Lying Question

Saturday October 22, 2022

Your comfort zone is not your God. Truth does not need a defense. Pastor Syd addresses the question, “Is it always wrong to lie or deceive?” He does this by presenting Scripture. Scriptures: Proverbs 6:12-19; 12:22; Exodus 20:16; Leviticus 19:11; Zechariah 8:16; Ephesians 4:25; Revelation 21:8; Colossians 3:8-10; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; Hebrews 6:18. Satan is the father of lies: John 8:44. Lying within a family should not be tolerated. The cure for lying is to stop it immediately, repent, and correct your lie. There are three types of lies: 1) bearing false witness against someone, 2) deceiving for personal gain or profit (Proverbs 11:1), and 3) denying or suppressing the truth of God (1 John 2:22). The cases for lying for justice: Exodus 1:15-21 (the Hebrew midwives feared God and He blessed them with families); Acts 5:1-11 (Ananias and Sapphira killed by God for lying to the Holy Spirit for self-interest). Murder was okay at God’s command. Judgment was carried out by His people. Other examples of lying: Numbers 25:1-13; Psalm 106:28-31; Joshua 2:1-24, Hebrews 11:31, and James 2:24-26 (Rahab); Joshua 8:1-29; Judges 4:1-9 13-22; Judges 5:24; Judges 7:16-22; Judges 16:4-20; 1 Samuel 16:1-ff; 1 Samuel 20:4-30; 1 Samuel 21:1-15; Matthew 12:1-6; 1 Samuel 22:9-23; 1 Samuel 27:7-13; 2 Samuel 15:13-17, 23-31; 2 Samuel 17:1-22; 2 Kings 8:7-15; 2 Chronicles 18:1-22; Ezekiel 14:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; Jeremiah 38:14-28; John 7:1-10; Matthew 10:16-25. In WWII Corrie ten Boom lied about hiding Jews. The police and FBI lie when they go undercover. The man who videotaped Planned Parenthood harvesting baby body parts of live babies and Bible smugglers had to lie. Whatever you do, be innocent in your motives. It is very likely that we will be faced with situations similar to these in the future. Consider how you will handle it, follow the Spirit’s prompting in that moment, and do not criticize those who handle it differently than you did. Whatever you do, do it in faith.