Romans 1:30 ( posted 5-4-11 )
“ Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, “
10.) “ backbiters “ - The Greek word “ katalalous “ means talkative against, slanderer, railers, backbiter.
Webster usually acquaints words such as backbiter and whisperer with slander.
Technically, according to Webster, slander is defined as - “ the utterance in the presence of another person of a false statement or statements, damaging to a third person’s character or reputation.”
But according to the Holy Bible, the statement does not have to be a false statement to be considered sin.
It can be a true statement about someone.
The point is, to say anything, whether it is true or not, to cause harm to a person… is sin.
If we claim we are into the “ fire” of the Holy Spirit and are seeking people who are on fire for God but yet we talk bad about people behind their back, criticize people we don‘t like, find fault with others, break policies of the employer we work for, and break the law of the land by driving our vehicle faster than the posted speed limit, according to the Bible, we are hypocrites.
We are no different than the Pharisee Jesus mentioned in this parable;
“ And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. “ Luke 18:9-14
There are born again christians who are just like these hypocrites…not just the unsaved.
They flaunt their “ holier than thou “ view of their life by stating the following;
1.) I’m not divorced…I’m still married to the same spouse
2.) I pay tithes
3.) I’m a member of a church
4.) I don’t drink alcohol
5.) I don’t go to bars
6.) I give to the poor
7.) I never stole anything
8.) I’ve never been to jail
and so on and so on…the list could go on forever.
But yet these same people who proudly make these “ holier than thou “ claims love indulging in gossip and whispering about people they hate.
And they also insult people they hate…both behind their back and even to their face.
These same people who make these holier than thou claims are also jealous and envious of the people they hate.
These are all sins that Paul said will keep born again christians from either inheriting the Kingdom of God or being in Heaven at all…depending on the extent of what he meant.
It won’t even matter if we avoided divorce and lived with the same spouse all our life or we never went to jail, never stole anything, never drank alcohol, paid tithes or whatever.
If we hate anyone, backbite, gossip, are jealous or envious of anyone, lust for women or money, or commit any of the sins Paul lists, we will either not be in Heaven or not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Fact is fact my friend, and that is a Biblical fact… if we believe the Bible.
I will continue with the next sin in the next study.
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