Episode 22.4: The Meaning of an Oath


What is the practical relevance of this chapter? How does one determine the “plain and common sense of the words” of an oath? What does this tell us about the care and caution of writing an oath? What is equivocation and why is it sinful? Where do we see examples of equivocation? Why should an oath be made without mental reservation? What does someone do if they make a rash oath? How could keep an oath be to one’s own hurt? Tune in as Nathan, Shawn, Joel, and Kyle discuss WCF 22.4:

An oath is to be taken in the plain and common sense of the words, without equivocation or mental reservation. It cannot oblige to sin; but in anything not sinful, being taken, it binds to performance, although to a man’s own hurt: nor is it to be violated, although made to heretics or infidels.

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