HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
What is the danger of gossiping
about your pastor and his family?
God calls us to work for peace and unity
Pastor, elder, deacon, children’s ministry worker, worship leader, cleaning team, small group leader, Bible study participant, church member—if we have put our faith in Jesus Christ, we are all a part of His body. If one member is suffering, the rest of the body suffers (And whether one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26). When one aspect of the church ministry is going well, the other ministries in the church are able to flourish. The body of Christ is “joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:16). Because of this, we should be working to support our fellow workers in the ministry, and your pastor is just that: a fellow servant in God’s kingdom. His function is different, but he is working towards the same goal you are. Throughout the New Testament, we are encouraged to work towards unity in the church: “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgement” (1 Corinthians 1:10). This excludes gossip in all forms. Instead, we need to focus on loving one another, “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” (Colossians 3:14).