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Profanity, as a language of shocking filth, is a relatively
new and culturally motivated idea.
Depending upon the history of the culture you have been born into, and
the level of use for these “vulgar” phrases or words, you will quickly find
that the common language from other nationalities can be quite offensive.
I never will forget when Seek Ye The Truth started, and
South Africa started taking notice.
Several “Christian brothers” in the cult started to profanely object to
my pointing out the failed prophecies of William Branham through the use of
four letter words that are very offensive in my culture. But having spent the last year and a half
discussing these fictional life stories and failed prophecies with many other
nations, I’m quickly learning that our view of language is tainted by the way
our society has been molded through time.
As a whole, mankind evolved from a very primitive race, what
we would call “filthy.” But until
recently, there was no need for profanity at all – and so it was relatively
non-existent. When one man became angry
with another, he simply drew his sword.
Many of the words that cause the most shock to our senses
are describing actions or results of actions that we find offensive in this day
and age. These words have a much faster
success in verbally slapping the face of another person than simply long, drawn
The result of this socially-motivated belief that some words
are worse than others is that readers, especially younger readers, are shocked
when they read their Bibles. We have
been trained to focus on the word rather than the intent behind the word, and
many of the words we call “profane” or words and phrases with similar meanings
are found throughout the Bible.
Especially if you read the books of the prophets.
Language is very powerful.
John 1:1 says that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word WAS God.” The most
powerful language of all is found in our Bibles, the Word of God.
When Israel broke the Ten Commandments and placed themselves
under Law after the wrath of God was kindled against them, God continually
found his Children being influenced into serving other Gods. This made God angry, and invoked His
But we find that before correction came, God used His
prophets as His own mouthpiece to quickly condemn the Children of Israel for
their idolatry and warn them of the coming destruction if they did not turn
back to Him.
God did not come with a physical sword, and did not
physically slap the faces. Yet he needed
to have abrasive language, words that both insulted the actions of the Children
of Israel and condemned them from their idolatry. Many times, God spoke through the prophets in
ways that we would never speak to another person in the culture of today.
When the children of Israel had turned to idolatry, and
Samaria had fallen with her, God sent Ezekiel to condemn these two
nations. He called them “prostitutes,”
but used very shocking language to compare them to prostitutes who became obsessed
with their profession.
Jerusalem was the worst of the two. God said that she was more depraved than her
sister, and then said this:
“There she lusted after her lovers,
whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.”
Can you imagine the reaction in Sunday school when bible
verse memorization time came, if little Johnny were to memorize this verse and
read it to the class? It would be sheer
horror in the eyes of the Sunday school teacher, and the parents would be
mortified when they found out! His mouth
would be washed out with soap!
But this is what God said about Jerusalem! He was angry with them because they had
allowed themselves to fall back into idolatry!
Some of you are thinking, “Wait a minute. This conflicts with the words of Paul! Why did God do this through Ezekiel?”
Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let
no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for
building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
And Paul is saying exactly what we think and have been
taught. Literally translated from the
original Greek words, broken down into their meanings, the translation is: “Any word bad out of the mouth of you not
let go forth but if any good for building up of the need that it might give
grace to them that hear.”
But there are two very important things to consider
here. Profanity, as we know it today, is
something that has for the most part evolved over the last few hundred
years. And ironically, the English
speaking nations are the ones most sensitive to the words – an open
conversation with a German or a Russian would lead to insult.
And the most important part of what Paul says here is that
we must build one another up.
When God used language that we would call “profane” with the
Children of Israel, He had a purpose of building up. Jerusalem had fallen. Even if profanity existed in the primitive
race of people, these words could never be worse than bowing down to idols and
sacrificing your children to them.
The newer translations include the phrase “as fits the
occasion,” which truly matches the underlying meaning of Paul’s statement. When we go back to the original Greek, one
portion of the sentence is this: “BUT
IF ANY, good for building up
of the need.
God had need of using language that insulted Israel for
their idolatry. They were words of
condemnation. They were words that
pierced the hearts, the verbal slap in the face.
And as we know, God will do nothing to set an example for us
that he does not want for us Himself. If
we are against something that we know God does not like, and we can prove His
distaste for it by Scripture, we should be strongly against it.
