Theology Tuesday: What Does It Mean to Take the Lord’s Name in Vain?


A.W. Pink once said:

Anything pertaining to God should be spoken of with the greatest sobriety.

It has become almost impossible in 2016 to walk the streets or enter mixed company without hearing the sacred name of God treated with blasphemous contempt.  And not just in bad language.  The third command has a broader application than just what we might call gutter language. It has an application to all of our speech, including oath taking and making vows.

Where the first commandment is about the proper object of our worship, the second commandment deals with the “how” of worship, and now the third commandment makes us mindful of the “who” of worship.

For a great shorter but in-depth article on the third commandment, please see this link: