A Sin of the Tongue: Cursing
The Problem of Teenage
A Sin of the Tongue: Cursing
Joe R. Price
wise man Agur wrote,
“There is a
generation that curses its father, and does not bless its mother. There is a
generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its
filthiness. There is a generation—oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their
eyelids are lifted up.” (Prov. 30:11-13; see Exo. 21:17; Lev. 20:9)
We live in the midst of such a generation. The filth that flows from the
mouths of youth and aged, male and female, floods our land. Profanity is
commonplace in our schools, on the job, in the marketplace and in the media.
Its influence rots any society where the hearts of the citizenry are given
over to selfish and prideful aspirations. Cursing is an example of such
Cursing is Sin
Where I grew up in Texas it is called “cussing” (or more precisely, ‘cussin’).
Either way you pronounce it, cursing is sin. God’s word describes the wicked
man as one whose “mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression;
under his tongue is trouble and iniquity” (Psa. 10:7). The apostle Paul
used this verse to describe the sinfulness of “both Jews and Greeks”
(Rom. 3:9, 14).
commonly think of profanity and vulgarity when “cursing” is discussed. The
word translated “curse” in the New Testament signifies “to pray against, to
wish evil against a person or thing; hence to curse” (Vine’s Complete
Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, 141). To curse,
therefore, is to invoke or call down evil upon a person; it is the
denunciation of one’s fellow man. Profanity can be an element of cursing,
but not necessarily so. True, most of the cursing that occurs today is laced
with profanity and vulgarity. All “filthy language” must be
eliminated from our mouths, which includes cursing, profanity and vulgarity
as well as using euphemisms in the place of curse words (Col. 3:8). (One
person called such euphemisms “Christian Cursing” – a curious and correct
description. These, too, must be eliminated from our speech.)
Cursing Words are Idle Words
Jesus said, “for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of
it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by
your words you will be condemned” (Matt. 12:36-37). Idle words include
those spoken rashly, hastily, lightly and angrily. Idle words are barren of
moral goodness and useful fruit. They tear down kindness, friendship,
brotherly love and everything that is good and decent among men in the sight
of God (Eph. 4:29-32). Curse words are worthless words that condemn
the user. The user of them is powerless to execute the threatened
curse. Curse words are Godless words that promote selfishness. Using
such idle words will cause one to be condemned on Judgment Day
Cursing Expresses Hate
verbal denunciations of cursing proceed from a heart that detests its
object. Thus, to curse another is the antithesis of love.
Goliath exemplified the hatefulness of cursing when he said to David, “Am
I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David
by his gods. (1 Sam. 17:43) Peter, when denying knowledge of Jesus, “began
to curse and swear” (Matt. 26:74). Little wonder that this tenderhearted
disciple “wept bitterly” when he realized His sin against the Savior
teaches to “bless those who curse you”, and shows us by His example
how such is accomplished (Matt. 5:44; Rom. 12:14). When Jesus was reviled,
He “did not revile in return” (1 Pet. 2:23). In like manner, His
disciples are to return “reviling for reviling, but on the contrary
blessing” (1 Pet. 3:9).
is the opposite of blessing (see Prov. 30:11 above). With the tongue “we
bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in
the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.
My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (Jas. 3:9-10). Whereas to
bless a person expresses one’s desire that he receive happy and joyful
things, to curse a person articulates one’s desire that dread, calamity and
sorrow is heaped upon him. To curse a person is not loving one’s neighbor as
oneself or treating others as we wish to be treated (Mk. 12:31; Lk. 6:31).
Cursing Words are Prideful Words
Cursing is not only hateful, it is full of pride and conceit: “For the
sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, let them even be taken in
their pride, and for the cursing and lying which they speak” (Psa.
59:12). As one’s mouth distributes its disdainful curses it displays a heart
that is elevated above others. The person who curses his neighbor thinks too
highly of himself (Rom. 12:16). As he curses with his tongue he exposes his
foolish pride that supposes he has the position, power and prerogative to
denounce another person. Pride is on display whenever cursing occurs. By
cursing another person one implies himself to be superior to that person.
The cursing person is an arrogant person.
of calling down reproaches and denunciations upon others, we must “let no
corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary
edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers” and put away all
evil speaking with malice (Eph. 4:29, 31). We grieve the Spirit of God when
our words curse and destroy others (Eph. 4:30).
Cursing Words are Irreverent Words
some people who allow cursing to flow from their mouths understand that it
is not respectful toward others. (On several occasions I recall people who
generally use profane language actually changing their speech around a woman
or “the preacher”.) We should realize that we are always in the presence of
Almighty God. By cursing men we show a lack reverence for God, who created
and sustains all men (Jas. 3:9).
a person shows a lack of love for him and a lack of love and respect for
God. The one who loves God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength does
not curse God or man (Mk. 12:30).
Incredibly, many people openly curse God. When a man blasphemed the name of
the Lord and cursed in the camp of Israel he was stoned to death. God said,
Take outside the camp him who has cursed; then let all who heard him lay
their hands on his head, and let all the congregation stone him. Then you
shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: “Whoever curses his God shall
bear his sin. And whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be
put to death. All the congregation shall certainly stone him, the stranger
as well as him who is born in the land. When he blasphemes the name of the
Lord, he shall be put to death.” (Lev. 24:14-16)
The fact that we do not live under the Law of Moses and do not stone people
is no comfort to the person who takes the name of the Lord in vain (Exo.
20:7). The Lord did not hold guiltless the person who took His name in vain
under the first covenant, and neither will one escape punishment today who
profanes the name of the holy God (Heb. 2:1-2; Matt. 12:37).
