Hallowed By Thy Name
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Is scriptural terminology important? Does wrong terminology tend to lead to erroneous Church practices? Do I ignorantly show disdain for the Lord’s name by the way in which I address Him or speak of Him to others? What is the sin of blasphemy? Can a Christian blaspheme God today? These are some of the questions Hallowed Be Thy Name examines in detail. Our speech and behaviour reflect our heart’s adoration for the Lord Jesus and, thus, directly affect our testimony of Him to the world. May God bestow us grace to buy the truth, and sell it not (Prov. 23:23), and may each one be subject to the good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Rom. 12:2).
The Church has become casual in speaking to and of Christ and likewise sloppy in its terminology. In time, embracing erroneous phrases and religious jargon ushers in unbiblical practices and traditions into the meetings of the Church. Warren Henderson, a brother beloved, encourages us to become more accurate and reverent in our speech. For some of us, it will mean retraining ourselves. The value of course, is to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ in word and deed and to promote biblical clarity in our terminology, which is most needed in these days of mass confusion. While the reader may not appreciate all that is said, he or she will certainly be challenged to consider how far we have drifted from our scriptural moorings. – Mike Attwood