When most people think of “taking the Lord’s name in vain,” they usually think this refers to saying God’s name in profanity. That’s a start, but there’s actually another way people are in danger of taking God’s name in vain (which basically means to treat his name lightly). They do this by claiming God told them to say something he didn’t actually say.
Recently I heard about a Christian youth conference in Anchorage, Alaska, called Fusion, that drew more than 800 teenagers and church youth workers from across the state. In addition to performances by nationally known music artists, the conference featured “training classes” on a variety of topics to help students grow in their faith. Two of these classes promised to teach them “how to hear God’s voice.”