Don’t Take the Lord’s Name in Vain

22Jul06

Exodus 20:7  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Vain means emptiness.  To take (Hebrew: to bear, carry, support, sustain, endure) the Lord’s name in vain means to call yourself a Christian when you’re not a Christian.  Merely calling yourself a Christian will not make you guiltless (Hebrew: to be clean, be free from guilt, be innocent).

To be a Christian you have to be born-again, to put your faith exclusively in what Jesus did at the Cross!  Our salvation was paid for on the Cross by the perfect & only acceptable sacrifice–God’s only begotten Son–Jesus the Christ.  Then you will be guiltless.  Clean, free from guilt, innocent & pure!

It’s taught that Exodus 20:7 refers to saying “God damn it”.  I disagree.  “God damn it” is the same as saying “Go to Hell”.

Luke 9:51  And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
Luke 9:52  And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.
Luke 9:53  And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
Luke 9:54  And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elijah did?
Luke 9:55  But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
Luke 9:56  For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

When James &  John wanted to rain fire down on the Samaritans they in effect wanted to damn them.  They acted in the spirit of Satan.  Satan desires everyone to go to Hell.  That is why he fights against the Message of the Cross.  It is at the Cross where salvation was wrought.  There is no other salvation.

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