#S4-010: Why You Should Not Engage In Crooked Speech [Podcast]

Gospel Truths On Healing

Crooked Speech Opens the Door to Sickness and Disease

In the Word of God, there is absolutely a strong and solid connection between health and healing, between sin and sickness. You will find, as look at the Word, that there are verses which reference being healed and being saved both in the same verse. We are going to look at Proverbs six today and look at the connection between a sin and incurable diseases. One of those connections is crooked speech.

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Episode Resources:

You can find additional information on the subject of the Kingdom of God in the resources listed below.

  1. #S4-007: Why Divine Healing Is Better for Your Life [Podcast]
  2. #S4-009: Why Incurable Diseases Are Surging And How to Protect Yourself [Podcast]
  3. #S3-005: What Does Jesus Healing on the Sabbath Teach? [Podcast]
  4. #S3-003: How to Minister Healing Like Jesus Did [Podcast]
  5. #S2-036: Why Hearing is the Most Necessary Healing Component [Podcast]
  6. #S2-034: How to Put Yourself In the Word for Healing [Podcast]
  7. #S2-033: How to Get Faith for Healing [Podcast]

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Podcast Notes

“If you are sick, put yourself in contact with God’s law of life. Read His Word with the view of enlightening your heart so that you will be able to look up with more confidence and believe Him. Pray that the Spirit of God will come into your soul, take possession of your body, and its power will make you well. That is the exercise of the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.”1 —John G. Lake

  • In the Word of God, there is absolutely a strong and solid connection between salvation and healing, between sin and sickness.
  • You will find, as look at the Word, that there are verses which reference being healed and being saved both in the same verse.
  • In the hymn Rock of Ages, there is a line which says ‘Be of sin a double cure, save from wrath and make me pure.
  • The word pure there is referencing health or wholeness.
  • We are going to look at Proverbs six today and look at the connection between a sin and incurable diseases.

Proverbs 6:12–15 (ESV) — 12 A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, 13 winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, 14 with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; 15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.

  • But first, let’s look at the firm connection in the Word of God between healing and salvation, sin and sickness.

The Connection Between Sin, Sickness and Healing

Isaiah 53:4–5 (KJV) — 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, And carried our sorrows: Yet we did esteem him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon him; And with his stripes we are healed.

  • Look at these tremendous words; borne, griefs, carried, sorrows, transgressions, and iniquities.
  • These words all convey one tremendous thought.
  • You don’t have to experience the judgment of sin because Jesus took your iniquities.
  • You don’t have to suffer the pains of sickness because Jesus already suffered them for you.
  • With His stripes, you are healed.
  • He bore it all for you.
  • He carried it all on your behalf.
  • Where did this all happen? At Calvary.
  • What do we realize about sin and sickness, then?
  • We understand that sin and sickness are Bible twins.
  • In scripture, they are linked together.
  • In many places in the Bible, where you see one, you see the other.
  • So, if that’s true and it is, then the answer to sin must also be the answer to sickness.
  • Jesus death is the answer to sin and it’s also the answer to sickness.
  • So, when we talk about incurable diseases, we are talking about not appropriating the answer to sin.

Other Scriptural Examples of Sin and Sickness Bible Twins

Psalm 103:2–3 (KJV) 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases;

  • The word benefit means to reward or recompense.
  • You can enjoy the rewards of forgiveness for sins in this life.
  • And, enjoy fellowship with God the Father.
  • You can delight in the Presence of God.
  • And, you can revel in the peace and rest which are a byproduct of having a clean slate.
  • But there’s more.
  • There’s an AND.
  • Who forgives all your iniquities AND heals all your diseases.
  • One of the benefits, one of the rewards as a God believer is a well body.

1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

  • Again, you can see the Bible twins forgiveness from sin and healing in the same verse.
  • Now let’s look at a live example from the ministry of Jesus.

Matthew 9:2–6 (KJV) 2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. 3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. 4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? 5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? 6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

  • What did Jesus notice about this group of men?
  • The scripture said, “He saw their faith’”
  • What faith did Jesus see?
  • Faith for healing.
  • In fact it so such strong faith that they tore the roof off the man’s house where Jesus was visiting.
  • They damaged another man’s home just to get this paralytic man to Jesus. Would you do this?
  • Would you be this driven to get your sick loved one to Jesus?
  • What did Jesus say about the faith that He saw in this group?
  • He said, “Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”
  • Did you get it?
  • They came to Jesus for healing.
  • They exhibiting strong faith in healing and what did the paralyzed man receive?
  • Forgiveness for sins.
  • After Jesus forgave the man his sins, then He said, “Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.”
  • Jesus caused the man to flow seamlessly between forgiveness of sins and physical healing.
  • This paralytic man experienced the Bible twins, forgiveness of sins and physical healing.

The Proverbs 6 Connection Between Wickedness and Sickness


  • The word ‘wickedness’ means literally ‘man of Belial’, someone who is worthless and wicked. 1
  • It is translated as a ‘worthless’ over twenty times in scripture.
  • Do you remember the sons of Eli in this context?
  • The scriptures state that Eli’s two sons were both ‘sons of Belial’.
  • Note the word ‘worthless in the following verses.

