As of late, I’ve noticed more and more Christian believers flippantly and even purposely using various curse words in both their common conversation and even in their so called spiritual speech patterns. As someone who holds a Doctoral in biblical theology, I find this growing trend extremely disturbing! There are a number of reasons why this particular mode of Christian vocabulary should find no place in our personal conversations. 1. The scriptures teach us in Eph 4:29-30; “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. The word corrupt in the passage not only has its basis in the Greek/Aramaic word for evil, but in vile. Remember, the way Peter attempted to deny his personal association with Jesus was by cursing. In other words, even the ancient world related curse words to non-followers of Christ. 2. Having personally and ignorantly allowed such activity in my pulpit and church, during my very first pastoral many years ago, I discovered very quickly that what we considered cool, trendish, and a sign of our spiritual liberation, soon became a problem amoung our youth. Unknowingly, we set the wrong example that had our teenagers cursing on a regular basis and without apprehension. Don’t forget, that what we do in moderation, they will do in excess. It also aided in unraveling the Christian fiber of a number of adult believers. I had to issue an apology to the church and lead them back to holiness. 3. If contemporary Christians have a biblical license to curse, why don’t we see a similar pattern from the Disciples and Apostles in holy writ? The answer is…we don’t. If fact, Paul tells us to obstain from such foul communication, relating it to our former life before knowing Christ as our saviour! There is no reason for such a vice to exist within the ranks of true believers and it has no scriptural support. It’s neither cute, nor spiritual, and the last time I checked, the devil was not effected at all by the use of such lanquage in our spiritual conversations. It has been and always will be the NAME of Jesus that gets the devils attention, when we’re in prayer or directing a rebuke towards him…that’s not changed…the other he considers a joke. Let’s not be ignorant and foolish enough to be mislead by the inexperience of some, blinded to the grim consequence of such actions. I’m not asking anyone to agree with me because of my experience and long years in ministry, however, you will find it next to impossible to disagree with the word of God that holds the essence of these scriptures to be true! Also remember, being like the world is not what Jesus commanded us to be, but we are called out, separated as a holy people, to show forth His praises!
– Dr. Larry Hinson