The Difference Between Gossip & Slander and A Testimony

Sometimes when its important to protect the people of God from deception, we must take an aggressive stance and lay down our lives for the sheep instead of being hirelings that flee when the wolf comes.

Oftentimes in that situation the devil will try to accuse a messenger of God about their motives as they protect the flock. So let’s try to understand the difference between a gossip and a testimony.

What’s the Power of a Gossip?

Gossip and Slander are very serious sins. Words are spiritual, and gossp comes from the desire to assassinate, i.e. KILL a person spiritually. Its a spiritual form of murder.

Proverbs 26

24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;

25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

The bible also describes these seven abominations in Proverbs 6.

Proverbs 6

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

What’ the Power of a Testimony?

A testimony is one of the most powerful ways to effectively overcome the devil that is trying to accuse you. It’s one of the 3 things that make a way for the Kingdom of God and Christ to gain ground in the world.

Revelations 12

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

What’s the Difference between a Gossip and a Testimony?

Gossip is based in pride, lies, murder, mischief, deceit, and discord.

Testimony is based in sacrifice, honesty, and selflessness.

A gossip tells lies or unverifiable information about someone else.

An honest testimony tells truth, and talks firsthand, about what happened to them or what they saw.

A gossip or slander talks to kill others.

An honest testimony talks to save others.

A gossip speaks in anger, for self.

An honest testimony speaks in love, to set others free from deception.

A gossip is partial to those who are rich and powerful, and can help them.

An honest testimony speaks in favor of the truth even if it hurts themselves.

Here are a few Scriptures from Leviticus that Illustrate the Balance and God’s Heart in the Matter

Leviticus 19 (CEV)

15 Be fair, no matter who is on trial—don’t favor either the poor or the rich.

16 Don’t be a gossip, but never hesitate to speak up in court, especially if your testimony can save someone’s life.[c]

17 Don’t hold grudges. On the other hand, it’s wrong not to correct someone who needs correcting.

18 Stop being angry and don’t try to take revenge. I am the Lord, and I command you to love others as much as you love yourself.

Leviticus 19 (AMP)

15 You shall do no injustice in judging a case; you shall not be partial to the poor or show a preference for the mighty, but in righteousness and according to the merits of the case judge your neighbor.

16 You shall not go up and down as a dispenser of gossip and scandal among your people, nor shall you [secure yourself by false testimony or by silence and] endanger the life of your neighbor. I am the Lord.

17 You shall not hate your brother in your heart; but you shall surely rebuke your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.

18 You shall not take revenge or bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

Leviticus 19 (KJV)

15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

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.

17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

Destroying Dogs and Wolfpacks in the Church | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 21 –

Destroying Dogs and Wolfpacks in the Church

What animal walks around with their tongues out and their mouths open? Gotta be dogs.

1 Deliver me from mine enemies , O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. 2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men...6 They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. 7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear ? Psalms 59

2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. Phillipians 3

David had dogs persecuting him. Paul had people following him around speaking negatively about his ministry. Jesus talked about dogs as well (Psalms 22). These people who used their tongues and their mouths for evil were called dogs several times in scriptures. Don’t be a dog! Use your tongue for blessing and not cursing.

What animal hunts and maraudes as a group? Gotta be wolves.

15 Beware *of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7

29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Acts 20  

Wolves are similar to dogs… they followed Paul’s team in packs. They took it as their responsibility to discredit and steal his ministry fruit.

We don’t need any more wolf packs in the church – ministries who’s specialty is tearing down and stealing from other ministries. This is part of division and denominational divides. How often have you heard preachers that always have to diss the “big church” or the “small church” or the “baptists” or the “charismatics” or “those calvinists” or “those noncalvinists.” Its useless to tear down our brothers instead of build them up.

Its okay to reprove the works of darkness (Ephesians 5), but when we don’t speak for God we turn into dogs and wolves. Speaking for God involves Gods timing, Gods place, Gods responsibility, Gods Scripture, and Gods attitude. Its not dragging peoples name down behind their back. Let’s bind up the dogs and wolves within the Church, and lets loose a culture of:

 

– thanksgiving to others for what they have done,

– honoring others for who they are (not for who they aren’t),

– blessing others for the good qualities they have

– praying for others, and

– interceding for any of their deficiencies that we may notice.

Sometimes we think that God is like us, that our opinions are His. But His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.

19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. 20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. 21 These things hast thou done , and I kept silence ; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Psalms 50

The gang violence of the city is a direct responsibility of the churches’ dog and wolf-pack violence of the tongue. What we loose on earth is loosed in the atmosphere (Matthew 16). Our racial tension and division is a direct result of the churches dog talk induced division. iRepent for using my tongue like a dog.

What we bind on earth is bound in the atmosphere. We need to repent, guard our tongues, and bring down the authority of the dogs and the wolfpacks in the Church. No more barking! We are made in God’s image, not dogs.

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