Posts tagged ‘gossip’

Don’t Say Hearsay Here

The story is told that a desert brother told Abba Poemen (Egypt approximately AD340-450) he had heard something distressing about one of the others. Poemen asked, “Is it true?”

Poemen the Great, Egyptian monk – about 340-450BC. Photo from Wikipedia

The brother answered that the source was trustworthy. The Abba did not agree. “The one who told you is not reliable. If he were, he would never have passed it on to you. When God heard cries from Sodom, he did not believe it until he had gone down and seen it with his own eyes.”

Then the brother confirmed that he had seen it with his own eyes also, to which Poemen referred to a parable Jesus told.

Macarius the Great. Photo from Wikipedia

“Stop judging so that you will not be judged. Otherwise, you will be judged by the same standard you use to judge others. The standards you use for others will be applied to you. So why do you see the piece of sawdust in another believer’s eye and not notice the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to another believer, ‘Let me take the piece of sawdust out of your eye,’ when you have a beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye. Then you will see clearly to remove the piece of sawdust from another believer’s eye” (Matthew 7:1-5 God’s Word Translation©).

Abba Macarius (Egypt AD300-390) lived by the mercy of God with such integrity that he ignored the faults of others as though blind and was deaf when someone slandered another.

Defamation is obviously delicious to swallow, but it rots the hearer from the inside out. So the example of these two great teachers should show us to zip our lips when anyone would cast aspersions and refuse to swallow slander or talk about tittle-tattle.

Seeking, But Not Finding

So, in less than ten years we have seen what institutional religion has to offer. Read more…

Gossip Goes

How is it that people think I want to hear details about another person’s life, especially someone I don’t even know? Why do you repeat to me the gossip about me? Read more…

The Bold Front Fraud

When I die and stand before Jesus I am certain that my Saviour will not ask me what other people did to me or what they thought of me. Read more…

Gossip Is a Choice

Thanks to colleagues in blog-land I was inspired to start a new movement, the INGA Club. I’m encouraging people to commit to this. Read more…

Stop Signs

Where I work a stop sign greets people, everyone, as they enter the site. A stop sign is common. It always means the same thing.

But the funny thing is many people drive right past it. Read more…

Watch Your Mouth – and Ears

Yesterday I was reminded again of the great and socially encouraged sin of the church – gossip.


I have never added a motive onto my definition of gossip; that I leave for slander or defamation. Loose tongues speaking negatively or suggestively about someone who is not present is gossip.

“If a person thinks that he is religious but can’t control his tongue, he is fooling himself. That person’s religion is worthless” (James 1:26 God’s Word).

James 3:5-10 goes to great length to describe the horror of a loose tongue and gossip: Read more…


I remember being invited to dinner with a number of people. Afterwards one couple complained about their kids; it had been one of those days. The next day I found out that one of the other couples who desperately wanted children had suffered a miscarriage. Oops. Read more…

The Whole Truth

Are you sure you got the story straight?

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Watch Your Mouth

Here are some words from the Bible about one of the most persistent and destructive sins known to the Church. [Warning: The following contains harsh language and uncompromising moral expectations.]
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