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Sunday School: Christian Ethics (Pt.5: Purity of Speech)

October 13, 2019 Speaker: John Bell Series: Sunday School: Christian Ethics

  • What does it mean to take God’s name “in vain”?
  • What guidelines does Scripture give us regarding obscene language and oaths?

The third commandment reads: “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.” (Ex. 20:7)

THE MEANING OF THE COMMANDMENT

  1. The Meaning of “Name.”
  2. The Meaning of “Take … in Vain.”
  3. The Command Forbids Foolish or Worthless Uses of God’s Name. 

CATEGORIES OF OFFENSIVE SPEECH

The three categories of such speech are:

  1. Taking God’s name in vain (that is, using God’s name in a dishonorable way)
  2. Cursing (expressing a wish that someone would be damned or condemned)
  3. Using obscene or unclean language (using offensive words that have to do with bathroom activities or sexual activities)

 

Subject Matter

 

Polite or Formal Speech

Common Speech

 

Vulgar/Obscene Speech

 

Bathroom Functions

 

defecate

urinate

 

Poo

pee

 

s---

p---

 

Sexual Activity

 

 sexual intercourse

 

sleep/ have sex with

 

f----

 

 

 DRAMA AND FILMS: THE QUESTION OF QUOTING OR PORTRAYING UNBELIEVERS

What if a Christian has a role portraying an unbeliever in a theater production or a movie? Would it be acceptable in that role to speak as an unbeliever would normally speak? Are there any limits on what is right for a Christian to say in such circumstances?

  1. There Is a Difference between Pretending to Do an Action and Actually Doing the Action.
  1. There Is a Difference between Watching a Movie or Play and Acting in It.

OATHS

  1. An oath is an appeal for God’s punishment if your statement is untruthful. When a person swears an oath, it is as if he were saying, “If I am not telling the truth, I call on God himself to punish me for it.”
  2. Oaths in the Bible.
  3. It Is Morally Acceptable for Christians to Take Oaths?