Posted by: missionventureministries | March 21, 2019

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE REVEAL ABOUT THE DANGER OF LYING? – Exodus 20:16

To lie means to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive, to create a false or misleading impression; it implicates dishonesty. The Bible is clear that lying is a sin and God hates sin. The first sin in this world involved Satan, the father of lies when he lied to Eve and deceived her into disobeying God.  

When the Ten Commandments were given to Moses we read that the ninth commandment says: “You shall not bear false witness (meaning lie to) against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16).

When we study the Bible we see that even lying in life-or-death situations is not allowed. No matter what happens to us we are not to fear “those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). Our soul and salvation matter more than going to hell for telling a lie; Jesus said: “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

Sometimes people lie to avoid hurting somebody’s feelings. Did Jesus adhere to that practice? No, He did not. However many people lie and call it “a little white lie” and do not think of the consequences of their decision. They think its no big deal, everyone does it, and believe that it actually might spare someone pain.

But we need to realize that lying is wrong, in any shape or form. It is a transgression of the law of God. Lying can hurt other people. It can destroy your reputation, and it can hurt the church. Few things harm the Lord’s church more than someone who claims to be a Christian and then doesn’t live like one.

In Acts 5 the Lord showed His disdain for lying when a man named Ananias and his wife Sapphira lied about a piece of property they had sold. They claimed they were giving all of the profit to the church, but in reality they kept back part of the money for themselves. They may have thought, “It’s no big deal. We gave money to help the work of the Lord; we only lied about the percentage. It didn’t hurt anybody, right?” Is this not the way many think today? But God made a powerful statement about how He regards lying, and instantly both of them died.

Here is a very important point we must never forget. Lying can cost a man his soul. Proverbs 21:6 says that a lying tongue is a characteristic of them that seek death.

We need to understand that thinking that it is all right to lie is a very serious error for a Christian to believe. It shows a misunderstanding of God Himself. Lying is always wrong. Proverbs 6:17 says, “God hates the lying tongue.” Proverbs 12:22 says, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.” We also read in Leviticus 19:11, “You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.” Proverbs 13:5 says, “A righteous man hates lying.” Colossians 3:9 says, “Do not lie to one another.” These verses and many others teach us that God hates lying.

Liars are Satan’s children and eventually will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire with him, because an evildoer listens to wicked lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue (Proverbs 17:4).

Lying is and always will be wrong in the eyes of God because it is a sin! To lie without repenting and asking God for forgiveness is so horrific that it leads to “the second death” described in Revelation, which says, “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).

So you need to repent while there is still time. Please remember that when you lie you are out of fellowship with God, which causes unanswered prayers because your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken falsehood, your tongue mutters wickedness (Isaiah 59:2-3).

Just as you dislike when someone lies to you, so does the Lord, so be faithful to the Bible’s teachings and if you have lied, seek forgiveness from those to whom you have lied, obey the Gospel, and know that “He is faithful and forgiving us our sins to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9; Matthew 5:23-24).

Psalm 24:3-5 asks the question – Who will stand in God’s holy place? Those who have clean hands and a pure heart. Those who have not lifted up their souls to falsehood and have not sworn deceitfully; this is the one who will be blessed by the Lord.

Lying is truly an abomination to the Lord. He hates a lying tongue. What about you and me? Do we have lying tongues such as God hates? Or will we be able to stand before our Holy God because we have decided not to accepted falsehood and deceit into our heart and life?

As true followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to put away the old self with its practices, which includes lying (Colossians 3:9), and keep in the forefront of our mind that a false witness will not go unpunished, and he who tells lies will perish (Proverbs 19:9).

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