What does the Bible say about Lying?
There is a plague that is grieving the heart of God because it is preventable and can be stopped. It has spread among all churches and is particularly rampant in society. Even God’s ministers are not immune and many of them are infected with it.
What is this evil plague? You may be surprised as it appears rather harmless at first glance. It is now so commonplace that people are deceived into just accepting it as normal, instead of recognizing and resisting it. This epidemic is the practice of lying and dishonesty.
What does the Bible say about lying? A lying tongue is not only something God hates, it is also something that is an abomination to Him.
Proverbs 6:16-19 says, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
Examples of Dishonesty
As the moral climate of our society has been deteriorating, lying has become a major problem. The business world is particularly plagued by this problem–men’s dishonesty with each other, meetings “forgotten”, company theft, promises not kept, contracts broken, etc. Lawyers have increased in numbers over the last decade, mainly because of irresponsibility and broken contracts among men due to lying. A news organization recently did a survey here in America and asked people several questions to determine the percentage of people who lied or were dishonest about things. Some of the questions were:
Do you cheat on your Income Tax Return?
Do you compliment people when you really don’t mean it?
Do you tell your spouse to tell callers you are not at home when you there?
Do you tell “little white lies” if it will keep you out of trouble?
Do you tell creditors that “the check is in the mail” when you have not yet mailed it?
Do you exaggerate in repeating things you have heard?
The results of this survey determined that 90% of Americans are not truthful under certain circumstances. This is understandable when we look at the morals of our society but what about Christians? Have they fallen into the habit of lying also? Also, what constitutes a lie according to the Bible? Anything that is not the truth is a lie and God’s Word the Bible tells us what is truth. The Bible is the standard or measuring rod we must use in determining truth. Sadly, Christians are also succumbing to this epidemic of lying. Lying to each other has now become so commonplace, Christians too, have become liars.
The Father of Lies
Have you been lied to lately? Was it another Christian that lied to you? A minister perhaps? Each of us have had our trust in people undermined, or in some cases even destroyed because of lies. We would all agree that lying is an ugly evil. The Bible tells us that lying began with the devil and that he is the father of lies.
John 8:43-47 says, “Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.”
The Bible is filled with admonitions against being dishonest and lying. One of the Ten Commandments states:
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” Exodus 20:16
Before we point our finger at another for being a liar that we feel God needs to deal with, let us examine our own lives to see if we are infected with the same disease. What kind of witness are we to those around us? Are we deceived and have we become liars ourselves? Let us first give a definition as to what a lie is according to Webster’s dictionary:
1.) To make a statement that one knows is false, especially with the intent to deceive.
2.) To give a false impression or action or false statement, especially with the intent to deceive.
3.)To make a false statement in order to evade the truth.
4.)The invention of a false story or excuse in order to deceive.
Perhaps for a Christian, a Biblical definition of lying could be summed up in this statement:
Any time our word does not agree with God’s Word.
In Numbers 23:19 the Bible says, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
When we do not keep our word we are guilty of lying. Over the last year I have lost track of the number of times Christians have failed to keep their word to me. I am not angry or resentful or bitter over this, as the Lord has worked those attitudes out of my life. I have learned to take every offense to Him in prayer and He then removes any personal ill I might have and He gives me a forgiving and gracious attitude toward others. However, since I began to notice how many of God’s people were not keeping their word, I received a prayer burden of intercession for this evil to be removed from God’s people.
I first began praying about my own life and ask God to expose any areas where I might be guilty of this sin. I have tried to obey Romans 12:17-21 which says, “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
Most of the time I would just forgive these lying offences and would just pray for them and try to “live peaceably with all men.” However, in prayer, the Lord spoke to my heart that I must go one step further and “speak the truth in love” to my brothers and sisters if I truly loved them.
Ephesians 4:15-16 says, “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
If we, as the body of Christ, are to mature and grow up we must conform to the truth which is Jesus. The devil is behind every lie and as Christians we are admonished not to lie to one another.
Colossians 3:9-10 says, “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.”
Two Roots of Dishonesty
The two main reasons we lie are usually rooted in either fear or pride. Fear is the first reason. We are afraid of the consequences if we tell the truth. Yielding to fear shows a lack of trust in God to take care of the situation. If we yield to God and do it His way He will usually give us favor with those that we fear. The other reason is pride. We are prideful and concerned about what men will think of us (desiring man’s approval instead of God’s approval.)
