Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain

The third of the Ten Commandments is: “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” (Exo 20:7)

To take the name of the Lord in vain means to use it unnecessarily, wrongfully, falsely, disrespectfully, incautiously, and irreverently.

Examples are:
1. Using phrases such as “Oh my God!” and “Jesus” as an interjection (or worse, as an expletive, along with words such as “shit”). Usually, it is part of a person’s language, but it must be consciously removed from speech (Matt.12:35-37; Eph.5:4)
2. Saying that God had said something when He had not said it. This applies to even wrong and twisted interpretation of God’s word (Eze.13:6; 22:28; Matt.15:9)
3. Swearing by God’s name falsely (Lev.19:12; Matt.5:33-37)
4. Saying that they are being led by God, when actually they are being led by their own lust (James 1:13,14). For example, one may say that God was leading him to marry a girl, or to go to some place, or do this or do that when actually he is being carried away by his own desires, presumptions, feelings, and emotions.


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