The Not-So-Great Divide
How often do we see divisions and splits in the body of Christ? Sometimes they occur for good reasons (i.e. when someone tries to introduce false doctrine which will destroy the church). However more often than not these divisions occur because of faulty information and gossip. Sometimes a well-intentioned brother will say, “Did you hear what brother _____ said?” This is a tactic called “poisoning the wells.” You take someone who’s never even talked to brother _______ and inject a biased prejudice against this brother, when they may or may not have ever said such a thing in the first place. As Christians this is unacceptable behavior.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and SLANDER be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31–32 emph. added)
As Christians we must always remember that we are part of a body that was purchased with the precious blood of Christ. When we start gossiping about and slandering our brethren behind their back we are actively destroying the “bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3).
If we want to follow Christ, we must never form an impression and thus cause a division within church based on “hearsay.” Did you personally see/hear/read brother _____ make such a claim? If we have a problem with any of your brethren, then we’d better go talk to them ourselves before forming a prejudice against them. Remember this is God’s blood-blood church we’re dealing with. We’d better treat her with care!