“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Proverbs 18:21
Dictionary – “Lie – n. 1. A false statement made with deliberate intent to
deceive; a falsehood. 2. Something intended or serving to convey a false
impression; imposture. 3. The charge or accusation of lying; a flat
v.i. 5. To speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive. 6. To express what is false or convey a false impression.
Lying is NOT:
Fiction stories, writing a novel
Reporting the lie of another – “but he lied.”
Parables, fables, jokes, stories
Mistaken information – Jacob about the death of Joseph
We have several categories for lying. Are there degrees to lying?
Assumption of facts
Avoid the truth
Not hurt feelings
Avoid taking responsibility for a problem
Protect feelings of others
Avoid dealing with salesman
Enhance our image
Problems in your life
About 61 percent of people surveyed by USA Weekend said it was okay to lie, 57 percent said they have lied in the past and more men than women said they lied about their age. The good news is that 91 percent of the people surveyed swore they hadn’t lied in the past 24 hours.”
Satan to Eve – Genesis 3
Old prophet to young prophet – 1 Kings 13:18
Judas’ compassion for the poor – John 12:6
False teachers – Acts 15:1
Does God approve of lying?
Abraham – “She is my sister.”
Midwives – “We are always too late.”
Rahab – about the spies
assumes that God approved such because there is no direct mention of
punishment for them.
Often the punishment is not mentioned or is delayed.
Noah getting drunk, Solomon’s many wives, Israel’s idolatry.
blesses each of us:
Not because we are righteous.
But in spite of our unrighteousness.
God blesses us anyway!
God blessed Israel and Solomon.
NOT – because of
NOT – in order to get
BUT – in spite of
Why do people lie?
To build their own image – resume, accomplishments, be a hero
Cover up embarrassing things
Hide our guilt
Avoid hurt feelings
Avoid the truth
To fool themselves – “Tell a lie often enough and you will believe it.”
John 8:44 – Satan is the father of lies
Romans 1:25 – False doctrine is a lie
2 Thessalonians 2:11 – Believe error = lie
1 John 2:21 – No lie is of the truth
Revelation 21:8 – All liars in lake of fire
Revelation 22:15 – Without are --- whoever loves and makes a lie
1 John 4:20 – Love God and hate brother = liar
Ephesians 4:25 – Put away lying
Colossians 3:9 – Lie not one to another
Romans 3:13 – Tongues have used deceit
Colossians 4:6 – With grace, seasoned with salt
Matthew 5:37 – Say what you mean, mean what you say
Ephesians 4:25 – Speak the truth with your neighbor
James 3:2 – We all stumble in our speech
Ephesians 4:15 – Speak the truth in love
Here is what God thinks:
Numbers 23:19 – God will not lie
Titus 1:2 – God cannot lie
Proverbs 6:16-19 – Lying is an abomination, thing God hates
Isaiah 28:15-17 – God will discover our lies
Ezekiel 13:8 – God is totally against liars
Proverbs 19:5 – Liars will not go unpunished
Hideous outfit – asked if you like it
Family is keeping illness from patient
Wedding reception line – music awful, bride ugly, flowers wilted
Vacation trip – terrible time – “How was your vacation?”
New car – “How do you like it?”
Facing difficult personal problems – struggling with some sin or moral problem – “How are you doing? You look down today.”
Is it ever proper to lie for someone’s good? I do not want to trick you but I do want to deceive you by telling you what I think you want to hear.
Newborn babies are only beautiful to parents and grandparents. What do you say when you see an “ugly” baby?
An abused mother comes to you for protection from violent husband. Husband comes to the door – “Is my wife here?”
Surprise party planned – “What is going on?”
I cannot stand for someone to lie to me.
Lies are like boomerangs, they will come back to you every time.
If you lie, you must have a good memory so you can remember all your lies and keep them straight.
There is no rationale for any person to lie.
We must not become a party to lying.
Truth must be spoken.
Truth must be spoken in love.
It is not “unloving” to speak the truth.
We must preach the gospel in such a manner that the unconverted will realize their need for salvation.