Titus 3:1 “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.”
Q: What exactly is slander?
A: Well according to the Bible, and using my Vines Expository Dictionary of Greek and Hebrew Words; Slander is “finding faults in others, and then spreading that information to others.” Revelations 12:9-11 talks about the devil being a slanderer or an accuser of the brethren.
The unfortunate thing is I have actually heard “teachers/preachers” on the radio who claim to have a corner market on the truth of God’s word. They seem to be (self-acclaimed) the only ones who truly understand the mystery of God’s word, and they are the ones who can properly interpret it. They also slander other teachers (actually naming them!), claiming they are “exposing false teachers”… and the saddest part of all – people believe these slanderous teachers hook-line and sinker! This happened in Jesus day! Jesus was called a blasphemer by the religious crowd! They got Him wrong!
I am not saying I think everything taught by every teacher is right on, nor do I believe everything I read in every book I read… but isn’t that what makes life rich and diverse?
Plus, I give people the benefit of the doubt; I think people are smart enough to know when something is off-base. I just believe that most people are smart!