by Ken Trivette

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God Is Not a Swearword (4 of 11)
Series: The Ten Commandments
Ken D. Trivette
Exodus 20:7

1. Alex Dunlap wrote and published a tract entitled Ten Reasons Why I Swear. The purpose of the tract was to show how foolish swearing was. The reasons he gave:
1. It pleases my mother so much.
2. It is a fine mark of manliness.
3. It proves I have self-control.
4. It indicates how clearly my mind operates.
5. It makes my conversation so pleasing to everyone.
6. It leaves no doubt in anyone's mind as to my good breeding.
7. It impresses people that I have more than an ordinary education.
8. It is an unmistakable sign of culture and refinement.
9. It makes me a very desirable personality among women and children of culture and refinement.
10. It is my way of honoring God, who said, "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain."

2. I think Mr. Dunlap's tract gets the point across. Paul tells us in Colossians 3:8, "But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth." We are given instructions about swearing in Ephesians 4:29, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." Our mouth is not to be filled with profanity but praise. There is nothing so disgusting as a filthy mouth.

3. The third commandment addresses more than a filthy mouth. It deals with the profane use of God's name. Little Mary, attending Sunday School for the first time one Christmas season, eagerly listened as her teacher told of the birth of God's Son. She thrilled to the story of the angels, wise men, the star, and the gifts. Then the teacher added, "And they shall call His name Jesus." She looked over at the person beside her and asked, "Why did they have to name such a sweet baby a swear word?" It was the first time that she had ever heard the name of Jesus exc ...

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