The following article was written by Jon Zens in 2008.
Three things to keep in mind:
1> Most Christians never realize or understand the despicable, sub-human act that gossip and slander are in the eyes of God until it happens to them.
2> Zens is using the biblical definitions for “gossip” and “slander,” not the modern, American legal definitions. They are quite different.
3> Some people have wrongly used the biblical teaching against gossip and slander to contradict Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 18. For instance, if a person is sinning against others and doesn’t stop after being corrected in private by one person, then in private by two or more people, and then corrected by an entire body of believers, it’s not gossip or slander to make that person’s continuing sin public if they refuse to stop (repent). It’s also not gossip to go to a police officer and report a crime.
Zens does talk about the Matthew 18 principle in the article, but his point is that many Christians skip steps 1 and 2 and go straight to 3. And this also is sin.
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