Should We Cuss in Church?


Christians would answer “No”, in light of the Word of God stating, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29, nasb). All would agree that filthy communication is sinful and not wholesome speech.

However, in performing plays, dramas and musicals in the church and in Christian schools these days, the excuse is used that we should try to be more realistic. So, we throw in a few slang and swear words (gutter language) which is totally inappropriate anywhere, much less in a church.

Recently we attended a Christmas musical fully expecting to participate in the praise of the Savior and His birth, but the musical was completely secular, with the main character swearing several times in the performance.

Even though the musical was well-done, there was nothing of Christ, except for a short five-minute talk tacked on the end.

My wife mentioned, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful at Christmas to simply proclaim Christ in our churches, especially when the world is in such a mess and there is a complete misunderstanding of the message of Christmas. Churches could perform great drama’s sharing the nativity and God’s gift to this earth.”

“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son….” (Galatians 4:4, nasb)

In our churches at Christmas, and throughout the year, we should aim to preach Christ, and if we have drama’s, skits, and sketches, have ones that point to the truth of the message of Christ, not to satisfy our entertainment needs, but to proclaim the glory of salvation in Christ in Him alone and the majesty of God.

Of all the dramas, writings, plays, and sketches in the world available today, aren’t there one or two that proclaims Christ and points to the glory of Christmas that we, in our churches, could present to a lost world in need of “the light of Christ”.


I guess another title for this short article could be, “Can We as the Church put Christ back into Christmas?”