Potty Mouth @ The Pulpit


Potty mouth = The characteristic of regularly using vulgar language, especially strong profanities; a person having this characteristic.

I have to say that this is a hard thing to overcome among the new generation of Christians living in an environment where ‘potty mouth’ is made cool in mass media across the world. The sheer explosion and ‘freedom’ of vulgarity and obscenities over the past few years is very scary and crazy (to say the least). Gone are the days where producers at most imply such references in their media, rather than show them the ‘unabridged’ version. 

Apparently, this is beginning to be a problem in certain churches in America.

A good article (Reverence or Relevance) on this from http://blog.greglaurie.com/?p=1345:

It seems to me that for some we have lost the “fear of the Lord,” even in the Church.

There was a time when things were perhaps too uptight, and one spoke in whispers in the Church, and laughter was rarely heard. But today, many churches, in their attempt to be thought of as “cool” or “contemporary,” they have lost their focus.

I am not suggesting we attempt to be irrelevant and uncool, but my question is “Have we traded reverence for relevance?”

For instance, you have preachers talking in great detail about sexual issues, ranging from programs to have “sex every day for seven days” to more extreme versions in which they speak very graphically about specific sexual acts from the pulpit.

Then you have the “Cussing Preacher” syndrome. The pastor thinks it’s cool to use profanity in the pulpit so people will see him as one of them.

Is this all really necessary? I don’t think so.

Look, I have been a pastor for 35 years, and we have never had a problem reaching our culture and seeing people come to Christ. I am all for being real and authentic, but I also stand up on the platform to speak God’s Word.

We are … told in Scripture to watch what we say. Speaking of the tongue, James writes, “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who are made in God’s likeness. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:9-10 ESV).

Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill church fame, has been one of those singled out with such a syndrome. Although I find there are some redeeming features from the ministry of Mars Hill, this is not one of them. I am beginning to realise that some of the language that I have been exposed to and raised up with (in church) may not be the best in giving reverance to God. 

Reverence is cultivated.


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