How to Be Just Like Satan

by David J. Stewart

Revelation 12:10, “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

       You're never more like Satan than when you gossip and speak evil of others. You are in fact accusing them. That's what Satan does. So many people today, sadly this includes professed Christian believers as well, behave exactly like Satan with their mouths.

Gossip is perhaps the most subtle of all sins, because you'll find yourself doing it before you even realized what happened. The human heart is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). That means you need to be on guard against your own heart as well. People often condemn others for their sins, while completely failing to see their own sinfulness. This is because of the deceit and wickedness of one's heart, just as Jeremiah 17:9 says. Jesus spoke of this wickedness in Matthew 7:3-5, calling them hypocrites who point fingers at others.

Proverb 20:19, “He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.” The word “flattereth” in Proverb 20:19 comes from the Hebrew word pathah and means “to be simple” It refers to a neighbor or person who appears to simply want to engage in general conversation, but that is only a deceptive cover for their sinister intentions, that is, to sinfully gossip by maliciously revealing secrets and intimate personal information about others to harm them.

It is interesting that Satan is called “The Accuser” in Revelation 12:10. Jesus called the Devil the father of all liars and murderers in John 8:44. When you accuse someone, especially if you lie about them, you are in effect murdering them. The world is filled with assassins today, killing others with their malicious words. God hates gossip because it hurts people. Gossip is never intended to build; but rather, to destroy. Gossip does not contend for the faith; but rather, it soweth discord. Gossip is like terminal cancer that eats away the healthy flesh off a person's body. Gossip is a parasitical tumor that robs the life from its host victim. Proverb 18:8, “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

In a short time, you'll discover quickly if a person is a gossiper. The Bible commands us to leave such hypocrites alone, that is, “meddle” not with them. The Hebrew word for “meddle” is arab and means “to braid,” that is, to become involved with them. God is telling us to avoid developing personal relationships with scorners and gossipers. Don't marry them. Don't form partnerships with them! Don't go into business together! Don't invite them into your home and establish a personal relationship with them. You're not going to help critical people by associating with them; but instead, you're going to end up on their barbeque being roasted alongside their other victims!!!

Here's a good way to avoid gossip. Think about one good quality that you know about each person in your life. The goal is to bring up that one good and admirable quality if that person's name is ever brought up in conversation. This is how you steer away from gossip. You take control of the conversation. If someone brings up a person's name (and they always will), then immediately reply by saying, “Oh yes, (mention their name) is a hard-worker” (or whatever their good quality trait is). Stick to that one or two admirable qualities. If the person starts to say bad things, then you be direct and say, “I don't like talking about people.” That is the only way, you have to be bold, or else they'll dig a grave for that person every time you meet. And after while you'll be placing flowers on their grave as well.

Gossip has destroyed countless lives, marriages, families, friendships, churches, even nations. Gossip by definition is a report (often malicious) about the doings of other people. It means to wag one's tongue and speak about others, revealing secrets and intimacies that ought not be spoken. In every case, gossipers always attempt to justify their damaging gossip. The newsmedia are the biggest gossipers in the world and God hates their business, which is the Devil's business. What the newsmedia reports today, no matter how false it may be, becomes tomorrows facts.

If you speak nonsense long enough it becomes as a fact... it's just a fact!

“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” —James 3:5,6

The Bible condemns gossip. Although the word gossip itself is not found in the Bible, the words “talebearer” and “hypocrite” are..

The Bible speaks of the tongue as being full of poison, set on fire of Hell, untamable. A large horse can be controlled with a tiny bit placed in its teeth. A large ship can be steered with a tiny steering wheel in comparison. Likewise, the Bible says that the tongue is a small thing that can wreak massive havoc, destroy lives, and afflict others...

James 3:3-9, “Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.”

It is interesting that the Bible concludes this passage of Scripture by reminding us that God created man in His own image. We are never to preach against people; but rather, against public sin. Preaching against sin and exposing evil for the Lord are very different than condemning a person for their personal sins. That department belongs to God alone. James 4:12, “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” James 5:9, “Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.”

