You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)
What does it mean to take a name in vain? It means to lay claim to a name, let’s say, Australia, and insist that you are a citizen of that country when in fact you are not. You say you are “Australian.” But it is a lie. It is an empty claim. It is vain.
Christians take the name of the Lord. We call ourselves “Christians.” We say we are the children of God, and if in fact we are then this is a good and right thing to do. God really has, in Christ, adopted His people as His own and given us His name. We bear the name of the Lord.
However, if a person makes this claim falsely…
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