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What Does the Bible Say About Swear Words?

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January 28, 2021 2:00 pm

What Does the Bible Say About Swear Words?

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January 28, 2021 2:00 pm

Episode 630 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.

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1. What book or character in the bible is most underrated or glossed over in our churches?

2. In Luke 9, Jesus sends out His apostles to proclaim the Kingdom of God, yet a few verses later after Peter confesses Jesus as the Christ, Jesus commands them not to tell this to anyone. What were the apostles tasked to speak then if they were told not to say anything concerning Jesus’ identity and mission?

3. Can angels marry?

4. Can a Christian lose their salvation?

5. The scripture is clear about taking the Lord’s name in vain. But what about swear words? As a person in the military I’m around swearing a lot, and it struck me that what we consider bad words often have synonyms that aren’t considered bad at all. In the end swear words seem an arbitrary construct of man.

6. I have struggled greatly with the temptation of lust. I have a Bible study group with close guys that I share my struggle with and I also have an accountability partner within that group yet it is still a daily struggle for me. I know that this sin is deeper than bad behavior and it’s a matter of the heart. I was wondering if you guys had any advice on how to fight this temptation and pursue holiness and godliness?

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This additional core Christianity is pre-recorded. The Bible makes it clear that taking the Lord's name in vain is the sin what are other swearwords prohibited in the Christian life that is one of the questions will be answering on today's addition of core Christianity hi this is Bill Meyer along with Pastor Israel Sanchez and this is the radio program where we answer your questions about the Bible and the Christian life every day. You can call us right now with your question. At 833 the core that's 1-833-843-2673. You can also post your question on our Facebook, Instagram or twitter accounts and as always you can email us your question can come to us at questions at core, Christianity.com will first up today, a pair of British adventurers have been awarded the Guinness world record for an unusual feat. The longest journey on a scooter with a sidecar there journey was a 34,000 mile trip around the world. Yes, Matt Bishop and Reese guilds took their Honda SH 30 scooter and a homemade sidecar on a journey across the globe. It took them 15 months to do it and then say people all around the world open up their homes to them during their journey.

That trip spanned 35 countries and five continents. It raised $10,000 for various antislavery and antihuman trafficking charities. So Israel what you think you and me on a scooter. Maybe Orange County yeah I mean I don't know that I could convicted that amount of time Bill. I don't think anybody want to spend that much time with me anyway me.

Next is wild but that's cool.

He was able to raise some money for really something really important causes and so cool story. Very neat look at our first question of the day and Jasmine posted this on her website. She says what book or character in the Bible. Do you feel is most underrated or glossed over in our churches today what book or character of the Bible is most underrated or glossed over in our churches today will part of me just wants to say Jesus because I think frankly it's so easy for us to miss Jesus in our churches and hear something that so interesting to me. You know the people that Jesus was raised around were the ones who were the most confused about his identity. They had this sort of hometown idea of who Jesus was a member when Jesus went to Nazareth to preach to the people in his hometown were told that he didn't really do any miracles there because they they rejected him that Mark chapter 6 a beating verse one, he went away from there and came to his hometown and his disciples followed him, and on the Sabbath, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, why did this man get these things and and what is this wisdom given to him. How are such mighty works done by his hands. Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joseph's and Judas and Simon and are not his brothers here with us and they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, a prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his relatives and his own household and he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them know we sometimes talk talk about how we need to be familiar with Jesus with his teachings with his person. I think that that's absolutely true. We want to know the Christ of Scripture, but this is a familiarity with Jesus that we need to avoid the kind it's described there in Mark chapter 6. It's the kind of familiarity that causes us to miss his identity and frankly Jasmine, I think that in a lot of our churches today. We've really downplayed who Jesus is his Lordship, his sovereignty, his power, his grace, his mercy, we kinda can have this sort of hometown view of Jesus like the people of Nazareth was justice this great teacher who came to provide us with some Pinot beautiful parables and teachings on love and any helps make my life better. We don't understand him as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and so part of me that I just want to say I think first and foremost, Jesus, Jesus is is to underrated.

In many of our churches, and that's why we need to recover the preaching of the cross.

To me that's the apostle Paul.

