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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Gossip

“They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;” Romans 1:29, 30

Notice all the evil things that a decadent society is guilty of. Right in the middle of this list is gossip. Gossip is not an innocent pastime. It is very evil. Its nature consists of several things.

1) It is made up of a lie or lies. It is not true. It declares to be true. That is the nature of a lie. Truth tellers do not say, “I am telling you the truth.”

2)It is malicious! Kind, good things do not get gossiped about.

3)The person who tells you this bit makes you promise not to tell anyone. “I can keep a promise. It is the people I tell it to who can’t.”

4) It is not just the tellers who are gossips. The listeners are also gossips, even if they do not tell anyone.

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

Tabloid newspapers would not exist if there was no demand for salacious, false stories declared to be true.

Even legitimate newspapers and TV news stations keep their readers and viewers with salacious news of sex and murders.

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