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Friday, April 03, 2009

Blasphemy: Naming the Name

In Leviticus 24:10-16 we see a case where a man of mixed heritage commits a capital crime by naming the name and cursing. As always, there are disputes about what exactly this text means, but one thing seems clear, the crime committed involved dishonoring HaShem (The Name).

This is at the heart of the issue involving pastoral discourse at Mars Hill Church. Phil Johnson focused on language and topics that he considers unfit for pulpit ministry. But Mark Driscoll's regular habit of invoking HaShem Yeshua in the context of disparaging off color, lewd, sexually loaded language, aimed at belittling other peoples faith in Yeshua, is an egregious violation of the principle in laid out Ex 22:27 MT (English Ex 22:28).


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