Question: If gossip has been rebranded with a popular online catchphrase ‘spill the tea’, how harmful could it be?
Answer: Harmful enough that it finds itself on lists with some of the ‘big’ sins that we associate with Hell.
Here’s the opening chapter of Romans.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
Ouch. Is THAT serious enough for ya? Have you ever heard THAT memory verse taught at Sunday School? I didn’t think so.
Does the Church really expect to call for God to give us the fire we saw on Pentecost if we’re already burning with a very different kind of fire, the one James spoke about here:
And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
Since Jesus thinks it’s ‘kind of a big deal’ how about we treat it like a big deal.
What is gossip, and how can we live lives that rise above it?
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While you’re at it, here’s Doug’s latest book. One of the chapters shows how King David took direct aim at people who were gossiping and slandering him:
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.