Slandering Godly Leaders
Heart to Heart

 

HEART TO HEART Also read the article below under Dismantling of America pertaining to the liberal revisionists of history slander of authors who write the truth.

 

Slandering Godly Leaders

 

Slander is the “oral defamation, in which someone tells one or more persons an untruth about another which untruth will harm the reputation of the person defamed. A malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report; a slander against his good name. The defaming of a man in his reputation by speaking or writing words which affect his life, office or trade, or which tend to his loss of preferment in marriage or service, or any other particular damage.”

 

“Deceitful spirits…hypocrisy of liars” 1 Timothy 4:1,2

 

In the short period of time Chief Justice Roy Moore was here for our conference, he had a lawsuit waged against him for allegedly saying something that he did not say along with several other slanderous accusations from others. He told us that even his elderly mother was accused of some ridiculous claim made on the Internet. Sadly, but not surprisingly, this is nothing new for Chief Justice Roy Moore. He is slandered all the time!

 

Also at the conference, while visiting with leaders from another state, we found out that homeschoolers had falsely accused them, which led to their resignation.

 

One of our speakers shared that they had been charged several years ago with a very serious allegation that involved litigation, but which of course had proven to be false.

 

An attendee told us how one of their rebellious children is working against them through false accusations about their family business.

 

One of our pastors is dealing with slanderous gossip from a family he lovingly discipled for many years but who turned on him because of his admonishment of their unrepentant sin.

 

Yes, the accuser of our brethren (Revelation 12:10) uses his human helpers to slander, malign, defame, and vilify those who possess God’s Holy Spirit.

 

“Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

 

“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.”Zechariah 3:1

 

Devil’s Purpose is to Stop God’s Children’s Efforts in Advancing Christ’s Kingdom

 

The devil’s purpose is to stop God’s children’s efforts in advancing Christ’s kingdom, either through discrediting their message of truth, creating strife, or causing them to grow weary from doing good.

 

Most often he uses a liar to spread strife (Proverbs 16:28) as he craftily builds a case against each of the elect to destroy their ministries be it in the civil government, church, community, workplace, or in the home. Given time, it occurs in every spiritually successful entity.

 

Throughout the many years we have held conferences, speaker after speaker has shared how antagonistic opponents have waged war against them through slanderous reports.

 

The Apostle Paul shares his own experience in 2 Timothy 4:14-18 “Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching. At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

 

John MacArthur writes: There are always people eager to falsely accuse a man of God. They may do so because they resent his calling, reject his teaching, resist biblical authority, resent virtue, or are jealous of the Lord’s blessing on his life. Ultimately, however, they demonstrate by making such accusations that they have become messengers of Satan. Such false accusations are one of his most dangerous weapons. Joseph, Moses, David, Jeremiah, Nehemiah, and our Lord Jesus Christ all suffered from false accusations. (The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, 1 Timothy, 221) http://deliveredbygrace.com/private-accusations-against-your-pastor-is-a-sin/

 

Leaders Would Not Be Worth Their Weight in Salt if They Had

No Antagonist Gossips Vilifying Their Character

 

Leaders know that they would not be worth their weight in salt if they had no antagonist gossips vilifying their character. It comes with the job of being engaged in the battle as Christ’s warrior! Whether a chief justice, national leader, state leader, pastor, or parent, if effectively advancing the kingdom, false accusations will be waged.

 

“If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.”John 15:19

 

“You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.”Matthew 10:22

 

“An unjust man is an abomination to the just; and he that is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.”Proverbs 29:27

 

Teach Your Children to Discern Truth from Lies by Their Fruit

 

As parents, we must train our children to discern truth from lies. To look carefully at the fruit, visible fruit, over a period of years, whether it is good or bad, of those who are doing the telling and of those of whom they are speaking. Our children must learn to ask the right questions of the right persons and respond in a godly manner.

 

Examples would include: How do you know this to be true? Were you there? Did you hear them say…? Now why would they say or do that? What advantage would that bring them? It is not consistent with what we know of them. As leaders they have a duty to… that is their jurisdiction. We should be thankful to them for all they have done for us and for advancing Christ’s kingdom, so instead of spreading strife, you should be supporting them with a grateful heart.

 

God says that we shall know them by their fruit. “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform may miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” Matthew 7:16-23

 

Exposing Deeds of Darkness is Far Different Than Slanderous Gossip

 

Certainly there is a time and place for exposing the deeds of darkness, but that is far different than slanderous gossip. Actually those who spread lies should be exposed. “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the truth of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them.” Ephesians 5:6-11

 

God clearly tells His children that they should stay away from the morally dispossessed troublemakers. “He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip.” Proverbs 20:19

 

If you see a man standing with the slanderer, remember that “those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive with them.” Proverbs 28:4

 

If you have been slandered, take heart, for you are in good company. Moses, David, Nehemiah, Daniel, Christ, and the Apostles were all slandered, often by those closest to them. But remember “‘No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me,’ declares the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17