This week, Lead Pastor Andrew Bach leads us in breaking down God’s 9th Commandment, which iterates the cruciality of being honest (no matter what circumstance we face).
Proverbs 6:16-19: There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him; haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”
What is interesting is that, not only does lying make the list of things God hates, but lying is the only makes the list twice. God hates lying. It is demonic; it is an act of Satan. Lying is an assault against God and against others – our brothers and sisters.
Proverbs 25:18: “A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.” A lie is injurious.
There are many ways we lie, but let’s look at three specifically:
- Flattery (which is defined as insincere or excessive praise with the intent to manipulate).
- Psalm 12:2: “Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.”
- Flattery is not encouragement.
- When we use flattery, we are lying. God hates lying.
- Deception (which means to abandon the truth altogether or twist the truth to use as a weapon).
- Galatians 6:8: “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
- If you sow the things of this world, you will reap what this world has to offer: corruption.
- We are a culture of deception
- i.e.: advertising, political propaganda, etc.
- We’ve become numb to the massive amounts of deception, producing skeptics and cynics.
- Slander (which is to provide false and harmful information about someone).
- Leviticus 19:16: “You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord.”
- Today, we have the opportunity to slander more people and more effectively than ever before due to social media and accessibility to global communication.
In flattery, deception, and slander, we’ve covered the big stuff. But, we also need to talk about the little lies, too, because lies always start little. This is how sin works. Little sins are real sins, and lying is no different.
We know lying is bad. Why do we do it?
- To avoid negative consequences.
- To appear perfect in the sight of others.
- To obtain things we aren’t supposed to have.
- To change our outcome.
- To punish others.
Essentially, we lie out of fear. But, the answer to our fear is never to lie; that is the enemy’s answer. The answer – leading to life and light – is to trust God.
John 8: 31-32: “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'”
The opportunity to lie will always be available, but lying is a shortcut that proves unsuccessful. Rather, the truth will set us free.
Check back soon to read about the 10th (and final) commandment.