“But as for the cowards and the ignoble and the contemptible and the cravenly lacking in courage and the cowardly submissive, and as for the depraved and defiled with abominations, and as for murderers and the lewd and adulterous and the practicers of magic arts and the idolaters (those who give supreme devotion to anyone or anything other than God) and all liars (those who knowingly convey untruth by word or deed)–[all of these shall have] their part in the lake of fire and brimstone. This is the second death” (Revelation 21:8 AMP).
First of all, this blog is not about “fire and brimstone”. Although I don’t want to ignore the evidence either.
In my detective work into the TRUTH this week, regarding the subject matter of “The Truth Said About Lying”; how being honest with God and in our human relationships can set you free, I ran across this quote by an unknown man with the surname of Vance.
“Man is like a bird until he lives for Eternity. He is like a prisoner in a cell until He gives the Eternal within him expression. Just as the ripples of the meadow-brook reproduce the swell of the ocean tides towards which the brook flows; and just as the music of the rivulet in its eddies echoes the lap of the mighty sea on the beach where some day the rivulet will measure its waters; so the voices within us are the voices of the larger life for which we are destined and towards which we are going.”
THERE ARE THREE KINDS OF LIARS: “To be set free!”
1. The man/woman who others can’t believe. He is harmless. Let him alone.
2. The man/woman who can’t believe others. He has probably made a careful study of human nature. If you don’t put him in jail, he will find out that you are a hypocrite.
3. The man who can’t believe himself. He is a cautious individual. Encourage him.
Two Irishmen were working on the roof of a building one day when one made a misstep and fell to the ground. The other leaned over and called:
“Are yez dead or alive, Mike?”
“Oi’m alive,” said Mike feebly.
“Sure you’re a liar Oi don’t know, whether to belave yez or not.”
“Well then, Oi must be dead” said Mike, “for yez would never dare to call me a liar if Oi was aloive.”
THE TRUTH ABOUT LYING:
We all do it in one form or another, without thinking about it; even several times a day. According to psychotherapist Brad Blantan, pioneer of the much talked about ‘radical honest movement’ with a secular point of view: ‘TRUTH-TELLING is the essential foundation to psychological health and we can only transform our lives for the better.” Lies, he believes, leave an ’emotional strain’ on our relationships. Instead of hiding the truth, we concentrate on expressing ‘every underlying thought and emotion–even anger, resentment, and outright loathing!
According to Professor DePaul’s viewpoint is that ‘often lies are told out of kindness being the most common. Most people lie like this at least once a day.’ She calls them the ‘sweet little white lies.’
“But what if its just a little one, …a ‘little white lie?’
Suppose someone sold a piece of property for $300,000.00 and then gave $100,000.00 to the local church. But they said they gave the entire proceeds of the sale to the church. You might say, “Praise God! They are blessing the church and their generosity will be rewarded by God.”
We then tell the church members, friends and neighbors, all our relatives what wonderful blessing these people are to the church. Then someone tells us that the actual sale was for $300,000.00; the people that we had boasted about to everyone had lied. But we are so glad to get the money, we don’t think a little misrepresentation of the amount is going to matter. They were really generous, weren’t they? After all, we don’t want to anger them and hurt their feelings do we? After all, it’s just a ‘little white lie.’
Enter Ananias and Sapphira.
You’ve more-than-likely read the text in Acts 5:1-11 before. If not, you might to read it now before going on.
You know that Ananias sold a piece of property and laid the money at the apostle’s feet. What a wonderful thing! It was so wonderful that God struck him dead.
The man claimed he gave the entire proceeds from the sale to the church while keeping back a part of the price for himself. The problem here is, not that he kept back a part of the price but that he lied about the portion that he gave. What was in his heart that made him lie?
To whom did he lie? Satan!
To whom did he lie to? He lied to the Holy spirit.
