In this third sermon in the series, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, looks at the Third Commandment and talks about the perils of misusing God’s name and how we can change. Here are some excerpts:

Misusing God’s Name

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the
Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name.”

Now, what’s the big deal? What’s so special about God’s name that misusing it is the subject of one of the Ten Commandments? “Don’t misuse My name,” God says. The Hebrews believed that your name represented your character, your personality. And God’s name is God’s character. And if you’re going to learn to be serious with God, you’ve got to learn how to use His name correctly.

The Power In His Name

“…Look at Acts 4:12 and see how powerful the name of Jesus is! “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Friends, there’s one way to heaven and only one. I didn’t say that; God says it… People say, “There are many roads, and all roads lead to the same place.” That’s like saying, “I can go into a phone booth and dial any phone number and get home.” No. There’s only one number that will reach home, not many numbers. God says, “There is no other name by which you can be saved except the name of Jesus…”

“…Maybe someone is saying, “But, Pastor, I have a hard time with my mouth.” Perhaps someone has a habit of swearing. How do you break that bad habit? Well,…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.




September 30, 1990

Exodus 20:7

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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