Life in the Lord: Lectures, Cussing & the Supposed Substitute
Cussing & the Supposed Substitute

Cussing: What is cussing? What makes the word sinful? The truth is that there is no evil in a curse word, for many of these words didn’t even exist at the time the Bible was written. However, the sin lies, rather than in the word itself, in the emotion behind the word: hate. So you see, you may think the substitute word for a cuss word is fine to say, but it isn’t. After all, do you mean anything different by it than you would when using the real word? I think not. So you see, a cuss word, in the Lord’s view, is any word (even if it is a word normally not hateful) that is used with a hateful intention. If you were to say “blast you” instead of something else, but with the same intent behind it, it would be just as sinful as the F word. So to say anything as you would a curse word, is just as sinful as saying the word. So no more substitutes that you think are not sinful, but just no word at all. Now, if you were to say the d word or it’s substitute just playing around, it would still be a sin, since it’s actual definition is that of sinful intent.

Now, however, about accidents and funny subs.

1. Accidents: Now, if you are to say the f word because you meant to say it, but let it slip, that would be sinful, as you meant it when you said it. However, to say the f word without meaning to (such as if you were saying “duck,” and meant “duck,” but you messed up and said the f word.), that would not be sinful, since you did not purposely say it, nor did you have a hateful intent behind it.

2. Funny subs: An example would be dingbat. It’s not a cuss word, nor an official substitute, so it has no hateful definition. So to say it as a joke would be fine. With these words, just saying them with no hateful intent behind them is not sinful.