Graceful Perseverance: Free Yourself from the Sin of Blasphemy – 01/01/2023
Welcome to this week’s blog. This week I want to go deeper into the meaning of the 3rd Commandment. Why? Because I believe God was extremely unyielding concerning “blasphemy,” as He is with all of His commandments.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. – Exodus 20:7 (NKJ).
According to God’s Word, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable in God’s eyes. A sin that is unforgivable, we will be held guilty if we continue to practice this profanity, and disregard His instructions and commands.
Therefore, I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. – Matthew 12:31-32 (NKJ).
When man uses God’s name as a curse word, this means denying our Lord, Jesus Christ, and His gift of salvation. God takes this commandment very seriously. Because when man uses God’s name in vain, each and every time they do, they are violating the 3rd Commandment. Would those who use God’s name in vain, use their own mother’s name in vain? Absolutely not! Therefore, why in the world do they think it’s okay to use God’s name in vain, but not their mother’s name?
In our cultures and societies today, it is essential for many to become much more aware of their language, and the need to tame their tongues. Real faith changes the way we speak. See James 1:19–20, 26:3:2–12 (NKJ). One of the most difficult things to do is to control, and bring into obedience is our words. If you want to free yourselves from the sin of cursing His name, the only way is to live is according to God’s commandments.
Here are some hard examples of blasphemy and cursing the Lord’s name:
1. When we hear someone say: “Oh my God” – in any situation, they are taking God’s name in vain, and sinning according to the 3rd Commandment.
2. When we hear someone say: “Oh my Lord” – in any situation, they are taking God’s name in vain, and sinning according to the 3rd Commandment.
3. When someone is angry, they say: “Jesus Christ…” – in any situation, they are blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and sinning according to the 3rd Commandment.
4. When someone is cursing, they say: “God Dam it” – in any situation, they are blasphemy, and using God’s name as a curse word, and sinning according to the 3rd Commandment.
5. When someone on social media says: “OMG” or even “Oh my Gosh”– in any situation, they are taking God’s name in vain, and sinning according to the 3rd Commandment. The word “gosh” is used as a euphemism for “God.” Once again, taking God’s name in vain. It's a euphemism, which means it's a word that is used instead of a taboo word (in this case, as you suggest, the taboo word is God).
How many times do we hear people using God’s name in vain, as in the examples above? Now that I am hyper sensitive to this vocabulary, I cringe when I hear people use His name so loosely, and so abusively today. I too was once guilty of this sin, but I have taught myself to always remember what God has instructed me in the 3rd Commandment, and in Matthew 12:31-32 above. And for most of us, we do it out of habit, but that doesn’t excuse anyone from continuing what God has clearly forbidden.
For some, you may find this matter outrageous. But I get my truth from the Bible. This sin is considered an unforgivable sin in the eyes of God. It’s really that simple! It’s not what I think, but how God feels when we use His name in vain, or use His name as profanity. When man uses His name in vain, they are actually disregarding the 3rd Commandment, and brushing it off as non-sense. It is what comes out of man, that defiles him. Many use God’s name in vain, without ever realizing they’re doing it (subconsciously). Or they’ve totally discounted the fact that God has clearly reckoned it as a sin against His name every time they say it.
And He said, What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man. – Mark 7:20-23 (NKJ).
In all honesty, I was once guilty of not understanding the 3rd Commandment, mainly due to ignorance, and lack of interest. Growing up, I was never curious about the Bible, only confused every time I opened the Bible. I did not grow up in a Bible family home, where parents teach their children the 10 Commandments, and that blasphemes against God is an unforgivable sin, because it is disobeying God’s 3rd Commandment. Had I learned this earlier in life, I would have made a better choice of words long ago. I never realized in my younger years that God was serious, not only about the 3rd Commandment, but with every commandment He handed down to Moses, and instructed him to share with us.
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8 (NKJ).
The 10 Commandments were written and given to us by God, through Moses, to help us live a moral life. This means living soberly, righteous and Godly in all that we do. This means living a devout and disciplined life every day, not just on Sundays. We should always be hospitable to others, always do what is good and right, be sober-minded, be sensible, be honest and always demonstrate self-control. We should always come from love and compassion toward others. Living life this way, is living a Holy life, a life according to God’s Will for us.
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age. – Titus 2:12 (NKJ).
Blessings until next week,
Debra M. Pauli Unstoppable Believer
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