Rebuke a Talebearer and Don’t Slander
- Date: August 22, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.” (Proverbs 11:13)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
We are admonished to look at our own heart. How many stories have you sent down the line? How many whisperers have you listened to or how many times have you been the whisperer? If there's a fault between you and a brother, go tell him. And anything else is sin. And there's no "wife clause." "Well, I'll just tell my wife." The Bible doesn't say you can slander to your wife. The Bible doesn't say that you have the right to be a talebearer and your wife be the recipient, or husband. If they're a good life's mate, they should rebuke you, so that there can be that cleansing, that washing of the water of the Word of God as it comes into our midst. Proverbs 11:13 says, "A talebearer revealeth secrets…"
You know, we just happen to find out something about an individual that isn't edifying, and we're just compelled to pass it on down the line to share it with somebody. Well, we talked about it the other night in Deuteronomy 27, where it talks about "he that sets a light before his father is cursed" (verse 16). Let me remind some of you young people here that to be a talebearer, to go out of your house and talk secrets, things that you see that are not edifying, things that you disagree with dad and mom, or things that you are complaining about because of your own adolescence and your own selfishness and you just want to go and complain to your friends-I want to tell you something. If anything comes out of your mouth about your mom and dad other than honoring father and mother that you may live long upon the earth, you're putting yourself under a curse. The Scripture makes it very clear in Exodus 21: He that curses father and mother should be put to death. "Yeah, you guys get to do all of this, and my dad-he won't let us do any of that, and he's this and he's that, and that's not right, and I don't agree." You're cursing yourself.
There's no grace in those statements; there's no edification in those statements. You are commanded to honor your father and mother. But it's too common. We all shoot our mouths off about everything. "You know, teenagers have rights." Yes, they do, they have a right to obey their parents and to honor their father and mother.
Let's not grieve the Holy Spirit. This is unacceptable, we've got to do something about it, and I believe we are. I believe we're starting to hear a little bit about what the Holy Spirit's saying and how this thing has hidden itself under the guise of just the fact of our commonality together, and "it's family." There is no family clause; the Bible says, "Husbands, be not bitter against your wives". Just because it's your wife and children, you don't have free course to treat them any differently than anybody else! The biblical mandate is "Do unto others." So we see this that's so common in this talebearing and passing down the line and whispering and complaining, whatever it might be.
How tragic it is. I'm not too sure that all of this social network stuff isn't one of Satan's great ploys to give hundreds of millions of people a weapon to slander and to talebear, to criticize, to break divine order. And everybody thinks they have a right to this and thinks they should be heard, and it's taken over our society. But I want to tell you something: It doesn't belong in the church. We have responsibilities and roles in how we relate to one another. This, to me, is so powerful. I wish we could get ahold of this to the magnitude that we need to. Proverbs 18:8, "The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly." Verses 6-7 say, "A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth called for strokes. A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul".