The following articles are related to the topic of PROFANITY

The Plague of Profanity

Are you as sick of hearing it as I am? We are exposed to it at the supermarket, over the back fence, and at ball games. It fills our novels, movies, and is profuse on television. What is this mysterious influence? Profanity! We hear it-not just from sailors ("cuss like a sailor"), or from the French ("pardon my 'French'")-but from ... read more »

Profanity – A Biblical Assessment

A sincere Christian recently noted that the Bible in general, and the book of James in particular (cf. Jas. 3:1ff), warns about the improper use of the tongue. Yet he laments the fact that profanity and vulgarity are perhaps more widespread now than at any time in history - at least in America. He wonders how it is that one ... read more »

Sanitizing Entertainment

Do you remember the commercial advertisement that showed a young woman smoking a cigarette, with this caption: "You've come a long way, baby!"? That slogan has become almost legendary, describing so many different elements in American society. We have come "a long way," and much of it has been straight down. Take the movie industry as an example. I remember, ... read more »

Too Late for Tears

Would it ever be too late for a Christian to repent? "Yes." "For ye know," said the Hebrews writer (12:17). You know about Esau and what happened with respect to the birthright and blessing. Esau's example teaches us something about the nature of irreversible consequences, and we must apply the lesson to spiritual things - the eternal inheritance. The inspired ... read more »

Mark 11:20 – Jesus Curses a Fig Tree

There is a passage in Mark's account of the life of Christ that puzzles many people. It reads as follows: "And as they [Jesus and His disciples] passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance said unto him [Christ], 'Rabbi, behold, the fig tree which you cursed is ... read more »

Is Taking an Oath in Court or Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance Forbidden?

"In James 5:12, Christians are commanded not to swear any oath. Does this mean that we should not submit to practices such as swearing an oath of honesty in a court of law, or pledging allegiance to the American flag? Furthermore, is it also wrong to say 'I promise . . .'? I have never heard any Christian speaking against ... read more »

Addicted to Me

Unalienable rights! We hold these truths to be self-evident! God created us equal! The Creator endowed us with rights-as in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! The Declaration of Independence's motivating expressions stirred colonists to demand their God-given freedom and their entitlement to "dissolve the political bands," while at the same time justification was provided to the world for ... read more »

Meet Ted Turner—Thanks, I’d Rather Not!

"Meet Ted Turner," is the title of a major article in the September issue of Reader's Digest. My first impression when I saw that headline, was: "I'd rather not!" - because the man is a disgusting combination of egotism and infidelity. A lot of people grovel at his feet because he is one of America's richest men. He has a ... read more »

Force-Feeding Obscenity to Our Youth

Right-thinking people respect that venerable document known as The Constitution of the United States and rejoice in the good that, for the most part, has resulted in its wake. In recent years, however, there has been considerable interpretative diversity relative to the meaning of the Amendments attached thereto. The First Amendment reads as follows: "Congress shall make no law respecting ... read more »

The Power of Speech, for Good or Evil

On the first day of Earth's initial week, at some point following a primary creation, the inspired Genesis record declares: "And God said. . . " (Gen. 1:3). This expression is found no fewer than ten times in Genesis 1. The reader is thus introduced to the power of speech. Later the psalmist would write: "He spoke, and it was ... read more »