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Slander and Gossip



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We have been asked to address various topics related to the human condition...and for those who have been awaiting an ebook and audiobook on slander and gossip, we are producing an ebook and audiobook that will contain the information listed below...along with other important information concerning slander and gossip.

Slander is serious in religious and secular areas throughout the world. There are people who identify themselves as Christians, and they engage in slander. There are people who identify themselves as non-Christians, and they engage in slander. For those who have been victims of slander, you have legal rights and you can consult with an attorney concerning your legal rights. You may be able to sue for defamation of character.

There are people who engage in slander, as they make up lies about people and spread them...and the people who are slandered are informed about the slander from the people who were told the lies from the originator of the slander. In other words, if you are a person who engages in slander...some people you tell the lies to will go tell the person you are slandering exactly what you said about that person. If you remember this before you engage in slander, hopefully you won't engage in slander. Remember, engaging in slander can ultimately bring legal consequences to you.

Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines slander as "1. : the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation. 2. : a false and defamatory oral statement about a person — compare libel"


Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines defame as: "law : to harm the reputation of by communicating false statements about : to harm the reputation of by libel (see 1libel 2a) or slander (see 2slander 2) defamed her character."


Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines gossip as: ": a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others - the worst gossip in town"


The Bible says the following about slander:

Matthew 12:36 - But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Psalms 101:5 - Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

1 Peter 3:16 - Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

Proverbs 10:18 - He that hideth hatred [with] lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, [is] a fool.

James 4:11 - Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

Exodus 20:16 - Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Titus 3:2 - To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

Matthew 5:11 - Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

1 Peter 2:1 - Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

Proverbs 16:28 - A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 - 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Luke 6:45 - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Ephesians 4:31-32 - 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Proverbs 20:19 - He that goeth about [as] a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

Proverbs 11:9 - An hypocrite with [his] mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

Psalms 109:3 - They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.

Exodus 23:1 - Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

Ephesians 4:32 - And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Mark 7:20-23 - 20. And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22. Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23. All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

James 1:12 - Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

James 3 - 1. My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8. But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12. Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

The Bible says the following about gossip and lies:

Ephesians 4:29 - Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Proverbs 6:16-19 - 16. These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: 17. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19. A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.)

Proverbs 16:28 - A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Proverbs 21:23 - Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

James 1:26 - If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion [is] vain.

Proverbs 20:19 - He that goeth about [as] a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

Matthew 12:36 - But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Psalms 101:5 - Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

Psalms 34:13 - Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

Titus 3:2 - To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

Proverbs 18:8 - The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Proverbs 17:4 - A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; [and] a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

James 4:11 - Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

Proverbs 26:20 - Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Proverbs 11:13 - A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

2 Timothy 2:16 - But shun profane [and] vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

Proverbs 10:18 - He that hideth hatred [with] lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, [is] a fool.

Romans 1:29 - Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Exodus 23:1 - Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

1 Timothy 5:13 - And withal they learn [to be] idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

Proverbs 17:9 - He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] friends.

Proverbs 19:5 - A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall not escape

The Bible says the following about gossip:

Ephesians 4:29 - Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Proverbs 16:28 - A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Proverbs 11:13 - A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

Proverbs 20:19 - He that goeth about [as] a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

Proverbs 6:16-19 - 16. These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: 17. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19. A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.)

Proverbs 26:20 - Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Titus 3:2 - To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

James 1:26 - If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion [is] vain.

Exodus 23:1 - Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

Psalms 34:13 - Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

James 4:11 - Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

1 Timothy 5:13 - And withal they learn [to be] idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

Leviticus 19:16 - Thou shalt not go up and down [as] a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I [am] the LORD.

Psalms 101:5 - Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

Proverbs 18:8 - The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Luke 6:31 - And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

Proverbs 10:18 - He that hideth hatred [with] lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, [is] a fool.

Romans 1:29 - Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

2 Corinthians 12:20 - For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and [that] I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest [there be] debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:.

