And He (Jesus) called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
Upon my conversion some 8-9 years ago, by this regeneration the Lord really gave me an ultra-sensitivity to foul/profane language of which I seamlessly and without a thought used as a Roman Catholic for 4 decades. I thought nothing of it. The RCC falsely teaches it as a lesser sin, “venial” in nature, which can be expunged through their sacrament of Reconciliation. You confess you used profane language, you do a penance of basically repetitious prayers, and according to the RCC all is well again. I bought this bad logic for many the long year, yet I continued to be as foul mouthed as they come.
The rise of profanity is quite noticeable in today’s society. Public officials, celebrities, entertainment and sports figures now seem unafraid to use vile foul profane words and they are applauded for doing so. I can recall just 25-30 years ago, this would be immediately shunned, audiences for the most part would be aghast if one used profanity in a speech. Even comedians during that time were ostracized as fringe extremists for using such speech.
Now it is becoming the norm, foul language is front and center with the majority as seamless and the use is on the rise. This language is also used in front of children, who are learning now at very early ages how to use this foul language. Instead of scolding or correcting a child now, adults now laugh and exhort the child to continue on, believing it is “cute”.
As a Christian, it is one of the easier sins to repent of. But I still get those who will argue all day and night about how foul language is not really foul or some nonsense as this. They use what is called relativism and even verses from the Bible to rationalize a foul profane mouth. I can rightly say from my own personal witness and testimony, that if one is not growing out of this nonsense, they must ask themselves if they really have been saved because the conviction is not there.
From the TV series called “Longmire” a line I recall was when the main character said “I am thinking, I usually do this before I talk”. This is what we must do! Think before we speak. Our natural fallen nature will naturally spew out profanity without even a notice. A regenerated nature while still not being glorified will also tempt us still to spew out foul language. It is a discipline we must grow from. Thinking before we speak. If you slip up and there is NO conviction, you can presume the Holy Spirit is NOT indwelling you.
The world is making foul profane language the norm and common. As Christians we must NOT aquas or conform ever to the world and its sinful desires! You must provide a WITNESS to Jesus Christ and in this witness, your speech should coincide.