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Gossip Pt 2

This is part two of a three part blog series from a sermon I preached at a recent members meeting at Harrisburg Baptist Church.

Romans 1:29–32 (CSB)

29 They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 senseless, untrustworthy, unloving,, and unmerciful. 32 Although they know God’s just sentence—that those who practice such things deserve to die,—they not only do them, but even applaud, others who practice them.

  1. Gossip is motivated by the harm it inflicts and the pride it puffs up. 

See blog post here. 

Gossip is ”derogatory information about someone that you have that is shared with others in a tone of confidentiality that is not motivated by doing good to them and that you are enjoying in a way that shows your heart is not humble.”

Notice that according to the definition, gossip is not limited to false-statements, though lying can be a form of gossip- not all gossip is untrue. 

The motivation of gossip is harm, one of the impacts of gossip in the church is the culture it creates. 

Part Two

  1. Gossip creates a culture of truth telling that Satan enjoys

Even though Satan is the father of lies, he is also known for using the truth in warped and twisted ways to achieve his own ends of hurt and harm to the people of God. Gossip can be the truth, but it is the truth used in ways that harm others and damage the witness of church… and this is a form of truth that Satan both enjoys and employs in his fight against the Lord.  

Here are a few thoughts related to the impact of gossip on the culture of a church: 

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