Dealing with Rumors

Text: 1 Corinthians 13:6-7

Rumors and Gossip

  • Gossip isn’t necessarily referring to things that aren’t true — it’s repeating things that don’t need to be said that bring harm to someone
  • The Scriptures condemn the work of a talebearer (Leviticus 19:16; Romans 1:29)
  • Engaged in by those who have not found a more profitable use of their time (1 Timothy 5:13)

Unsubstantiated Rumors

  • No evidence — accusation only
  • Reject accusations (principle of 1 Timothy 5:19)
  • But it is perfectly acceptable to admonish / encourage the accused (John 8:1-11)

Rumors with Evidence to Back Them Up

  • Examine the evidence — look for facts, not assumptions
  • Test the witnesses (Proverbs 19:28)
  • Christians should be capable of making fair judgments regarding their fellow brethren (1 Corinthians 6:1,5-6)

Drawing Conclusions

  • Don’t be quick to jump to conclusions (1 Corinthians 13:7; Proverbs 18:17)
  • But be realistic (1 Corinthians 11:18)
  • Confront the accused when necessary (1 Corinthians 11:18-34; 1:11-13)

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