Gossip, Slander and False Witness

Mexican Horse Thief

It would seem that this society does not follow their own set of rules and principles but do talk a lot about the “standards” one needs in order to be acceptable in the group. Oh, they lie a lot about these things and how they abide by them. It is not like they just target the misfits for the things in the title, they joyfully attack each other as well.

I thought it would be a good idea to remind some people of the rules and as I live in a Christian Country as do most that bother to read this blog, the Bible would be a good place to see what these rules are. The power of the tongue and the warning to guard one’s tongue is very prominent in the Good Book.

This seems to be an excellent start, and apparently written by a man who is called the wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon.

Proverbs 6:16-19

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”

James 1:26

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”

Let us have a look at this thing called gossip, which most people engage in, some more than others, some with no ill intent, and some, a lot, with malicious intent. “Gossip can be defined as information about the behavior or personal life of other people, often without the full truth revealed or known.” All gossip tends to involve at least some lies, intended or not. A court of law calls this hearsay. The Bible tends to equate gossip and slander as one, who am I to argue that!?  This slander, on hearsay quickly turns into something far worse, and dangerous: False Witness.

Exodus 23:1

You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. No matter who originates the accusation, we should not repeat and spread it unless we have substantial evidence it is true.”


Matthew 18:16 

“By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. The testimony of personal witnesses constitutes evidence to be evaluated.”

For your information:

This is written by a non-religious person that does not fit, nor wishes to, in the society he sees all around him.

A gentle warning.


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One Response to “Gossip, Slander and False Witness”

  1. rmunroblog Says:

    Great stuff, Wayne. A handy reminder for so many out there.

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