Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
July 21, 2017

The Doctrine of the Sins of the Tongue.
Point 1 dealt with definition and classification.

Sin is a violation of the law or standards of God and these divine standards are revealed in the Word of God.  

Still under Point 1 we need to note the essence of the old sin nature.

(1)  The area of weakness.
(2)  The area of strength.
(3)  The trends of the sin nature:
(4)  The lust pattern of the OSN.


  1. First, emotional sins. For instance sins related to fear, which includes worry and anxiety. Sins related to hatred, which includes anger, violence, and murder. Sins related to self-pity and guilt.
  2. The second category of sins are mental attitude sins.
    These include arrogance, pride, jealousy, implacability, bitterness, vindictiveness, inordinate ambition and inordinate competition, all motivational sins, and sinful thoughts.

  3. The third category is our subject verbal sins which include gossip, maligning, slander, judging, lying, and verbal deception.
  4. The fourth category is overt sins = chemical sins, sexual sins, criminal sins.

All of this information  leads us to Point 2. - The source of verbal sins.


All verbal sins originate from mental attitude sins,
Which lead to motivational sins;
Which lead to the sins of the tongue;
Which are designed to destroy your life.

Point 3.  Out of the seven worst sins from God's viewpoint, not man's but Gods' three are related to the tongue as verbal sins, Pro 6:16‑19.


A right lobe that devises evil plans [anti-authority sins, conspiracy, and revolution], feet which run rapidly to evil [a trouble-maker], a false witness who utters lies [perjury], and a person who spreads strife among the brethren [gossip, slander, maligning, judging]."

Point 4.  The double standard related to the sins of the tongue.

The "emptiness" here is gossip, slander, maligning, judging from self-righteous arrogance; hence, the conversation of the believer involved in legalism and immoral degeneracy.


The legalism of self‑righteous arrogance has rejected the grace standards of doctrine.


The tongue is used to flatter those you are trying to persuade with regard to your slander, while at the same time slandering someone else.


Self-righteousness sets up a double standard of self‑vindication on the one hand, while judging and maligning on the other hand.

Flattery and hypocrisy toward those that you are speaking evil to.
Gossip and maligning that you do toward the one that you are speaking evil against.


The double standard also means that in arrogance the carnal believer ignores his own sins, while slandering, maligning, and judging the sins of others.

(a)  Through subjective arrogance by creating a role-model and then destroying it through gossip, slander, maligning, and judging.

(b)  He becomes a distraction to others through the function of legalism, in the slander, maligning, and judging of another believer, the self-righteous arrogance does not vindicate self, but condemns self without knowing it.


The self‑righteous Pharisees thought it was "their duty" to destroy the perfect Son of God.


The legalistic judaizers thought it was "their duty"  to discredit the grace ministry of Paul and stone him.


ROM 2:1  "Therefore, you are without excuse, every person who keeps on judging others; for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things."

The blindness of arrogance is that you are committing the worst of sins when you malign, slander, or judge someone else of committing some sin.  

The self‑righteous arrogance of the evil believer assumes the prerogative of replacing our Lord Jesus Christ as the presiding Judge of the supreme court of heaven.

Legalism judges the sins of other believers, real or imagined, which are different from his own sins.  

Respectability maligning others is one of the most evil functions in the Christian way of life.

Prin - It is a double standard of arrogance to judge, slander, malign, condemn the sins of others, while at the same time being blind to or ignoring your own sins.

It is neither the duty, responsibility or prerogative of the believer to assume the role and function of Jesus Christ as the Supreme Court Judge.


It is the responsibility of every believer to judge his own life in the light of Bible doctrine.


Grace-righteousness and self‑righteousness are mutually exclusive.


However, in the case of criminality, that responsibility has been delegated by our Lord to the government.


After the resurrection of the church all believers will be evaluated by our Lord Jesus Christ.


  1. The condemnation of all of the wrong things we have done.
    This is the ashamedness which is described as related to the judgment seat of Christ. 1JO 2:28.

This is when we, that is "IF" we are winner believers, will receive  rewards and blessings for all the things we have done to execute God's plan if we have done so.

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