From godly conduct towards officials, Paul now moves to godly conduct towards all people. “Remind them . . . to speak evil of no one” (Tit. 3:1-2). The verb phrase “speak evil” is from blasphemeo, which means “revile, defame, slander.” (Gingrich) It means “to speak against someone in such a way as to harm or injure his or her reputation.” (Louw-Nida) Paul is saying, “Do not slander anyone.”
“How are you related to Ma. Helen Trocino?” the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) staff asked me. I went to their office to claim the NBI clearance of Mylene.
“I’m her husband,” I said.
“Ma. Helen Trocino is under Q. C.”
“What’s Q. C.?”
“Quality Control. The NBI has to interview her. She has a court case on file. Are you aware of any case filed against her?” the NBI staff asked.
“She doesn’t have any case,” I replied.
I was shocked. Afterward, I sent Mylene a text message, telling her that she needed to visit the NBI office for an interview for her “case.” She replied, “Don’t you have anything else to do?”
She did visit the NBI. The interview was finished in a short time. Soon after, she told me that “Ma. Helen Pepito” has a court case indeed—a case of “oral defamation.”
Oral defamation is slander.
How many people have used Facebook to slander others? Facebook was created for friendship, not for fighting. Be careful what you write in Facebook. Write only things that glorify God and build up people.
Paul is not saying that we should no longer evaluate and censure the bad things of other people. Paul himself criticized the false teachers in Tit. 1:10-16. Rather, we should slander no one.
Paul used the same word in 1 Tim. 6:4, “He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander [blasphemeo], evil suspicions.” (emphasis added) There were people in church who taught false teachings. They loved arguments. The result is envy, division, and slander inside the church.
Slandering other people is a sign of the last days. “In the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive [blasphemos], disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy” (2 Tim. 3:1-2). (emphasis added) The ESV has “abusive” (NASB, “revilers”; NKJV, “blasphemers”). Slander is verbal abuse. If you are slanderous, you are abusive, a reviler, a blasphemer.
Slander no one.