This is the last post in the series on profanity. Check out the other posts here:
Let’s answer the final question today: Should a Christian ever use profanity?
When one takes into consideration all that scripture gives as a guideline to our life and language, profanity is never an acceptable use of language for the believer. Jesus warns us in Matthew 12:36 that even our careless words will be judged. Just a few chapters later Jesus tells us in Matthew 15:11 that,
“What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’”
Also, Jesus declared in Matthew 12:34,
“You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”
With these passages in mind, along with all the others, Believers must be very cautious about the language they use. Things that come out of the mouth not only make one unclean but also show the condition of their heart. Thus, if foul language is used, then the heart is unclean as well.
Another consideration that will be briefly dealt with here is the use of other words in place of profanity. Sometimes these words are referred to as “Christian cuss words,” or “Alternative cuss-words.” It has been previously established that words transmit ideas. Thus, words that are substitutions for profane words are just as unacceptable as the offensive words themselves. Most people know to which words the substitutes refer, so it does no good to use them in the place of the original profanity–the mind replaces the true nature of the word uttered.
There may be proponents for profanity that will say that since there is no explicit command not to use profanity they feel no remorse in doing so. One must also remember that as believers we are not to do anything that will cause others to stumble, 1 Corinthians 10:32. Also, believers must remember that they are witness of Christ here on this earth. Invariably, when someone who claims to be a Christian uses profanity there is an outcry from secular sources that condemn the Christian for such an abuse of language. Even non-Christians know that Christians shouldn’t use foul language. If our language is causing people from entering the kingdom then when have become a stumbling block, and have ruined our witness to the world.