(Continued next week)
You can find the
complete outline of this sermon at
"I Believe in Jesus Christ"
Scripture Reading: 1 John 5:10-13
Must believe & obey the gospel to be saved, Mk. 16:15-16. (1 Jno. 5:10-11)
2. A lack of faith prevents salvation, Acts 8:36-37.
3. What is it the sinner is confessing when he confesses faith in Jesus?
4. What I must believe about Jesus to be saved:
I. JESUS IS THE
CHRIST, Acts 17:2-3.
Savior, Lk 2:11; Ac 8:32-35; 3:26.
Prophet, Jno. 1:21; Acts 3:22-23.
King, Jno. 18:37-38.
II. JESUS IS
THE SON OF GOD, Jno. 1:1-3, 14.
A. His Divine
Nature: Jesus is Fully God and Fully Human, Col. 2:9; Jno. 8:23-25, 53, 58.
B. One with
Father, Jno. 10:30-38; 5:17-18, 24; 1:18.
C. That He
is God, Phil. 2:5-11.
III. THE VIRGIN
BIRTH OF JESUS.
Entrance of the Son of God into the World, Lk. 1:30-35; Isa. 7:14; Matt.
1:23; Gal. 4:4.
IV. THE DEATH,
BURIAL AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS, 1 Cor. 15:1-4.
A. That Jesus
Died for My Sins, Isa. 53:4-6 (Acts 8:32-33); 1 Pet. 2:24.
B. That He
was Buried & Arose from the Dead, Rom. 1:4; 10:9-10.
this Faith, We will not have Eternal Life, Jno. 11:25-27.
V. THE ONLY ONE
WHO CAN SAVE, Acts 4:12.
A. Only Jesus
can Save Me, Jno. 6:68.
B. Belief in
the Authority (Power, Name) of Jesus to Save, 1 Jno. 5:13 (Matt. 28:18-19).
1. The word brings
sinners to faith, salvation & eternal life, Jno. 20:30-31.
2. What do you believe? 1 Jno. 5:11-12
You can find the
complete outline of this sermon at
You Can Fall Away!
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 3:12-15
Christians can be confident of our salvation (1 Jno. 5:13; 1 Pet. 1:3-5).
2. Not a license to sin (Rom. 6:1-2, 23).
POSSIBILITY OF APOSTASY.
· Righteous can
turn away & die, Ezek. 18:24.
· One who has believed can fall away, Luke 8:13.
· Christian severed from Christ – fallen away from grace, Gal. 5:2-4.
· Enlightened can fall away & become unreachable, Heb. 6:4-6.
II. EXAMPLES OF
· Israel, Exo.
24:7; 32:7-8; Jer. 3:6-14.
· Simon Peter, Lk. 22:31-34, 54-62; Gal. 2:11-14.
· Simon, Acts 8:12-13, 18-24.
· Church member, 1 Cor. 5:1-5, 13; 2 Cor. 2:5-8.
· Hymenaeus and Alexander, 1 Tim. 1:18-20.
· Laodiceans, Rev. 3:15-19.
III. CAUSES OF
· Times of
temptation, Luke 8:13.
· Worldliness, Luke 8:14; Jas. 4:4; 2 Tim. 4:10.
· False doctrine, Ac 20:29-30; 1 Tim. 4:1-3; 6:3-5.
· Justification by the OT Law of Moses, Gal. 5:4.
· Hardened hearts against God’s will, Heb. 3:12-13
PREVENTION OF APOSTASY.
growth, 1 Pet. 2:1-2; 2 Pet. 1:5-11.
· Don’t love the world, 1 Jno. 2:15-17; Col. 3:1-3.
· Doctrine of Christ, 2 Jno. 9; 1 Tim. 6:3; 1:3
· Salvation is only in Christ, Gal. 2:16; Acts 4:12.
· Do not harden your heart, Heb. 3:7-8.
V. THE REMEDY
· Repent of your
sin, Acts 8:22; 17:30.
· Confess your sin to God, 1 John 1:9.
· Pray to God for His forgiveness, Acts 8:22.
· Conversion (new life), Jas. 5:19-20; Gal. 6:1.
(Current events in the
light of Scripture)
The Problem of Teenage Pregnancy
Joe R. Price
Another teenage star
announced she is pregnant (on the cover of a national magazine, no less). We
are thankful the 16-year old is not aborting the child; murdering the unborn
is not the solution to an unwanted pregnancy.
adolescent pregnancy has declined since reaching an all time high in 1990.
However, the decline is not attributed to morality and abstinence, but to
increased use of birth control. In other words, more teenagers are
fornicating “with protection”. Of course, their souls are not “protected”
(Eph. 5:1-7; Gal. 5:19).
young people must understand that lustful, sexual activity before marriage
is sin against God that causes them to be eternally lost. Whether or not
“protection” is used to avoid pregnancy is entirely beside the point; that
is the counsel of those who do not have God in their knowledge! Why do so
many teenagers see no problem with sexual contact before marriage?
There is a moral problem. Teenagers have not been taught a moral
standard of purity (2 Tim. 2:22). They will not live what they have not been
taught. Evolution convinces them they are just animals, made in the image of
our physical predecessors and not in the image of God (Gen. 1:26). With no
God there is no moral right and wrong, no conscience, no accountability
There is a cultural problem. Our culture promotes the acceptability of
today are growing up in a culture in which peers, TV and movies, music, and
magazines transmit subtle and obvious messages that unmarried sexual
relationships (specifically those involving teenagers) are common, accepted,
and even expected.” (“Adolescent Pregnancy”, Health Guide, The New York
There is an example problem. Adults are setting sinful, immoral examples
that adolescents follow. Children live what they learn (see). Teenagers need
godly, moral role models. Be one for them!
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