Oaths in God’s Name—Deuteronomy 6:13

Oaths in God’s Name—Deuteronomy 6:13

In Scripture God very specifically addresses the matter of using his name in a reverent manner:

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”
Exodus 20:7

“It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.”
Deuteronomy 6:13

In the Third Commandment God forbids using his name vainly, but does that include taking an oath in God’s name as is often done in courts of law, entering government service, and in marriage vows?

We should never take oaths lightly.

Essentially, an oath is calling out to God who knows our heart and the truth of what we affirm. The Heidelberg Catechism, first published in 1563, is a highly regarded summary of the Christian faith and has the following to say about the Third Commandment:

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