The words "gossip," "slander," and "divisive" are all words that appear in the bible and are strong words that are used to describe very bad behavior. Over my 20 years within Christianity, I have heard these words used many times and in many contexts to describe behavior, call out behavior, warn against such behavior. I have also heard multiple definitions and descriptions of these behaviors.
It is the description of such behavior that I will attempt to write about here in the near future. I have wanted to do this for quite a while, and in the heightened attention given to the topic of spiritual abuse recently I think now is a good time to do so.
One reason for this is that I have seen these words used in a context where they are applied to behavior where it is not warranted, and used to flip-flop the places of the guilty and the innocent; the terms don't fit the behaviors. I will try to show examples of what these behaviors are not, in order to give a better idea of what they are. Coming soon. Hopefully.