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Exodus 20:7

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 7 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.1 [Taking God's name in vain is to speak about God or Christ before your heart has been cleansed from it being defiled; as all unregenerated men's hearts are defiled before they are purified. As George Fox wrote: "such as talk of Christ, and do not walk in him; such as profess him, and do not possess him; .. such as profess Christ the way, and walk not in the way, the truth, and the life; all such talkers, and not walkers, are dishonorers of God, and cause his holy name to be blasphemed among those who make no profession." From the Word of the Lord within my heart: "By their evident display of sin, Christians cause my name to be blasphemed among the people. Jesus is a mighty name to be declared in all the worlds to come. Guard and protect his name."]

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1 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. From George Fox's Letter 316: (written in 1600's):

such as talk of Christ, and do not walk in him; such as profess him, and do not possess him; such as live not in the religion that was set up above sixteen hundred years since;  such as profess Christ the way, and walk not in the way, the truth, and the life; all such talkers, and not walkers, are dishonorers of God, and cause his holy name to be blasphemed among such as make no profession.

Without being prompted what to say by the Holy Spirit immediately before speaking, to speak of Jesus or Christ is taking the Lord's name in vain; even worse is to use the Lord's name in all-to-common exclamations, or to curse something using the name "God."

Similarly: 1) to call yourself a Christian, or 2) to call yourself a son of God, or 3) to say He is your Lord or Master or 4) to say you are in Christ, or 5) to claim to be in the name of Jeusus or in His name; while you still sin, (and thus are a slave to sin), is to taking his name in vain because your continued slavery to sin denies Him as Lord and Master. It is not what you say that makes Jesus your Lord or Master, but your deedsyour obedience to his teachings and commands. By your deeds you either acknowledge him or deny him as your Lord and Master. If you continue in sin and call Him Lord, you are like those whom He said: "This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their hearts are far from me." Mat 15:8. When your selfish, evil nature has been destroyed on the inward cross of self-denial, then your heart is no longer defiled, and then He is your true Lord in word and deed. Until then, you can call him Lord, you can call him Master, but so did Judas, even kissing Him. You are the slaves of him whom you obey; whether of sin that leads to death, or of obedience that leads to righteousness. Rom 6:16.

From the Word of the Lord within: "By their evident display of sin, Christians cause my name to be blasphemed among the people. Jesus is a mighty name to be declared in all the worlds to come. Guard and protect his name."

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