God hates false prophets.
He detests them. They are
compared to sorcerers, and diviners, which were stoned for their pure, blatant
evil. False prophets pretend to be
“seers of the future,” when most of the prophecy given by God’s prophets were
voices speaking to the present. Just
like the example in Ezekiel, God spoke through Ezekiel to condemn what had
happened in the past and in the present.
Had Ezekiel went around “prophesying” of his next hunting
trip’s prey, or cities sinking before some young lad became an old man – which
never sank – then the Children of Israel rightfully would have stoned
Ezekiel. Even if Ezekiel would have had
one prophecy that seemed logically to have been fulfilled, if he had one single
prophecy that failed there would not have been a book of Ezekiel in the
Bible. God detests false prophets.
So some of you who are angry that this false prophet has
stolen much of your life from you with his imaginary stories about his life,
twisted scriptures, and false prophecy, and are thinking after reading this –
William Branham is a $*%#*#@.
But let’s remember the words of Paul, especially that in the
translations that match Paul’s intent.
“As fits the occasion.”
Remember, the motive behind Paul’s statement was to uplift –
not to push down. There are people, good
people, who have known nothing else in their entire lives except the false
prophecies by this lying man. We are not
prophets from God, and God is not speaking through us to proclaim to others
that Branham is a bastard child raised by the Son of Perdition, or calling him
a prostitute as He did Jerusalem through the mouth of Ezekiel.
Luke 16:16 says that “The
Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom
of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it.”
This verse from Luke matches what Paul is saying here. There are not prophets today, speaking harsh
and abrasive language against fallen nations.
Luke says that those types of prophets stopped with John the
Baptist. That was under Law, which Paul
We are now under Grace.
We must speak what fits the occasion, with the intent of building
Sometimes, building up means pointing the way to
deliverance. While entering into a
heated conversation with one person trapped in the cult, there may be hundreds
silently watching your reaction. The
Grace you show a person, the Love that you show for their blinded eyes is more
powerful than any words or phrases that you can use to “shock and awe.” In this case, Grace is far more powerful than
And remember, profanity, as we know it, is relatively
new. It is a way of quickly drawing
objection through insult, and the words of insult differ from culture to
culture. The words you use as your “shocking
power words” in America likely have little effect in Russia. A battle of offensive words with Germany is a
losing battle – the language we consider abrasive is commonplace.
Those reading as a cult follower begins to insult you will
quickly realize that the insults they throw are actually profanity.
I can remember growing up, watching family members insult
customer service representatives over the phone. I actually remember hearing the other side of
the conversation with a crying voice.
Many times, this was over silly, nonsensical things – most of the time
so that this family member could save a dollar or two off of a bill.
For the price of that dollar, the emotions of this customer
service representative were trampled over like a wild bull running through a
field of wine glasses. The love of money
had taken precedence over the love of fellow man.
Not a single word was used that we would call
“profanity.” Yet, the intent behind the
words was countless numbers worse. The
words were cutting, digging into the heart of the listener to the point of
Paul said, “BUT IF ANY, good for building up of the need.”
There was no need.
This was not building up. This
was the opposite. This was breaking
God did not call us to break down our brothers and
sisters. He did not place them before us
as opponents. God has given us an
opportunity, one that is greater than many people will ever have in their
God has given us an experience. We have lived through a cult. We have deprogrammed our minds from false
teaching that does not match scripture.
Our eyes have been opened to the failed prophecy. We have the power of history to research and
identify each and every lie that this false prophet told from town to
town. We are the “Hoss and Lil’ Joe”
that uncovered the travelling medicine man and his “magic elixir.”
God is using that to His purpose, and that purpose is to
point people back to their Bibles. He is
using us to show that His Word is our absolute, and we are not to be led astray
by lying prophets.
Let our speech be used in a way that fits the situation and
has the sole purpose of building up the faith of another person. Not faith in us. Not faith in our research or faith in any
single thing that could distract another person from their Bibles.
Everything we say and do, let’s do it in such a way that
shows others that the God we serve is one that we serve in both Spirit and in
Truth. Let’s not forget that our cult
brothers and sisters are trying their best to worship in Spirit.
They are struggling, because they have abandoned the Truth.