"The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither
shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and
lie down, and none shall make them afraid."
© 1977 by Diane S. Dew
I. Although it is not unforgivable (Leviticus 6:2-7), lying
is a serious sin,
worthy of death.
A. Under the Law, the punishment for bearing false witness was death.
B. God killed Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Spirit.
C. The punishment for all liars shall be the lake of fire.
D. They shall be denied entrance into the kingdom, for they cannot dwell with God.
Revelation 21:15, 27
II. God's attitude towards lying is one of anger and hatred.
Proverbs 6:16-19; 12:22
A. This includes flattery (Psalms
5:9; 12:2; 62:4) and so-called
"little white lies" (1 John 2:21 "No lie is of the truth.")
B. Lying is forbidden by God.
Exodus 20: 16; 23:1
Leviticus 19:11; 6:2-7
III. Satan is the "father of lies."
A. The first lie, recorded in the book of Genesis, was told by Satan himself.
B. " ... no lie is of the truth."
1 John 2:21
C. A person can even have a demon of lying (or, "lying spirit").
1 Kings 22:22
2 Chronicles 18:20-22
IV. Lying is a part of our old nature, and it must be put to death.
A. A lying tongue stems from a heart of hatred.
B. Paul exhorts us to "put away lying"
and "speak the truth every
man with his neighbor."
© 1976, 1977, 1997 by Diane S. Dew
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