Here’s an excerpt from Pastor Rick Warren’s Sermon,
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain” (Exodus 20:7 NKJV). Our society constantly takes the name of the Lord in vain. We hear it so often it doesn’t even offend us anymore. But it should! It bothers God.
I grew up in a family where we were not allowed to use God’s name in vain, but we also we weren’t allowed to use the subtle derivatives that are so common – gosh, jeez. I bet you didn’t even realize those are derivatives of God and Jesus. But my parents were firm that we not take God’s name in vain and that we wouldn’t even get close to it because they knew how serious it was to disrespect God in that way.
If we teach our children that God is able to meet all of our needs, then shouldn’t we also be teaching them to honor and respect him? His name included? He not only commands it, he deserves it.
If you use the phrases, “Jeez”, “God know’s”, “Oh my God” , “God d*mn” and etc. then you’ve used or are using the Lord’s name in vain. Jeez actually comes from the word Jesus and is also spelled with the letter “G.” Repent and be pure. God bless.
Even using the phrase, “Got Damn” is considered by most scholars as using the Lords name in vain as “Gott” is german for God.