Carefully notice in 1st Corinthians 5:1-5 that the Apostle Paul didn't mention the man's name who was living in open fornication in the church. Paul's message was for the elders of the church to confront the man privately about the matter, asking him to leave if he refused to stop living in open sin in the church. The greater problem was that the pastor of the church wasn't preaching against fornication from the pulpit, or else this problem wouldn't have escalated in the first place. The Bible never teaches to call sinners by name. If you want the name of the biggest sinner in your town, then write down your name, because it's you (James 2:10). We are all dirty, rotten, hell-deserving, woeful sinners in God's holy eyes (Romans 3:10-23). Most people don't recognize their sinfulness, because the television has DESENSITIZED people to the awfulness of sin; whereas Paul said that God's Law makes sin exceedingly sinful (Romans 7:13).

No human being has the right NOR POWER to condemn anyone to Hell, because Jesus Christ has paid the price (Romans 8:1,34). Only God can condemn a person to Hell. Men may condemn you to your grave; but God is your only concern from the moment you receive Jesus Christ. Those who condemn others here on earth, will be condemned by God in eternity (Matthew 7:2-5). Those who show no mercy will be shown no mercy. What goes around truly will come around on Judgment Day. It will be a day of reckoning. Hebrews 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” I choose to fear God now (Proverb 28:14).

As Christian believers we ought to expose the homosexual agenda and (using the Bible) rebuke those who claim that God approves of such wickedness. I expose Sigourney Weaver's role in the movie, PRAYERS FOR BOBBY, because she is promoting the homosexual agenda in our churches. This film was produced with the intention of changing the way America's churchgoers view homosexuality. I don't condemn Miss Weaver on a personal basis, not would I ever. God forbids us from condemning others, because God wrote the Bible, which already condemns all humanity (Romans 3:19).

The perverted book, CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, is being distributed by SCHOLASTIC BOOKS throughout the Communist public school system, sinfully teaching children that God approves of homosexuality and saying that it's not a sin. God help us in America, because we are headed for imminent destruction!!!

The issue of judging others ultimately will be judged by God almighty. That is the determining factor. There is much debate over who and what should be rebuked, exposed, and preached against. Take heed friend to what you choose to preach against, for God knows your heart and intentions, and on Judgment Day God will bring all works to light, weather they be good or evil. 1st Corinthians 4:5, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” The wicked people today who are running around condemning the righteous, gnashing upon the righteous with their teeth because of their hatred for Christ (John 7:7; 15:19), or because of personal grudges (James 5:9), will come to light and be dealt with on Judgment Day. Matthew 25:40, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

The Apostle Paul explains in Verses 2-4 what he meant in 1st Corinthians 4:5...

1st Corinthians 4:2-4, Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

Paul testified that he understood that God expected of him to be faithful; but also that he didn't care what his critics thought of him because HE THAT JUDGETH ME IS THE LORD. It matters not what others may say about you my friend, nor myself, because God's opinion is the only one that matters now, and will matter 100 years from now. Jesus has been gone from the earth for nearly 2,000 years and people still speak all manner of evil against Him.

John 12:43 tells us to seek the praises of God and not men. The entire apostate Ecumenical Movement and apostate Contemporary Christian Music [CCM] industry seek the praises of men, totally disregarding the Commandments of God concerning separation from the world. Good luck finding one CCM singer or Ecumenical minister that will expose the Catholic Church for the big religious fraud that it is!!!

God Gave You Teeth to Cage That Evil Tongue

Keep your cage closed. Don't let the wild animal out! Keep your tongue secured within those pearly white teeth (i.e., the bars of a cage). God gave us a mouth to encage that dangerous tongue! Literally, you ought to view your mouth as cage for our evil tongue. The Bible teaches in James 3:7-8 that the tongue CANNOT BE TAMED. It is impossible. It's in our human nature to talk trash. Everyone is guilty of saying things they shouldn't say.

So what's the answer? Keep your mouth shut! It works. The key is to limit our words, and do our best with the Lord's help to be careful what we say. Wars have been started and ended by mere words. Words are the most powerful force in the world. This is evidenced by the Words of God, which is the highest Authority in the universe (Psalm 138:2; John 1:1-3,14). Romans 3:4, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar...”

