Cursing in The Church

Recently after encouraging others about cleaning up our speech as Christians, I was asked “But what are cuss words? Are u referring to words that someone made up and deemed bad or are u referring to words hate that will harm to a person?”

My Response:

Consider this Google definition of profanity as a reference:

“Profanity, also known as cursing, cussing, swearing, bad language, foul language, obscenities, expletives, or vulgarism, is a socially offensive use of language. Accordingly, profanity is language use that is sometimes deemed rude, obscene, or culturally offensive; in certain religions, it constitutes sin.”

For starters, it’s important to note that outside of the Bible, people can justify doing or saying anything. This is particularly for those who have truly committed to Jesus and strive to be more like Him, not perfect in the common sense, just more like Him as we live, grow, and mature in our faith. Every culture has its own language and, by default, their words that are authentically deemed vulgar and profane. I went to a different country a while back, and I was eventually informed of words that were equivalent to that of English profanity regarding “cursing” someone out, i.e., calling them out of their name and intentionally disrespecting them. Also, I heard of words used generally that may not have been intentionally used to harm someone, but the words were considered extremely vulgar, distasteful, and offensive. All cultures have “those words.”

For those of us who put a lot of value in God’s word and wisdom, we consider these scriptures attached and aim to put them into practice that we can experience the fruit of doing so. There are people, and in most of these cases, myself, who were easily overcome by the spirit of gossip, anger, lust, drunkenness, etc., but realized what God’s perspective on it and after applying His word to it over a period, we’re set free in ways they never have initially imagined.

In the same way, there are people who realized the same thing with regard to profanity. They realized how toxic it was to use it as a weapon against their children and others. They also realized how using it generally was distasteful, disrespectful, and damaging not only to their children and those around but also themselves. And over time, as they allowed God to work it out of them, they realized then how much more free and at peace they were. Free from the obligation to make oneself look macho, less lame, free from the bad traditions passed down, and just free from the negative fallout from being in an environment that is full of it. And of course, there are all sorts of spiritual freedoms that God can bring as well like more peace, joy, and much more.  

When this happens, one can’t help but tell, warn, and proclaim to others, though there is a chance some may take offense in doing so. With that said, if a given individual was a Christian, I would share something like this and encourage them to sincerely read scriptures on this, including those below, and allow the Holy Spirit to search one’s heart. Often times, if we find ourselves apologizing saying things like “forgive my French,” “I’m sorry for cursing,” or the like, it might be a clear indication that we have more room to grow in this regard. Beyond that, if we sincerely ask God, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us what words are considered profane and those that aren’t. I know this is a lot, but I wanted to be sure to answer as best as I could and to provide potentially good insight or info for others who may read.

In short, if it’s hard to determine what’s profane, God will reveal such as we seek Him, are real with Him, and we will be better for it if we allow Him to work on and through us.

Not Easter, Happy Resurrection Day!

Hello friends,

As we begin this week, there will be a very intentional and intense effort to idolize colored chicken eggs, chocolate bunnies, and Easter egg hunts over all. For those who may not be familiar, Easter (also known as Eostre or Ostara) is a festival that has been celebrated by pagan cultures, particularly in Europe. It can be traced back to the worship of various fertility goddesses and gods. In many pagan cultures, the spring equinox was seen as a time of rebirth and renewal, as the earth began to awaken from its winter slumber and new life began to emerge. Some even believe that the present-day April first was the original new year, and that is why it is now called April fools, because we have been fooled about the obvious start of the year as declared by God through nature.

Within the pagan cultures, fertility goddesses like Eostre (Germanic) or Cernunnos (Celtic), commonly associated with dawn, spring, and regeneration, were often worshipped. These goddesses were also associated with symbols such as chicken eggs, rabbits, flowers, and sometime deer antlers.

Though it may be a tradition and fun for many, I want to remind you that chicken eggs and bunnies have nothing to do with this coming Sunday…

This Sunday single-handedly is the celebration of the most important event in human history. The day that the second Adam, the God-man in flesh, Jesus Christ, made a way for all humanity to be reconciled with the one true God!! Its so important that we even number the years on our timeline around this one event in history. (BC “Before Christ” and AD/Anno Domini “In the Year of our Lord”) For Christians, it is an infinite ♾️ number of times more important than the Super Bowl or any of the greatest events or celebrations on earth.

So with that being said, I encourage you to meditate on this reality as you go throughout the week. Feel free to also consider fasting as you pray that God moves in the lives of non-believers, our hearts, homes, churches, and the world like never before.

And lastly, when someone tells you “Happy Easter” anytime this week or on the day itself, I strongly encourage you to confidently and lovingly tell them “Happy Resurrection Day!” It’s a way of putting the focus where it should be, glorifying God, and in a small way evangelizing or opening the door for evangelism for the Glory of God.

God Bless You, and may He move in and through us in a unique and powerful way as we prepare to gather, worship, and praise Him for the greatest event in human history.