The Sin of Vulgarity

NOTE** All scripture quotations from The Scriptures 1998+ unless otherwise noted.

One of the most subtle methods of lowering America’s standards of morality and decency is the increasingly public use of cursing and profanity. There are actually laws against the use of foul, filthy language in public, however these laws are not enforced.

Vulgarity is characterized by ignorance of or lack of good breeding or taste and refers to guttural references to human sexuality, anatomical parts and biological functions. It reflects very badly on the person using it since such behavior denotes someone of a base character and not an excellent spirit.

Elohim says filthy language is wrong because it destroys the sacredness of the human body.

Or do you not know that your body is the Dwelling Place of the Set-apart Spirit who is in you, which you have from Elohim, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price, therefore esteem Elohim in your body and in your spirit,1 which are of Elohim.
1 Corinthians 6:19,20

If you have to use vulgarity then you err since the Bible tells us that only when we do not offend in word the same is a perfect man.

For we all stumble in many matters. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the entire body.
James 3:2

With it we bless our Elohim and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of Elohim. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brothers, this should not be so. Does the fountain send forth the sweet and the bitter from the same opening? My brothers, is a fig tree able to bear olives, or a grapevine figs? So neither is a fountain able to make salt and sweet water. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good behaviour his works in meekness of wisdom.
James 3:9-13

Even though we may try to be mature, some will slip and speak in ways, which we know to be wrong. “Why does our tongue slip?”, you may ask. Since we speak from our heart, only a perfect heart can speak perfectly, which is what James explained above. Only a person who has complete control over the thoughts of his heart can ever expect to achieve mastery over his tongue. However, does that mean we should give up on this seemingly hopeless task? Certainly not. If our hearts are truly being transformed into something not of this earth, then our speech will reflect that growth.

When I hear vulgarity coming from the lost I don’t like it, but when I hear vulgarity coming from those who claim to serve Messiah I cringe inside. A fountain cannot have both sweet and bitter water coming from it. When any amount of bitter water flows from it, it makes all of it bitter. Just as a little leaven effects the whole lump, so does vulgarity effect us as a whole.

A little leaven leavens all the lump. Galatians 5:9

But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and these defile the man. Matthew 15:18

Some people will substitute other words in place of vulgarity. But when they use those out of context it still shows what is in their heart. I personally find no reason to do that.