ACCUSATION

 

SLANDER

 

KJV Dictionary Definition

Accusation is the act of charging with a crime or offence; the act of accusing of any wrong or injustice. Accusation and slander are among the sin that so easily besets God’s children. Slander mean to injure by speaking ill of; false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another’s reputation. Consequently, the sin of slander is a very serious sin. It is a fact that this sin is very wide-spread among us Christians. Many of us would not lie intentionally and yet we lie by condemning and accusing others. Remember slander is a false and defamatory statement about a person. As mentioned it is a very dangerous sin. Why? Because the sin of slander and accusation creeps unnoticed into our hearts. Slander belongs to the sin of lying, and liars, as we can see in the Scriptures. Those who slander will find their place in Satan’s kingdom. Our fate for eternity depends upon whether we are freed from accusation and slander. Slander is the attempt to make oneself look cleaner. However God specifically told us to esteem others better than ourselves. To slander is so serious to God that He forbids us to eat with anyone who slander others. 

The word of God cautions us. “Do not listen to an accusation against an elder unless it is confirmed by two or three witnesses. Those who sin should be reprimanded in front of the whole church; this will serve as a strong warning to others” (1 Timothy 5:19-20 KJV). Satan is called the “accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10), as seeking to uphold his influence among men by bringing false charges against Christians, with the view of weakening their influence and injuring the cause with which they are identified. With our mouths and careless words we can destroy another brother or sister (Proverbs 18:21). Slander is the desire for revenge and self-enhancement, often driven by the deeper desire to deflect attention from our own failings. The worse light we can put another in by slander, the less our own darkness shows.

Many Churches and ministries have been split by malicious slander, untrue accusations, without speaking to the individuals privately. The sin of slander and accusation is very dangerous in that we partake of the very character of the devil. When we follow the Lord and walk in godliness we are being like God as its His character. The word slanderer, or “malicious talkers” (1 Timothy 3:11) is the greek word diabolos, meaning “false” accuser. This is a title given for the devil (Jude 1:9, Revelation 20:10). When we commit the sin of slander we are doing one of the main practices of the devil. He is known as “the accuser of our brothers and sisters” (Revelation 12:10). This should sober us to realize the severity of the sin of slander. We are never called by God’s Spirit to criticize and speak evil of others in the Church but to always look how to serve and love each other. May God grant us the grace to not speak evil of our brothers or sisters. 

From Sermon Central

Like Jesus, those who follow Him will eventually come under attack. These attacks are often unprovoked and unwarranted, but we must endure them. The enemy will do anything within his power to hinder and discourage believers. Let’s examine the lessons revealed in the text as we consider the thought: Attacked with False Accusation. The Accusation of the Scribes (22) – And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. Mark records yet another accusation brought unjustly against Jesus. Notice:

The Association Suspected – And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub. As you study Scripture, you discover amazing accounts recorded regarding humanity. The utter depravity of man cannot be argued if one takes the time to consider what the Bible reveals. These men were scribes, those trusted with transcribing the Scripture, literally making copies for others to read. If anyone should have known the Word, and the prophecies surrounding the coming of Christ, these men should. Here we find that they have openly accused working under the authority of Beelzebub. The names refers to “the lord of flies or the lord of filth; the dung-god.” Beelzebub was believed to be a wicked demon, associated with flies and filth, utter depravity.

Being completely unable to explain away the power and authority Jesus had shown, they mercilessly accuse Him of being under the direction and influence of the devil. The Son of God is accused of demon possession and working through Satan’s power by those who knew the Scripture. If they admitted Jesus was working through the power of God, they would have been obligated to follow Him. They would have to admit their approach to righteousness was lacking. They would have had to confess Jesus was in fact the Christ. They are unwilling to relinquish their power and way of life, so they are determined to find any means possible to accuse Jesus.

