I just caught this video blog from Ed Young Jr. dealing with the rise of pastors who cuss. He does a good job making the case for wholesome words without appealing to legalism.
It reminded me of this next video by Paul Tripp, where he explains why the heart motive behind cuss words is what matters most.
Now, I could imagine that Paul Tripp lost some “influence” in certain Southern Baptist circles and schools when that video made the rounds. Which brings me to the question behind this post title.
How much flexibility should we have toward fellow pastors who use blue collar language in their ministries?
Before you answer, check out one more video.
This one is from New Spring Church, where Perry Noble is the lead pastor. It’s the band’s opening song from their Easter service this year.
Then the sermon clips…
What do you think?
In my mind, vocabulary is a powerful tool to send messages in culture – both good and bad. A well-thought-out use of slang can open ears and break through the resistance of hearers. I’ve never found the right occasion, but wouldn’t rule it out. I’m glad the Gospel is being preached, even with AC/DC as the warm up.