Dear saints,This post by intrcssr83 (Ben) was made on 5/4/07 and no one answered it. Ive thought quite a bit about this topic and have seen it happen (different circumstances) several times. If slander and gossip is not stopped it can have disastrous consequences to the church and its individual members.
intrcssr83:Here's a hypothetical:A slanderous rumor is started by a source outside the church regarding a member that is obviously not true yet it brings division within the church, unfair treatment by peers and the resulting stress starts to affect that person's ability to minister fully. The Senior Pastor, pending the member's permission, calls forth an assembly of the elders and members wherein he addresses the issues, and sets the record straight.Yet enough personal damage has been done to the point that starts to affect the overall unity and integrity of the church.[b]What should be done in such a case of slander towards an innocent?[/b]
All I can say about this topic is to encourage all to listen to the message suggested by Joy: Satan Found a Whisperer by Keith Daniel. IMHO it should be required listening to all who frequent this forum.Blessings,ginnyrose