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Gossip ( at or in or and or about)the Church by Elaine Davenport (Thursday, October 4, 2007)

October 2, 2007

The only reason that I would even give credence to the subject of “gossip” is because it is a sign of Spiritual Warfare.

Right now the church is under attack. There are all sorts of lies, misnomers, missteps, misunderstandings and misapplications going on regarding doctrine, leadership, the ministry, the people, the mission and so forth. It’s really too bad. There are people who try to say that gossip is healthy and that Christians should do it to hold the ethical line and that it’s some sort of moral responsibility. According to this theory it’s okay to trade gossip about men and women of God. That’s just plain wrong.

On another note; some feel perfectly “in order” to criticize men and women of God. They speak of them calling them names like “False Prophet”…and other malicious labels. This is the kind of talk that Satan likes to hear. That may not fall under the category of malicious gossip; but it is a form of familiarity that breeds contempt. Our ability as believers of God to in fact digest and accept this; points to our level of spiritual maturity.

The Word of God says: “Saying, touch not mine annointed, and do my prophets no harm.” Psalm 105: 15

Although I do understand it is very controversial from a worldly perspective. The anointing is the burden removing yoke destroying power of God. Common sense can’t detect it on a person; but revelation can.

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi 9 he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
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They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, 10 others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
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He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
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11 Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
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Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood 12 has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.

Jesus knew that this information could not be detected by common sense, but only by revelation. Yet, there are many that attempt to assess the body of Christ which is the church by worldly standards everyday. By the same token, when those of us who live in the Kingdom of God; try to operate and think according to the world, we either get in trouble or miss the mark.

Here’s what the bible says about gossip:

Ephesians 4:29 – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (NIV)

I used to try to listen to gossip just to know what was going on. However, I’ve found it to be helpful if I don’t hear it, most of the time. The devil would like to just chip away at our faith until one day we reach the point where we say: “I was better off when I didn’t go to church.” I don’t know about you but for me that’s a lie. Would you like people to talk about you behind your back saying horrible or false things? Well when you partake in gossip, you’re out of love.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV, John 13:34-35)

Remember: Even if you’re innocent and you spread what someone else says and it’s a lie, you’re lying.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love to talk will have to eat their own words. Proverbs 18: 21

My mother used to say this all the time: “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” Because of that she kept us very busy; mostly at church. That was a good thing for us.

1 Timothy 5:13 – “Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.” (NIV)

Many people in the world and in the church hate to be judged. The bible gives us clear direction for that:

Matthew 7:1 – “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” (NIV)

Gossip can ruin your day when you become sensitive to it.

Proverbs 18:8 – “The words of gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.” (NIV)

A word of warning:

Leviticus 19:16 – “Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord.” (NIV)

GOSSIP ABOUT THE CHURCH OR EVEN INSIDE THE CHURCH IS A TRUE AND CLEAR SIGN OF WARFARE. EVEN IF THE GOSSIP IS NOT CHURCH RELATED; IT STILL TAKES ONE OUT OF LOVE. IT IS AN ATTACK ON THE KINGDOM. HOW WE AS BELIEVERS HANDLE IT; IS OUR TEST. WOULD YOU LET THE ENEMY KNOWINGLY MOVE FREELY ABOUT IN YOUR CAMP SOLDIER? YOU HAVE TO DECIDE. I ADVOCATE IGNORING IT WHEN YOU CAN IN THE PHYSICAL AND PRAYING ABOUT IT IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM. If you are unable to ignore it, do not get in the flesh about it, but pray and be led with Godly Wisdom as to how one should handle it. It is a pause for concern because it is a tool for distraction. Beware!!!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2007 10:35 am

    I was going to post on my blog about this very same thing. (I found your post by googling the verse.) Gossip about God’s people is just plain old divisive, and I don’t want to be a part of it. Thank you for your message.

  2. peacefulone permalink*
    November 2, 2007 12:46 pm

    HI Lynn! Thanks for writing. I knew there was someone out there who felt this same way! I agree with you wholeheartedly. It’s easy to misstep; that’s why we pray. Blessings…

  3. Christa permalink
    November 8, 2007 4:05 pm

    I have personal experience with this particular subject. The church I formerly atended was full of gossip. The pastor was the one who started it all, too. I was hurt by the fact that the people whom I have known and trusted almost all my life would attack my parents, therefore attacking myself and my siblings as well. And the deacon (the only deacon) had the nerve to ask my parents if my siblings and I would be leaving the church too. My family and I currently are attending a new church where we were warmly accepted the first Sunday we were there.

  4. peacefulone permalink*
    November 9, 2007 12:01 am

    Dearest Sister Christa, that is a tough scenario. God loves you and your family. Our prayer is that He will order your steps. It seems that this is a consistent occurrence; we all have heard it. It’s proof that we clearly face Spiritual Warfare. Remember the Ephesians prayer? It says our war is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers of darkness and principalities… Our only recourse is to pray to God and ask Him to Bless and guide your former church family. The bible says to pray for those who despitefully use us. It is our prayer that you and your family can forgive them. We’ve got a commandment to love and it’s a fact that gossip that originates from those in our trust circle…presents a great challenge. Stand in faith. Thanks for writing and sharing.

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