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LYING

 

Ephesians 4:25 (NKJV)

Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.

I grew up in what society calls a “dysfunctional home”.  Let me put in a disclaimer here before I get started… I think, pretty much, all homes are dysfunctional.  The dysfunction’s root is sin and we all have that in common.  And I have no claim to a “really, really” dysfunctional home life; there are many others who have had backgrounds that cause them to smile politely when I whine about mine.  But… I grew up in a dysfunctional home.  An unfortunate aspect of my personal experience is what happened to truth.  It fell by the wayside in all too many circumstances.   What I’m saying is that I got lied to.  A lot.  There were often people in my home who had agendas and schemes that caused them to make false promises, manipulate and otherwise try to bend the collective will of my family members to get what they desired.  There was, at times, a lot of sneakiness going on.  Alcoholism and drug use induce quite a bit of deceit and people who are in that type of bondage can enlist even children in their desire to hide their bad behavior.  I hate lying.  A lot.

I hate flat out lies, I hate little white lies, I hate lies told to save the feelings of the lie-ee (is that a word?) I hate the most effective kind of lie; where you tell part of the truth and then twist it so that it helps to advance your agenda.  Every lie that I ever read that came from Satan’s mouth is that third type…interesting.  God hates lying, too, and that’s refreshing.  He expects a turning away from the false and the manipulative and a turning toward truth.  Truth kindly spoken; He has said that we’re to “speak the truth in love,” but truth nonetheless.  And manipulation, of facts or people, is to be abandoned:

“But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.”  2 Corinthians 4:2 (ESV) 

A.W. Tozer had this to say about liars:  “Montaigne said that a liar is one who is brave toward God and a coward toward men; for a liar faces God and shrinks from men.  Is this not simply a proof of unbelief?  Is it not to say that the liar believes in men but is not convinced of the existence of God; and is willing  to risk the displeasure of a God who may not exist rather than that of man who obviously does?” Montaigne said that a liar is one who is brave toward God and a coward toward men; for a liar faces God and shrinks from men. Is this not simply a proof of unbelief? Is it not to say that the liar believes in men but is not convinced of the existence of God, and is willing to risk the displeasure of a God who may not exist rather than that of man who obviously does?

Montaigne said that a liar is one who is brave toward God and a coward toward men; for a liar faces God and shrinks from men. Is this not simply a proof of unbelief? Is it not to say that the liar believes in men but is not convinced of the existence of God, and is willing to risk the displeasure of a God who may not exist rather than that of man who obviously does?

God help us to really believe that He is there and that He sees, and to be more afraid to displease Him than men. 

“Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts…”

Steve Whinery of Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities