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#28092 Tue Sep 20, 2005 8:58 PM
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Can you be a child of God and use His name in vain?
I do not think so, but many professing Christians do this and that makes me so sad.

Words as: oh my god, oh my word, my goodnes or gosh seem to be normal. Do not all these mean the same.
What is hapening, why do so many Christians do this?


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I believe any misuse of God's name results from a lack of understanding of what the commandment to not do use it in vain really means. So, yes, a Christian can do this because most Christians don't understand what the words of that commandment (or practically any other verse in the Bible for that matter) are truly saying.

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So, yes, a Christian can do this because most Christians don't understand what the words of that commandment (or practically any other verse in the Bible for that matter) are truly saying.

That's just my <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/my2cents.gif" alt="" />

Thank you for your reply, though I wonder if those Christians were saved by the same LORD that saved my husband, my mom, one brother, 3 sisters and myself. For we are all made so sensitive to the use of Gods name the moment we were saved that we did away with television. There was not much anymore we could watch and hear.
Does the LORD then make some sensitive and others not for His Holy name??? I can not believe that!


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Can you be a child of God and use His name in vain?

I suppose we do and should always refrain from saying an expletive with God's name, but those are the easy ones. What we have to be careful of are superficial prayers and always recognizing who God is when we speak his name in our churches and homes.

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. There was not much anymore we could watch and hear.
Does the LORD then make some sensitive and others not for His Holy name??? I can not believe that!
Willemina,

I think it would be more accurate to say that the Lord hasn't worked in all His children in this regard to the same extent nor at the exact same place in their walk. Thus there are varying degrees of "sensitivity" according to the Spirit's working of sanctification in them. Personally, I cannot say that "Oh my word!" qualifies as that which violates the Third Commandment, in and of itself, although the heart of the one who uttered that phrase may indeed be in violation of it. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

Here is a wonderful sermon by Rev. G. Van Reenen on The Third Commandment which brings out the depth and spirituality of that commandment and how it is to be applied.

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Thank you Pilgrim for the beautiful sermon, I enjoyed reading it. It also makes it very clear that all that do take the Lords name in vain and not repent shell perish. It is not to be taken lightly.


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"There is no sin greater or more provoking to God, than the profaning of His Name; and therefore He has commanded this sin to be punished with death," says the Catechism.
this was taken from the sermon.

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Willemina,
You have confused passive and active faith. GOD saves us by grace through faith, and this is NOT of ourselves, it is a gift from God! Our active faith is where our actions come through toward our neighbors, and toward God. We are NOT immediately sanctified, if this were our doctrine then NONE of us would be saved since NONE of us are perfectly holy! It is a scary doctrine to think that we are all perfect, that we cannot sin....because the minute we sin we will call our salvation into question.


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Can one be a Christian and:

1) Not honor their parents?
2) Skip a church service?
3) Look upon a person with lust (to say nothing of actually committing adultery)?
4) Slack on the job?

Right now I am at work so you could say I am "slacking" on my job since "The-Highway.com" is not part of my job description (I am trying to get it in my Fiscal Year 2007 Goals but I'm not bettin' on it...).

I did not call my parents this weekend although I should have.

Last Sunday morning I had a sinus infection and I missed our 8am service, but I DID get to the 9:20am Summary of Christian Doctrine class.

So you could say I violated at least three of the Commandments within the last week. Does this mean, in your opinion, that I am not a Christian? I ask because you do not think that a Christian can violate the commandment to take the Lord's name in vain, and thus, by definition, that a Christian must keep the commandments perfectly if they want the assurance that they are a Christian.

Thank you kindly!

Steve


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I did not know that saying "oh my gosh" or "oh my goodness was using God's "name" in vain. Maybe I'm not really a Christian.

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I've heard a commentary saying that "taking the Lord's name in vain" refferes to oaths and promises and not necessarily to exclamations of surprise. I'm more simpathetic to this interpritation. It is said that for every vaid word we will give an account. I want to know, why should a vain word comprising of 3 consecutive letters G, O, D be worth of a greater sin then a vain word comprising of 4 consecutive letters H, E, C, K? What disguasts me is that I would meet people who would strangle you because you used "God" in a conversation, meanwhile that same person is divorsed 2 times (breaking the promise he made before God).

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I've heard a commentary saying that "taking the Lord's name in vain" refferes to oaths and promises and not necessarily to exclamations of surprise. I'm more simpathetic to this interpritation. It is said that for every vaid word we will give an account. I want to know, why should a vain word comprising of 3 consecutive letters G, O, D be worth of a greater sin then a vain word comprising of 4 consecutive letters H, E, C, K? What disguasts me is that I would meet people who would strangle you because you used "God" in a conversation, meanwhile that same person is divorsed 2 times (breaking the promise he made before God).

Perhaps this will give you a better understanding.
No Vain Use of God's Holy Name


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I did not know that saying "oh my gosh" or "oh my goodness was using God's "name" in vain. Maybe I'm not really a Christian.

Michele, it is always good for us to search ourselves.


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