The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing and Swearing by George Whitefield, 1739

The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing and Swearing is an interesting and compelling sermon on both common profanity and the taking of the Lord’s Name in vain. It is based of MATTH. v. 34. “But I say unto you, Swear not at all.”

Whitefield divided this sermon into four sections.

  • First, BECAUSE there is no Temptation in Nature to this Sin, nor does the Commission of it afford the Offender the least Pleasure or Satisfaction.
  • Secondly, BECAUSE it is a Sin which may be so often repeated.
  • Thirdly, BECAUSE it hardens Infidels against the Christian Religion, and must give great Offence, and occasion much Sorrow and Concern to every true Disciple of JESUS CHRIST.
  • Fourthly, BECAUSE it is an Extremity of Sin which can only be matched in Hell.

The entire title of this pamphlet is, The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing and Swearing, A Sermon preached at the Parish Church of St. Nicholas Cole-Abbey.” By George Whitefield, A.B. of Pembroke-College, Oxford. Printed for C. Rivington at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul’s Church-yard, and J. Hutton at the Bible and Sun, next the Rose-Tavern with Temple-Bar. 1739.

You may find it interesting that The Articles of War Forbid Profane Cursing, Swearing and Drunkeness.

“The General most earnestly requires, and expects, a due observance of those articles of war, established for the Government of the army, which forbid profane cursing, swearing and drunkeness; And in like manner requires and expects, of all Officers, and Soldiers, not engaged on actual duty, a punctual attendance on divine Service, to implore the blessings of heaven upon the means used for our safety and defence.” – George Washington, General Orders, Head Quarters, Cambridge, July 4, 1775; Fitzpatrick 3:309

This pamphlet is another fine example of a George Whitefield sermon/pamphlet that helped spur on our 1st Great Awakening. It is a 24-page pamphlet printed on laid paper and stab-bound together with linen thread. It measures 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall.  You may purchase this pamphlet for $9.95 from my online Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

In addition, I replicate another sermon/pamphlet with a similar subject matter. That sermon’s title is AN ADMONITION AGAINST Profane and Common SWEARING by Edmond Gibson from 1771. Purchase this one too for $9.95 from my online Etsy Store at the following link:  Purchase Here