12 February, 2007

Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire Is Truth

Lying has become so accepted within our culture that it has infiltrated the worldly church. Since it has become so accepted there are few consequences anymore for lying. As a matter of fact we tend to admire those that get by with it by claiming misunderstandings or that they were 'protecting' someone. So, lying becomes altruistic. As far as I know, Rahab is the only liar in scriptures that was rewarded. If you know of others, please tell me.

But seriously, lying to protect Jews from the Nazi's is one thing we can all accept. But that is not what I am talking about. I am talking about willfull lying and deception.

Quite frankly, I have been shocked at the amount of deception and lies coming from several ministries and professing Christians. Do they not fear God? Oh, how I pray we will all love truth. Even the truth we do not like.

Scripture tells us that lying comes from Satan, the father of lies. Let's take a look at what the New Testament has to say about lying and liars:

(Please go and read all in context)

This first one is the scariest

Revelation 21:7-9 7The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."

John 8:44 44You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Romans 3:3-5 3

What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? 4By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, "That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged." 5But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.)

1 John 1:9-10 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

1 John 2:3-5 3And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4Whoever says "I know him" but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him

1 John 4:20

20If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen

1 John 5:9-11

If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 10Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

1 Timothy 1:9-11

9understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted

1 Timothy 4

1Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

Titus 1:11-13

11They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."13This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,

2 Thessalonians 2
9The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false

1 comment:

ezekiel said...

I was surprised to see the company kept by liars when I read Rev myself.....scary is an understatement!