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TITLE: Profanity

TEXT: Leviticus 24:13-16

PROPOSITION: Profanity is a serious sin against God.





  1. We hear it everywhere stores, TV, movies, music
  2. Hear it enough it will be part of our vocabulary.
  3. Today we will observe 6 kinds of profanity.

1. Vain reference to the Sacred

  1. Exodus 20:7 "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain"
  2. Any reference to a title for deity God, Jesus, Lord

2. Swearing

  1. Matthew 5:34 "Swear not at all"
  2. James 5:12 "But above all, do not swear"
  3. Let your word be your bond Yes = yes; No = no
  4. Taking an oath "I swear", "By God", "So help me God"

3. Sacrilegious (Profane)

  1. Hebrews 12:28 "With reverence and godly fear"
  2. Hebrews 10:29 "Trample under food the Son of God"
  3. Jokes, making God do immoral things
  4. Hebrews 12:16 "Profane person like Esau"
  5. 2 Timothy 2:16 "Shun profane idle babbling"

4. Cursing

  1. James 3:9-10 "Out of same mouth, blessing and cursing"
  2. Express the eternal destiny of another
  3. "Hell" "Damn you" "Curse you"

5. Idle Words

  1. Matthew 12:36-37 "Every idle word give account in judgment"
  2. Idle NOT jokes, weather, chit-chat
  3. Idle = carnal, earthly things (base, vulgar)

6. Vulgar

  1. Ephesians 5:4 "Nether filthiness"
  2. James 1:21 "Lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness"
  3. Gutter language, filthy words

Why do people use such language?

  1. Habit They do not realize that they are saying such things.
  2. Associations Hear it so often, becomes common, nornal
  3. Disrespect for Deity
  4. Lack of vocabulary 600,000 words in English learn some new ones
  5. World (TV, movies) creeping into our lives Come out and be separate

How serious is this sin?

  1. Tells God and others of your polluted mind Matthew 12:34
    Out of abundance of heart, mouth speaks
  2. You set your eternal judgment Matthew 12:37
    By your words justified, by your words condemned

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