Jim Bakker’s Blog
Woe is Me – Part 4
Posted: 22 Sep 2011 08:32 AM PDT
Woe to Those Who Destroy Others!
The world loves to hear gossip. In addition to printed material, we now have the ability through social media on the internet to multipy the effects of what we say for good or for evil. This is the information age, but we get a lot of disinformation! One of the greatest travesties of social media today is the ability of anyone to start rumors, gossip and slander about anybody. Hollywood even glamorizes it! The right of ‘free speech’ is taken to the absurd and social media is often used as a vehicle to air suspicion, bitterness, and outright lies. People who are looking for something bad about anyone will usually find it on the internet!
Have you noticed that the things people are saying are becoming more and more vicious? This is especially true when they can do it anonymously. Behavior like that is somewhat more expected from the unregenerate, but we now see so much of this within the ranks of those who claim Jesus as Savior and Lord. My friends, this should not be.
When I went through the Valley in the 80’s and 90’s, it was not the words of the secular population that wounded my soul as much as it was the voices of those in the Church. David had some experience with those kind of ‘friends’. In Psalm 55:12-14 he said, “For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.” KJV
Do you want to know who to listen to? …who to trust? Seek out that one that you never hear saying anything bad about anybody. That’s the one you can trust not to stab you in the back if they witness you in your humanity. Surround yourself with people who have learned that if they can’t say something good, then don’t say anything at all.
God does not take kindly to those who set out to destroy others. In fact, He says “Woe” to the them. That word ‘woe’ means “grief, alas, anguish, torment.” Those who set out to destroy others bring grief, anguish and torment upon themselves. It’s amazing how moral immoral people become when they’re out to destroy others. Yet, they want their own sins covered.
I don’t know why some people never learn this lesson. I don’t know why some people have to go down that slippery slope. It is a path many have traveled before and should have learned that it will only RETURN grief. You don’t gossip about God’s people without serious consequences and it’s time we get that straight and repent of it before we have to face the ‘woes’ that are surely coming. We can’t control what the world does in its vicious gossip, but we can let the Word of God cause us to repent of doing the same thing within the Church.
Isaiah 33:1 NCV
How terrible it will be for you or woe to you who destroy others but have not been destroyed yet.
How terrible it will be for you, traitor, whom no one has turned against yet.
When you stop destroying, others will destroy you.
When you stop turning against others, they will turn against you. NCV
Proverbs 26:27 NCV
Whoever digs a pit for others will fall into it.
Whoever tries to roll a boulder down on others will be crushed by it.