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.

Common Core Curriculum – Teaching Socialism, Collectivism, and Dictatorship

Common Core Curriculum literally teaching socialism and collectivism to children instead of liberty and freedom. That’s what happens when you get rid of the Word and the Spirit of God!

From this link.

 

CC worksheet2

“Teaching materials aligned with the controversial national educational standards ask fifth-graders to edit such sentences as “(The president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair,” “The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation” and “the commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.” “

Those statements reek of collectivism, socialism, and dictatorship.

John 8:32

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Freedom and Liberty does not come from politics. It comes from the Word and the Spirit of GOD.

When we undermine the Word and resist the Holy Spirit the only thing left is right wing tyranny and left wing tyranny taking turns.

 

 

Does Truth Push People Away?

The main people that truth “pushes away” is the people that were not of the truth in the first place. Only God can give new birth.

1 John 2
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

Fans will Disappear, Disciples Will Appear

Jesus had so many grave, serious and life-threatening warnings… The Bible is full of harsh spiritual warnings that go right along with the blessings, comfort, and promises. I don’t know how you could actually read the bible honestly and still have a people pleasing “ministry.”

All you have to do is say exactly what Jesus said and you will have instant balance. Fans will disappear, disciples will appear.

But the problem is – fans make more money! So there will always be false apostles to come win that “market” to corrupt and fleece the flock.

Galatians 1
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

7 Reasons Why Iniquity Moves the Crowd and Truth Always Loses the Crowd

This is why artistic talent, oratory excellence, and big money stages will always outperform Truth in influencing masses and crowds:

1. God gives a strong delusion to those who don’t have a love for the truth. In other words, sending delusions and deceptions thru extremely talentedd and gifted people is Gods way of weeding out those that do not really love him for his truth.

2 Thessalonians 2
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

2. Whenever Satan sees people that are willing to disobey God in favor of using their beauty talent and wisdom to promote themselves – he sees himself! He anoints them with deception. Satan anoints iniquity with merchandising and trafficking ability.

Ezekiel 28
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created,
till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise
they have filled the midst of thee with violence
, and thou hast sinned:
therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God:
and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub,
from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty,
thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:
I will cast thee to the ground,
I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities,
by the iniquity of thy traf
fick;
therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee,

3. People would love to be entertained with a nice singing or speaking voice instead of having to think or change their lives to obey Truth.

Ezekiel 33
30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord. 31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. 32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not . 33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.

4. America is culturally a type of revived Greco Roman empire where religious worship is based on oratory performance. Therefore great orators are worshipped, and seen as having the voice of God, not men.

Acts 12
21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. 22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.

5. Clever rhetorical skills and oratory talent are very useful for supplanting and subverting the power of the Holy Spirit. This is why Apostle Paul was always contrasting his preaching with Greco-Roman style religion.

1 Corinthians 2
2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

6. When the crowd becomes large, the biggest temptation is to become a hypocrite aka “play actor,” and to put on a mask, perform and play a role. That’s why when the crowd became large Jesus’s first warning was to avoid the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

Luke 12

1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. 3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

7. It’s Easy to find the broad way, many will find it. Few will find the narrow way.

Matthew 7
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

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The Disciple of Christ’s Solution: Follow Jesus and Love the Truth, Make Disciples, not Fans. Seek Fruit, not Praise. Train the Few, Don’t Chase the Masses

3 John 1

4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

BUT I thought we have to reach the masses? Didn’t Jesus tell us to go out to the highways and byways and tell everyone good and bad to come in? (Matthew 22).

Yes, outreach is good. But please read all the way to the end of that parable in Matthew 22. The person that got in without a wedding garment on was cast out into outer darkness… Then Jesus said that many are called, but few are chosen.

The bible says that wisdom cries out in the streets (Proverbs 8). So yes, we must broadcast wisdom to the masses, but what’s more important is discipling the few and placing righteous garments on them.

And when you do reach out to the masses, cry out with wisdom and the Word of God only. Thats actually how you find out who is really ready to be discipled.

Watering down and corrupting, or rebranding and merchandising the message – to reach a wider audience –will work; but it’s the work of iniquity and it is not an option. It gets people in without their wedding garments on.

The Beauty of Holiness without Bondage

The Beauty of Holiness without Bondage

The Balance of the Word of God and the Spirit of God with Eyes on Jesus Christ helps you to walk in Holiness without legalism and bondage to the precepts of men.

Jesus warned us of religious leaders who teach their principles and precepts as doctrines (Matt 15). There are many teachers who aren’t filled with the Holy Ghost, so they try to force the principles of the word without the Spirit of the Word. The bible says that the letter killeth, but the Spirit gives life (2nd Corinthians 3).

When you focus on the heart of God, you meditate the Word and the Spirit of God. You are not averse to the supernatural elements of the Holy Spirit – dreams, visions, tongues and interpretation of tongues, prophecy, word of wisdom, word of knowledge, healing, special faith, etc… because you know that God is pouring out His Spirit on all flesh. However, you judge all spiritual circumstances by the Scripture.
The Scripture helps you with the Spirit, and the Spirit gives life to the Scripture so that you can walk in love with God and your neighbor.
If you don’t have the Holy Spirit helping you obey scripture, all you have is dead principles, failure, and abuse.
If you don’t have Revelation of the Scriptures, all you have is your ignorance and foolish disobedience, with satanic deception.
You need the fullness of both the Word of God, and the Spirit of God to walk in the Beauty of Holiness without Bondage, and the Truth will Make you Free to Walk in the Spirit of Liberty and UNSTOPPABLE LOVE.
Clear Spiritual Vision, Effective Faith through trials, and the Pure and clean Righteousness of Jesus Christ will be in your possession if you pray for it (Revelations 3:18).
The earth is waiting for the True Sons of God to show up! They won’t be making excuses and cop-outs, but they will manifest God’s Judgements, Love, and Powerful Faith in the earth. Even in suffering, they will be the glorious fragrance of Christ’s Victory.
Romans 8

4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

True Spiritual Light Forces the Spectacle of Hatred or the Miracle of Repentance

*[[Joh 3:20-21]] KJV* For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Jesus called us the light of the world, because we reflect Him. He also said to “marvel not” (don’t be amazed) if the world hates you. So if we are the light of the world, why does the world hate us?

The answer is found in John 3:20-21. Jesus Christ summarizes the psychological state of everyone in the whole world.

People that do evil hate the light – emotional opposition
They refuse to come to it – avoidance in action
Because their deeds are reproved – why? they want to avoid their actions being spoken against.

People that do the truth come to the light. – they dont avoid it
They want their deeds to be exposed as obedience to God.

So if sinners hide from the light, and we are the light, what is the link between people that do evil and people that do truth? One word- Repentance.

Repentance is when people who evil come to the light to get their deeds reproved and change their works to works done in God.

Repentance – the greatest miracle on earth. The only miracle that heaven rejoices over.

Jesus called John the Baptist a “burning and a shining light” and the “greatest man born of a women.” Greater than Elijah and Elisha, and all he did was get people to repent – without any other miracles.

Then he said that the least in the kingdom is greater than JtB. That means that those in the kingdom of heaven would get a lot of people to repent… Plus more. Jesus showed us this by example. Many repentant sinners followed Him, plus He did other miracles and healings.

Notice that the link between believers and unbelievers is not compromising or turning the light down. Its not subjugating your light to the darkness. Its the other way around!

Yes its the goodness of God that leads people to repentance. And its the obedient preacher that gives them something to repent from! Repentance is not achieved by our intelligence, but by a miracle of God in response to the foolishness of preaching.