Dear Cussing Christian, Repent

Dear Cussing Christian,

I urge you to repent. Perhaps that puzzles you. After all, what’s the big deal? They’re just words, right? God, through His divine authoritative Word, says otherwise. In James 3, the tongue is described as an unruly evil, full of deadly poison (v8).

“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 (v10).”

Now, of course, this passage is not simply referring to a list of “no-no” words, but a much broader category of speech that curses your neighbor, dishonors God, and hinders your testimony. Earlier in the passage, we see that he who is able to control his tongue will be able to control his whole body (v2). So while you may think of profanity as no big deal, the Scripture makes it plain that learning self-control in this one area is an essential part of Christian growth, even more for those desire to teach (v1).

I am disheartened by how many of my brothers and sisters in Christ disregard biblical teaching on profanity, with secular arguments as their support.  If you’re not convinced that God desires His children to refrain from cursing, think about this: Even our secular society agrees that particular words ought to be censored to some degree, at the very least affecting the ratings of TV and movies. I have been genuinely astonished that I have to point that out, but more and more Christians have allowed post-modern thinking to destroy their sense of moral absolutes, down to the very words they use.

The question should never be, “How much can I get away with and still be godly?” but “How much can I forsake in pursuit of godliness?” We are not of the world but sent into it (John 17:16-18).

Furthermore, it is explicitly clear in Ephesians that God holds Christians to a high standard of pure speech. It is not enough to simply put away profanity. We must also speak words filled with life and grace, our hearts postured to spread the gospel.

“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 (Ephesians 4:29).”

Dear Christian, are your words filled with grace? Or are they filled with the filthiness, foolishness, and crude joking described in Ephesians 5:4? Let it not be so. Ask God today for the grace to change your vocabulary.

If we won’t submit to the lordship of Christ over our speech, how on earth are we going to have the discipline to submit in much weightier matters like sexuality? He who is faithful in little is faithful in much (Luke 16:10). So instead of seeking to justify our “lesser” sins, let us take pleasure in exalting Christ with every fiber of our being.

2 thoughts on “Dear Cussing Christian, Repent

  1. James 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
    I prefer Bibles that don’t alter the gender of words for “mere inclusivism”. It is men who are made after the Image of God, The Father, Son, and the Spirit Himself.
    1 Corinthians 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
    Early church father Ambrosiaster says: Paul says that the honor and dignity of a man makes it wrong for him to cover his head, because the image of God should not be hidden. Indeed, it ought not to be hidden, for the glory of God is seen in the man. … A woman therefore ought to cover her head, because she is not the likeness of God but is under subjection.
    Genesis 1:26-27 tells us repeatedly four times that “Adam”(in the Hebrew) was made in the image or likeness of God, before saying that “male and female He created them” noticeably leaving off the image of God when summarily referring to both of the separate creations of Adam and Eve. The Author of the Bible went to great length to never say that women were in the image of God. That was the unanimous belief of the early church leaders for the first 300 years.
    The Bible then even shows the image of God transferring forward from Adam to his son:
    Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:
    It is critical to understand who God is. Churches today emasculate God, and try to neuter God or make God a hermaphrodite. That is from Satan. God is a Patriarchal Father transferring power to His Son, and their Spirit is masculine also, and apparently impregnated Mary with a Y-Chromosome, to incarnate the Son, Jesus. When you understand that the man alone is the image of God then you also understand why he is to be reverenced by his wife.
    Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
    And then you also understand that when the husband images Christ, and the wife images the wayward church, in Ephesians 5, which one is in the image of God, and which one is not.
    Otherwise, if you think women are equally in the matchless image of God, then by default they become equal and marriage becomes a usurping slavery, and you are left with no defense against the lies of Feminism. But if you believe 1 Corinthians 11:7 that men alone are in Gods image, created first and with God’s essence breathed into them, and that women are a second class of weaker vessel created for the man to glorify him, as the image of God should be reverenced, then you understand that women were intentionally made inferior, to serve men, and that women claiming equality is a baseless lie and a rude usurpation against both God and man. Feminism is a lie perpetuated by the Great Whore of Rome which falsely “gave” women the image of God around 400 AD in order to then deify Mary to give goddess worshippers, who were forcibly converted by Constantine and his Roman state church, a substitute goddess to worship. Otherwise how could Mary be a deity if she wasn’t even in the image of deity? So they claimed women were in the image of God, and, just like that, made Mary Co-Redemptrix and equal with Christ. While Protestants rolled back Mary’s deity and now maintain that she was a sinner, they never rolled back the image of God that she and all women were falsely given around 400 AD. And now these new gender inclusive Bibles are a satanic attempt to conceal the treachery of the blasphemous neutering of God and His image.

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    1. This is a bizarre comment that has nothing to do with the content of this post, which is about Christians who use profanity. If you read Taylor’s post about submission, you’ll see that she has a biblical understanding of a woman’s role in marriage and the church. Oh, wait. You already read it and posted comments which again have virtually nothing to do with the post. Please don’t use this forum to vent your negative opinions about women.

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