This study is about ten deadly sins that we commit with our mouth. Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Isaiah 59:1 – Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear; (Verse 2) But your iniquities have separated you from God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (Verse 3) For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity.
Our sins will affect our closeness and our intimacy with God. Bottom line: It’s because of what we’ve done and what we’ve said.
Lying is a deadly sin. The book of Proverbs has three major themes; our money, our morals, and our mouth. If we’ve ever had a problem in one of these three areas or all, then we go to the book of Proverbs to find out how to deal with it.
Proverbs 6:16 – These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: (Verse 17) A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, (Verse 18) a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, (Verse 19) a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.
Three out of seven have to do with the mouth. Proverbs 12:22 – Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.
The word “abomination” is a very strong word for sin and it means “detestable,” and comes from a root word “Idolatry.” When people lie, they leave the throne of truth and go to the throne of lies. Lying is the opposite of God’s nature and it’s detestable to Him.
Some people are habitual liars and that is a stronghold in their life. They have a lying spirit in them. In order to break this stronghold, they have to become “accountable” and “correctable.” And just so you know, exaggeration is lying.
2) Sowing Discord
Proverbs 6:12 – A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth; (Verse 13) He winks with his eyes, he shuffles his feet, he points with his fingers; (Verse 14) Perversity is in his heart, he devises evil continually, he sows discord. (Verse 15) Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.
People who sow discord will reap calamity. When a person speaks disharmony and disunity among the brethren, they will reap these two things in their own life.
Gossip is speaking intimate or private rumors or facts, makes no difference, it was told in private. We think that gossip is just spreading rumors, but even if its a fact if it was told in private, it’s gossip.
Proverbs 20:19 – He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.
2 Corinthians 12:20 – For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions (quarreling), jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults (disorderly behavior); Did you notice what all is committed with the mouth?
Christians like to disguise gossip in the church by saying, “I’m going to tell you something private about someone so that you can pray for them.” If the one telling the secret was praying for the person, there would be no need to tell someone else.
Slander is a false and malicious statement or report about someone. We do this all the time without realizing it. Don’t we pass on reports of someone or an event that we didn’t have actual truth about and was not there to see it? Unless we were directly involved in the conversation, we are reporting hearsay. Look how deadly this is according to Scripture:
Proverbs 140:11 – “Let not a slanderer be established in the earth; let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him.” Proverbs 10:18 – Whoever spreads slander is a fool.
Paul wrote in Corinthians that people who call themselves a “brethren,” a Christian, and do these things, we are to have nothing to do with them.
1 Corinthians 5:11 – But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother who is a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler (slanderer), or a drunkard, or an extortioner – not even to eat with such a person.
So if we conducted ourselves according to what Paul is saying, we cannot be friends with a fornicator, someone who is sexually immoral, sex outside of marriage. How many Christians do you know that live together and are not married? How many people do you know that call themselves Christians that are always talking about money, are they greedy? How many Christians do you know that are jealous of what other people have? Paul says don’t even take a meal with them. Pretty strong.
Tale-bearing means revealing secrets or breaking confidence. Proverbs 11:13 – A tale-bearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.
The church should be the safest place that someone can tell something about their life. Why? Because of: James 5:16 which says, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed…”
If we can’t trust our sisters and brothers in Christ to keep their mouth shut when we confess something to them, then how are we going to get healed? Here is how this should work: We confess our faults to God that we might be forgiven. We confess our faults one to another that we might be healed. Here’s the major problem though: People don’t like to admit they’ve done anything wrong! If we don’t admit, we can’t receive forgiveness or healing!
When we know something about someone that no one knows but you, it’s power. Character is having power and using it wisely. This is why many believers will never have “power,” because they don’t have the character to use it wisely!
Romans 3:13, 14 – “Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; (Verse 14) “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
Someone who curses all the time is usually full of bitterness about something. Here is why we call cursing, “cursing.” When people curse with their mouth, they are placing a “curse” on something or someone. We are to bless not curse.
For instance: The word “damn” comes from the word “damnation.” It means “condemnation,” or eternal damnation. Whey would we ever “damn” someone? Look at this verse in Psalms: Psalm 109:17 – As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; as he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him. (Verse 18) As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, so let it enter his body like water, and like oil into his bones.
Water and oil don’t mix; cursing and blessing don’t mix either. A person who curses is not blessed. The curses they speak come back on them and blessings are far from them. It is amazing how much people curse and don’t think anything of it. They will curse their business, their marriage, the dog, their car, and so on. And then wonder why things fall apart. Whatever you curse, the curse comes back on you!
Blasphemy means to use God’s name in an unsacred or self-serving way. Exodus 20:7 – “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.”
One way people do this is to use God’s name as a curse word. The other way is to use God’s name in a vain way, “God told me this.” That’s trying to manipulate to get someone to believe that God really told them whatever it is they’re trying to say. That’s using God’s name in a vain way. We call that “Playing the God card!” In the book of Jeremiah, it says, “Don’t say the LORD has said when the LORD has not said!” Don’t use God’s name to get your way. That’s blasphemy and its a sin.
8) Filthy Language
If cursing covers using the word damn and using God’s name in vain and blasphemy, filthy language covers the rest of the bad words people use. Colossians 3:8 0 But now you must also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
When filthy language comes out of a person’s mouth, it’s because its in their heart. Filthy language stirs up lust. Do you listen to dirty jokes? Same thing. Christians should let others know that they don’t want to hear that garbage.
9) Contentious Speech
Hurtful, hateful, malicious, disagreeable, argumentative or contentious speech. Sounds like what comes out of a bunch of politicians that hate our president, doesn’t it? Disagreeable and argumentative: Proverbs 21:9 – Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman. Proverbs 26:21 – As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
There are people who just love to argue and disagree about everything and don’t care what the subject is. No one wants to be around people like that. I’ve known wives that couldn’t approach their husband s about anything without it starting a fight.
Unbelief is a sin we commit with our mouth! If it’s in your heart, it will come out of your mouth. Negative words are words of unbelief. Hebrews 3:12 – Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God’ (Verse 13) but exhort one another daily.
Speak words that build up, not tear down. Some people look at things and don’t see the positive, they only look at what effects themselves. They speak negative words about every situation.
When the 12 spies came back from observing the Promised Land, only two had a positive report, but 10 were full of negative talk. The Bible called that unbelief! This doesn’t mean that we can’t ever say anything negative but use common sense. Some people will take this to the extream by denying reality. Faith is simply stating the truth. What did God say or what does Scripture say about the situation?
Faith is not that you don’t see the mountain in front of you. Faith is that we see the “Mountain Mover!” Our mouth has to line up with God’s Word!