Call me old. Call me irrelevant. Call me rigid. I don’t care. Since when did cursing come in vogue for Christians? Or more importantly, when did cursing become acceptable for Christian women who minister the Word of God?
I mostly see this in social media by the Millennial Generation.
These women have important things to say, but they undermine their words with coarse talk. Many of these women express wonderful jewels of truth, but I can’t share them because of the liter of curse words in their writings.
But is cursing really sin? Nowhere in the Bible does it say not to use any of the four-letter words our society has deemed as cursing, does it? Well, not specifically, but it does say this…
But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.…Ephesians 5:3-5
Our society’s four-letter words would be included in this description of filthy, silly and course talk. This scripture is saying that people who behave as described are really acting like sinners who should not expect eternal life. Call me crazy, but I think that it is serious! Cursing and other socially unacceptable words and conversation are not becoming of a Christian; therefore, they should not be used in our vocabulary in a public format…EVER!!!
Fellow sisters in leadership roles and positions of influence, do not be duped into thinking that we now communicate differently in order to become more relevant in ministry.
[tweetthis]There is a fine line between being relevant & bringing reproach in #church #ministry.[/tweetthis]
Our actions must attract people to the gospel message, not detract from the gospel of grace. It’s one thing to wear casual clothing to church so that unchurched people will not be discouraged from attending because they do not feel they have the “proper” attire. It’s another thing altogether to use curse words when ministering.
I believe that I can unequivocally state that there has never been one single person who heard a minister of God’s Word using foul language, and thought I want to follow Jesus.
Relevancy in the way we do kingdom work and share the gospel should never bring a reproach against God’s church, but should always be intended to tear down barriers that may hinder unbelievers from coming to know Christ. This is the fine line.
The next time you consider doing something in ministry to be more relevant to our culture, ask yourself this:
Would this help draw people to Christ, or could it possibly detract from what I am trying to accomplish?
If the answer even slightly leans toward detracting, then please reconsider! It is always better to be conservative in our actions and words, protecting God’s church than risk undertaking a bad idea that reflects badly on the kingdom.
Jesus’ name cannot be tarnished; His work and teachings speak for themselves. God’s ambassadors though, can do a pretty lousy job of representing Him just by the fact that we can occasionally get tripped up in our flesh. So, there is no need to purposely use language that is offensive to most people and tell ourselves that this really helps the kingdom. Oh, please!!!
My fellow servants, people are looking for something different than what the world has to offer. Jesus is that wonderful Something that we have to offer. Let’s do it in a Christ-like manner for Heaven’s sake!
If those who minister the Word of God with a public platform believe that they need to use cursing to appeal to the masses instead of lifting up a holy God in the form of Jesus Christ, then they would be better off to leave “the ministry.”
Women’s Ministry Leaders, I charge you all to be pure in your language with these words from the Holy Bible…
Therefore this is what the LORD says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them. Jeremiah 15:19
” And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” Hebrews 10:24
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