As a minister for 50 years and an evangelical, Protestant, Pentecostal theologian I am convinced that this commandment #3 is connected theologically, chronologically, and experientially to the first two: “You shall have no other gods before Me,” and “You shall not make any graven images.” When we take His name and become His followers and then allow other gods (little g) to rule our lives, we have “taken God’s name in vain.” When we worship any other image, we have “taken God’s name in vain.”
The medical profession today is capable of many procedures that it was not in earlier times. This is a fact that makes the judgment of what we should do in various circumstances a far more complex issue than it used to be. Not all procedures are wise and some results clearly show that. Second opinions are often wise and advisable. God’s wisdom is clearly necessary to guide us through the maze of options. Obviously, if there is no medical help available and we are in an emergency health situation, we should pray for God’s help and get the medical help we need when available. For those who are reluctant to use doctors or they have not been able to help or even diagnose the problem, allow me to recommend an excellent alternative in a natural Christian health retreat that has helped people from all over the world called Living Valley Springs health retreat.