A Solution To So Many Problems In Today’s Churches

Here’s one solution to so many problems in today’s churches: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16).

What does the ninth commandment require? According to Heidelberg Catechism (1563):

That I bear false witness against no one, twist no one’s words, be no backbiter or slanderer, join in condemning no one unheard or rashly; but that on pain of God’s heavy wrath, I avoid all lying and deceit as the very works of the devil; and that in matters of judgment and justice and in all other affairs, I love, speak honestly, and confess the truth; also, insofar as I can, defend and promote my neighbor’s good name (112).

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