When you’re told that name-calling and hurling an insult or two are bad, first ask,”Why are you so opposed to the use of English grammar’s adjectives?”
If they are Christians, you then should call them “lukewarm believers.” Because not only do they have some strange, misplaced hatred of adjectives, they don’t know the Bible.
“Insult??? But What About…”
Coming out of the woodwork already are those lukewarm believers who talk about the compassion and patience showed by some people in Scripture including Jesus.
Well, yes. You use discernment Mr/Ms Lukewarmer. You don’t be extra bold when someone is hurting or beginning to get a heart change towards the truth of God’s Word and begins to get concerned about where they’ll spend eternity.
Of course I don’t mean you should call everybody names! (You idiot!)
But in your faux biblical worldview (that Satan just loves), you would show gentleness towards everybody in every situation. And to quote God, it just makes me want to vomit.
Names and strong rebuke are more often called for than not. See, that’s where you’re so willfully ignorant of God’s Word. It’s much easier for you to love someone straight to hell than to confront them. Or, Heaven don’t forbid, call them names to get their attention and to show them how immediately in danger they are eternally.
Yes, right, the way I describe here isn’t for everybody every time. (It does seem appropriate for you right now, however. Fool.) But the way I describe here should be in every legitimate Christian’s armory. Because there is so much of this witnessing approach demonstrated in Scripture.
Here’s a Partial List
Once in a while, it’s nice to see some of the names and an insult or two that Godly men – and even God! – called people in Scripture.
Below are some instances. Jesus clocks in as the winner with the most personal insults. Go, thou, and be like Him.
- Numbers 20:10: and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock. And he said to them, “Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?”
- Deuteronomy 9:6: “Know, then, it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stubborn people.
- 2 Kings 6:32: Now Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. And the king sent a man from his presence; but before the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, “Do you see how this son of a murderer has sent to take away my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door and hold the door shut against him. Is not the sound of his master’s feet behind him?”
- Job 13:4: “But you smear with lies; You are all worthless physicians.
- Isaiah 1:10: Hear the word of the Lord, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the instruction of our God, You people of Gomorrah.
- Isaiah 44:9: Those who fashion a graven image are all of them futile, and their precious things are of no profit; even their own witnesses fail to see or know, so that they will be put to shame.
- Isaiah 56:10–11: 10 His watchmen are blind, All of them know nothing. All of them are mute dogs unable to bark, Dreamers lying down, who love to slumber; 11 And the dogs are greedy, they are not satisfied. And they are shepherds who have no understanding; They have all turned to their own way, Each one to his unjust gain, to the last one.
- Matthew 3:7: But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
- Matthew 6:2: “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
- Matthew 6:5: “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
- Matthew 6:16: “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
- Matthew 6:30: “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
- Matthew 7:5–6: 5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. 6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
- Matthew 8:26: He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.
- Matthew 12:34: “You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.
- Matthew 12:39: But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;
- Matthew 12:45: “Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”
- Matthew 14:31: Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
- Matthew 15:7: “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:
- Matthew 15:26: And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
- Matthew 16:4: “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.
- Matthew 16:8: But Jesus, aware of this, said, “You men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread?
- Matthew 17:16: “I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.”
- Matthew 18:17: “If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
- Matthew 18:32: “Then summoning him, his lord said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.
- Matthew 21:13: And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.”
- Matthew 22:18: But Jesus perceived their malice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites?
- Matthew 23:13–33: 13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 14 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation. 15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. 16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.’ 17 “You fools and blind men! Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold? 18 “And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever swears by the offering on it, he is obligated.’ 19 “You blind men, which is more important, the offering, or the altar that sanctifies the offering? 20 “Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it. 21 “And whoever swears by the temple, swears both by the temple and by Him who dwells within it. 22 “And whoever swears by heaven, swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it. 23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. 24 “You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! 25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. 26 “You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. 27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 “So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, ‘If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 “So you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 “Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers. 33 “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?
- Matthew 25:26: “But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.
- Mark 7:6: And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me.
- Mark 8:33: But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
- Mark 8:38: “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
- Mark 9:19: And He answered them and said, “O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to Me!”
- Luke 3:7: So he began saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
- Luke 6:49: “But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”
- Luke 9:41: And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.”
- Luke 11:40: “You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also?
- Luke 11:44: “Woe to you! For you are like concealed tombs, and the people who walk over them are unaware of it.”
- Luke 12:20: “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’
- Luke 12:28: “But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!
- Luke 12:56: “You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?
- Luke 13:15: But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites, does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead him away to water him?
- Luke 13:27: and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from Me, all you evildoers.’
- Luke 13:32: And He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal.’
- Luke 19:32: So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them.
- Luke 24:25: And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
- Acts 7:51: “You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did.
- Acts 13:10: and said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?
- Acts 23:3: Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit to try me according to the Law, and in violation of the Law order me to be struck?”
- 1 Corinthians 15:32: If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.
- 1 Corinthians 15:36: You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies;
- Galatians 3:1: You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
- James 4:4: You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
- 1 John 2:4: The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
- Jude 12: These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted;
- Jude 13: wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.
- Revelation 22:15: Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.