I know that slander and railing are wrong as we see in the word of GOD. Remember GOD is love and when you speak evil of someone GOD may take pity on that person and take vengeance on you. This is something I have known for some time as I see it written in the word of GOD so I try my best not to rail or slander another believer even if I do not agree with them. However, I may still try and speak the truth about what they have done or said that I disagree with and yes this at times has made me feel bad about saying it. Anyway, we need to be careful but not too careful that we do not even warn others about someone who may be leading people in the wrong direction. Keep in mind we still need to love those who are doing that but leave the vengeance up to GOD. That does not mean we need to be friends with them. I am passing this on so you don’t make the same mistake I make or made. We can speak the truth in love. Either love to warn others or love to try and correct those in error.
Here is a Comment on another site that goes into more details about what I am saying and in a way I am replying to that comment but also trying to help you.
Fred, I believe speaking the truth in love and slander are not necessarily the same thing. The apostle Paul warned other believers as he mentioned the names of those who left him as they found the world more attractive (Demas), of those who really caused him “great harm” (Alexander, the coppersmith), and of those who harmed the church itself (Hymenaeus, Philetus, and Alexander).
I believe it is important to warn others as I detect another false teacher who might deceive many. For me it is not about blaming them or being mad at them. My heart is grieved and I suffer under such a burden for quite some time until God gives me the chance to pray for those (mis)’leaders’ who got side-tracked. I also believe it can be more tempting to be a public figure than an umimportant private God seeker.
Not sure, but I think I know the person you are speaking about. The Bible tells us that one sin of which we did not repent will be followed by more and more sins. The evangelist you might be talking about has become famous for fighting against the tax paying system and they say he refused to pay taxes himself. Penalties seem to be awaiting for him. However, the apostle Paul admonishes us strongly in his letter to the Romans, chapter 13,
1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.
6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.
7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
Also, this public figure I was referring to got side-tracked by focusing on all this creationist-science-evolution stuff. Alas, it also seems he wants to get donations as well (on his blog). What a contradiction to God’s Word that he claims to believe in! 😦
Susanne Schuberth (Germany) said: