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Profanity

John Collins08/28/2013

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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 out insulting.

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 correction.

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.”      

Ezekiel 23:20

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 called “obsolete.”

We are now under Grace.  We must speak what fits the occasion, with the intent of building up. 

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 profanity.

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 tears. 

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 down.

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 entire lives.

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.


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