There was nothing dark and hidden about Jesus. He was and is the Light of the world, and He welcomed the light. He entered into no secret cabals and councils. He belonged to no clique or party faction. I really do not believe He would have joined a secret society, for two reasons. First, because if there was anything wrong and dark about it His pure spirit, His guileless soul would have revolted and denounced and withdrawn from it, and second, because if there was anything good in it, His generous spirit, His loving soul, overflowing with pity and goodwill, would never have been content till the whole world knew about it and had the privilege of sharing in its benefits. A good thing that He could not offer to share with all men would have ceased to be a good thing to Jesus.
An astute Frenchman once said to our Founder: 'General Booth, you are not an Englishman, you're a citizen of the world. You belong to Humanity.' And in this the General was like his Master. Jesus belonged to the world. He was the 'Son of Man,' the Son of Mankind, of humanity. No party could claim Him. Thomas Jefferson wrote: 'If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.'
It was this generous, open, world-wide, selfless spirit of Jesus that made Him so frank in all His speech, so that at the end of His life and His brief, but complicated, ministry, in which His enemies had sought in every way to provoke and entrap Him, He could say, 'In secret have I said nothing.'
And now He wants us to 'follow His steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth who, when He was reviled, reviled not again: when He suffered, he threatened not.'
If we do this we shall not be talebearers, we shall not listen to, nor pass on gossip, nor be whisperers. 'A whisperer separateth chief friends,' said Solomon; and again he said: 'Where there is no talebearer (Whisperer, margin) the strife ceaseth.' And Paul linked up 'Whisperers ' -- people who go about saying things in secret that they are afraid to say out boldly to everybody -- I say Paul linked them up with fornicators, murderers, backbiters, and haters of God. (See Romans i. 29, 30.) And when he feared lest he should have trouble with his corps in Corinth, 'whispering' was one of the accursed things he particularly feared.
People who speak in secret what they are afraid to speak openly, wrong their own souls, weaken their own character, and corrupt themselves, while those who listen are filled with suspicions and dislikes, destroying the beautiful spirit of brotherly love, which is open-faced, frank and generous and saving in its power. It quenches the spirit of prayer, and faith in God and man languishes and possibly dies; for faith can live and flourish only in an atmosphere of frankness, of kindness and good will.