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Although we would prefer not to dignify the current gossip about WinePress with a reply, we have been advised to post a specific rebuttal. This "Truth Packet" contains bottom-line facts and documents which directly refute the lies and slander being spread around. Click to download:
Proverbs 16:28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
Gossip has always been a problem but, in today's internet age, it's even easier for one person - or a small group of individuals - to "stir up dissension" by spreading false accusations, rumors, lies, and slander. People are all too ready to believe anything they hear or read, and are quick to make judgments, without knowing the whole story or knowing all the facts. It happens to celebrities, it happens to politicians, it happens in business, and - sadly - it even happens in church.
But the Bible is clear that gossip is a sin. It is never good, no matter how much it is dressed up to sound noble. It doesn't matter who is saying it or writing it, or how plausible it may sound. Gossip serves no useful or constructive purpose. Its only result is damage and destruction.
The kind of accusations that come from gossip are like smoke - they appear large and thick and overwhelming, and they are certainly dangerous - but they are totally insubstantial. There is no point fighting against every specific piece of smoke, because there's nothing solid to fight against. If some smoke is dispersed, more just comes to take its place. The real problem is the source of the smoke, the fire of gossip.
Proverbs 26:20 Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.
Every time someone blindly accepts gossip, or spreads it, or doesn't stand against it, or even listens to it, more wood is added to the fire. There's only one way to deal with gossip, and that is to fully reject it according to the commands of God.
WinePress Proudly Offers for Free: Gossip and the Gospel by Timothy Williams
This book was written and first published in 2004. It not only examines the sin of gossip and how it relates to the preaching of the gospel, but shows us how to refute it. From a solidly Biblical basis, this book exposes the sin of gossip and provides the reader with the spiritual tools to survive and take a stand against this serious sin.