Sshh…Don’t tell anyone but…!

Have you ever heard someone say this to you? It usually comes from someone who is passing on some gossip, rumor or personal opinion about another person’s comments or behaviour.

I have encountered way too much of this in the world and in church life over the years. It’s a stench in the nostrils of God and sickening as a shepherd to hear the flock gossip, rumor-monger and bitch about their pet opinions on various people.

Alot of what supposed “discerning” Charismatics and Christians are concerned about in other people is nothing more than their flesh screaming because the power base has been removed from them by someone else. Conflict arises when issues of power, selfishness, personal agenda and control are involved.

Colossians 3:16-17 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Let me give you a word of advice about how to resolve this in your ministry or church congregation:

Firstly, commune with God over it by prayerfully considering how to respond to it and what the bible says about it. 

Secondly, confront it by talking directly to the people involved. You can only tolerate this junk to a point and then you need to do something about it. It’s not going to go away because you ignore it.

Thirdly, crush it corporately by teaching what the word of God says about gossip, slander and criticism.

Fourthly, enculcate it in the fabric of your faith community by holding people accountable to the standards you’ve set and by modelling a Christ-like example in your own conversation.

There are way too many opinions in the world and not enough scriptural action. Discover truth, act on truth and re-inforce truth in every area of your life. Bitching and moaning and criticising are for small people who aren’t doing anything significant in the world.

The one’s who are in the arena and doing something on the front lines of life actually don’t have time to be worried about their own agenda and what so and so did. The world is full of arm-chair experts who like to offer opinions but are void of any action that makes any difference. If people would spend more time acting for positive change instead of offering up their opinions, yet do nothing, the world would be a better place.

Yes, I’m a leader, preacher, an author and a blogger and i deal in the business of words and ideas. But my proven track record reveals the force of my actions back up my words. Selah!

Proverbs 18:7 A fool’s mouth is his ruin!

Lead the Change!

3 Responses to “Sshh…Don’t tell anyone but…!”

  1. Just passing by.Btw, your website have great content!

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  2. Ps Corey, in different organisations and settings, I have seen how the crucial practice of ‘conflict resolution’ can be botched! However, you have such integrity and are so genuine – you walk the talk and what you have written here is exactly what you do! This respectful but strong demonstration of good leadership is having a great impact not only because it is nipping things in the bud (preventing a small thing is better than curing a big thing), but because you arm us with tools to be able to carry out ourselves. Loving this blog…

  3. Devon Feltham Says:

    Corey, I love you mate. It’s good to see that a man of such significant influence has the spiritual kahoonas to speak his mind and address these kinds of issues. I love reading your blogs, and will always back you 100%. You give such great insight into so many topics with so many scriptural references. Keep up the good work!!

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