Is Profanity a Sin? (Special Podcast Highlight)

Lynn from New Jersey called in with a hot topic: her friend’s constant use of foul language. While her friend doesn’t use the Lord’s name in vain, she still swears a lot. Lynn thinks it’s sinful, but her friend disagrees. Patrick jumps in to support Lynn, backing her up with some solid Bible verses.




Bible Says No to Foul Language:


Ephesians 4:29: Don’t let any rotten talk come out of your mouth. Only say what’s helpful and builds others up.


Ephesians 5:4: No filthy or foolish talk, no crude jokes – instead, be thankful.


James 1:26: If you think you’re religious but don’t control your tongue, your religion is worthless.


Colossians 3:8: Get rid of anger, malice, and obscene talk.


Why It’s a Big Deal:


Patrick points out that if the Bible says not to do something, and you do it anyway, you’re flirting with sin.


He sees cursing as a form of “verbal violence” that can hurt those around you.


Kick the Habit:


Patrick suggests treating foul language like any other bad habit – just stop doing it!


Colossians 4:6 is a great verse to remember: “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt.”


Patrick’s Honest Opinion:


Even if society thinks it’s no big deal, Patrick believes using bad language is still wrong.


He admits it’s his personal opinion, but he feels strongly that it’s worth avoiding, even if it’s just a venial sin.


Takeaway: Swearing is definitely not aligned with biblical teachings. Patrick and Lynn agree that working towards speaking more graciously is not only respectful but also spiritually uplifting. 

Patrick Madrid is an acclaimed public speaker and has authored or edited 26 books, which have sold over a million copies worldwide, including foreign-language editions. He hosts The Patrick Madrid Show daily on Relevant Radio.