Letter to the Editor:
In my last 2 letters I have attempted to set forth the importance of keeping God's commandments. It is important to you personally and it is important to the well-being of our community and our nation.
God cannot bless any nation long term without their sincerely trying to keep His commandments. You cannot be saved from your sins by attempting to keep God's law, but the 10 commandments will show you what God expects of all men, and they will hopefully bring you to the conviction that you are a sinner. Without this knowledge, why should you think that you need Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin?
But with this knowledge you can see that it is only Jesus who has kept God's holy law perfectly.
He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no one comes to God except through Him. Being sent by the Father into the world in His Incarnation through the womb of the virgin Mary, He had no sin. He came to die for sins and for sinners.
So how does a person come to know God?
It is by faith in Jesus Christ, faith in what He did in His righteous life and sacrificial death. You come to know God by calling upon the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This relates directly to the 3rd of the 10 commandments. "You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain."
What does this mean? It means that God is observing you and thinking about how you take His Name upon your lips. Do you take His name upon your lips with reverence? That is, do you think about His holiness and realize that He expects you to give Him honor and praise. Taking His Name upon your lips is an act of worship. To take His Name in vain is to take it casually, or out of frustration, or out of anger at Him, or other people.
But Psalm 89: 7 says "God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him." Many people in our society are using God's Name in an irreverent way.
OMG they say, but they are not calling upon Him at all. Jesus Christ, they say, but they are not looking for salvation from their sins, or His help in doing what is right. That is taking God's name in vain and will be punished eternally unless they repent of it.
I would exhort you today; think about what you are saying. There is meaning to your words in the ears of God. You can call upon His Name now, and be saved, or you can take His Name in vain, and God will judge you for it.
Why not stop swearing and start praying, even today?
Pastor Paul Rendall
Reformed Baptist Church