Romans 1:29 says, “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers.”
Notice how the semi-colon after “malignity” puts “whisperers” in a class of their own. Now all of the conditions mentioned in verse 29 refer to the mind. When the mind is filled with these things, notice what happens—you become a whisperer. Conversely, the Scripture teaches if you do not fill your mind with all of these things, you will not have to whisper. Romans 1:30 says, “Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents….”
Eventually, these whisperers become “inventors of evil things.” Verses 31 and 32 continue describing whisperers, “Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
According to Romans 2:1, the person who is a whisperer is only condemning himself or herself. “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.” If God says something once, I think I should pay attention; if God says something twice, all of us should pay attention. God said that whisperers do the same thing they judge in others; thus, they are judging themselves because they are doing the same things.
Look at Romans 2:2, “But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.” God’s judgment is according to truth—not according to what we consider truth—but according to what truth really is. The progression of the whisperer begins thus: first, he begins to whisper about the very thing he is doing; second, he actually judges himself. Then God says, “But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.” The final step in the progression of the whisperer is the judgment from God.
In the Bible, whispering is also called backbiting, slandering, and swelling. It is the sin of talking about people. Somebody has said, “Great minds talk about ideas. Average minds talk about things. Weak minds talk about people.” This is true! There is something in all of us that is depraved. We like to find something bad—whether true or false—and we love to spread it. We love to ask, “Did you hear about so-and-so?” The truth is not the issue at stake here. Many things should not be repeated because they are better left unsaid.
It is time for us to take a serious look at this matter because many Christians are guilty of whispering. They are guilty of spreading rumors and gossip. They perpetuate things that may be true or not true, but that are better left unsaid.
We have each developed a method of categorizing sins into lists of big sins and small sins. The sin of whispering, or the sin of inventing evil things, is conveniently omitted from the list of sins we hate, but it has caused more heartbreak than many other so-called big sins. If you say that certain sins are worse than other sins, you are being duped by Satan to use your so-called lesser sins to destroy others through whispering campaigns on Internet forums.
Whispering is worse in the sight of God than drinking beer. It is worse in the sight of God than smoking. The whisperer is more deadly than the prostitute is. We would be appalled if someone were to drink a bottle of beer during a church service. We would be devastated if someone were to pour liquor on the altar. However, when we consider all of the damage done in churches throughout the history of mankind by the sin of whispering—the sin of inventing evil—the damage far exceeds the damage done by liquor. Whispering is truly the most deadly sin in churches.
If you were to rob a bank, you will not have committed a sin equal to slandering the president of that bank. The riches he possesses are not as valuable as the name he possesses. When you take someone’s name and smear it through gossip, you are committing a sin that is worse than robbing a bank. This is why the erroneous and slanderous statements on infamous forums and other gossip websites on the Internet are some of the most damnable statements a Christian can have in his home.
It is time we realize that whispering is sin. It is sin, just as murder is sin. It is sin, just as fornication is sin. It is sin, just as stealing is sin. It is sin, just as adultery is sin. It is sin, just as rape is sin. It is SIN. If you follow the bloody trail marked by rape, murder, robbery, and thievery, the trail you find will not be as devastating as the trail of blood left by the most deadly, damaging, and devastating of all sins: whispering, inventing evil things.
The whisperer turns his mouth into a cesspool. The whisperer speaks softly and wickedly about others; yet in the meantime, he is crucifying them with nails of serpentine vocabulary on his cross of slander, believing that he will escape the punishment of his own deeds. This is the whisperer, the inventor of evil things.
There are whisperers and inventors of evil things all over America. They ask, “Did you hear?” “I don’t want to say this, but what do you think about what the preacher said?” “There is something going around. Did you hear it?” “I’m a deacon, and my job is to get to the bottom of it.”
If you are a deacon, your only job is to get to the bottom of a potato sack as you feed the widows in need. There is one pastor for each church. It is not your job to stir up trouble. The pastor knows what he is doing. Stay out of his business. People should use common sense and keep their mouths shut.