You think about what he said.

I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. That has to be the focus in our churches, Christ needs to be exalted, and we have to be careful that we don't have the kind of familiarity with Jesus that the people in Nazareth did know something else. We've often discussed to our core Christianity is that there are some churches and some full denominations that have really downplayed who Jesus is and they talk about him is a great teacher or a prophet but they actually deny his divinity or come close to it. Yeah that's that's true, and it seems like your hearing more and more stories about this bill, denying the divinity of Christ readily so that essentially the me think about the people they're getting in Mark six, and in Nazareth they thought that Jesus was just the carpenter's kid. This isn't that the divine son of God, the Savior of the world will that's what people are doing all around us today. I think most people even even you know outside of the church. Those who don't identify as Christians. If you talk to them about Jesus, they would have some familiarity just by virtue of the fact that there in the United States and and maybe they've heard some of the Christian story and yet they don't understand his true identity. We've minimized and we've downplayed them and so the church I think our job is to really recover again the preaching of Christ and him crucified. This is core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez. Here's a Facebook post from one of our listeners named Matt he says in chapter 9 of Luke, Jesus sends out his apostles to proclaim the kingdom of God. Yet a few verses later after Peter confesses Jesus is the Christ, Jesus commands them not to tell this to anyone. What were the apostles commanded to put why were the apostles are commanded to proclaim the kingdom if they were told not to say anything concerning Jesus identity and his mission yeah this is sometimes referred to as the messianic secret you see it in different places in the Gospels, Jesus will do something amazing right he'll heal someone and then Jos hey keep it on the download don't go tell others and typically what would often happen is that same individual who was healed would go and as soon as he left. You know would start sharing everything that it taken place. Why is it a mean right meter if if Jesus is healing these people.

Why does any tell may go tell everyone what's happening and I think a part of it is Jesus knew what his mission was and she's got this very clear destination. He's got a clear path to the cross. Yes, he's ministering to people he's teaching. He's healing but he's focusing on the hour of his suffering. You see that throughout the gospel of John in particular, Jesus speaking about this hour, for which he came into the world and so one of the reasons I think that you have this messianic secret were Jesus will tell people hate keep it on the down low is because EP didn't want the people to just come and make him king right then and there.

They were confused about his identity again. They missed Jesus didn't understand what he had come to accomplish. And so Jesus is headed to Calvary. He's headed to the cross to be the Savior of the world to forgive all of our sins. And that's why often times after this, this Jesus performing a great miracle. He would tell people hate don't go and tell everyone, although as I said oftentimes they would look into a call that's coming in from Caitlin and St. Paul Minnesota here on core Christianity hi Caitlin, tell us so your question for pastor. Israel questioned my daughter Mary is a great ally love Caitlin getting questions from children. My kids ask questions all the time. And boy, I'm sure we have plenty of listeners right now are thinking. I wish I could marry an angel, you know that's were all looking for but I'm sorry to say no and and I think axis is something that Jesus makes absolutely clear in the gospel of Matthew in Matthew chapter 22 verse 30.

Listen to what our Lord Jesus, that actual All-Star in verse 29 he's talking to the Sadducees here in particular about the doctrine of the resurrection. They've they've come to him and they questioned him and Jesus answered them, you are wrong because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. Verse 34 in the resurrection they that is, people neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. So there I think Jesus is making it very clear, suggesting that angels they don't get married and they're not given in marriage as much is maybe we might wish that they were so know that that that's not the case and so you can tell your your daughter that she's going to have to marry a human rail. Hey, thank you for your call Caitlin presented this is core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez. Debbie is calling in from Lodi, California and Debbie what your question for pastor.

Israel hi, thanks for taking my question. I am wondering if a Christian can lose their salvation. Debbie, this is one of the questions that we frequently get here at core Christianity and it's it's one of the questions that I think plagues individual Christians I I remember when I first came to the Lord and started walking with Christ being overwhelmed by his grace. Having this great sense of the fact that my sins were forgiven and then it just hit me one day what if what if I lost all of this, I knew I was still a sinner you know is God and he continued to extend his grace to me. What if what if I fall away and and that thought was just so terrifying to me and I know it's terrifying for many, many believers and so I think it's really important that we answer this question from the Scriptures and my position on this.

