Gossip can be a compulsive hobby for those who indulge in the grapevine. When you add an inquisitive mind to this equation, information can be misinterpreted. Subsequently, individuals often jump to conclusions based upon their desired outcome.
And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” – Mark 3:22
Shortly after he began his earthly ministry, Jesus gave the religious leaders plenty to talk about. Healings and miracles created a huge following. However, once Jesus began to perform exorcisms, that was taking this faith thing too far. Unable to comprehend Jesus’ power, teachers of the law started a rumor, assuming Jesus was the prince of demons in disguise.
If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. – Mark 3:25-26
If you have ever lived in a small town, drifted off the beaten path or don’t correct misleading reputations, you too will find yourself part of an exaggerated story. A month before leaving my youth pastor position in Columbus, Indiana, people claimed that I said the world was coming to an end. While studying the Book of Revelation, certain individuals began to improvise causing some of my friends to buy into these lies. In view of this, the next time you feel an urge to jump to a conclusion, make sure you test everything you hear, 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, before you pass on information.
by Jay Mankus