Jesus always kept His Word. God still keeps His Word and is faithful to keep every promise He makes in the Bible. That is why He is reliable and we can trust Him. We are called to be like Him. The Bible says that out of a man’s mouth proceeds what is in His heart. If we tell lies or fib then it means that we need a heart cleansing.
Matthew 15:18-20a says, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man…”
We need to ask God to cleanse our hearts and begin reading and studying the Bible so that His Word resides in our hearts. As we keep His Word and water it with prayer it will produce good fruit in our lives. Lying is not only speaking an untruth; another form of lying is not keeping our word to others.
Luke 8:15 says, “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
Little “White” Lies
Let us look at some specific ways the devil gets us to lie. We will expose some of his devices. These sorts lies are being practiced by many Christians. Now remember, we are guilty of lying when we do not keep our word. Even if these sorts of lies seem harmless and don’t appear to really hurt anyone else, they are harmful to our own souls. The more we practice telling untruths of any kind, the duller our concience becomes.
1.) “I will call you back tomorrow.” (This excuse is often used with a deliberate intent to decieve. The person does not call back at the appointed time and will call back at a much later date with excuses of why they were unable to call which usually goes something like: “I just was so busy, I meant to call , but did not get around to it.” We all have been guilty of this, but we need to realize when we say we will do something we need to keep our word. We do understand there are legitimate reasons that make it impossible at times to keep our word. This is not the case we are referring to here. It would be better to not make this promise or to say, “I will try to call you back tomorrow.”)
2.) “I will be happy to do that for you.” (Whatever promise was made, it was not kept and their word about the matter causes them not to be trusted. The Holy Spirit is trying to purge this lack from His people and is using a group of men known as “Promise Keepers” to help restore trustworthiness back in the heads of families by stressing that they need to keep their promises.)
We could list numerous examples but these two cover a lot of territory; any time we say the words “I will” we need to be responsible to do it. We all, on occasion, fail to do the things we have good intentions of doing or we are hindered in some way and can’t do them. However, if we are unable to keep an appointment we should be thoughtful enough to call and cancel, or tell of our delayed arrival. We are living in an age when there are so many uncaring attitudes expressed. As Christians, we can be good witnesses by being different.
One of the biggest faults of many Christians, and our society as well, is that we tend to over-commit and then we are unable to keep our word. It is disheartening to see this shift prevalent in businesses. They commit to the jobs, then, are not able to produce them on time and thus the standard for business practices is shifting to not expecting them on time. Business people must now factor in lengthy time delays just to compensate for people’s lack of business ethics.
People that tend to over commit sometimes have a pride problem and are people pleasers. They want people to like them so they offer to do things for them, and because they are unable to keep their promises to all they end up not being able to keep their word; thus they are dishonest. In business it is usually greed that tends to cause them to over commit. They want more business and more money, even when they must work from a backlog that was promised timely.
As Christians we need to ask the Lord to forgive us if we are guilty of lying or deceit. It is a very serious matter with God when we lie. (We can read of the incident of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts chapter 5 in the Bible. They both fell dead when they lied to the Holy Spirit.)
The Bible also lists this sin of lying as one that can lead us to hell along with some other grievous ones.Revelation 21:7-8 says, “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
We can be overcomers through the power of the Holy Spirit as we seek to be like Jesus. We not only do not want to lie, but we also want to keep our word so that people know we are honest and trustworthy. As Christians, we want to represent our Father well in this life and be honest and free from fabrication and fibbing.
This article was taken from the Overcoming Life Digest (Jan./Feb. 1998 Issue);
The Sin of Lying by Elder B. E. Echols
“The average person lies once in every 3 to 5 minutes of conversation”
I prayerfully and sincerely dedicate this book, in the name of Jesus Christ, to all “truth-loving people” — who love the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help them God! Yea, I dedicate it to all those Christians who are concerned about doing something to help rescue people from all their “untruthful ways” and lead them into that “God-given Experience” of St. John 16:13 and Romans 9:2 which delivers men and women, boys and girls, from this “Soul-damning Sin of Lying” (Rev. 21:8 and Psalms 101:7), and helps them to become one hundred percent truthful — praise the Lord!
THIS SECOND EDITION PUBLICATION The ‘first edition’ of this book, comprising five thousand copies, has had worldwide circulation and has proven to be one of the most heart searching and soul-stirring messages the Lord ever blessed me to write. I had thought I would not reprint it; but orders keep coming for them and finally a sister, with a national radio program writes she would like to have another thousand of them. So I am revising, adding a few more points on the forms of lying, and reprinting the book otherwise as it was in the first edition. May God continue to use it to His glory and bless the hearts of all those who will read this SECOND EDITION, is my wish and prayer.
– The Author.
ORIGINAL COPYRIGHT 1946, 1963 By Elder B.E. Echols Now released to public domain by the family of the Late Elder B.E. Echols.
SOME APPRAISALS OF THIS BOOK “This book, ‘The Sin of Lying’ is certainly a commendable work and I have never read anything like it. It should be in EVERY home … because of the truth set forth in its pages. May He who is THE Truth inspire EVERY reader to be filled with ‘the Spirit of Truth’ — the Holy Ghost.” — Rev. Barry A. King, editor of ‘The Oklahoma-Kansas Beacon’.
“Since lying is a soul-damning sin it is ESSENTIAL that we study this subject from every angle, lest we be ‘cut off’ at the FINAL judgment. I know of no other book that so thoroughly covers this subject — ‘The Sin of Lying’. It will certainly make the BEST of God’s people stop and think! I recommend it to EVERY Christian who is seeking to make their calling and election sure.” — Rev. T.W. Barnes, “Director of Home Missions” — Louisiana District.
“The sound teaching and wholesome instruction given through the years by the author of this book, who is my ‘father in the gospel’, has greatly influenced my personal life and ministry for over thirty-six years. This exhaustive, Scriptural and thought provoking message will, no doubt, serve to stir honest souls to examine themselves more thoroughly by the Word of God.” — Rev. (Mrs.) Danita Barnum Davis, former editor of Adult Sunday School Quarterlies.
“The story is told of a saint dreaming he beheld the scourging of Jesus. As his ugly metal-tipped cat-of-nine-tails slashed like sharp knives the bare back of our suffering Saviour, the cruel and merciless soldier seemed to find fiendish glee in his sadistic work. In revulsion the dreamer cried out, whereupon the man turned and for the first time the saint beheld his face. In horror he discovered the man was … himself! Reading (the book) ‘The Sin of Lying’ was a bit like this man’s experience to me, for just when I felt assured I was free from guilt I would turn a page and suddenly come face-to-face with a man resembling myself. This book will be a most revealing and blessed help to all who are determined to be in the “Church without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.” — Rev. David F. Gray, Radio Minister of ‘Hour of Prayer.’
I present this book on “The Sin of Lying” to my many friends, church folk of our faith, and the public in general, after having made an extensive study and research of this damnable sin and also, after having given lectures and Bible lessons in many Northern and Southern states concerning almost everything presented. Seeing that it proved to be one of the most awakening and heart-searching messages that God ever gave me, I have felt urged to put it into book form so that it might be placed into the hands of people who might never have the opportunity to hear teaching upon this subject.
It takes the Holy Ghost to reveal the sinfulness of sin, and when it is thus revealed, things are made to appear to the natural man as though one could never be saved; but that is the outlook of the human mind without taking God into consideration. After listening to our Lord’s teaching on some important matters, the apostles once asked Him: “Who then can be saved?” Jesus answered them by saying: “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Just as certain as the Holy Ghost reveals the sinfulness of sin, it also provides the means and power by which one can rid himself of sin, of any nature, and keep himself from becoming contaminated with it again. See Rom. 8:2-4 and Acts 1:8.
Your study of this sin will likely bring you to the place where you will quake and tremble in your mind and spirit, if not in the flesh as Moses did when God appeared on Mt. Sinai; but it is good for us to be stripped of all our self-righteous garments occasionally and be made to see our human frailness and our need of God. As the old hymn goes, “I need Thee, O I Need Thee; every hour I need Thee.” May the reading of this book give you the hymn writer’s vision of your need of God.
“The Sin of Lying” is one of the most damnable and common sins of the human race. More people have been guilty of lying, in some form or other, than of any other sin which man has ever committed; and there is no doubt as to the final consequences of this sin if it is not repented of before one dies. The Bible plainly informs us that “ALL liars, SHALL HAVE their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone,” (Rev. 21:8). On the other hand, we are informed by the Psalmist David that only those who speak the truth from their heart will be allowed to dwell in God’s holy hill and tabernacle (Psa. 15:1,2). A lying tongue is something which God hates, and any sane person could not perceive of God permitting anyone to enter heaven with something that his Lord held such an attitude toward. The Lord further proved His attitude toward lying by slaying the first two people who were guilty of the sin of lying in the New Testament church, namely, Ananias and his wife, Sapphira. If God will not allow people who lie to remain in His church on this earth, He certainly is not going to permit them to enter heaven to defile it with their lying.
