Profanity


Introduction

Is the use of profanity in speech or the written word necessary? When using vulgar language, one is only degrading one’s self. Is there any occasion that expletive can and should be used? What do the Scriptures say about the use of bad language?

Vulgar Language

In Ephesians 5:4, it says,

There must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which is not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

In Ephesians 4:29, it says,

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

It is clear from Scripture that speaking vulgarity is bad and not edifying.

Society Today

In every social scene nowadays young and old uses profanity. It seems that it has become part of one’s communication technique. Is it because one has a small vocabulary? One can hear profanity regularly used by many educated people, and they have the vocabulary needed to communicate, so what happened? The use of profanity shows a lack of the English language skills we once had in America.

Profanity to Make a Point

The use of profanity today seems to be used for making a point. One can see this in every area of life today. It is in the written word, in music; in movies, it seems many individuals cannot speak without using an expletive. Have our educational facilities failed to teach vocabulary? Not too many years ago, communities frowned on the use of profanity in speaking. Nevertheless, cuss words appear today everywhere. The real question then, why does one need obscenities in speaking?

Has society become so technologically advanced that one considers the use of foul language a sign of intelligence and effective communication skills? Even women use this appalling verbal communication; something never heard of when I was a young boy.

English is a Beautiful Language

The English language is bursting at the seams with hundreds of thousands of words, yet vulgarity has become prevalent today. English developed into a language only in the last 1,500 years by comparison with other languages in the world.

English is a beautiful language almost lost, yet survived. The English words used today are from different languages all around the world, some good and some revolting. One should strive for a better English word and not the bad language spoken by the gutter rat.

Dictionary and Thesaurus

One who prepares any written or oral communication should keep a high-quality Dictionary and Thesaurus next to their work area for easy access and use. This practice, it will also help increase one’s vocabulary if these tools are used. Using these tools one will never need to employ offensive language in communicating again.

Conclusion

In closing, remember these words spoken from Holy Scripture.

In Ephesians 5:4, it says,

There must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which is not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

In Ephesians 4:29, it says,

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

Sola Scriptura– By Scripture alone
Sola Fide– By Faith alone
Sola Gratia– By Grace alone
Solus Christus– By Christ alone
Soli Deo Gloria– Glory to God alone

Copyright Dr. George L Gallant, ©2016

All quotes are from the: New American Standard Bible, ©1995.

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About Dr. George Gallant

I have had the opportunity to work in many fields in my life, and excelled in all of them. I started as a mechanic in the Army then went to the Infantry in Vietnam. After returning to America, I worked as a mechanic for a few more years off and on until I found a position as a Dialysis Technician until I became a Chief specialist in a major Boston hospital. In 1981, I became a Police Office in a small town in Northeast Georgia and continued to work with law-enforcement for seven years. I also preached the Word of God in the Toccoa community and wished that I could have found a church that would have taken me on to preach every week. In 1993, I became a computer programmer for many years and loved that job much. In 2003, my wife came down with the worst breast cancer one could get, so I retired and took care of her until her passing in 2006. Then in 2007, I moved to China and started teaching both verbal English and American History to high-school students; this by far was the best job I ever had. Sola Scriptura– By Scripture alone Sola Fide– By Faith alone Sola Gratia– By Grace alone Solus Christus– By Christ alone Soli Deo Gloria– Glory to God alone
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3 Responses to Profanity

  1. Debbie L says:

    I’m with you!

    Like

  2. beverly says:

    Are there any scholarly references on the use of profanity?

    Like

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