Keep your mouth shut! If you don't talk, then you can't gossip, can't spread gossip, and can't create gossip. What usually happens is that people spread misinformation, not having all the facts, and someone's life and reputation are injured or destroyed. Remember, we are accountable to God for every word that comes out of our mouth (Matthew 12:36). Be careful what you say and type, for you will be held accountable by God, Who is omniscient (that is, God knows all, even the very number of hairs on our head).

The Newsmedia are Evil Scum

God hates the newsmedia so much (Proverb 6:16-19), because they spread manure and destroy people's lives. When an alleged crime has been committed, the newsmedia looks for every detail, every crime, every bad thing that every family member, even distant family members, have ever committed or been accused of. The newsmedia are the most evil scum on the planet.

I remember many years ago hearing on TV about a women in Kentucky who got involved with a weird cult. They were troubled teenagers, who decided to kill one of their peers in a ritual-style killing. The girl's father is a lawyer. The newsmedia actually tried to make a connection between the girl's crime and Billy Graham, saying that the girl's father had once worked as a lawyer 10-years earlier for Dr. Graham. That's just one of millions of examples how the malicious and corrupt newsmedia distort the truth, hurt people, ruin lives, and destroy families.

The newsmedia will eat their young. Yet, you'll rarely find members of ACDC, Van Halen, or other wicked people held to such scrutiny. Why mostly professed Christians? It's because Satan is the god of this evil world (2nd Corinthians 4:4). If you sell your soul to Satan, and flash the Diablo satanic hand sign signifying your allegiance for Satan, then you'll become and remain successful throughout your evil career.

The first thing that news reporters always do when there's a horrendous crime is to talk with all the neighbors, family members, co-workers, their friends at church; they're digging and searching under every rock, desperately looking for any filth, dirt, dark truth, to destroy someone's life to sell a newspaper or keep their show's ratings high. Tragically, some people will eat their young as a wild animal does, to make a buck and get ahead in their career. Such people will weep bitter tears of regret and sorrow in eternity when they must give account to God.

People are such hypocrites. People love to tear people down, so that they'll be the last ones standing. I learned years ago to just shut my mouth. When we open our mouth, we will always be tempted to talk about someone that has hurt us, or a person that we don't like. Ephesians 4:30-31 teaches that it grieves God when we speak evil of each other. Jesus taught us by example to wash one another's feet, not bite and devour one another. Galatians 5:15, “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.”

Living the Christian Life

Jesus is precious! John 13:14, “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.” Our own Lord taught us, by example, to get out of the selfish life.

Philippians 2:4-5 teaches for us to have the mind of Christ, by looking upon the things of others (Verse 4). This means more than just meeting a person's needs, it means thinking about others in general, as a way of life.

It's our sinful nature to gossip, but if we are truly hid in Christ, then the gossip must stop (Colossians 3:1-5). Great minds talk about ideas. Good minds talk about things. Weak minds talk about people. I don't want to be weak-minded. I choose rather to talk about things and ideas.

As believers, we should hate gossip! Gossip has destroyed more churches, marriages, and friendships than adultery, drunkenness or financial problems ever have! Gossip has destroyed more people's reputations than anything else, even if the information is half-baked or completely false. People need to learn to keep their mouths shut! Although a cheap form of entertainment for some weak-minded people, God will hold everyone accountable for their words spoken... "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment" (Matthew 12:36).

Proverb 11:9 warns, "An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered." It is hypocritical when we condemn our neighbor, co-worker, or a stranger; while simultaneously overlooking our own sins and faults in self-righteousness. Remember, Satan accuses the righteous before God's throne day and night (Revelation 12:10). Don't be like Satan by continually gossiping and pointing fingers at others for their sins and faults. You're the biggest sinner you know if you truly see yourself in a Biblical perspective, and so am I (James 2:10; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:19; 1st John 1:8,10; Romans 7:14-25).

