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Discussion 4 to the 3rd Commandment
It's about claiming to speak for God

by: Erich Epp

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My uncle, a minister in the Mennonite church, once told me that the commandment regarding taking the lord's name in vain was about claiming that one was speaking for God... like when that TV preacher stated that God hadsaid his followers had to send in a million dollars or God was going to kill him. Or the billboard in my hometown saying, "God is pro-life--are you?"

The idea is that if God had something to say to me he would say it himself (he hasn't), and not resort to some of those clearly self-serving mouthpieces.