The sin of lying dates back to the garden of Eden. Old Satan told his first lie to mankind when he lied to Eve. Therefore, he won the contemptible title of being “The father of lies” (John 8:44). All liars are going to spend eternity with their father in the lake of fire. I fear that some people are not going to be so fond of their father, the Devil, after they see what he has led them into. Because the Devil introduced this sin at the very time man fell from his high and holy state, it has become a part of his carnal nature to lie. David informs us that “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies,” (Psa. 58:3). This goes to prove that it is the fallen nature of man to lie. Many children are guilty of lying before they ever reach the age of accountability — before they know right from wrong. Some of the most distinguished characters of the Bible have at some time or another been guilty of lying. Among this list we find Sarah Abraham’s wife, Isaac, Jacob, and David. No wonder David came to the place that he took so many precautions against committing this sin. See Psa. 17:3 and 141:3. Many “men of HIGH degree are a lie,” as David said (Psa. 62:9). We run into so much lying at times until we think or say about the same thing as the Psalmist: “I said in my haste, “ALL men are liars.” Thank God, it has always been true that there are a few people who tell the truth.
Hell is going to be filled with liars. If God would excuse the human race of all other damnable sins and send only those to hell who had some time or another told or acted a lie, hell would still be a densely populated place. Some people will go to hell for lying, if they are not careful, who would not intentionally tell a lie. The devil slips this sin over on many people unaware. You will be thoroughly convinced of the truth of this statement after you have finished reading the various forms of lying that we present further on in this book. Many people let lies slip out of their mouths before they ever discover they are telling one. Such statements must be corrected and repented of or to hell one will go. Remember the Bible says all liars will spend an endless eternity in the burning pit, that is, those who do not repent of telling them.
Lying is defined by Webster as being “An untruth, falsehood; something that creates a false impression,” etc. A FALSEHOOD is defined as being a statement that distorts or suppresses the truth, and AN UNTRUTH is defined as being an INCORRECT statement. Remember this, there is but one way around telling the truth, and that is TO LIE. Any time a person undertakes to avoid telling the truth, he is going to lie if he says or does anything otherwise. Remember this also, there is no rubber in the truth – you cannot stretch the truth – and, that there are NO “truthful liars.” Another good definition of a lie is given by a certain writer. He says, “A lie is universally defined as saying to another that which is not true.” God help me and help you to tell the truth. One may think that he will gain by lying, and it may appear that way at first; but he will certainly find out to his own sorrow that it would have paid him to have told the truth, regardless of the first cost. We shall now proceed to our study of “The Various Forms of Lying.”
VARIOUS FORMS OF LYING
We are informed by the Word of God that the Lord that they think you have performed wonderfully, and then make fun or mock as soon as you turn your back or when they make mention of your efforts to others. One has to watch what he says when he compliments one for his singing, testifying, giving, preaching, musical performance, appearance, manner of dress, etc., or he will lie. He must tell them exactly what he thinks and feels from his heart, if he says anything, and tells the truth. We are living in “An Age of Flattery.” Almost everyone seems to be contaminated more or less with the spirit of flattering folk – lying to them. One cannot be a Christian or a true disciple of Jesus Christ and lie about anything. While the Devil is the father of all lying, Jesus is the Father of truth (John 14:6). Solomon was right when he said, “A flattering mouth worketh ruin.” One of Israel’s gross sins, which they committed while wandering in the wilderness, was their flattering God with their mouth (Psa. 78:36). Of all flattering and lying that one could be guilty of, there is none worse than flattering God. So be careful how you flatter any of God’s people today, for God considers anything you do to them as though you did it to Him (Matt. 25:40). People who sin by flattering someone with a lying tongue are considered, by the Lord, to be very wicked (Psa. 5:9). Therefore, “Let not your lips speak that which is not in your heart,” — The Talmud.
2. PERVERSE LYING
While this is one of the various forms of lying, it is also another form of “two-faced lying.” It comprises lying by statements and reports by the same person which do not agree. One cannot tell the same thing differently and tell the truth. is going to CUT OFF all flattering lips (Psa. 12:3). All insincere praise and compliments come under this classification of lying. It is one of those forms of “Two-faced lying,” for “With flattering lips and with a DOUBLE tongue do they speak.” Yes, flattering liars will pretend to your face this form of lying is very destructive to the offender “PERVERSENESS of transgressors shall DESTROY them,” — Solomon. The Wise Man also advises us to put perverse lips far from us (Prov. 4:24) and instructs us: “He that is perverse in his ways shall fall AT ONCE.” Too, this is another form of disguised lying which one has to take much precaution against or he will find himself guilty of committing the sin.
To exaggerate means to overstate, stretch, magnify, color, etc. So one has to watch and see that he does not exaggerate when he is sending in or giving reports of meetings, Bible Conferences, camp-meetings, conventions, healings, revivals, experiences, fishing or hunting trips, what he bought with a dollar, etc. Any time he overstates things he is guilty of exaggeration – lying. Keep this in mind, there is no rubber in the truth; it cannot be stretched. The Wise Man says, “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar,” (Prov. 30:6). So any kind of adding to the truth makes a lie out of it. It is a very easy matter to lie in this manner.
This form of lying is just opposite or reverse to the one just defined. It is committed by taking from instead of adding to. One is tempted to do this more often when he is reporting what others have done, especially if there is any ill-will or jealousy buried in his unchristian heart. One is warned of the danger of this act in Rev. 22:19. What is true concerning God’s Word is also true concerning taking away from or diminishing the truth.
5. POLITE OR MANNERLY LYING
It takes great self-control and great sensitiveness to the checks of the Spirit to order our conversations aright and steer clear of lying, when it comes to everyday manners, customs and living up to the modern rules of etiquette. David says, “They speak vanity every one with his neighbors … and with a DOUBLE heart do they speak.” So when a person speaks with a DOUBLE heart, he is not speaking out of a truthful heart. If there is any truth at all in his heart, it is contaminated with lies. One cannot tell the hostess that he has enjoyed a dinner when he has discovered flies in the beans, worms in the peas or a hair in the butter, without telling a lie. Many have forgotten that God’s Word says, “ALL liars shall have their part in the lake.” These polite and mannerly lies will land one just as deeply in hell as any other lie that was ever told. It is almost impossible for one to live up to the rules of etiquette and the manners and customs of our day, in every respect, and tell the truth. Remember this, the old devil is a very polite fellow in many respects and he is likely the instigator of some of the rules of etiquette that are laid down for us to follow, though they have been written by the band of man.
6. CONFIDENTIAL LYING
“He that is of a faithful (truthful) spirit concealeth the matter,” but he that has an unfaithful (untruthful) spirit reports things and tells things which he has promised not to divulge. This divulging confided news, secrets, information or whatever it might be is nothing less than “Confidential Lying.” When one divulges or makes known what he has promised not to tell, he has lied. Are you in the habit of telling things you promise not to tell? If so, repent and forsake such actions according to Prov. 28:13 and Isa. 55:7. The news that should be kept should not be such welcome news for a Christian, or for one who wants to shun the very appearance of evil, and gain heaven for his eternal home. One should be as much afraid of this confided news and information, which is to never be told to anyone, as he would be of handling a rattlesnake or of meeting a lion in the wild forest without a weapon to defend himself. My friend, close your ears to this nature of gossip, and play safety first against “confidential lying.”
Most tattlers tell lies one way or the other. They either add to, take from, or pretend to be a friend to both parties or all concerned. You know one cannot do thus and avoid lying. Solomon says, “A talebearer revealeth secrets,” and when he has done this he has lied. Some tattlers can be classed as “two-faced liars” while others may tell the truth regardless of what may take place. They often pretend to be a friend to the party to whom they divulge things when they are an avowed enemy. Paul informs us that tattlers speak things which they ought not (I Tim. 5:13), and no one should tell lies. Many tattlers are going to hell for telling lies.
8. CUNNING LYING
Cunning liars stay close to the truth to the extent that one often does not suspect them to be guilty of lying. Half-truths, three-quarter truths, nine-tenth truths, etc., when judged as a whole, are all lies. A little lying even spoils any amount of truth, and turns the whole thing into a lie; for no amount of truth will convert a lie into the truth. However, one may obtain forgiveness for telling lies by telling the truth and admitting he lied. One may get by man and his lie-detector machine with his lying, but he will never slip by the Lord. The Lord has “a lie-detector” which is perfect, and shows up everything that is not the truth. He let Peter use it once on some sly church folk and it worked. We shall tell you more about “God’s Lie-detector” further on in this book.
9. PROMISSORY LYING
This may be a new form of lying to you from a title standpoint; but, everyone who does not keep or fulfill his promises, or does not carry out what he has pledged himself to do, lies in this form. This form of lying is so serious and damnable that Solomon says: “Better is it that thou shouldest NOT vow, than thou shouldest vow and not pay.” Many men and women have broken their promises to wed without any justifiable excuse or without a word of explanation or information and married another — LIED. These promises one makes to God when sick, when out of work, when perplexed concerning what step or move to take or make, had better be kept; also those promises made to wife, husband, children, parents, neighbors, the groceryman, to pastors by evangelists and to the evangelist by the pastor, to a church by a pastor and to the pastor by the church, to those who request our prayers, to the lender or to the borrower, etc. Much lying has been done along these lines.
When we begin to look into the sin of lying, one is made to question: “Lord, and who will be saved?” No need of pondering over this. He has already told us that none but those who speak the truth out of their hearts. See Psa. 15:1,2. This kind of lying has broken many hearts and destroyed much confidence. Let those who are thus guilty of lying repent, tell the truth, and regain the confidence lost by their lying.
Sorry to say, but there has been a bit of lying in this form or manner by (supposed-to-be) ministers of the gospel. Some or much of it may have been unintentional. Will that entirely clear them? Evangelists have lied by promising pastors and churches a campaign at a certain date or place, and the campaign was never conducted or agreeably postponed. On the other hand, pastors and churches have promised certain evangelists a meeting at some certain time or in the undesignated future, and the meeting has never materialized. Similar occurrences have existed between various ministers and churches concerning the pastorate. Some church boards have promised to consider calling a certain minister as pastor for their church and ignored their promise – LIED. Then some preachers have promised certain churches that they would consider accepting their pastorate, which they never did. Brethren, these things should never occur among our churches and ministers. Our word should be our bond.
10. SANTA CLAUS AND RABBIT EGG LYING
“Santa Claus Lying” is undoubtedly the most common form of lying that man is guilty of. More people have lied in this manner than in any other known form. The Devil never hatched or introduced a bigger and more destructive lie than this one, it has robbed more children, and many of -them with so-called Christian parents, of their belief in the story of Jesus than anything else that has ever confronted them. This form of lying often makes atheists out of children whose parents are professed Christians or have embraced the Christian faith. “Oh, wait,” someone says, “one never lies in this manner!” Why not? Any untruth is defined as being a lie. There never has been a Santa Claus, as he is pictured to the children, and there never will be. There is no truth in such lying. No Christian should ever be, and had better not be, guilty of lying in this manner.
The Devil has “Santa Claus Lying” so timed that it is told to the children right along with the story of Jesus when Christians are celebrating the anniversary of their Saviour’ 5 birth into the world, and at a time when the child’s mind is tender and easily impressed. Then he has it timed for him to find out the falsehood of the story concerning Santa Claus just when he should be believing the true story of Jesus and just when he should be embracing the Christian faith for himself — just as he reaches the age of accountability. We are often made to wonder why many children turn their backs on the churches in which they were reared and have no confidence in God or the religion of their parents. If we could only trace such to the root cause, we would often find that the lying story about Santa Claus had destroyed their faith in Jesus, the Bible, and their parents’ religion.
Rabbit Egg Lying is what might be called another one of those “religious lies,” and is timed similar to “Santa Claus Lying,” in that it is told at the very time we are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ which is the Christian’s “basic hope.” See 1 Cor. 15:12-22; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Job 19: 25-27; Psa.49:15 and Isa. 26:19. There is positively no such thing as a rabbit LAYING eggs. People can cause their children to disbelieve the account of the resurrection of Jesus Christ by telling them such lies. May God help all those who are guilty of telling such lies to repent of same and quit all kinds of lying, for the eternal good of themselves and their children.