Those who claim to be Christians and have engaged in slander and gossip have sinned, and need to repent and turn back to Jesus Christ...as the scriptures are very clear concerning slander and gossip. If you are a Christian and you have engaged in slander and gossip, and you are ready to repent and turn back to Jesus Christ...pray the following prayer with us.

Also, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, and you want to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior...pray the following prayer with us.



We welcome all of the Christians who have repented of their slandering and gossip, and have turned back to Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! We welcome all of the new Christians who have decided to follow Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Welcome to the Church of Jesus Christ!

For those who have repented of their slandering and gossip, and have turned back to Jesus Christ...and for those who have repented of their slandering and gossip and have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior...you now need to go to the person or persons you have slandered and ask for forgiveness. You also need to ask the person or persons you have slandered if they would like you to issue a public retraction of your slander. If the person or persons you have slandered want you to issue a public retraction, make sure you honor the wishes of those you have slandered...because the person or persons you have slandered could still file a defamation of character lawsuit against you.


Questions & Comments


Question Submitted by "Anonymous"

I am looking forward to the release of "Slander and Gossip." My question is this: On my job, slander and gossip is common among some of the employees, some of the leads, and some of the managers. I am wrestling with whether or not to inform some people about some slander, and tell them everything everyone has said. These are good people, the salt of the earth, and these slanderers have defamed their name with lies. Should I tell them what was said, or should I stay out of it? My heart says I should tell them as soon as possible.

Answer

We are sorry to hear about your situation. You should not have to hear slander and gossip anywhere...but the reality of it is...slander and gossip is undoubtedly present on jobs as you have proven. Slander and gossip is present in religious and secular areas throughout the world...and it is a sad thing that some people have nothing better to do than to engage in slander and gossip. Concerning your question...companies have a code of ethics and professional conduct. Slander by employees on a job is not good at all, as a job is for people to go to work, earn money, and then go home. A job is not a place to go around spreading lies about people. Nothing good comes from that, and the slanderers open themselves up for a defamation of character lawsuit...if the victim or victims choose to file one. The employees who engaged in the slander could also wind up in serious trouble with the company for whom they work. Leads and managers are supposed to set the example for employees as they represent the company for whom they work...so for some leads and some managers to be engaging in slander as you have stated in your question...goes totally against company ethics and professional conduct, which could get them into serious trouble with the company for whom they work. Also, the victim or victims could choose to file a defamation of character lawsuit against the leads and managers who engaged in the slander, which would present a whole other set of challenges for the leads and managers. Slander goes totally against company codes of ethics and professional conduct, and companies will not tolerate it. In your question you stated, "these are good people, the salt of the earth, and these slanderers have defamed their name with lies." Nobody should have their name defamed with lies spread by slanderers. We agree with you that you should tell these people everything you know that everyone has said about them. You should do it as soon as possible, as you have stated. We do not give legal advice, as we are not attorneys...but we do believe a good start would be to make a list of all of the names of the people, what they said...and write down exactly what each person said word for word. When you tell these people, give them the list and you keep a copy of the list. If these people decide to file a defamation of character lawsuit, or take their grievance to the company...the list of names and what was said will be helpful. Again, we are sorry to hear about your situation, and we will be praying for you and the people who were slandered.


Comment Submitted by "Anonymous"

Churches I have attended in the past seem to have one thing in common. People separate into cliques. People also tell their personal family business to others in their clique, who spread it around to others. Gossip is a big problem in churches.

Reply

We agree with your comment. Slander and gossip are topics that preachers throughout the world should address.


Comment Submitted by "Anonymous"

Some people attempt to make it seem like it is women only who slander and gossip, but men slander and gossip also. On my job, female leads slandered someone. It spread among some of the employees throughout that department. A male lead in another department spread the slander among some of the employees throughout that department. Men and women both slander and gossip.

Reply

We agree with your comment. There are men, as well as women, who are guilty of slander and gossip. What people fail to realize is the fact that eventually the victim or victims of slander will find out about it. It is in the best interest of the slanderers to go to those they have slandered, and tell them everything that was said.


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Reference


"Slander." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 28 July 2018.
"Defame." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 28 July 2018.

"Gossip." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 29 July 2018.



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