The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord is the seventh full-length studio album by the Electronic band Cabaret Voltaire. The album was released in November, 1985. The album's title was shortened to The Arm of the Lord for its United States release on Caroline Records.
Cabaret Voltaire struggled with several censorship issues with Virgin Records upon the release of this album. The original title, The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord, was forced to be shortened in America to avoid reference to the US white supremacist organization. Musically, the album featured a more abrasive, simple heavy sound than its predecessor and contained many sexual innuendos in the lyrics which Virgin Records took objection to. Several speeches by Charles Manson were also mixed in between songs. Cabaret Voltaire were warned by their record label that they were required to have a charting single or face getting dropped, so the group subversively released a music video for the track "I Want You" which Richard H. Kirk later admitted was about masturbation.
The album peaked at #57 in the UK, which secured their future with the label. However the group switched to EMI for the release of Code, their 1987 follow up album.