Quotes

  • “Forget yourself and live for others, for It is more blessed to give than to receive” – A.B. Simpson.
  • “Difficulties and obstacles are God’s challenges to faith. When hindrances confront us in the path of duty, we are to recognize them as vessels for faith to fill with the fullness and all-sufficiency of Jesus” – A.B. Simpson.
  • “Superficial Christians are apt to be eccentric. Mature Christians are so near the Lord that they are not afraid of missing His guidance” – A.B. Simpson.
  • “I would rather play with forked lightning, or take in my hand living wires with their fiery current, than speak a reckless word against any servant of Christ, or idly repeat the slanderous darts which thousands of Christian are hurling on others” – A.B. Simpson.
  • “One touch of Christ is worth a lifetime of struggling.” – A.B. Simpson.
  • “God means every Christian to be effective, to make a difference in the actual records and results of Christian work” – A.B. Simpson.
  • The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down” – A.B. Simpson.
  • “When we dare to depend entirely upon God and do not doubt, the humblest and feeblest agencies will become mighty through God” – A.B. Simpson.
  • When we depend upon organizations, we get what organizations can do. But when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do” – A.C. Dixon.
  • “Inward holiness and eternal glory, are the crown with which God adorns and dignifies his elect” – A.M. Toplady.
  • “If we are doing this for Christ, we shall not care for human reward or even recognition” – A.T. Pierson.
  • “Faithful people have always been in a marked minority” – A.W. Pink.
  • “Growth in grace is growth downward. It is the forming of a lower estimate of ourselves. It is a deepening realization of our nothingness. It is a heartfelt recognition that we are not worthy of the least of God’s mercies” – A.W. Pink.
  • “O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed” – A.W. Tozer.
  • “Sin is not just breaking God’s laws; it is breaking His heart” – Adrian Rogers.    

Desert Fathers – On Slander

1. No sensible person, I think, will dispute that slander is born of hatred and malice. Therefore it comes next in order after its forebears.

2. Slander is an offspring of hatred, a subtle yet coarse disease, a leech lurking unfelt, wasting and draining the blood of charity. It is simulation of love, the patron of a heavy and unclean heart, the ruin of chastity.

3.  There are many insincere people, such as: hypocrisy, vice, melancholy, the remembrance of injuries, disparagement of others in one’s heart. They appear to propose one thing, but they have something else in view.

4. I have heard people slandering, and I have rebuked them. And these doers of evil replied in self-defence that they were doing so out of love and care for the person whom they were slandering. I said to them: ‘Stop that kind of love, otherwise you will be condemning as a liar him who said: “Him who secretly slanders his neighbour, him I drove away.” If you say you love, then pray secretly, and do not mock. For this is the kind of love that is acceptable to the Lord. But I will not hide this from you (and of course think about it, and do not judge the offender): Judas was in the company of Christ’s disciples, and the Robber was in the company of murderers. And what a reversal when the crisis came!’

5. He who wants to overcome the spirit of slander, should not ascribe the blame to the person who falls, but to the demon who suggests it. 

6. I have known a man who sinned openly and repented secretly. I condemned him as a profligate, but he was chaste before God, having propitiated Him by a genuine conversion.

7. Do not regard the feelings of a person who speaks to you about his neighbour disparagingly, but rather say to him: ‘Stop, brother! I fall into graver sins every day, so how can I criticize him?’ In this way you will achieve two things: you will heal yourself and your neighbour with one plaster. This is one of the shortest ways to the forgiveness of sins; I mean, not to judge. ‘Judge not, that you be not judged.’

8. Fire and water are incompatible; and so is judging others in one who wants to repent. If you see someone falling into sin at the very moment of his death, even then do not judge him, because the Divine judgment is hidden from men. Some have fallen openly into great sins, but they have done greater good deeds in secret; so their critics were tricked.

9. Listen to me, listen, all you malicious reckoners of other men’s accounts! If it is true (as it really is true) that ‘with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged’,then whatever sins we blame our neighbour for, whether bodily or spiritual, we shall fall into them ourselves. That is certain.

10. Hasty and severe judges of the sins of their neighbour fall into this predicament because they have not yet attained to a thorough and constant remembrance and concern for their own sins. For if anyone could see his own vices accurately without the veil of self-love, he would worry about nothing else in this life, considering that he would not have time enough for mourning for himself even though he were to live a hundred years, and even though he were to see a whole river Jordan of tears streaming from his eyes. 

11. The demons, murderers as they are, push us into sin. Or if they fail to do this, they get us to pass judgment on those who are sinning, so that they may smear us with the stain which we our selves are condemning in another.

12. This is one of the marks by which we can recognize malicious and slanderous people: they are plunged in the spirit of hatred, and with pleasure and without a qualm they slander the teaching or affairs or achievements of their neighbour.

13. I have seen some committing the gravest sins in secret and without exposure, and in their supposed purity they have harshly inveighed against persons who have had a petty fall in public.

14. To judge others is a shameless arrogation of the Divine prerogative; to condemn is the ruin of one’s soul.

15. Self-esteem without any other passion can ruin a man, and in the same way, if we have formed the habit of judging, we can be utterly ruined by this alone, for indeed the Pharisee was condemned for this very thing.

16. A good grape-picker, who eats the ripe grapes, will not start gathering unripe ones. A charitable and sensible mind takes careful note of whatever virtues it sees in anyone. But a fool looks for faults and defects. And of such it is said: ‘They have searched out iniquity and expired in the search.

17. Do not condemn, even if you see with your eyes, for they are often deceived.

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