11. PENTECOSTAL LYING
Probably you have never heard of this form of lying either. We call it “Pentecostal Lying” because no one except Pentecostal People ever lie in this manner. Brother, the world has one on us here when we lie in this manner. Here is how it happens. We are about the only church today in which brothers kiss the brothers and sisters kiss the sisters with the “Holy kiss” (Paul: 2 Cor. 13:12), or the “kiss of charity” (love), as Peter calls it (i Pet. 5:14). Therefore, this form of lying is only peculiar to Pentecostal people. So any time a brother kisses a brother or a sister a sister whom she or he does not love, they have lied by their actions. See John 3:14. This wholesale kissing of folk in the church will not do unless you love them all with a godly love. We do not mean by this that the kissing of the opposite sex is ever permissible in any of our churches. While this is in reality, a true token of our Christian love for one another, it is nothing more than a good trap for hypocrites. It catches all the hypocrites and the Devil does not have to go to the trouble of running them down to catch them. The Devil caught poor Judas Iscariot with this lie-trap, and he has caught many with it since then.
12. LYING MOTTOES
While some Christians and people would not outright tell or act a lie, they will put up mottoes to lie for them. When a man hangs up a motto in his home that says “Christ is the HEAD of this house” when his wife is the boss, such a motto lies for him to everyone who reads it. Amen! Any other motto that does not speak the truth as it actually is lies. Pull down those lying mottoes and replace them with some that tell the truth, if you want to go to heaven!
13. HYPOCRITICAL LYING
Do hypocrites lie? One cannot be a hypocrite without lying (1 Tim. 4:2). All PROFESSED Christians lie in this form. One has to be a real Christian, a POSSESSOR of the Spirit of Christ, in order to always tell the truth. Hypocrisy is defined as being the act of pretending to be what one is NOT – lying actions. when a hypocrite shouts, dances, tries to act or appear happy, pretends to be burdened for lost souls and the work of the Lord in general (Phil. 3:18,19), falls on the floor when others are falling under the power of God, he is LYING; for none of these things are real with him as long as he continues to be a hypocrite. Knowing that all hypocrites lie (1 Tim. 4:2), how is it that one would ever aspire or even allow himself to be one? No wonder Isaiah says, “FEARFULNESS hath SURPRISED the hypocrites (and) who among us shall dwell among the devouring fire? (and) everlasting burnings?” Isa. 33:14. The One whom St. John saw on the throne in heaven answers these two questions asked by Isaiah. He told John, “ALL liars shall have their pad in the lake which BURNETH with fire and brimstone.” So it is a positive fact that all hypocrites are going to hell to burn forever, except they repent and live for God.
When Paul said, “Let love be WITHOUT DISSIMULATION,” he meant for us to be honest concerning the extent of and the manifestation of our love for our fellowman, the lost, the afflicted, or toward our brother in the Lord. The margin of many Bibles renders the word “dissimulation” to mean “hypocrisy.” May God give us more of that Holy Ghost love (Rom. 5:5) which flows of its own accord, without the aid of any human efforts, and we them can keep dissimulation (hypocrisy) out of all our gestures and acts of love toward our brother and fellowman. Brother or Friend, God has His church and religion (salvation) fake-proof. Any time one is not truthful and honest in his sayings and actions, he lies and thereby dooms himself. Hypocritical lying will certainly land one in hell (Rev. 21 :8).
14. THE LYING SMILE
This form of lying might puzzle some of you if you were left to define it; but remember this kind of lying would not be hard for a hypocrite to perform. See 1 Tim. 4:2. When our enemies meet us with a smile, they meet us with a lie. Many who appear to be ’smiling joy’ are often ready to burst into tears, and would if they would only let their inward feelings truly express themselves. There was no guile (deceit) about Jesus (1 Pet. 2:22) and there must be none found in His true followers. If Jesus ever smiled, there was no hypocrisy be hind it. We conclude here by cautioning everyone not to judge anyone but himself concerning this form of lying, or any others.
15. TWO-FACED LYING
There seems to be many forms of this lying. Some of them we have already referred to. Any time one acts friendly toward another when he is his avowed enemy, he is guilty of this form of lying. Joab pulled this one on two good honest men and men of great military worth to Israel, Abner and Amasa. See 2 Sam. 3:26-28 and 20:8-10. This form of two-faced lying is generally prompted by some bad and wicked motives. Hitler and his generals pulled this form of two-faced lying on the Russians, to their own sorrow and annihilation as a ruling party or power. Woe be unto those who lie in this form. Their day is coming. Joab had to be slain for this act before David and his successors could clear their hands before God, of Abner’s blood – due, I suppose, to the king’s responsibility to God for all the acts of the nation. Backbiters, tattlers, gossipers, whisperers and most of all troublemakers in the church lie in this manner, more or less (Psa. 12:2). David says, “They DELIGHT in lies (of this nature) : they bless with their mouth (as Joab did to Amasa: 2 Sam. 20:9,10), but they curse INWARDLY” (are boiling over with anger), Psalms 62:4.
