Some time ago I ran across an Iranian Brit, Pooyan Mehrshahi, pastoring a Baptist chapel in Britain. He had an interesting and thoughtful piece on those silvered tongued church orators among us. With his permission, here below is the post from Young Puritan. You will find this site on my blogrolL.
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Listed below are a number of verses that I have been meditating on. They all deal with the sins of the tongue, especially in relation to gossip. They show clearly that God hates the sin of talebearing and gossip. It is an abomination before the Lord. The truth is that, this great evil has become respectable, and thought of as a lesser sin. It is relegated to the secondary sins.
When our children hear the parents in the home, the follow their footsteps in gossiping. This has a deadening effect upon family relationships. Also, this is one of the fastest way of destroying the local church, and to diminish the fellowship among God’s people. I have seen this being done quite effectively in the churches of our Lord. When you look at the life of the talebearers, the gossips and the murmurers, you see a man or woman who is miserable. Sin does not produce real happiness, neither in this world, nor the world to come. Let the Word of God simply convict us.
Lev. 19:16 – Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.
Psa 34:13 – Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Psa 101:5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
Prov 6:19 – A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Prov 10:18 – He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
Prov 11:9 – An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
Prov 11:13 – A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
Prov 16:28 – A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
Prov 17:9 – He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
Prov 18:8 – The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Prov 20:19 – He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
Prov 26:20 – Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
Ecc 10:11 – Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.
Matt 12:36 – But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Eph 4:29 – Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Eph 4:31 – Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
2 Thes 3:11 – For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
1Tim 3:11 – Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
1 Tim 5:13 – And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
Tit 2:3 – The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
Tit 3:1 – Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
Tit 3:2 – To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
Jam 4:11 – Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
1 Pet 2:1 – Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
1 Pet 3:10 – For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: