I once heard a man tell his son in the barbershop, “Son, you aren’t old enough to ‘cuss’. When are you old enough to cuss?
America is obsessed with profanity. The enemy has convinced people it makes…
Words more powerful…
Jokes more funny…
Arguments more convincing…
Authority more authoritative…
Good parents will allow coaches to ‘cuss’ their children to ‘get the best out of them’.
People who deal with those who use profanity claim you have to ‘speak their language’ to get through to them.
Our movies, television shows, comedians, songs and sometimes even those in authority reinforce a culture of profanity.
God said very clearly that we are to not allow corrupt, unwholesome, coarse language come from our mouths…
Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV)
29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
He said that we aren’t to participate in or entertain ourselves with coarse joking…
Ephesians 5:3-4 (NKJV)
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
His word tells us that we are to only use words that build others up (Ephesians 4:29)…
But, far too many Christians justify, use and excuse ‘cussing’, profanity and vulgarity. And, it goes beyond ‘stumping your toe’. It’s far too many in the Body of Christ who use it in their daily language.
What’s the harm?
Well, here are 5 Catastrophic Implications of when Christians ‘Cuss’
1. IT’S OPEN REBELLION AGAINST GOD
If God forbids us to do something, then it’s rebellion. All sin is rebellion against God’s will for our lives. But, profanity is OPEN rebellion, letting the world know we’ve made a decision to disobey God verbally. Just as our children embarrass us, it puts God to open shame. Remember this…
1 Peter 2:12 (NLT)
12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.[a
2. IT’S FROM THE DEVIL
Profanity and cursing is straight from the devil. So many people say “Hell yeah! “Hell no!” Or, even jokingly “Hell to the naw!” to emphatically drive home their point when Jesus Himself tells us…
Matthew 5:37 (NKJV)
37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
God told us that unclean language is from the devil himself. It is not of God. When we decide we have to resort to profanity to get our point across, or to reach someone else who uses it, we are implying that God can’t handle it, but the devil can.
3. IT JUSTIFIES ‘CUSSING TO THOSE WHO ARE WEAKER
When some who are weaker hear those who they respect ‘cuss’, it can justify that it’s okay to do it. “Wow, if I hear __________ use that type of language, knowing what a devoted Christian he or she is, then it must not be that wrong. When we make it easier for someone else to sin, then we become a stumbling block to them, and don’t forget what Jesus said about that…
Matthew 18:6 (NKJV)
6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
4. OUR WORDS HAVE POWER
God’s word gives us some powerful reminders in the power of our words…
Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
James 3: 5-10 (NKJV)
See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
And, what Jesus said in Matthew Chapter 12 is very powerful, but often overlooked…
Matthew 12:36-37 (NKJV)
36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Those scriptures speak very well for themselves to drive home the point that words can both bless and curse, and that…
God leaves no room for ‘slips of the tongue’. That’s why we should never take grace for granted.
5. ALL OF OUR WORDS ARE A TESTIMONY
Our testimony is evidence of not only who we are now, but who we were when we are gone. Both our actions and words are our testimony, but our words are our verbal testimony. Our words are what release the power of God into the atmosphere, our lives and the lives of others, but they also can release the power of the enemy. Remember that it’s our testimony…our words that give us the power to overcome the enemy…
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Your words play a huge role in how people perceive you and whether or not they take you seriously when you speak as a Christian. Think for a minute..Do you know anyone who is KNOWN as a powerful encourager? Now, do you know anyone is KNOWN for their dirty mouth? See what I mean?
Be careful what you say. As Christians we must never reinforce a ‘culture of cussing’.