America: The Land of Idle Words and Small Talk

IDLE WORDS: We will be judged for every word that has come out of our mouths.
IDLE WORDS: We will be judged for every word that has EVER come out of our mouths.

It has been almost two years since we last touched upon the topic of “idle words.”

End Times America: A Land which Values Clever Idle Talk

It has been almost SIX years since we FIRST examined the subject.

EVERY IDLE WORD: Judgment for Blah Blah Blah

This is brought to mind again because of what Jesus said about idle words.

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
–Matthew 12:36-37

WHAT IS AN IDLE WORD?

This literally means a vain, thoughtless, useless word, that accomplishes no good. Here it means, evidently, “wicked, injurious, false, malicious, for such” were the words which they had spoken.
–Albert Barnes, Notes on the Whole Bible, Matthew 12

Every idle word] rhma argon, a word that does nothing, that neither ministers grace nor instruction to them who hear it.
Adam Clarke’s Commentary, Matthew 12

This is a strong admonition to guard what is spoken. “Idle” words are not necessarily those casual and insignificant sayings indulged in the course of social fellowship, nor such words as may be calculated to bring a smile to care-worn faces, but rather, they are the words that betray a bias of the soul against God and expose the evil heart of the sinner.
Coffman’s Commentaries on the Bible, Matthew 12

William Burkitt had the most to say about “idle words” in his Expository Notes and Practical Observations on the New Testament:

I say unto you; I, that have always been in my Father’s bosom, and fully know his mind; I, that am constituted Judge of quick and dead, and understand the rule of judgment; I, even I, do assure you that every word that has no tendency to promote the glory of God, or some way the good of others, will fall under censure at the great day, without an intervening repentance.

Note here, That there are two sorts of words for which we must be judged; sinful words, and idle words.

Sinful words are blasphemous words, censorious words, lying and slandering words.

Idle words are such as savour nothing of wisdom and piety; that have no tendency to make men either wiser or better: how light soever men make of their words now, yet in God’s balance another day they will be found to weigh very heavy.

What a bridle should this text be to extravagant tongues! Let your speech be always seasoned with salt Colossians 4:6, that is, with wisdom, &c., for our words may mischief others a long time after they are spoken.

How many years may a frothy or a filthy word, a profane scoff, an atheistical jest, stick in the minds of them that hear it, after the tongue that spake it is dead!

A word spoken is physically transient, but morally permanent.
Burkitt’s Expository Notes, Matthew 12

EVERY IDLE WORD: Judgment for Blah Blah Blah

IF the reader dwells in America, then the reader lives in the epicenter of idle words.

The Capital of Small Talk.

The Land where Chit Chat IS King.

This is merely a friendly reminder that EVERY idle word will be accounted for.

Every joke.

Every speculation about the neighbor girl and who she’s been dating.

All the times one “chews the fat” or “shoots the breeze“–particularly when the talk concerns others–will be laid to one’s account.

It does not matter that all of those idle words usually went in one ear and out the other: ALL idle talk will be judged by the Perfect Judge.

It does not matter that one might have grown up in a land which labeled much idle talk as “an art form.”

Idle words are idle words.

And for all of those folks who are thinking, “What’s the harm in a little small talk?”

When one’s words are played back, many times the small talk isn’t so small.

Just a reminder.

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
–Matthew 12:36-37

WHAT does the reader think about ‘idle words’?

DOES the reader believe that it is too harsh to judge one’s small talk?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: March 23, 2021.]

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