Summary: It’s not about kicking people out of the church but fixing broken people and broken relationships
Internal Bleeding 1 Cor. 1: 10
Two elderly women were sitting together in the front pew of church listening to a fiery preacher.
When this preacher condemned the sin of stealing, these two ladies cried out at the tops of their lungs, "AMEN, BROTHER!
"When the preacher condemned the sin of lust, they yelled again, "PREACH IT, REVEREND!"
When the preacher condemned the sin of lying, they jumped to their feet and screamed, "RIGHT ON, BROTHER! TELL IT LIKE IT IS... AMEN!"
But then the preacher condemned the sin of gossip and these two ladies got very quiet. One turned to the other and said, "He’s quit preaching and gone to meddling’."
It my get very quiet in here, this morning because I’m about to stop preaching and go to meddling.
We use “CallemAll” messaging service to get out prayer requests and messages to the church. “TellemAll” is a local church gossip service. Their motto is. “You just tell one and she’ll TellemALL.” [Not actually a real company]
BUT did you know that gossip is listed among the most disgraceful sins in Scripture?
[Rom 1:29-32 NIV] “29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” Those involved not only keep doing it, even though they know it’s a terrible sin BUT they condone and encourage others to follow in their sin.
According to Scripture, gossip destroys relationships.
[Pro 16:28 NIV] “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”
Again we see in Scripture that gossip and conflict go hand in hand.
[Pro 26:20 NIV] “Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.”
There is another word in Scripture used for one who gossips and that word is slanderer.
[Col 3:8 NIV] “But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”
Gossip causes division. Let me show what division causes when it comes to the family and the body of Christ or what we call the church.
1. Division causes an unforgiving spirit.
[Mat 6:15 NKJV] 15 "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
I want to show you 4 things about the person who brings deliberate division to the body.
a. This person has fallen short of the righteousness God saved them for and there is clear evidence that their relationship with God is in word only.
[1Jo 4:20 NKJV] “If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”