Someone asked me, “What do you think about gossip?”
I said, “It’s one of the most destructive forces in the church. I’ve seen churches nearly destroyed by it; one of Satan’s most effective tools against Christ.”
“When do we know it’s gossip?”
“If a man speaks poorly of another he speaks poorly of himself. That’s how and when. In most controversies the one speaking poorly of his neighbor is the one in the wrong, regardless of the content.”
“Well what do you do?”
“For the most part there’s not much to do. Thoughtful people will refuse to hear, or see through the fog of words, or recognize the bitter waters flowing from the source. Gossip is the most undependable, biased and devious method for manipulating the hearts of one’s hearers. It has the devil’s editorial fingerprints all over it. We need to rest in the Holy Spirit’s power to lead the hearts of His people and not our meager attempts at self defense. Let people say what they will, trust Christ and live a life obedient to God and let Him save you, because in due time, He will.”
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
Neiswonger JD, MA
RE OPC PCA
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James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
James 1:26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
I am teaching on these passages this weekend. Thanks for the thoughts.
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