Christians and “Corrupt Communication” – Jerry C. Brewer

Jerry C. Brewer

A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (Mat. 12:35-37).

It is sad and very disappointing when Christians use the foul language of the world—especially when those Christians are known as being sound in their beliefs and teaching. Paul told Timothy: “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (1 Tim. 4:16).

It is not enough to take heed to the doctrine, but to take heed to one’s life also. The person who will not live the doctrine of Christ destroys his influence in teaching it. Paul further commanded: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Eph. 4:29).

Within the past week, I observed Christians violating these Scriptures on Facebook. It is absolutely baffling to me why any Christian would write posts or share posts on their pages which contain curse words such as, “damn,” or “hell.” Now, I realize that those words are in the Bible, but they are not used there as profanity like they were used on Facebook. The Christian who does that reveals a heart that is not good in the sight of the Lord (Mat. 12:35). Moreover, he tells the world, “We are just like you.”

Our world today freely uses curse words and other vile language as a matter of course—words that would never have been used in polite company a generation or two ago, even among those of the world. When Christians fall in line with the world by using foul language, they are no longer, “a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1Pet. 2:9). Those who have such language on their Facebook pages need to repent, remove it, and let their friends know they are sorry for using it and do not condone it; unless, of course, they have sold out to the world. Then they need to stop claiming to be a child of God and bringing shame upon Christ and His church.

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