Letter: Thoughts on hearsay
Hearsay simply means expressions that have been heard. Sometimes this qualifies as gossip; however, not always.
Hearsay has a loose form and ofttimes hasn’t a firm beginning or end. Gradually it takes forms as the conversation progresses. Hearsay is not functional, nor does it have a moral. It regards casual relationship and it springs forth often by sheer curiosity.
In Bible terms, hearsay is unfounded doctrine—something to be guessed at. This means it has no firm foundation. The danger in this is that one’s house may be built upon the sand, instead of brick.
Hearsay satisfies one’s thirst for petty knowledge. It often causes discord or speculation. In short, hearsay is not to be trusted or relied upon as fact.