Profanity and Cursing: Do you proclaim to be a Christian?

Do you identify with the Christian faith and yet you use profanity? Do you ever say the GD word? If so, then you might want to read on.

Just yesterday, I was going out to my car at night to get something out of the car and I saw a neighbor walking down the street. I said hello and how was the wedding and his response was a grumbling and a GD word and it was there that I lost focus on what he was saying. It was like he had assaulted me with his words, GD. I was in shock that he would use this word so cavalierly that he gave no thought as to how offensive it may have come across to me, being a Christian and a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. At the same time, I could not expect him to act or talk like a Christian because he isn’t one. He isn’t of the Christian faith.

All I could do was muster up a “have a great night” and go back into the house thinking that God has placed this man and family in our neighborhood for a reason. Could it possibly be that a divine appointment would open to share the gospel of Christ with him? My wife and I shall surely pray for him in the coming days and weeks.

Going back to the words that he used, GD which is using the Lord’s Name in vain. It is using His mighty name as a curse or in a manner that is insulting to Him. Although this man is not a Christian, I am surprised to hear Christians using curse words in everyday conversation. Unfortunately, we all are guilty of using curses in our lives, because anything that is not pleasing to God in our conversations to others could be an insult to another.

Using profanity is not pleasing to God. The Bible says that we should not curse. Here are several Scriptures that speak against cursing:

Colossians 3:8 “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”

Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

Matthew 12: 36-37, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

James 3:9-12, “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.”

Matthew 15:10-11, “And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

Ephesians 5:4, “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”

Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

Mark 7:20-23, “And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

These are just a few Scriptures that speak out against cursing other. But what if one is using the big curse, GD? What about that? In Exodus 20:7, it reads, “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.” This is one of God’s Ten Commandments. We are instructed not to use His name in vain. Using “God” in any expression, unless it is praising, worshiping, or praying to Him, we are not to use His name in vain.

Many times, people might say, “Oh my God!” or “God” or some other form. One may be invoking God’s name in their expression which could be considered using it in vain.

What does it mean to use God’s Name in vain? According to Google, “the most common definition of the word vain is emptiness. When someone takes the Lord’s name in vain, they are using His name in a perverse way. For this reason, most Christians will avoid simply saying the Lord’s name in any way that may be, or even seem, irreverent.”

If you think you may have committed this sin, just ask Jesus to forgive you. If you have a problem with profanity, then you need to get on your knees and ask for forgiveness. Pray and ask God to deliver you from this sin nature. Maybe you truly do not know Jesus? The Bible says that we will be known by our fruit. If we do not have any fruit of the Spirit of God, then we might need to examine our hearts, pray, ask forgiveness, and if you have never done this, ask Jesus into your heart and life.

I pray that God will change your hearts and that you will live your lives in a holy manner pleasing to Him.

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Copyright October 11, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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