To understand all of these things, at a minimum we must honestly and submissively consider all of the following passages and obey them with all of our might.
Learning how to guard personal, sensitive information as a faithful friend, and how to avoid the treachery of a tail bearer!
Pro_26:20-22 CAB With much wood fire increases, but where there is not a double-minded man, strife ceases. 21 A hearth for coals, and wood for fire, and a railing man for the tumult of strife. 22 The words of a talebearer are soft; but they strike even to the inmost parts of the bowels.
Pro_11:12-13 CAB A man void of understanding sneers at his fellow citizens, but a sensible man is quiet. 13 A double-tongued [MT: “gossip” (WEB)] man *discloses the secret counsels of an assembly [MT: “betrays a confidence” (WEB)], but he that is *faithful in spirit [MT: “of a trustworthy spirit” (WEB)] conceals matters.
Pro_16:28 CAB A perverse man spreads mischief, and will kindle a torch of deceit with mischief, and he separates friends.
(In the MT, compare Pro_18:6-8; Pro_20:19.)
Rom_1:28-31 WEB Even as they refused to have God in their knowledge… 29 being filled with all unrighteousness… strife, deceit… secret slanderers, 30 backbiters… 31 …covenant breakers, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful;
1Ti_5:13 WEB Besides, they also learn to be idle, going about from house to house. Not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.
(Also see Lev_19:16; Neh_6:17-191Pe_4:15.)
Deu_13:6-9 CAB And if your brother by your father or mother, or your son, or daughter, or your wife in your bosom, or friend who is equal to your own soul, entreat you secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known, 7 of the gods of the nations that are round about you, who are near you or at a distance from you, from one end of the earth to the other; 8 you shall not consent to him, neither shall you hearken to him; and your eye shall not spare him, you shall feel no regret for him, neither shall you at all protect him: 9 you shall surely report concerning him, and your hands shall be upon him among the first to slay him, and the hands of all the people at the last.
Although we no longer kill people under the New Covenant, this same passage (from the Old Covenant) is applied (in the New Covenant) when it comes to Judging The Church – and it is really vital that you thoroughly consider this Bible study (Judging The Church), especially when it comes to these issues of confrontation and “open rebuke” (Pro_27:5), before you can ever understand “When to NOT Keep a Secret.”
We must deal faithfully now with confronting and exposing all willful sin from church people, because in the end all sin will be exposed
Heb_4:12-13 WEB For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 There is no creature that is hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Eph_5:11-13 WEB Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them. 12 For the things which are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of. 13 But all things, when they are reproved, are revealed by the light, for everything that reveals is light.
Joh_3:19-21 WEB This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn't come to the light, lest his works would be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God."
1Co_14:24-25 CAB But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an unlearned person comes in, he is reproved by all, he is discerned by all. 25 And so the secrets of his heart become clear; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God, reporting that God is truly among you!
Psa_44:20-21 CAB …shall not God search these things out? 21 for He knows the secrets of the heart.
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