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12-9-2016 Profane Pleas

“Profanity” literally means “making it as common as a doorsill.”  Few give a passing thought to a doorsill when crossing it.  That is exactly the attitude toward God’s Name that is forbidden.  When Israel used to be God’s chosen people, He said: “And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:12 NKJV).  Jesus’ New Law teaches Christians to pray: “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name” (Luke 11:2 NKJV). It is only when Bible history is ignored that people profane God’s Name.  Constant “OMG’s” profanes God.  When disaster comes, how can a profane person mean it when he says: “God, help me”?  If we wish to call on God to help, don’t profane His Name. “The LORD is for me among those who help me” (Psalm 118:7 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ

#disaster, #omg, #profanity

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1-21-2016 O My God

It was a prayer when David said, “O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed” (Psalm 25:2 NKJV). All 21 times “O my God” occurs in the Bible, people were addressing God. God said through Moses, “And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:12 NKJV). New Testament Law “is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane” and “contrary to sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:9-10 NKJV). “Profane” means like a “doorway or threshold we cross without thinking of it.” Thus, using “O my God” without directly addressing God is “profanity,” and walks over God’s Name without regarding its sacredness. “OMG” cannot be excused either because it is shorter!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#gods-name, #omg, #profanity

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1-28-2015           “Raising Hell?”

According to many songs and party people, having a lot of fun is “raising Hell.” According to Jesus: first, this is profanity, because Hell cannot be “raised,” it is for damned souls for Eternity, a.k.a. “the condemnation of hell” (Matthew 23:33); secondly, it should not be “raised” for it is described as “torments” without a drop of water for relief (Luke 16:23-24); and third, a maimed body in life is better than the next life in “hell fire” (Mark 9:42-48). Since “Hell” cannot nor should not be “raised,” and is eternal torment: how much “fun” is it to say that? To “raise Hell” in life only lowers someone’s soul into it forever! Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#hell, #profanity

Ignorance of the English language leaves scars that…

Ignorance of the English language leaves scars that profanity is quick to fill. Cursing is the carrion of the language. So rise above such weaknesses and have pure speech that edifies and all those around you will be happier.

“Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:5-10).

#cursing, #english, #profanity

Corrupting Other People’s Children

I want to talk about a strange brand of hypocrites who hate children. Well, that’s not exactly true. They only hate other people’s children. Let me explain.

Trevor and Jasmine are married and they have two children, a nine year-old boy and a seven year-old girl. They love their children more than life itself and they protect their children in every way that they deem important. They do not allow their children to watch certain channels on TV and they are very careful about what kind of music their children hear. Most of us would say they are good parents.

Now, let’s consider the following scenario. Trevor and Jasmine are with two other like-minded families in a banquet room at a local restaurant for a birthday party. They are all dressed in their best clothes. Half-way through their party, a man they do not know walks into the room containing all the children and parents. The stranger starts loudly cursing and talking about his sexual prowess.

What do Trevor and Jasmine do? Trevor goes over and pushes the man out of the room, screaming at him to shut his filthy mouth. Meanwhile, Jasmine has covered their children’s ears. Naturally, they love their children and don’t want them corrupted.

Trevor and Jasmine take their children home and leave them with a baby sitter. Trevor and Jasmine change their clothes and put on jeans and t-shirts. Trevor’s t-shirt brags about his sexual prowess and Jasmine’s is covered with profanity. Happily, they go to Walmart to shop among other nine year-old boys and seven year-old girls who can read their shirts and be corrupted by them.

Hence, hypocrites. Pure and simple. No one better corrupt their children but they can damage other kids.

In all honesty, what is the difference in walking into a room of children and saying obscene things and wearing obscene t-shirts in a store where children are present? Nothing. Both exhibit a hatred of children, no matter what rationalization we use.

#children, #families, #profanity

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Not Any Saint Conveys Arrogant Rudeness (N.A.S.C.A.R.)

When Family Baptist Church Pastor Joe Nelms gave the pre-race invocation before the Nationwide NASCAR Race at the Nashville Speedway Saturday, July 23, 2011, he followed the example of the “Ricky Bobby” character (played by Will Ferrell) in the movie Talledega Nights, rather than Jesus Christ.

His prayer in bold type, along with my remarks in the brackets, is as follows:
“Heavenly father, we thank you tonight for all your blessings.”
[So far, so good! However, the rest of the prayer indicates these opening words may show the hypocrisy Jesus quoted Isaiah as decrying: “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men'” (Matthew 15:7-9). An opening line of a prayer is not sufficient if the rest of the prayer is not according to God’s will (1 John 5:14-15)!]

