The title of this small article could well be “Horrors” relating to the way we should feel about God’s name used loosely.

God’s name is used in vain in the Church (PRC, also). It is not the boldest form but it is somewhat smoother whether in dis­appointment or surprise to exclaim Go-, Guy. or Gol. Even at a missed basket in a basketball contest or some news or slight disappointment. One could almost say at the drop of a hat.

The boldest of all sins has crept into the church. Why? I can almost see many hands go up and shrug as if we’re not the guilty party. Is this how cool our love for God is? Are we just going to pass by this sin? It is easy to do but Scripture says in Lev. 5:1 that if we fail to rebuke we are guilty also.

Do not let these mild forms such as Gol or Go- get by us. We must kill this sin or be killed don’t you see. Listen to God’s Word “Whosoever is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing and berayeth it not. The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whosoever putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.”

In our fluent society these exclamations are pretty well accepted, but in times of old men would be stoned.

Do you think those who would stop short of accentuating the d in God’s name were spared from being stoned in Old Testament times? I would hate to debate against the assumption they too would be stoned.

I know how difficult it is to refrain but God is jealous of the name and are we for the sake of a little delight or disappoint­ment going to throw God’s terrible and awesome name around as our sinful nature pleases or let those about us even hint or use His name in part before our very faces. Let us be ashamed and vexed in our soul for days and even weeks until God’s name is only used with fear and trembling before our very eyes.

The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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