This “Swearing” pamphlet contains an interesting and compelling sermon on both common profanity and the taking of the Lord’s Name in vain.
The complete title is, An Admonition Against Profane and Common Swearing. In a Letter from a Minister to his Parishioners. To be put privately into the Hands of Persons who are addicted to Swearing.” By the Right Reverend Father in God Edmund Gibson, D.D….dated 1771.
Keep in mind that even The Articles of War Forbid Profane Cursing and Swearing.
“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
Gibson divided his sermon into two sections:
I. Of the Sinfulness of Vain Swearing.
II. Of the Folly of it.
This 24-page sermon/pamphlet is printed on laid paper and stab-bound with linen thread and measures about 4 inches wide by 6 inches tall. The following sentence on the title page immediately sets off multiple conversations and confessions at events.
“To be put privately into the hands of persons who are addicted to swearing.”
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I also make another “Swearing” pamphlet. It has the curious title of, The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing and Swearing. It has the same effect as Gibson’s above. It is by George Whitefield and dated 1739. It is a bit longer and was published several decades earlier. It will work for both the French and Indian War and Rev. War.
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