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Question 4

What does the Bible mean when it says, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God” (Ex. 20:7)?

The name of God is a summary statement of the totality of His person. God commands us not to treat His name in a way that is careless, thoughtless, or empty of purpose. We are not to lift up the Lord’s name in a way that empties His name of its holy and redemptive content.

BY Dr. Winfred O. Neely

Dr. Winfred Neely is currently working towards his third degree in at the University of Bristol, England. An ordained minister and full-time professor of pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute, Winfred has served churches across the City of Chicago, the near west subburbs, and Senegal, West Africa. He and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren. 

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