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Romans 2:24

"For "THE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONG THE GENTILES BECAUSE OF YOU," just as it is written." (NASB)

"For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written." (KJV)

"No wonder the Scriptures say, 'The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.'" (NLT)

"For just as it is written, 'the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.'" (NET)

A quote from Isaiah 52:5

"What is this?" asks the LORD. "Why are My people enslaved again?  Those who rule them shout in exultation. My name is blasphemed all day long." (Isaiah 52:5 NLT)

"The apostle directs his discourse to the Jews, and shows of what sins they were guilty, notwithstanding their profession and vain pretensions. A believing, humble, thankful glorying in God, is the root and sum of all religion. But proud, vain-glorious boasting in God, and in the outward profession of his name, is the root and sum of all hypocrisy. Spiritual pride is the most dangerous of all kinds of pride. A great evil of the sins professors is, the dishonor done to God and religion, by their not living according to their profession. Many despise their more ignorant neighbors who rest in a dead form of godliness; yet themselves trust in a form of knowledge, equally void of life and power, while some glory in the gospel, whose unholy lives dishonor God, and cause his name to be blasphemed."  Mathew Henry

Blaspheme (Noah Webster)
BLASPHE'ME, v.t. [Gr. The first syllable is the same as in blame, blasme, denoting injury; L. loedo, loesus; The last syllable is the Gr.,to speak.]

1. To speak of the Supreme Being in terms of impious irreverence; to revile or speak reproachfully of God, or the Holy Spirit. 1 Ki 21. Mark 3.

2. To speak evil of; to utter abuse or calumny against; to speak reproachfully of.

BLASPHE'ME, v.i. To utter blasphemy.

He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven. Mark 3.

1. To arrogate the prerogatives of God.

This man blasphemeth. Who can forgive sins but God? Math.9. Mark 2.

Though this verse is directed at Israel we can learn much of what we see today here in America. Dr. Albert Barnes writes:

"That is, your conduct is such as to lead the pagan world to blaspheme and reproach both your religion and its Author. By your hypocrisy and crimes the pagan world is led to despise a religion which is observed to have no effect in purifying and restraining its professors; and of course the reproach will terminate on the Author of your religion - that is, the true God. A life of purity would tend to honor religion and its Author; a life of impurity does the reverse. There is no doubt that this was actually the effect of the deportment of the Jews. They were scattered everywhere; everywhere they were corrupt and wicked; and everywhere they and their religion were despised."

Dr Adam Clarke says: "In Debarim rabba, sect. 2, fol. 251, it is said: - “The rulers destroy the influence of their own words among the people; and this is done when a rabbin, sitting and teaching in the academy, says, Do not take usury, and himself takes it; do not commit rapine, and himself commits it; do not steal, and himself steals.” That they were exceedingly lax in their morals, the following fact proves: - “Rabbi Ilai said, If a man see that his evil propensities are likely to prevail against him, let him go to some place where he is not known, and let him put on black clothes, and cover his head with a black veil; and then let him do whatsoever he pleases, lest the name of God should be publicly profaned.” Moed katon, fol. 17. 1. In Sohar Levit. fol. 31, col. 122, it is said: - “On three accounts the Jews are obliged to remain in captivity -
1.  Because they openly reproach the Shechinah -
2.  Because they profane themselves before the Shechinah -
3.  Because they turn away their faces from the Shechinah.”

I would suggest that the same is true with regard to much of what is called modern Christianity.  The virtues of our founding fathers was evident by the time honored assessment of their works!  The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution show wisdom from on high! (See article on God and Country at the CMF Forum)  I sometimes think we are engaged in the wrong battles.  Which one of us ever gained a single inch of ground by arguing with those who know not the Lord.  How much more is gained by lives controlled by the love of Christ that dare not shake a reed but instead extend Grace at every turn.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and your neighbor as yourself. Against these things there is no law.

Romans 2:24

"For "THE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONG THE GENTILES BECAUSE OF YOU," just as it is written." (NASB)

"For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written." (KJV)

"No wonder the Scriptures say, 'The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.'" (NLT)

"For just as it is written, 'the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.'" (NET)

A quote from Isaiah 52:5

"What is this?" asks the LORD. "Why are My people enslaved again?  Those who rule them shout in exultation. My name is blasphemed all day long." (Isaiah 52:5 NLT)

"The apostle directs his discourse to the Jews, and shows of what sins they were guilty, notwithstanding their profession and vain pretensions. A believing, humble, thankful glorying in God, is the root and sum of all religion. But proud, vain-glorious boasting in God, and in the outward profession of his name, is the root and sum of all hypocrisy. Spiritual pride is the most dangerous of all kinds of pride. A great evil of the sins professors is, the dishonor done to God and religion, by their not living according to their profession. Many despise their more ignorant neighbors who rest in a dead form of godliness; yet themselves trust in a form of knowledge, equally void of life and power, while some glory in the gospel, whose unholy lives dishonor God, and cause his name to be blasphemed."  Mathew Henry

Blaspheme (Noah Webster)
BLASPHE'ME, v.t. [Gr. The first syllable is the same as in blame, blasme, denoting injury; L. loedo, loesus; The last syllable is the Gr.,to speak.]

1. To speak of the Supreme Being in terms of impious irreverence; to revile or speak reproachfully of God, or the Holy Spirit. 1 Ki 21. Mark 3.

2. To speak evil of; to utter abuse or calumny against; to speak reproachfully of.

BLASPHE'ME, v.i. To utter blasphemy.

He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven. Mark 3.

1. To arrogate the prerogatives of God.

This man blasphemeth. Who can forgive sins but God? Math.9. Mark 2.

Though this verse is directed at Israel we can learn much of what we see today here in America. Dr. Albert Barnes writes:

"That is, your conduct is such as to lead the pagan world to blaspheme and reproach both your religion and its Author. By your hypocrisy and crimes the pagan world is led to despise a religion which is observed to have no effect in purifying and restraining its professors; and of course the reproach will terminate on the Author of your religion - that is, the true God. A life of purity would tend to honor religion and its Author; a life of impurity does the reverse. There is no doubt that this was actually the effect of the deportment of the Jews. They were scattered everywhere; everywhere they were corrupt and wicked; and everywhere they and their religion were despised."

Dr Adam Clarke says: "In Debarim rabba, sect. 2, fol. 251, it is said: - “The rulers destroy the influence of their own words among the people; and this is done when a rabbin, sitting and teaching in the academy, says, Do not take usury, and himself takes it; do not commit rapine, and himself commits it; do not steal, and himself steals.” That they were exceedingly lax in their morals, the following fact proves: - “Rabbi Ilai said, If a man see that his evil propensities are likely to prevail against him, let him go to some place where he is not known, and let him put on black clothes, and cover his head with a black veil; and then let him do whatsoever he pleases, lest the name of God should be publicly profaned.” Moed katon, fol. 17. 1. In Sohar Levit. fol. 31, col. 122, it is said: - “On three accounts the Jews are obliged to remain in captivity -
1.  Because they openly reproach the Shechinah -
2.  Because they profane themselves before the Shechinah -
3.  Because they turn away their faces from the Shechinah.”

I would suggest that the same is true with regard to much of what is called modern Christianity.  The virtues of our founding fathers was evident by the time honored assessment of their works!  The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution show wisdom from on high! (See article on God and Country at the CMF Forum)  I sometimes think we are engaged in the wrong battles.  Which one of us ever gained a single inch of ground by arguing with those who know not the Lord.  How much more is gained by lives controlled by the love of Christ that dare not shake a reed but instead extend Grace at every turn.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and your neighbor as yourself. Against these things there is no law.



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