“A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established. If a malicious witness arises to accuse a person of wrongdoing, then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days. The judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely, then you shall do to him as he had meant to do to his brother. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. And the rest shall hear and fear, and shall never again commit any such evil among you.
by: Katie Brown.
Christians should not be quick to judge others in their community and should weigh the evidence before accusing someone of wrongdoing. It can be attractive to spread harmful gossip, but half-truths are like a poison that can hurt the body of Christ and the church’s witness. Evil should not be allowed to flourish in the church, but unnecessary strife based on unsubstantiated accusations can be a form of this evil as well. We can pray to seek God’s help when discerning how to respond in faith when we are faced with difficult issues in our biblical community.