After my last post on this topic, “Can ordained ministers hold civil office?”, some proponents of answering that question in the negative responded to me saying that I was wrong on some important points. In this post, I will address their criticisms. It was suggested to me that I had misrepresented Greg L. Bahnsen’s teaching […]
Some readers have asked whether God’s Law in Scripture forbids ordained ministers from holding civil office. Recent discussions as well as some unfortunately hasty reading of theonomic literature have led to some controversy over the matter. The short answer to the question is, “Yes,” an ordained minister can hold civil office. There is no Scriptural […]
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain (Ex. 20:4-6).
You’ve probably heard the question, “What’s in a name?” Remember that it comes from that famous dialogue between Romeo and Juliet? The maiden from the window above says,
The Third Commandment states: “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” (Exodus 20:7). Although this commandment is typically understood to mean how we use the name of God in our speech, this is not primarily […]
Jesus’ statement in His Sermon on the Mount to let your yes be yes and your no be no (Matthew 5:33-37) is picked up by two other New Testament authors. In 2 Corinthians, Paul writes: "But as God is faithful, our word to you is not yes and no" (2 Cor. 1:18). And in his short epistle, James writes: "But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment" (James 5:12). With the brief background supplied by previous articles (here and here), we can now begin to get a better sense of what Jesus, Paul, and James are saying about "yes and no."