Tuesday, October 17, 2006
The recent trend of preachers spicing their sermons with expletitives bothers me.
Just a few years ago, the only "cussing preachers" were Gene Scott, and a few backwoodsy independant baptists who didn't have any accountability.
Now, the cussing preachers are keynoting at Pastors' Conferences.
I realize that addressing this issue will open me up to charges of legalism. I also understand that "cussing preachers" aren't any worse than "gossipy preachers" or "doubting preachers." Then of course, someone might ask, "And what about the gluttons?"
Nevertheless, the Bible says that "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." Whatever is coming out of a person is from the heart.
If somebody goes around saying "BLANKETY BLANK!!"
It makes one wonder, are they full of "blankety blank?"
My concern is that the rising generation of cussing preachers will find an audience of young ministers who, thinking it's cool, will pick up the habit themselves.
The deacons will ask, "Where did you pick up that filthy language?"
The young minister will reply, "I got it from the Preachers' Conference!"
“Now the reason of common swearing is this; it is because men have not so much as the intention to please God in all their actions. For let a man but have so much piety as to intend to please God in all the actions of his life, as the happiest and best thing in the world, and then he will never swear more. It will be as impossible for him to swear, whilst he feels this intention within himself, as it is impossible for a man that intends to please his prince, to go up and abuse him to his face.”
-- William Law, (1729)