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The Rev. Charles Camlin: “Sanctified Mouths” (Ephesians 4:25)

October 23, 2010

From the Rev. Charles Camlin of Holy Trinity REC in Virginia comes yet another excellent sermon.  It is titled Sanctified Mouths, and was preached for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity; it is based on Ephesians 4:25.  I have to say this is certainly a sermon that applies to all of us: do we speak words that one would expect from those who have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus?  The introduction sets the stage quite well:

I am not sure how things were in your house when you were growing up but in the Camlin home, we got into big trouble if we said the wrong thing.  If we happened to “talk back,” or say a bad word or to tell a lie, we would be threatened with the dreaded punishment of “having our mouths washed out with soap!”  Now I do not know of any modern parenting books that would propose washing your child’s mouth out with soap as punishment but I must say that it was effective for me.  I only had to taste soap once to know that I did not want to suffer that consequence again.  Now whether you agree with that kind of discipline or not, it must be acknowledged that being held accountable for our words is very Scriptural.  Our mouths can be used for blessing or cursing.  Our words are very powerful.  The old playground saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is completely wrong.  In short, God cares very deeply about what we say.

I have always thought that at the Last Judgment we will be held accountable for every idle word we say; Fr. Camlin’s sermon certainly explains that lying, for one thing, is something God detests greatly.  This message is a good antidote for the message we often get from culture that lies (remember the concept of “little white lies”) are OK.

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