Question:Recently I was told that taking the name of God in
vain is blasphemy, i.e. profanity. Is that true? If so, then how
can a Christian still curse using God's name in vain and claim to
have the Holy Spirit? Is that person doomed to the point that no
form of repentance can save him? What makes that person think they
can simply say God forgive me when they curse using His name and
think everything is alright? Thank you for your time.
Bible Answer: God has warned us to not take
His name in vain or curse Him.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in
vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in
vain. (NASB) Ex. 20:7
You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people. (NASB)
Yet, people do it anyway. People also curse government leaders even
though God has warned us to not do that either. They seem to escape,
but God has promised that they will not go unpunished. I would not want
to be punished by God. That is a fearful thought. So how does God respond
New Christians who as a pattern of life used to curse God
and took His name in vain sometimes find it difficult to change
initially after they have believed
that Jesus Christ is God and/or their Savior from sin
. Yet, God will
forgive their cursing and blasphemy when they admit their sin. Old habits
die hard sometimes, but the Holy Spirit will convict them if they are
followers of Jesus. The
Holy Spirit will
lives to transform them.
If a person claims to be a Christian and still curses God,
takes the name of God in vain, or blasphemes His name, that person may
not be a Christian. That is the message of 1 Corinthians 12:3 which says
that a person who curses Jesus does not have the Holy Spirit.
Therefore I make known to you that no one
speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”;
and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
(NASB) 1 Cor. 12:3
the person does not have the Holy Spirit, he or she does not belong to
God according to 1 Cor. 12:13. Yet, the apostle Paul indicates that
the person might be a Christian. If so, God will discipline him or
her until he or she stops. That is the message in 1 Timothy 1:20.
Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom
I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.
(NASB) 1 Tim. 1:20
Conclusion:We may not know if a person truly
belongs to God, but we can pray for and warn him or her. I would
encourage you to pray for him/her.