These are truly interesting times. It would appear that contemporary Christians need more experience with discerning right and wrong. The basic discernment of right and wrong should not be taken for granted.
The brothers in the New Testament had some difficult things to say about Judas, Alexander the metalworker, and others. Yet they also had more dramatic things to say about gossip and Biblical slander.
“they learn to be…gossips…saying what they should not. …For some have already strayed after Satan.” 1 Timothy 5:13, 15 ESV (lifted accurately out of context)
“..a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness,…They are gossips, slanderers,….Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” Romans 1:28, 29, 30, 32 ESV (accurately abbreviated and lifted accurately out of context)
A whole lot more could be quoted. It seems like we are appalled at religious groups and denounce other religious groups who are too timid to be decisive about ministerial pedophilia or the ordination of lesbian bishops; but cannot see our own wickedness.
While we may each view Baptist life from our own preference regarding “us” and “them”, conspiracy theories, and personal annoyances; I think it is important to remember that we can sin in the way we talk of others. I doubt it is a good idea to ignore what God says is sin; and let our words run passionate without regard for what God may think about our words.
Surely it is possible to gossip about, and Biblically slander (insert the name of a person who peeves you here) __________________________ . Surely it is possible to gossip about, and slander even Judas or Alexander the metalworker.
I find it impossible to believe that those who do so are led by the Holy Spirit.
If I warn you about someone and I am gossiping; beware of me first.
Woe is me. Woe is we.