I know that there are differences of opinion among Christians but my position is that a Christian cannot lose their salvation because their salvation is from the very beginning to the end. The work of God's grace. God is the one who saves us, Debbie, and God is the one who keeps us listen to what Jesus said these are his words in John chapter 10 beginning in verse 27 my sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My father, who has given them to me, is greater than all and no one is able to snatch them out of the father's hand, I and the father are one patient to just so so comforting.

You see, if if our salvation in keeping our self is dependent upon our obedience. That kind of thing will yet then there would be a lot of cause for fear and concern.

But if we can look to Christ and rest in the fact that he is the one who keeps us, who holds us who has redeemed us and who is going to bring us before him in perfect righteousness through his sacrifice will then there's there's a rest there's hope there's confidence there and so no I don't believe Debbie that it a true Christian can lose their salvation because we are kept by the Lord and just because I think that this is such an important topic and I want to give you one more passage of Scripture that you can look at that I think might be comforting to you in Romans chapter 8, the apostle Paul said this, Romans chapter 8 verse 29 for those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his son in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and those whom he predestined he also called and those whom he called he also justified and those whom he justified he also glorified. This is a sure thing Debbie if work called predestined by the Lord justified by faith in Jesus Christ.

We can we can rest assured that were also going to be glorified not by our own righteousness, but through the righteousness of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. Thank you freight for your question Debbie, did you have a follow-up may be or more that you wanted to get into their know that great, thank you so much. Very very comforting. Thank you Debbie thanks Debbie appreciate so much your call. You're listening to core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez and today we are offering something really special for you are new 100 page softcover workbook for the gospel of John Druck you explain why this study is so helpful that lie me to it just gets us right to the heart of the gospel of John, and John is really such an important gospel because it was written so that we would believe that Jesus was the Christ. And so that believing in him we would have life through him me to do doesn't want need that and so I think digging into this this study on the gospel of John will be really incurred encouraging for you gospel John is is a book that I frankly recommend to people, especially if their first starting to read the Bible. I think it's a great introduction to the life of Jesus and then this is a fantastic guide that can engage you from start to finish for a single donation of $20 or more will get this study in your hand and so head over to Christianity.com to find out more. Bill, can you give them the details on that. Sure there's what you do go to core Christianity.com/gospel of John to get your copy that's core Christianity.com/gospel of John. By the way, you can also give us a call for any one of our offers. Here is the phone number is 833-843-2673. That's 833, the court, there's a question that came in through our email at questions at core, Christianity.com. This is from Douglas. He says the Scripture is clear about taking the Lord's name in vain. What about other swearwords as a person in the military.

I'm around swearing a lot and it struck me that only consider bad words. Often we have synonyms that are considered better all in the end swearwords seem to be an arbitrary construct of man.

Hey Douglas, thank you for your question. I just want to read a brief portion from Ephesians chapter 4 really gets us to how we as believers ought to use our speech and I think if we can just think about this question. Your question is more specific, but I think we can think about it. In this context it will really help us beginning in verse 25 of Ephesians 4 balls that, therefore, having put away falsehood. Let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin.

Do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who here so here's here's how want to answer this question. I think each of us should just ask ourselves the way I use my speech does it breed corruption rottenness if you will, or does it give grace to those who hear am I speaking the truth in love to the people around me speaking truth to my neighbor as Paul said there at the beginning of that passage in verse 25 you also think about what Jesus said in Luke chapter 6 verse 45 where he said that from from the heart from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks is the oftentimes the way we use our speech says a lot about about our heart about the state of our heart.

The condition of our heart.

But I think that this is bigger than saying you know AdWords four letter words that can everything I think as believers even even as those who state that I never speak in that way we can still have corrupting talk and so don't believe for a minute that just because an individual doesn't use those four letter words that their speech is somehow grace giving know we can still slander. We can still gossip we still have to be careful that were using our speech in ways that give grace to those who hear and and how is it that our speech gives grace to those who here well I think it's it's the truth it's speaking the truth in love.

It's encouraging each other with the word of God with the promise of the gospel with the hope that we have in Christ ice building one another up instead of tearing each other down, believing the best about our neighbor about our brother or sister, and spreading that those good things so important for us to to do that as Christians to use our speech in that way. So I think brother Douglas if if if we can think about your question. In that context, and ask ourselves is my speech corrupting her grace giving. That's the best guide we can have your listening to core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez, just a reminder that our program is listener supported. So we count on people just like you to keep this program on the air. If you could make a gift. Just go to our website to learn more core Christianity.com here's a question that came in through our Instagram account from Thomas. He says I've struggled greatly with the temptation of lust. I have a Bible study group with close guys that I share my struggles with, and I also have an accountability partner with that group yet. It's still a daily struggle for me.

I know that this sin is deeper than bad behavior. It's a matter of the heart, and I was wondering if you guys hunting up advice on how to fight this temptation and pursue holiness and godliness will sounds like you're off to a good start. You know I think accountability is really important, certainly being in a good church, a part of the worshiping community were where there are people around you who can encourage you or your under the preached word week in and week out, and you have a network of of men there in that church to that you can be honest with you can bring your sin into the lightning.

John says this in first John chapter 20 talks a lot about this idea of walking in the light, confessing our sins to each other and let me just encourage you with the words of the apostle Paul in first Thessalonians chapter 4 finally than brothers we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus that as you received from us how you ought to walk into. Please God, just as you are doing you do so more and more for you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus for this is the will of God for you, but I wanted to hear these words here. This is the will of God for you, your sanctification that you should abstain from sexual immorality, that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God and that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter because the Lord is an avenger in all these things as we told you before hand and solemnly warned, you know, maybe you're wondering how is that an encouragement to me.

I mean, I know had lust that sexual immorality is a bad thing.

That's what I'm wrestling with will again hear what Paul said in verse three. This is the will of God for you and I think the reason that this can be comforting is because you can know if this is God's will for you think God is for you in the fight in the battle against your lust and when you go to the Lord one confessing your sin, but also asking the Lord for grace he hears your prayer.

I think it's easy for many people who are struggling with with a particular sin to feel like maybe the Lord is no longer on their side.

Now God is against me.

The reality is that we need to remember God is for us in our sanctification.

That's the will of God for use that when you go to the Lord.

When you present yourself to the Lord as one ally from the dead of a born again through faith in Jesus Christ. As Paul says in Romans chapter 6, you can rest knowing that God is in your corner, brother, and that the prayers that you asked are in accordance with his will, he will answer now. Oftentimes he doesn't answer them the way we expect during the time that we like.

But God is and will sanctify you by his grace and through his gospel in another really important piece here of the puzzle. I think it fits again. I mentioned you how easy it is for us to feel like man. Maybe the Lord is abandoned me. I can't believe I keep failing are struggling with this particular sin.

Recognizing and resting in your identity in Christ. First and foremost you can't fight against your sin. Mortify your sin by the grace of the Holy Spirit put to death. That is, as Paul mentions in Romans chapter 8. Unless you're resting in the fact that God already has accepted you through his son Jesus. You have to question that you are a child of God, born again, brought into the family adopted that's what you have to to recognize and in one of the passages I think that that's key here already. Party mentioned it, but Romans chapter 6 and by the way, if you want a good section to meditate upon thinking about you know the doctrine of sanctification and growing in grace. Read Romans six through eight.

I mean there's just so much there. It's so rich and and so encouraging, but Paul says beginning there. In Romans chapter 6 what shall we say then are we to continue in sin that grace may abound by no means how can we who died to sin still live in it. Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father, we need to might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

We know get this we know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin, dear friend.

You believe in Jesus Christ.

You've been baptized.

Should you have a new identity. Don't present yourself to God is is a broken sinner, if you will, but as one who is alive from the dead and offer yourself to the Lord as Christ and rest in what Jesus has done for you. Thanks for listening to core Christianity to request your copy of today's special offer. Visit us@corechristianity.com and click on offers in the menu for or call us at 1-833-843-2673 that's a 33 core when you contact us. Please let us know how you been encouraged by this podcast and be sure to join us next time.

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