John 8:7, “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” The hypocritical scribes and Pharisees dragged this adulterous woman to Jesus feet (John 8:1-11), saying they caught her in the VERY ACT; but why did they not bring the man? Why didn't they bring the man too, since they claimed that they caught her in the VERY ACT? I am fully convinced (although I do not know with any certainty) that Jesus wrote on the ground... WHERE'S THE MAN? Or perhaps Jesus drew a picture of a man, and then waited for the hypocrites to figure it out. The Bible says from the oldest until the youngest that they departed from the woman. I strongly believe that Jesus drew a picture of a man, and then let them figure out what it meant, and they did one-by-one. What a bunch of self-righteous hypocrites, and there are many of them in the world today I assure you.

Divorce is a perfect example of such hypocrisy. Many women drag their husband before a judge in divorce court, because of modern liberal laws that cater to rebellious wives. There are no laws requiring a wife to obey her husband in America. This is a sore evil which has led to the evils of feminism, abortions, broken homes, pornography, religious apostasy, shacking up in fornication, indifference, freezing of eggs, a nursery care culture, lesbianism, et cetera.

I am not a male chauvinist; I simply KNOW that today's modern view of what a woman should be is 100% against the Scriptural teaching of Christian Womanhood. Rule number one is for women to marry, bear children, guide the house, and not give occasion for the adversary to speak reproachfully (that means stay out of trouble, keep off the phone, don't gossip, do your housework, and avoid feminist friends who will ruin your marriage faster than a box of fireworks goes up on the 4th of July). Are you turned aside after Satan?

Gossip is deadly. Like bullets fired from a gun, words cannot be taken back. The Bible has much to say about the words we speak, especially as Christians.

Every Christian ought to mind his or her own business...

“But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.” —1st Peter 4:15

Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see!

American Society Loves Bad News

People love to gossip. It's in our sinful nature. Humans are prone to attack one another. This is the carnal way of the world. As such we tend to analyze everything and express our opinions concerning what we think about other people. This is why the newsmedia is so successful... because society can't get enough of the dirty, shocking, rotten details. American society is infatuated with death, misery and sorrow. Sexual crimes rank highest in newsmedia viewer ratings. It's downright creepy to see a news anchor woman smiling just seconds after reporting on a brutal rape, or a grotesque murder. Have they no conscience? The entire newsmedia are a bunch of malicious manure-spreaders!

Leviticus 19:16, “Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.”

Proverb 1:22, "How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?" Proverb 14:6 summarizes every TV talk show in America... "A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth." We see and hear a lot of so-called "experts" on TV nowadays who are nothing more than a bunch of scornful idiots, i.e., critics who have something bad to say about everybody except themselves. They are fools... "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2nd Timothy 3:7). The world is filled with idiots who have rejected the God of the Bible.

“There is also the danger in our special prayer groups for us to pray for others to improve, which is simply a way for us to criticize someone to a friend and place it in the disguise of spirituality and prayer. If one is going to pray for the improvement of another and mention his faults, it is best for him to go into the closet and pray alone.”

SOURCE: Dr. Jack Hyles, a quote from the book, EXPLORING PRAYER WITH JACK HYLES, chapter 46.

Beware of Critics

Be careful what you tell a gossiper because everyone will eventually know about it. Let me tell you friend, there is a form of communication faster than the telephone! There is a form of communication faster than the television! There is a form of communication faster than the telegram! It is the tell-a-woman! I'm being facetious here of course, men are just as guilty about gossiping as woman are. God HATES hate gossip because it destroys people's lives, ministries, homes, marriages, businesses, churches... you name it! 

"He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips." —Proverb 20:19

BEWARE! Stay away from gossiping people, meddle not with them. One of the hallmark qualities of a true friend is someone who refuses to gossip about you behind your back. As a matter of fact, we should never listen to or gossip about anyone! Proverb 11:13 reads, "A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter." Do you have a faithful spirit? Or are you a troublemaker who enjoys hurting others with your slimy vomiting mouth—set on fire of Hell as James 3:6 warns?

“A lie can travel halfway across the country before truth has a chance to put its boots on.”

“It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.”

—Mark Twain

By the way, gossip starts during the childhood years. I remember when I was a teenager, we knew everything about everybody. Teenagers often share the families dirty laundry with each other. Children should be taught NEVER to share dirty laundry about their family with anyone! They should also be taught to avoid gossipers like they would homosexuals.  Yes, I believe that we should teach our children to avoid homosexuals. Frankly, I think the gossipers are much scarier. 

