Swearing/Filthy Language

Swearing, filthy language, foolish talking and coarse jesting/joking are important topics as they say a lot about a person.

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

- Ephesians 4:29 NIV

"But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know,[a] that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God."

- Ephesians 5:3-5

"But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth."

- Colossians 3:8

When someone becomes a genuine Christian, and therefore regenerated and born again, The Holy Spirit begins to live inside of them and convict them of sin. One of the first areas of sin that seems to pop up fairly quickly is swearing and coarse joking. Since becoming a Christian in my teens, I admit I have sworn and made coarse jokes since, but I have always later become convicted. In this day and age of filthy language and coarse joking, it stands out more when one doesn't participate in it. If you are a genuine Christian, I encourage you to make that distiction known the next time you are around someone doing any of these things. Refraining or walking away can make a powerful statement and bring guilt or conviction to them. And if you find yourself ever doing any of these, stop and repent, and ask those listening to forgive you because it is sin. Everyone who knows me knows I love comedy and a good joke, but it doesn't have to be dirty or coarse. For example, there are a lot of Christian comedians (some funnier than others) and even clean comedians that don't proclaim to be Christian, like John Pinette who died in 2014. He wasn't squeaky clean, and bordered on foolish talking, but he was clearly one of the cleanest.


This is a very important topic and I should have an article on this. Idle words are things we say without thinking or don't really mean. We often follow them with statements such as "I was just joking." Matthew 12:36-37 says, "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." These are powerful words from Jesus! The fact that many Christians are habitually guilty of speaking idle words (myself included) does not make it less serious. Idle words can open the door to demons and this has been clearly proven to those who minister to people with demons. Any statements about being sick or tired or dying/dead/death are very serious because demons can use them to legally oppress us.

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