Someone on a Facebook post recently asked “what sets the standard for 'foul' language?"
OUR INDEPTH RESPONSE:
YHWH sets the standards! Torah constantly warns us to "be holy for I am holy" - Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7, 26, etc.)....
1 Peter 1:16 ….because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY."
Ephesians 4:29 tells us, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." First Peter 3:10 declares, "For, whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech."
James 3 brings home the fact that “our tongue can at once be a friend and enemy.”
James 3: 6. Now the tongue is a fire, and the world of sin is like a forest. And this tongue, which is one among our members, corrupts our whole body; and it inflames the series of our generations that roll on like a wheel; and it is itself on fire. 7. For all natures of beasts and birds and reptiles of the sea or land are dominated by the nature of man.
8. But the tongue has no one been able to tame: it is an evil thing, unruly and full of deadly poison. 9. For with it, we bless Master YHWH and Father; and with it we curse men who were made in the image of Elohim: 10. and from the same mouth issues forth curses and blessings. My Brothers, these things should not be.
11. Can there flow from the same fountain, sweet and bitter waters? 12. Or can the fig-tree, my Brothers, bear olives? or the vine, figs? So also salt waters cannot be made sweet. 13. Who is wise and instructed among you? Let him show his works in praiseworthy actions, with modest wisdom. (AENT)
Y’shua explained that what comes out of our mouths is that which fills our hearts. Our speech will always indicate what is in our hearts. “From a good man the treasures that are in his good heart brings forth good things, and an evil man the evil treasures that are in his heart brings forth evil things. For the abundance of the heart speak the lips.” (Luke 6:45).
Why is it a sin to cuss /swear /curse? Sin is a condition of the heart, the mind, and “the inner man” (Romans 7:22), which is manifested in our thoughts, actions and words. When we use “bad language”, we are giving evidence of the polluting sin in our hearts that must be confessed and repented of. Thankfully, our ELOHIM is merciful and “faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)
The thing is, we cannot have the Holy Spirit within and continue to “live in the world” because to do so would be considered deliberate sinning” – for which there is no sacrifice!
Hebrews 10: 26 For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but only the terrifying prospect of Judgment, or raging fire that will consume the enemies.
The key is to use some common sense and ask ourselves if we would use a certain word in Yeshua's presence. His Father constantly said, "be holy because I AM holy!" Holiness doesn't use the "F" "P" or or "S" words, for starters. Whenever I see those being used by supposed Believers, it makes me cringe and want to simply unfriend them so that my eyes won't be forced to see their garbage mouths again. So, if I feel that way, imagine or YHWH or Yeshua would feel.
The thing is, the Bible cannot possibly "define" foul language since words come and go. Some words become obsolete, and fade from the human vocabulary (in any language) with the passing of time, and new "words" become the norm.
Scripture speaks of “filthy” talking (Ephesians 5:4). The term “filthy” means “behavior that flouts social and moral standards, shamefulness, obscenity” while “shameful speech” denotes “speech of a kind that is generally considered in poor taste, obscene speech, dirty talk.”
We know today, and we can't deny it, which words denote/express "filth". When one cannot express themselves without the common gutter words "f___", "s___", "p___", "g__ d___", "c___" we are using "foul" language, and they only demonstrate what seems to be their low intellect.
Even referring to a police officer as a "pig" is using unacceptable language. YHWH repeats often "be holy for I am holy",(in many verses), and it seems clear that the "world" acceptance of poor, gutter, carnal language does not render one holy.
We must remember that no one unclean can appear before YHWH! Matthew 15:11, Mark 7:15 make it clear that we *own* what comes out of our mouths, and it is that which makes us unclean. Matthew 15:18 makes the stinging addition: "But what comes out of your mouth is actually coming from your heart, and that is what makes a person unclean." Would we really want Yeshua telling us that he knows our heart by the language we used during our life on earth?
Few today realize that their language expresses the darkness of their heart….