People inherently like to criticize each other, simply because we are discontent by nature (the sin nature). The carnal nature is continually trying to magnify itself (that big EGO, the "I" problem). By the way, women have a problem with egos too, it's not just men that are filled with pride. 

"And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not." —1st Timothy 5:13

God hates gossiping! It doesn't matter if the news is true or false, it is gossip. Gossiping is a SIN!

"But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." —James 3:8

So if the tongue CANNOT be tamed, then what are we supposed to do? Well, God gives us some good advice in Proverb 17:28... Shut up!!!

"Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding." —Proverb 17:28

It is our own wicked pride that causes us to criticize others. Gossiping is a SIN! Gossip is the most DEADLY poison on the face of the earth because there are no hazardous warning labels anywhere. Gossip is deceitful—you never know when it is going to sneak upon you or the temptation to speak it. People are sly aren't they? They approach you with an intent to gossip, but behind a false front. They'll say something like, “I'm not being critical of Mrs. So-and-so, but did you know______?” Or they'll say that they don't like gossip, but then they'll start doing it.

Oh SHUT UP! Here's another one, “Let's pray for Mr. So-and-so because______?” What you are doing is evil, you are assassinating the character of another person. It doesn't matter if it's true or not, it shouldn't be repeated. We live in a gossiping world. You can go to any place on this earth and you will find gossip. Where there are people, you will find the works of the flesh (and gossip is definitely one of them). Why don't you go destroy yourself instead? When you gossip about someone, you are in effect murdering their character. You are a hateful, murdering, killer in God's eyes (Matthew 5:27).

God HATES gossip because it causes strife and arguments...

"These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." —Proverbs 6:16-19

Have you ever told somebody something in confidence to regret it later? I remember hearing in the news a couple years ago about a woman who should have kept her mouth shut. She was depressed one day at work and muttered to a co-worker that sometimes she just felt like killing herself. Within an hour, a S.W.A.T team had invaded the building, acting upon a tip that a suicidal co-worker was ready to shoot up the workplace. My ONLY point here is... be careful what you say or repeat. 

I could easily write a whole book on what the Bible has to say about our mouth. It is our worst enemy! Jesus said that the mouth speaketh out of the abundance of the heart. The people who are scorners, critics and gossipers do so because it is ingrained in their heart... they are frozen in a dark state of being a critic. Only Jesus Christ can cleanse such a heart of mischief. Gossip and attacking others are synonymous with sinful hatred. They are inseparably related.

Gossip involves WORDS. The Bible teaches us to “season” our words with grace. Hence, we should use the Holy Spirit's guidance when we are speaking or listening. When in doubt, we should keep our mouths shut. Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

You're never more like Satan than when you start pointing a finger at someone else as being a bigger sinner than yourself. We are all the biggest sinners we know (James 2:10). Philippians 2:3, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” Wow, how many people obey this Bible Verse? hardly anyone I assure you! The Bible teaches for believers to consider each other as being BETTER than our selves. Wow! I'm supposed to esteem you as being better than myself. Do you know why? It's because if you'll be honest with yourself, you are the biggest sinner you know.

Therefore, if you have a proper Biblical mindset, how then could you ever condemn anyone else for their sins when you recognize yourself as being the bigger sinner? You know yourself better than anyone else except God; and God knows that we're all dirty, rotten, guilty, woeful, hell-deserving, sinners. We'd be hopelessly doomed to the Lake of Fire if it weren't for the precious literal blood of Jesus Christ (1st Peter 1:18-19). Thank you Lord!

I won't condemn anyone for their sins, ever, because I am the biggest sinner that I know. And if you don't think the same thing about yourself, then you need to get right with God my friend. The Apostle Paul recognized his own sinfulness (Romans 7:14-25). The Apostle Peter recognized his own sinfulness. Luke 5:8, “When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” The Old Testament prophet Isaiah proclaimed, “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (Isaiah 6:5). Woe is unto me, a sinner saved by God's merciful grace. I certainly condemn no one for their sins.

Keep your slimy gossiping tongue in your face! Shut up!
Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

Biblical Evidence of Eternal Punishment

"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
—2nd Thessalonians 1:8

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