“You said ‘in all things give thanks.’ So we want to thank you tonight for these mighty machines that you’ve brought before us. Thank you for the Dodges and the Toyotas. Thank you for the Fords and most of all thank you for Roush and Yates partnering to give us the power we see before us tonight. Thank you for GM Performance Technology and the R07 engines. Thank you for Sonoco racing fuel and Goodyear tires that bring performance and power to the track.”
[In the Bible, the prayers of the godly saints are filled with praise for God’s achievements, more than the work of humans. Rather than a list of God’s virtues and deeds, Nelms seems to be reading from the decals of a car or a speedway wall! Does Nelms think that every activity has been put together by God? Would Nelms have thanked God for the wickedness of men before the Flood in Noah’s day (Genesis 6:5)? Or rebellious Nimrod building cities (Genesis 10:8-14)? Or the construction of the city and tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9)? Is it not in Nelms to recognize that there may be some activities put together for the glory of men and not God? When Jesus described a Pharisee’s prayer, it was filled with the Pharisee’s works, not humility before God (Luke 18:9-14). All of God’s works are “righteous,” but not all of man’s works are (Jeremiah 22:13-19).]

“Lord I want to thank you for my smokin’ hot wife tonight, Lisa. My two children, Eli and Emma, or as we like to call them — the little E’s.”
[This is almost verbatim from “Ricky Bobby” and not Jesus! Jesus’ description of the marriage relationship is to respect the “one flesh” a male and female become, not to tout that carnality in front of others (Matthew 19:4-6)! Even when the Apostle Paul is describing the “heated passion” to be expressed in marriage, it is with the respect of the husband’s and wife’s “affection” for each other (1 Corinthians 7:3-6). Nelms’ reference to his wife calls attention of the wrong kind to her, if she is a godly woman (1 Peter 3:1-6).]

“Lord I pray you’ll bless the drivers as usual tonight. May they put on a performance worthy of this great track.”
[“As usual?” Does this mean the “usual” number of accidents? Deaths? Disappointments? What is Nelms attributing to God? In a prayer such as this one has been, this becomes an “off-handed” serving of the ball into God’s court to “take it from here.” Nothing Nelms has prayed previously turns this event over to God, why now when it is to begin? ]

“in Jesus’ name, Boogity boogity boogity. Amen.”
[And here, Nelms’ gives tribute to Darrell Waltrip and “Ricky Bobby” rather than learning from Jesus, who taught His disciples to end prayer with acknowledgement of God’sauthority: “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” (Matthew 6:13), and not an appeal to human excitement. Some may think the last words of the National Anthem are “Play ball!” Nelms has taught people that the last words of a prayer are “Start Your Engines!” It is in context for Darrell Waltrip to say “boogity, boogity, boogity” as a race announcer, but not a proper attitude to convey in closing a prayer to Almighty God!]

Afterwards, Nelms was interviewed on Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Tradin’ Paint,” and reportedly said:
“I wanted to get somebody’s attention, so that’s been our desire every time we’ve been up there, to try to make an impact on the fans and give them something they’ll remember, and maybe they’ll go home on a Friday night or a Saturday night and say, ‘Maybe I ought to get up and go to church in the morning.’”
[Nelms’ stated goal is to “get somebody’s attention” and “to try to make an impact on the fans,” but unfortunately for him, that’s the definition of “hypocrisy” as given by Jesus Christ: “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward” (Matthew 6:5). Joe “Ricky Bobby” Nelms’ prayer went no further than the Nashville Speedway that Saturday night, and if he got the fan’s attention he sought, he has received his reward! Prayers done for “effect” on an audience and/or prayers of repetition are “vain” and meaningless acts of worship (Matthew 6:5-8). No one who attends church because of such a profane prayer will be attending for the purpose of glorifying God, but of being entertained by men! Worship is for offering “spiritual sacrifices” (1 Peter 2:4-5) pleasing to God, not for the excitement and satisfaction of men (1 Thessalonians 2:1-6).]

If Joe Nelms represents the disrespectful level to which one must stoop to be a Baptist, or a Pastor of a worldly church, or popular with NASCAR fans, then I will have no part of any of it! I have decided to stand with Moses in the place of the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-6) or Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:39-46; Hebrews 5:7-9), and deeply respect every moment I approach God in prayer. Who else is on the Lord’s side?
—–John T. Polk II

#nascar, #prayer, #profanity

Most misused Biblical word

The name of our Lord. Profanity abounds everywhere.

#most-misused-word, #profanity