What Is The Difference Between Swearing And Cursing?

Jesus condemned swearing in His Sermon on The Mount.  (Matthew 6:37-38)  Many have questioned the difference between this and cursing.  This is not the sin of “cursing.”  It is the sin of using oaths to affirm that what is said to be true.

This is just one trick used by the Pharisees to sidestep the truth.  They would not use the holy name of God, but would come close by swearing by Jerusalem, heaven, earth or some part of the body.

Jesus taught that our conversation should be so honest, and our character so true, that we would not need “crutches” to get people to believe us.  “In the multitude of words, there wanteth not sin; but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” (Proverbs 10:19)  The more words a man uses to convince us, the more suspicious we should be.

About Dr. Mike Harmon

Dr. Harmon began preaching at the age of 15 while living in southern California. He has conducted over 600 revivals and evangelistic campaigns nationwide, and has served as Senior Pastor at seven churches. Dr. Harmon has degrees from Central Baptist College, the University of Central Arkansas, and a Ph.D. From the Christian Bible College and Seminary. He has served as trustee for Southeastern Baptist College and Chairman of the trustees for the BMA Theological Seminary. He also served as Chaplain for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas State Senate. His many sermons and articles on Christian Apologetics are widely published. He is married to one wife of 43 years; has two sons, and seven grandchildren. He considers the simple pleasures of cooking, dining with family and friends, and liesurely rides on his Harley through the Texas Hill Country to be some of the most enjoyable blessings from the Lord.
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