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I try to be selective on this blog with regard to criticism and calling people out. Obviously I do it, but it’s certainly not the main purpose of this blog. But slander, even on Twitter, occasionally  deserves public condemnation with the hope that we will see public repentance in response.

Yesterday Emir Caner, the President of Truett-McConnell College, tweeted:

Scripture is not silent about the sin of slander:

Ephesians 4:31: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”

Colossians 3:8: “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

1 Peter 2:1: “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.”

And it doesn’t work to defend slander by trying to hide behind the “just joking” defense:

Proverbs 26:18-19: “Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, ‘I am only joking!'”

Humor has its place in the Christian life. But unfunny slander about a deadly serious subject does not.

And some encouragement for the brothers and sisters in Acts29:

1 Peter 3:15-16: “In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.”

Comments are closed. I’ll update the post if Dr. Caner repents.


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