Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s day 36

September 6, 2015

36. Lord’s Day

Q. 99. What is required in the third commandment?
A. That we, not only by cursing [a] or perjury, [b] but also by rash swearing, [c] must not profane or abuse the name of God; nor by silence or connivance be partakers of these horrible sins in others; [d] and, briefly, that we use the holy name of God no otherwise than with fear and reverence; [e] so that he may be rightly confessed [f] and worshipped by us, [g] and be glorified in all our words and works. [h]

Q. 100. Is then the profaning of God’s name, by swearing and cursing, so heinous a sin, that his wrath is kindled against those who do not endeavour, as much as in them lies, to prevent and forbid such cursing and swearing?
A. It undoubtedly is, [a] for there is no sin greater or more provoking to God, than the profaning of his name; and therefore he has commanded this sin to be punished with death. [b]

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