Jocularity and the Name of God

By Dr. Ken Matto

(Lev 22:32 KJV) Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you,
Since the advent of the Internet, it has become more and more easier for Christians to sin without conscience. We have the mistaken notion that we are not accountable for the words we send through cyberspace, yet some how we are responsible for words when we speak on the phone or in person. Could Satan have deceived Christians into buying into the belief that when we send a message, we just hit send and then we are on our way.
The subject of this short article is the way Christians seem to be using the name of God in profane ways and thinking it is funny. What triggered this article was an e-mail I received from someone I know for about 10 years and it contained a joke with the name of God being used in a very irreverent way. When I rebuked this individual about using the name of God in a joke, the final result was that he removed me from his e-mail list. My final response to him was short: (Psa 139:7 KJV) Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
Then the following morning I received an e-mail from one of the other people on the list with this question, “who are you to tell me what to do???” As you can see, this statement is the height of prideful arrogance. He also told me that four ministers from different denominations disagreed with me. Basically, what he was telling me is that six of them agreed that it is permissible to profane the name of God. The scary part here is that these apostates get up in front of people every Sunday and play preacher, and I am sure they probably put on religious faces too. What could they possibly teach about God while they advocate the profaning of His name?
Does God have anything to say about the profane use of His name? We expect such behavior from the unsaved but when Christians partake in it, makes this sin worse. Let us search the Scriptures and see if these “ministers” are right or are fighting against God and Scripture.
Exodus 20:7
(Exo 20:7 KJV) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Here is the most straightforward warning against using God’s name in vain. The word “vain” does not only mean being used in a swear word but it also carries with it the meaning of using it in a manner of commonality. God is warning that He is not going to hold those guiltless who take His name in vain. Do we ever hear a Muslim make fun of Allah or Mohammed? Do we ever hear an orthodox Jew make fun of Moses? Do we ever hear of a Mormon making fun of Joseph Smith? For me, the answer is no to all three, yet the Christian uses God’s name in jokes and levity as if our God is the fake one. God has redeemed us and sent His Son to die for His Elect and He gets repaid by hearing His children use His name in jesting, when He strictly forbids it. Christians need to realize one thing, just because our sins have been paid for, does not mean that God will not throw us into the furnace of affliction until we are rid of that sin. The unbeliever will pay for the sin of blaspheming God’s name in an eternity in Hell.
Leviticus 22:31-32
(Lev 22:31-32 KJV) Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am the LORD. {32} Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you,
In the above verse we read that God is specifically commanding the Israelites, that they are not to profane God’s name. One way that God’s name is profaned is when His children walk about in sin and the world sees it and hears it, and then they see Christians as phonies and that reflects on God.
(Rom 2:23-24 KJV) Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? {24} For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
God was chiding Israel for their actions and now was carrying that same indictment over to the church in Rome, which means for us too. When God’s children begin to make fun of God, then the world chimes in in agreement and at that point the Christian and Satan are walking together.
Ezekiel 20:39
(Ezek 20:39 KJV) As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols.
Here is one of the most heinous things to God. Those who claim to be Christians, commit whoredoms with the world, and then play church. Israel was doing the same thing. They were polluting the name of God by claiming to be His by means of keeping the feasts and then were going after the false religions which was the downfall of Israel. How do you think God views a minister who sends out jokes profaning His Holy Name and then on Sunday morning, plays the religious role?
(Rev 3:16 KJV) So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Ezekiel 39:7
(Ezek 39:7 KJV) So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
There was going to come a time when God was going to stop the profaning of His Holy Name. He was going to send them into judgment and then the heathens would know that God is the God of Israel and will not tolerate disobedience among His people. Does God tolerate disobedience among His people today? Just because we are under grace does not mean that God has changed in His attitude toward His reputation. God will not tolerate His name being profaned by Christians any more than He accepted it by the nation of Judah. God will chastise His children until they rid themselves of the idea that God is someone to toy with.
Ezekiel 22:26
(Ezek 22:26 KJV) Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
Here is the big problem that I see in Christian leadership. Their discernment between holy and profane leaves something to be desired. The temple leaders had become corrupted which resulted in the people following their pernicious ways. When church leaders act as unbelievers, how would they expect their people to act? Like Solid Christians? Christians today have become so apathetic in their desire to be obedient, I honestly believe we are seeing the fulfillment of the following verses before our eyes.
(Rev 13:8 KJV) And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
(Rev 17:8 KJV) The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
The way Christians act today, it is virtually impossible to know who is saved and who isn’t! The way Christianity has been neutralized by easy Bible versions and rock music, it has become a mitigating force in the world today instead of the aggravating one it was.
(Acts 17:6 KJV) And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
Now when we think of Christianity, we can understand why the Lord made the following statement.
(Luke 18:8 KJV) I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Who are they mocking?
The same God that so many Christians think they can profane is the same one as the following:
The God who performed the Ten Plagues on Egypt.
The God that drowned the Egyptian Army.
The God who brought the walls of Jericho down.
The God that killed hundreds of thousands of heathens.
The God who sent Lightning and killed two companies of 50 men.
The God who made Nebuchadnezzar crazy.
The God who put to death His Only Begotten Son for the Elect.
The God who created Hell for the devil, his angels, and the unsaved.
When reading the Bible and especially the supernatural power of God, I cringe when I hear people use His name as profanity. Christians, who are supposed to know their Bible and profane the Holy name of God, and then defend their right to do so are forgetting one major thing. We may be living in a free country but we have dual citizenship and God will not tolerate His children making His name profane among the heathen land that we live.
This was not a long article because it didn’t have to be. If you are a true Christian and you feel that it is okay to profane God’s holy name, then you really need to check as to whether you are truly saved or not. Theological degrees does not make a man a minister, a man is a minister before He gets those degrees. If you are one who feels that using God’s name in a profane manner is acceptable, then you really have no understanding of who God is and if you are in the ministry, then get out, or God will take you out.
(Gal 6:7 KJV) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
(John 15:1-2 KJV) I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. {2} Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Please heed the warning of the above verse in John 15. God can take you out of, not only ministry, but He can take you out of this world. So Christian heed your ways before it is too late.