Proverbs 16:27 (ESV) — 27 A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

Proverbs 19:28 (ESV) — 28 A worthless witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

  • Worthless is the quality of being useless, no good to God, no good to man.
  • Notice that the word ‘worthless’ is often used in conjunction with a persons speech or conversation.
  • How do you know you are in the presence of a worthless person?
  • Listen to them talk.
  • You know it by the words which come forth from their lips.

Proverbs 29:1 (ESV) — 1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.

  • The words ‘often reproved’ implies a stubborn hard headed soul.
  • Ran into this funny story about a stubborn man in England. In 1922, the clocks were readjusted forward twenty minutes. This stubborn man said, “I never accepted this. Nobody was going to take twenty minutes out of my life.” So he kept his watch set for the old time. He was twenty minutes late for every appointment. As a result, he was fired from half a dozen jobs. “They won’t beat me,” he declared. “I’m going to die twenty minutes late to show them I was right.” 2
  • Proverbs 29:1 shows us this man who sins.
  • By the mercy of God, he is rebuked or corrected.
  • Yet this man, because he stiffens his stubborn neck, chooses to stay in his sin and not yield to the correction.
  • His stubbornness opens him up to stubborn, en-marpe, beyond healing.
  • All this kind of living messes with your immune system.

The Proverbs 6 Connection Between Wickedness and Crooked Speech

  • One way to know what the Bible means by ‘crooked speech’ is to define the word ‘crooked’.
  • We can look at how some other translations translate the word.
  • The word ‘crooked’ in the King James version, for example, is translated as ‘froward’.
  • Well, that doesn’t really help us any.
  • ‘Froward’ is not a word we use much anymore.
  • So, let’s go to a Hebrew lexicon for some help.
  • What you find, when you do that, is this definition: crooked means the act of perverting something by turning it to a wrong use.
  • Speech is supposed to bless people.
  • Its use is to bring people to Jesus.
  • It’s supposed to lift people into the realm of God.
  • Faith is the medium of exchange in heaven.
  • And faith is expressed by words.
  • Speech which is supposed to bless and instead curses is crooked speech.
  • Words full of unbelief is perverted, crooked, froward speech.

James 3:8–10 (ESV) — 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

  • Your speech should bring blessing.
  • When it doesn’t that’s turning to a wrong use.
  • But ‘crooked speech’ is way more than bad language.
  • There are other perversions of speech.
  • So, someone comes up to you and asks for prayer about an area of need.
  • And, you pray according to Matthew 18:19, you touch and agree.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (ESV) — 20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

  • So, you’ve got a promise from God’s Word and you’re standing on it.
  • All the promises of God have His yes to your request.
  • When you bring that promise up to the Father, He stamps with His Amen.
  • That’s what this passage in Second Corinthians implies.
  • You believe it.
  • You pray about it.
  • Now, you release your words to God about it.
  • Now, here’s the question of the day.
  • What should your speech be in regards to what you just prayed about?
  • Are you going to pray about it again?
  • Why would you?
  • Don’t you believe He heard you the first time?
  • Why are you trying to talk Him into it, when He’s already said yes?
  • Isn’t this another example of crooked speech?
  • What about asking somebody else to pray about it after you have already prayed?
  • Isn’t this just another example of the same thing, of crooked speech?
    • Why are you asking someone else to pray about this if you’ve already done it?
    • Do you think more it’s better?
    • How can more be better if He has already said Amen?
    • Are you trusting the Lord or trying to overwhelm Him with a multitude of requests.
      • That’s the whole ‘bombarding the gates’ mentality which some have.
        • You don’t have to bombard the gates.
        • Just come to the Throne (Hebrews 4:16).
  • Here’s another Bible verse on crooked speech.

Psalm 10:3,7 (ESV) — 3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD… 7 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

  • You see the list the Psalmist gives for crooked speech.’
  • The mouth of the wicked is filled with crooked speech.
  • It includes…
    • Cursing
    • Deceit
    • Oppression
    • Mischief
    • Iniquity
  • You can readily understand the first two items on this list.
  • You can see ‘why cursing in the mouth’ and ‘deceit’ or lying in the mouth is, crooked speech, can’t you?
  • But what about the third item, oppression?
  • The Hebrew word for ‘oppression’ means the act of subjugating by cruelty.
  • But, this is not physical oppression, it’s verbal oppression.
  • What we have is oppression which comes by the way of cruel and abusive speech.
  • Husbands watch how you talk to your wives.
  • They may be your wife physically, but they are God’s daughters spiritually.
  • And the Spirit is always higher than the physical.
  • Think about that the next time your mouth engages in abusive speech.
  • We went down this line to show you that sometimes the door to sickness is opened by acts of wickedness.
  • So, wickedness and abusive speech open up the door to sickness per Proverbs 6:12-15.
  • Whatever is in the mouth of the wicked shouldn’t be in our mouth’s.
  • Do you agree?


  1. Sid S. Buzzell, “Proverbs,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 916.
  2. Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc., 1996), 1360.

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