English swear words. What else? 🙂 Ironically there was a German equivalent for every English word except one.

The F Word…Helmut tells me proudly with a hideous laugh, “we say it in English!”

So, what makes one word a swear word…and others not? We even have replacement, or our generic swear words that aren’t really swearing, only…yes, it is. We think by changing a few letters we are not actually saying the word in our mind…or somehow when we say frig that God doesn’t know what we mean? Wow, we smart we fool da crea’er of universe!

It really doesn’t matter who decided certain words we’re swear words or even that certain words are swear words. The fact is they are…and in any language, these are still cuss words.

And if not, like my friend Helmut, we will just pick a swear word in another language.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 in the time tested good il’ King James Bible, The Apostle Paul tells us to, “Abstain from all APPEARANCE of evil.”

Modern trash gives us the biggest, “well duh” moment, “Abstain from every form of evil.”. Well duh…of course we are to shun evil…but Paul actually took it a step further. He said to avoid the appearance of evil. The modern versions water down the Gospel and may be the very reason we are in this mess.

The Bible could not be clearer about sin…

Be in the Word

James 5:12 – “But above all things, my brethren, swear not…”

Ephesians 5:4 – “Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.”

Matthew 12:34-37, “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. ”

Proverbs 4:24 – “Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.”

Proverbs 8:13 – “The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”

Leviticus 19:12 – “And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I [am] the LORD.

Ephesians 4:29 – “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth…”

So, now that I have shown you that your foul mouth is sinful. What are you going to do about it? Here is comes…”BLANK OFF!!! Don’t judge me.”

In your stammering and feigning innocence, now you are adding the sins of deception and deflection to Strong Language. I guess my mother was right, one sin does lead to another. And we shouldn’t use bad words.

Christians do not Swear!

When I hear a Christian swear I just cringe. In this society of if it feels good do it…we ignore 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.”. As we do the entire Bible. And let me just bookend this for you. Colossians 3:2 – “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”

You see it’s cool these days to be a Christian who swears. It gives the curser an “I’m into Jesus, but I’m not legalistic” badge.

The problem is we are desensitized to swearing, public nudity, public sex…we are away from God. I said a moment ago that I cringe when I hear so called Christians swear. What’s worse is hearing someone take my Lord’s Name, a Name above all other names in vain. That’s right…MY LORD! Because if you do this…He is not your Lord. You and your OM- in your text! It used to hurt me…now it makes me angry.

Someone, I will not mention either parties name because I believe the perpetrator has repented. But someone called me and said, “Kevin, listen to this hateful message left on my machine.”. And they were quite noticeably upset —- shaky voice, crying, etc. I listened to about a two-minute message of an angry person…every other word profanity…and then they say said F you! And more insults, adjectives and swear words come out…and they ended with these words, in a calm. voice, almost sounded like a different person they say, “God bless you, I love you.”

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

I’m not even going to comment further…we all know or should know.

The other day, someone asked me, “Kevin, the other day I hurt myself and a swear word just slipped out. Was that a sin?”

First of all the Bible declares that, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans 3:23. And I may not swear, and the more you read your Bible, the more you pray, the closer you get to God, the more you declare war on sin and swearing…

Micah 3:8 – “But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.”

… profanity will not leave your lips. Does that mean that I am sinless? No way…I struggle with my own sin….but not deliberately and I try not to sin. So, while they sinned when they swore, and I asked them, ” did it just come out or is swearing part of your vocabulary?”

They assured me that it just slipped…so, while sin…sin we can repent of and ask God to help us not to sin. In Psalm 119:11, the author, probably David in his Prayer for Help, he says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

READ HIS WORD…the more we read it the less we sin. It’s a fact my friend!

But until you declare and as the Hebrew writer… probably Paul declares, “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” – Hebrews 12:4

So, until we resist sin with our whole being and declare war against Satan and all of Hell…we will always struggle with sin.

Now, if you are a new convert or you just “slip” once in a while…then you are probably saved…but need to apply Hebrews 12:4 and Psalm 119:11 and we’ll actually…the whole Bible…until you do…you will never have VICTORY in your life.

However, and someone isn’t going to like this but I must be obedient…if your swearing is out of hand, part of your daily vocabulary and you make no effort to resist the devil…and as my mother used to say…one sin leads to another and I will bet that if swearing is part of your normal vocabulary…you have more sin. Probably a potato sack full of sin …and YOU ARE NOT SAVED! Meaning, and let me be clear…

Isaiah 59:1-5, 11-13 (read the whole chapter)

“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you, that he will not hear…

We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.

For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;

In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt…”

Our sin…our deliberate sin separates us from God and if that is you then you are going to HELL…forever and ever. And listen, forever is a long time my friend.

Finally, we, mere mortal humans measure sin and classify it. Some sin or this sin…MY SIN is not that bad…but oh my goodness look at his sin…I’m not that bad.

God looks at sin. Period. Period. Yes, the double period is for emphasis. I heard Joe Biden do that and I thought it was cool. 🙂 So, to God swearing is just as bad as lying and sexual. Sin, although sexual sin is the ONLY SIN God tells us to flee or run from, but you see to God sexual sin is no worse than cussing. “Oh, come on.” You gasp! Don’t look at me, I didn’t write the Book.

Should a child rapist go to Hell? Sure…I think we would all agree on that. Should you go to Hell for swearing? God says, ABSOLUTELY! And don’t forget what my mother used to say

Romans 6:12,23 Gives a strong warning.

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof…For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

But ends with encouraging words. My friend do not be angry with me. Stop sinning…stop cussing. IF YOU CUSS YOU DO NOT BELONG TO GOD.

“For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

Romans 6  – “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”

Proverbs 24:16

There, that’s good news…and incentive not to cuss. I hope as Paul says…you are ashamed. And I have just shined a big bright flashlight, you know one of those uber cool police flashlights, super bright with like 50 million LEDs.

If you say, “yup, that’s me and I am ashamed, ashamed for not abstaining from all APPEARANCE of EVIL. I am ashamed of my sin and I need the blood of Jesus to cleanse me and help me never to swear again. Acts 3:19… Repent and turn from your side no sin. May God bless you and yours.