Taking God's Name In Vain

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."

Recently my Assistant Pastor was eating a meal in a local restaurant. Seated at the next table were several young men, one of which took God's name in vain several times. David politely got up and went over to the table and said, "I heard you all talking about God and I'm a Christian... I like talking about God. May I join the conversation?" A few months earlier my wife and I were in the same restaurant and overheard a well dressed man seated with another man who continued to curse and blaspheme God's name. Finally, I turned around and looked him in the eyes and said, "Do you have to do that?" He responded by asking, "What?" in a very surprised tone. I said, "Your language; I am trying to have a meal with my wife." He was unapologetic, though he finished his meal and left. I was in the barber shop a few months ago waiting my turn. There was an elderly man in one chair and a young boy in the next with his dad standing by his side. The elderly man spewed out a few bad words without regard for the ears of that little boy. I had determined if he said anything else vulgar I was going to say something. In fact, if it had been my son or grandson in the chair next to him, I would have. On last Wednesday my wife and I were in New Orleans at Oshner Medical Center for the heart surgery of one of our members. The surgical waiting room was filled to capacity. One man used the Lord's name in vain constantly and loudly without regard for anyone else there. That kind of language is never appropriate, and especially when people are faced with life and death issues with loved ones. They don't need to hear a garbage mouth spewing vulgarities at such a sensitive time. We had prayer in that room several times and we respected others' rights by not exposing them to our prayers. Upon returning to Niceville, I noticed that "American Beauty" won five Academy Awards. Recently, several Letters to the Editor have complained of the horrible language as well as other godlessness in this movie. (I do not attend movies, therefore I would not know what it contained.) The movie industry says, "We are giving them what they want", and the nation says, "We want what they are giving." The reason we are hearing this awful language come out of the mouths of men, women and even children is because it is so commonplace that they think it is normal. However, a true born again believer cannot hear God's name taken in vain without being grieved in spirit. Blasphemy never goes unnoticed by God.

Part 2

In part one I mentioned several examples of people who blaspheme in their everyday conversations without regard for those around. Another example is the several occasions the Daily News has printed quotes of people using God's name in vain. I think there is a better way to handle that, especially since young people also read the paper. A symbol indicating that there might be some offensive language would give us the opportunity to decide if we wanted to read such articles. I see no difference in reading the words and hearing the words.

Rev. 13:6, speaking of the Antichrist says, "And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven."

In Mark 3:28-30 Jesus states, "Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation. Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit."

You must make a distinction between "blasphemies" which an be forgiven in verse 28 and blasphemy "against the Holy Ghost", verse 29, that can never be forgiven. Verse 30 explains that particular blasphemy: "Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit." I personally believe it is not possible to commit this blasphemy today. I believe it could only be committed by those who saw His miracles and attributed them to demon possession, rather than Holy Spirit possession. I have had charismatics to say I blasphemed the Holy Ghost when I said their tongues experience was not of God. There is a difference between blaspheming the Holy Ghost and taking God's name in vain. Actually, there are several ways to blaspheme God. (See Acts 26:11; 1 Tim. 1:13,20; Titus 2:5; Acts 13:45; etc.) I am speaking of the specific practice of using God's name in vain. 2 Timothy 3:2 states of the last days, "For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy..." The word "blasphemers" means "scurrilous, i.e. calumnious (against man), or impious (against God)." When a person takes God's name in vain, he is speaking against God, and God will not hold that person guiltless. (Exodus 20:7) Please read Revelation 16:8-11 and James 3:8-18. ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY SURE YOU ARE BORN AGAIN, SAVED? IF YOU ARE, YOUR LANGUAGE WILL SHOW IT. (Read Matthew 12:33-37)

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