We are not content until we have secretly trampled underfoot the reputation of an undeserving victim. Some of you have united to form Satan’s garbage crew: those who collect garbage at one house and distribute it to another house. Tomorrow you will reverse the cycle. You will go to the second house, get the garbage, and return to the first house to redistribute the garbage.
The truth is that the folks who belong to the garbage crew are usually idle people. Most of them leave their Bible reading and talk about one man to another man. Most of them leave their prayer time; instead of talking about man to God, they talk about man to man. Most of them fail to show up at church when they should, but they never fail to talk about other people. They do not show up for church-wide soul winning. They do not show up for ladies’ soul winning.
They love to take a quote and analyze it, changing it to divide good friends. They take time from soul winning to talk. They take time from prayer to talk. They take time from Bible study to talk. Gossip occurs when two people talk about something that neither one can do anything to solve. The truth is that you are destroying yourself!
There are people all over this nation whose hearts have been broken because of the serpentine vocabulary of church crowds. The demolition squad that Satan organizes in every church in America just keeps on spreading bad talk. They are scavengers of wrath; they are scavengers and spreaders of manure. They love to take a stink and stir it up; when it is settled, they love to stir it up and add to it, and then stir it up again.
My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, one day we will answer to Almighty God for every word we speak and every idle moment we waste. If someone talks to you about another, mark it down, tomorrow he will talk to the other person about you. All the “Saturday night special” handguns combined have not destroyed as many people as the whisperers and the inventors of evil things have destroyed.
If our government wants to outlaw something, forget the “Saturday night special handgun”; instead outlaw the inventors of evil things, and shut up the whisperer. The real killer is that which hangs from the back of your mouth. The tongue is the deadliest of all weapons, especially in the hands of the whisperer and the inventor of evil things.
Serpents have been tamed. Wild animals have been tamed. Roaring lions have been tamed. Raging elephants have been tamed. Asps have been tamed, but not the tongue of the whisperer, not the tongue of the inventor of evil things. The only way the tongue will be tamed is if it is yielded to the Holy Ghost of God. Pay attention, teenager. Pay attention, aged one. Pay attention, college student. Pay attention, ladies. Pay attention, gentlemen. Whispering is a sin.
We love to preach about the sins of adultery, fornication, stealing, cursing, and embezzlement. I hate all sin. Sin nailed our Saviour to Calvary. Sin drove Him to the sepulcher. Sin put the crown of thorns on His head. Sin put the spear in His side. Sin caused the scourging of the cat-of-nine-tails. Sin hung Him nude before the world as a public spectacle. You had better watch it.
Liquor has left fewer orphans than the whisperers and inventors of evil things. No hustler or pimp has ruined as many reputations as the whisperer and the inventor of evil things. Marijuana has ruined fewer minds than the whisperer and inventor of evil things. Armed with their computers and telephones, these scavengers of scum have broken more homes than harlots have broken. They have diseased more people than germs have, and they have crucified more people than the early Roman soldiers crucified. Their paradise is usually a country village or small town, where they know everybody and everything. Yet, these whisperers and inventors of evil things migrate like rodents to the city to do their damage in city neighborhoods, just as they did in their small towns. They transfer from their small churches to big churches and never change their methods.
It is always the same. They can see as far through a keyhole as others can through an open door. They can hear conversations that were never spoken. They can add things to statements that were never said. Their telephone wires reach to every house in the neighborhood. They have no taste for healthy news, only the scraps and peelings thrown in the backyard garbage can.
They dare criticize the media and the press, which today are so given to reporting that which is bad and so seldom reports that which is good. However, the new reports are like Sunday school literature compared to the garbage that comes from the tongues that dare to set themselves up as the whisperer and inventor of evil things. Compared to them, the National Inquirer is a Gospel tract.
To them, people are simply pincushions into which they push every sharp thing they have ever heard about them. They circle every field like buzzards searching for the slightest odor so they can find the dead carcass.
You will find them holding hammers. You will find them holding needles. You will find them using trowels. You will find them using brooms. You will find them wearing stethoscopes. You will find them rocking infants on their knees. You will find them holding plow handles. You will find them holding saucepan handles. You will find them holding Bibles in the Sunday school class. You will find them holding books in the academy classroom. They are behind office desks. They are behind cashier windows.
Their favorite word is but. “I love him, but…” Their theme is “Well, he is a good guy, but…” “I like the preacher, but…” “She is a sweet person, but…” Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to look at ourselves—not at our neighbor, but ourselves.
These whisperers would rather watch a building be torn down than watch one being constructed. They will go miles to watch a fire, but they will not go across the street to watch construction. They wreck many friendships. They have wrecked many marriages. They have broken many homes. They have shattered many dreams. They have destroyed many churches. They have killed many preachers. They have stolen much virtue. They have ruined many names. They have broken more friendships than all other evil forces combined. They are peddlers of thistles. They are inspectors of warts. They are peddlers of thorns. They are supervisors of boils. They form committees at street gutters. They attend every mudslinging carnival they can find.
They are judges who hand down verdicts after having heard only one side of the case. No good justice system in the world passes judgment after hearing the case for the prosecution. There is not an honest, just judge alive who would give a verdict after hearing just one side of the case. Yet, these whisperers, these talebearers, these inventors of evil things, never allow you to consider the other side. I am talking about the sin of whispering.
An ancient writer once wrote, “The slanderer and the one who listens should both be hanged; the slanderer by his tongue and the hearer by his ear.” There would not be one whisperer if there were no listener. I contend that the robber who holds the bag into which the stolen jewels are deposited is just as guilty as the one who stole the jewels.
David Livingston, the famous missionary to Africa, was almost destroyed by the whisperers, the inventors of evil things. The Apostle Paul was easy prey for these whisperers. His personal appearance was lacking. He had a thorn in his flesh. He was unmarried and became vulnerable to all the barbs. Even our Lord was attacked by them. They said that He was a winebibber. These whisperers said that He was a friend of sinners. These whisperers said that He ate with publicans and sinners.
The saddest damage of all done by the whisperer and the inventor of evil is that which they do to themselves. When the twilight of evening begins, and the shadows fall around your death pillow, as the everlasting day begins to dawn, you and I will stand before God and the books will be opened.
O be careful little tongue what you say,
O be careful little tongue what you say,
For the Father up above is looking down in love,
O be careful little tongue what you say.
This song should really be sung like this:
O be careful big tongue what you say,
O be careful big tongue what you say,
For the Father up above is looking down in love,
O be careful big tongue what you say.
There really is no need to talk about truth that is bad. You have enough good truth to discuss. There is no need for you to be the one who asks, “Did you hear about So-and-so?” Instead, you should ask, “Did you hear? Jesus died for sinners. Jesus was born of a virgin. Jesus lived thirty-three years without any sin. Jesus was crucified for sinners. Jesus was buried for our sins. Jesus arose from the dead for our sins. Jesus ascended to Heaven for our sins to intercede for us. Jesus is coming for us saved sinners. Did you hear the news? Jesus is going to rule and reign for a thousand years. Did you hear the news? God is good. Salvation is by grace through faith. Did you hear the news? God cares for His own.”
There are better things to discuss than the sins of another person. If all of the words used on the gossip websites were used for the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we would not have any trouble reaching the world with the Gospel.
Let ’s talk about Jesus, the King of Kings. Let’s talk about the Bible. Let’s talk about answered prayers. Let’s talk about soul winning. Let’s talk about the people being saved. Let’s talk about the people being baptized. Let’s talk about the Bible, God’s Word. Let’s go soul winning. Let’s find that lost sheep. Let’s find that lost teenager. Let’s find that lost dad. Let’s find that lost mom. Why can’t we brag on Jesus? Why can’t we say, “Praise the Lord”? Why can’t we say, “God is good”?
Whether it is the Internet or the telephone, if you do not hear it or read it, you will not repeat it. There is a God in Heaven who will judge whisperers using their own words as evidence.