Sermonette: Penalty of Death


Given 21-Nov-20; 15 minutes

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Gossip is like scattering feathers in a wind: It is just as impossible to reverse the damage done by gossip as it is to regather the feathers. God's people often consider gossip harmless, especially when one sticks to the "truth," but God considers any character assassination worthy of the death penalty. The act of spreading discord among the brethren is more abominable to Him than the six things He utterly hates (Proverbs 6:16-19). One cannot call back malicious or inconsiderate words. When God's people feel compelled to gossip (even when they believe it totally true), they are, in effect, imitating Satan's role as accuser of the brethren. Covering a person's reputation is not tantamount to condoning sin; speaking before one has all the facts is equivalent to arson and murder (James 3:1-12). Having revealed knowledge can lead God's called-out ones to become hypocritical fault finders, like the Pharisees. We are to measure our words against the fruits of God's Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

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