The deception was conceived in his heart: “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23). God already knew what he and his wife had done but when Sapphira entered three hours later, she was required to give an answer; that she conspired with her husband, to ‘test the Spirit of the Lord.’
‘White Lie’ Definition:
The Free Dictionary says, “An often trivial, diplomatic or well-intentional untruth; a minor or unimportant lie, especially one uttered in the interest of tact or politeness.”
The End of ALL Liars – Revelation 21:8:
Re-read and study the words closely in this verse. Does the words say, “and all liars except the tellers of the ‘little white ones’? And oh, do you notice the company the teller of lies keeps? COWARDS, THE CONTEMPTIBLE, THE CRAVENLY LACKING IN COURAGE, THE UNBELIEVING AND FAITHLESS, THE DEPRAVED, MURDERERS, THE LEWD AND ADULTEROUS, THE PRACTICE RS OF MAGIC ARTS, THE IDOLATERS.
That is a pretty long list in my opinion. My mother always told me ‘you can be identified by the company you keep.’
“And ALL Liars”— “Big Ones” or “Little Ones”: Who ARE The Liars? The Answers in God’s Word!
“All who are false in their statements, their promises, their contracts.”
The Word would embrace all who are false toward God (Acts 5:1-3).
False toward human beings (Romans 1:31-32).
In Revelation 21:8, in the Greek language everyone or ALL the liars who speak contrary to the truth, who speak the truth with the intention to deceive, ie – ‘to persuade a person that a thing is different from what it really is by telling only part of the truth; or suppressing some circumstance which would have led the hearer to a different end to the true conclusion.’
Lying, falsehood, error, deceit — Biblical References:
1. OLD TESTAMENT:
– Exodus 20:16; Proverbs 6:12; “Lying lips are extremely disgusting and hateful to the Lord” ~ Proverbs 12:22.
2. Varying Greek words in the NEW TESTAMENT: pseudes, pseudomai, pseuda, pseustes – False lies:
a- Ephesians 4:25; 1 John 2:22; “Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices” ~ Colossians 3:9 AMP.
– Greek words apatas, apate, exapatao – deceive:
b- Ephesians 4:22, Ephesians 5:6; Galatians 6:3.
– Greek words plane, planos – deception, error:
c- Matthew 24:4; Galatians 6:7; Ephesians 4:14.
– Greek words dolios, dolioo, dolos, doloo – false, deceitful:
d- Mark 7:22; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Peter 2:1.
SOME BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF LYING:
1. Serpent~ Genesis 3:1-5.
2. Cain ~ Genesis 4:9.
3. Abraham ~ Genesis 12:10-20; 20:1-18.
4. Isaac ~ Genesis 26:6-11.
5. Jacob ~ Genesis 27:6-35.
6. Laban ~ Genesis 29:15-30.
7. Hebrew midwives ~ Exodus 1:15-30.
8. Rehab ~ Joshua 21:6; 6:17, 22-25.
9. Ananias and Sapphira ~ Acts 5:1-11.
Spiritual source of lies, deception, error–God cannot lie; contrary to His character of truth:
a- Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2; John 8:32, 36; 1 John 2:27.
Lying is the character of Satan:
a- John 8:44; 1 John 4:6; Revelation 12:9; Revelation 20:10.
Fallen mankind identified with Satan’s character:
a- 2 Corinthians 11:3; Romans 1:25 – Psalm 58:3 says, “The ungodly are perverse and estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.” PORKY PIES says, “We start consciously telling lies at the age of six.”
Lying, deception, falsehood in man derived from Satan – ek. diabolas
a- John 8:44; Acts 5:3, 4.
Christian behavior should represent and manifest God’s character of TRUTH:
“Let you Yes be simply Yes, and your No be simply No; anything more than that comes from the evil one” ~ Matthew 5:37
a- Ephesians 4:15, 25.
Should not misrepresent the character of God:
Luke 3:14; Ephesians 4:25; Colossians 3:9. INCONSISTENCY of such misrepresentations; James 3:14; 1 Peter 2:1; 1 John 1:6;
“If anyone says, I love God and hates his brother [in Christ], he is a liar… ~ 1 John 4:20.
