Taming The Tongue – Matthew Vander Els

by on December 20, 2015

We all know gossip is a sin according to scripture and all forms of slanderous speech end in destruction. What about speaking truth is a way that is malice? Is this as great of a sin as slander?

Join us as we take a look at what James warns us about and what Yeshua Himself tells us can send us straight into the “fires of hell”



3 comments on “Taming The Tongue – Matthew Vander Els

  1. Good points but in the Hebrew scriptures version Matthew 5:22 says: 22“But I say to you that whoever is wroth with his brother without a cause shall be liable to judgment.

    I noticed immediately that “without a cause” was left out of that scripture you gave. I definitely think it changes the understanding.

    Also Yahushua called the scribes and pharisees serpents and a brood of adders. He was sinless yet harshly labeled and judged those sinning.

    I understand your viewpoint but we are called to sometimes righteously judge our brother… at times this will cause offense. We are to be loving yes, but sometimes being too pc or cautious not to hurt someone’s feelings can actually cause us to sin by not righteously judging sin when we see it…. therefore our brother will have no accountability. There were many times when Yahshua and the disciples said and did things that would have been considered harsh. I don’t feel the entire content of this sermon is scriptural.

  2. Hey TNTK,

    I greatly appreciate your overview of the message and love feedback.

    The reason “Without a cause” was not included in the verse I read is because it does not exist in any of the Greek manuscripts. It is an item the King James authors inserted to “soften” Yeshua’s tone concerning the latter portion of the verse:

    “whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”

    The emphasis is not simply on anger- but what you do with said anger.

    The message topic was concerning James’ observation of an untamed tongue and not correction/righteous judgement. We recently released a message specific to this topic titled “Correction: A Love Story” available on YouTube.

    Shalom,
    Matthew V.

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