Last month, Jefferson Bethke, who is known for his video that confuses the definition of religion (You can see Kevin DeYoung's response here), decided to tackel the issue of profanity. He starts out saying that the issue is, "not as black and white as we like to make it out to be." At that point I was already expecting some sort of error in the video (However, I saw no good reason why profanity is a gray area in these 7 minutes). Watch the video below to see for yourself.
He makes a lot of good points about gossiping, staying your tongue, and gentlesness of speech, but this video is not without its problems. He admits that he never has seen a place where profanity is edifying, but stated that we must leave "the door open". I would be interested to know of any hypothetical situation where dropping an F-bomb is the most edifying thing that could be said. If we "leave the door open", that invites oppurtunity to sin and oppurtunity for excusing sin.
However, these issues are minor in comparison to the biggest issue. At first, I just thought he was using bad wording when he used the phrase, "Speak Truth Over". However, we eventually reached 5:35, where he said, "[My wife] knows that words have the power to create future." He continued on in the same train of thought which is best summarized as the Word of Faith heresy (Or Positive Confession). While Bethke appears to believe a moderate form of this, there is no denying that he is saying that our words have the intrensic power to create realities. He closes with the question, "Are we creating life or death with our mouth?" which I would say solidifies the fact that he is teaching this.
This heresy distorts the nature of man by giving us a god-like power that we don't really have. It strongly resembles the second part of the Genesis 3 deception, where the serpent said, "You will be like God." It is something that we need to call out, rebuke, and avoid.
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Brandon C. Hines is a young writer from somewhere in northern Alabama who writes about Theology, Polemics, and Apologetics. His beliefs are best summarized by the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
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