SEVERITY of PUNISHMENT: Acts 5:1-11; 13:6-11; Revelation 21:8, 27; Revelation 22:15.
Religion is the hotbed of lying, deceit, falsehood and error:
John 8:44, 45; Romans 16:18; 2 Corinthians 4:2; 11:3, 13-15; Ephesians 4:14; 1 Thessalonians 2:9; 1 Timothy 4:1-2; 2 Timothy 3:13; 2 Peter 2:3; 3:17; 1 John 2:26; 2 John 7; Jude 14.
WHAT SHOULD ONE’S ACTION PROGRAM AGAINST LYING BE?
1. One must not exaggerate in a wrong, lying way. In other words, not to “color” one’s speech with untrue things; not to use or imply superlatives (SUPERIORITY) – in resumes, job interviews, social get-together s, etc.
2. One must not use “little white lies” (lie even in the smallest way–you’re still a liar!).
3. One must not lie, but often use wisdom and diplomacy; carefully selecting one’s words before you speak–or just keep quiet. These are many things which must be kept secret.
4. One must not be a ‘living lie.’ Pretending to be a Christian believer but failing to personally study the bible in depth.
5. One must not spread lies of others any further (“The Rumor Mill”).
— In regards to religious matters. To avoid that trap, one must study to know the Bible thoroughly, personally, and first-hand.
— Also, if one supports churches and pastors who deceive people, then one takes part in their work of deception; becomes a liar and deceiver themselves. Consider what the apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Ephesus and Colosse:
“And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24 AMP).
“Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices” (Colossians 3:9 AMP).
Again, one must keep away from lying by acting in LOVE and keeping certain things in secret.
LYING is wrong. WRONG-DOING has its consequences:
God can forgive one’s lies if one leaves the way of lying and asks for forgiveness (repentance). ‘I’m sorry’ is not repentance. Repentance is the transformation, the complete renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). But that doesn’t mean one escapes the practical consequence of one’s lies.
When I was a child, my mother would say, “I always know Mel when you are lying. Always tell me the truth and you won’t suffer the consequences. In the early 1950s, “detention” was not part of the punishment; it was Capital Punishment, Eucalyptus twigs and dad’s belt. Did I still lie? Sorry to say, yes I did but telling the truth has been ‘tattooed’ on my psyche forever.
Believers must NOT lie, but to be honest and dependable in everything they do.
Those who are around Christian Believers must be able to trust them. Consider even this: If someone lies just once, will people trust one after that? But again, this does not mean one should always tell all that one knows–of course not. Many things must be kept private without telling anyone. Jesus answered the Pharisees question, of which kind of commandment is great and important in the Law in Matthew 22. Notice His plain and simple reply in verse 37-40:
“You shall love the Lord your god with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
“Have LOVE for your neighbor as for yourself.” Follow that rule in your speech, your answers; see to it that certain things, regardless how true they might be are left unsaid. So, one must not always say or tell all one knows–but, if one intentionally gives a wrong impression of some given matter by omission (by leaving out something), then that can amount to lying.
A NOTE: There are many forms of lying;
1. Giving false witness or false statements: In our Judicial System, that is called “perjury” and punished by the courts.
2. Attests or declarations: Same as lying.
3. Giving or making a false appearance to others: That’s a ‘liar’.
4. Also cheating such as at study tests: Yep, that’s lying.
I could go on and on with exposing the truths about lying. But I think this Blog Post has given you a pretty good idea what God’s Word has to say about the subject. If lying has become real to you and your lifestyle, pause and pray with me this prayer:
Father, my life has been full of untruths lately. I repent of my lying;
being not truthful on many occasions, to others and myself.
Please forgive me and have your Spirit direct me down the path of righteousness.
In Your Son’s Name Jesus.