16. LYING IMPRESSIONS
To deliberately plan to leave a wrong impression by act or gesture is equally as bad as speaking a lie. Nor shall we act a lie by refusing to tell the whole truth. Playing the insanity role also comes under this heading. David played the insanity role before Achish, king of Gath, and his servants. “And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the King of Gath. And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad (crazy) in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.” Though David managed to fool the king and make his escape by those lying impressions, he did not escape the guilt of lying. The Gibeonites fooled Joshua and the elders of Israel with their old worn-out clothes, sandals, stale bread, etc., to later become their servants for their lying impressions. See Josh. 9:3-16. God is keeping tab on all liars and will never take one of them into heaven unless he has been cleansed from such by the blood of Jesus Christ.
17. SILENT LYING
Paul informs us that there are those “who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom. 1:18). One could do this by refusing to “amen” the preaching of the truth (Rom. 1:25) or by refusing to speak or preach the truth himself. As the old saying goes, “Silence gives consent,” or admits a thing is true if not contradicted by some word or action. There are times when a Christian is compelled to speak, or lie by keeping silent. Be a man, by God’s grace, and stand up or speak in behalf of the truth when necessary. See Psa. 94:16.
18. “AMEN,” “PRAISE THE LORD,” AND “GLORY TO GOD” LYING
Are you one of those who never heard of one lying in this manner? Any time a preacher informs his congregation: “Everybody who is happy say, ‘Praise the Lord,’ ‘Glory to God,’ or ‘Amen’,” and they do so when they are not really happy, they lie in this manner or form. To make such declarations at any time in an insincere attitude is lying; for one has to speak the truth from his heart to avoid lying by such expressions, or any other kindred sayings (Psa 15:2).
19. LYING ASSERTIONS
when the following statements are not true, they become lying assertions: “I am so happy,” “I believe every promise in the Book” (Bible), “I fully trust God for both soul and body,” “I enjoyed the sermon,” “I enjoyed your singing,” “I am so glad to see you,” “I am glad you came,” “Hurry back,” “A grand time,” “You are the idol of my heart,” “You are the grandest person in the world,” etc. Remember, ALL Liars are going to be punished (Rev. 21:8).
20. JUSTIFICATORY LYING
Remember this, most excuses are framed with lies. It is a dangerous thing to attempt to make an excuse. The blueprint for excuses calls for a certain amount of lying and many people are making excuses all the time for their shortcomings as a Christian, neighbor, lender, borrower, foreman, employee or employer, etc. Excuses for this and excuses for that lying instead of confessing their guilt. The best way around “justificatory lying” is to confess – shell down the truth (Prov. 28:13). For “he who DENIES his guilt DOUBLES his guilt.” -The Talmud. In other word he adds sin to sin, as a general rule, when he makes excuses. People who continually offer excuses for their shortcomings seldom mend, improve or change their way of doing. On the other hand, people who confess generally change their way of living and acting. According to Jeremiah 3:1t, a person who justifies himself is in a backsliding condition if not already backslidden. Job had this to say: “If I justify myself (which can only be done by making excuses), mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, ‘I am perfect,’ it shall also prove me perverse” (Job. 9:20). Justificatory liars are going where all other liars go – to the burning lake (Rev. 21:8).
21. BACKTRACK LYING
The title used for this form of lying is either carved or colloquial. The true meaning of this form of lying is TO RETRACT, which means to take back something that has been said; to recall an utterance; to draw back or draw in, renounce, repudiate, etc. One has to watch about taking back what he has said or promised to do, especially if it is done in the attitude of disregarding those concerned, or due to the lack of interest in fulfilling his promises, else he will be found a liar in the sight of God. This is a form of lying that is hard to distinguish or discover without the aid of the Holy Spirit, either in our own life and actions or in the lives of others. Much precaution should be taken when it comes to judging the guilt of others concerning this form of lying: for, without the aid of the Holy Spirit, man is limited in his judgment to the seeing of the eye and hearing of the ear – which often leads to an erroneous conclusion or opinion. See Matt. 7:1-5.
22. LYING BY DENIAL
This form of lying is committed by one denying what he has formerly said or done and is often committed by one denying his guilt when guilty. Anyone can readily see that such an act as this is nothing but lying. However, some people become very bold in their lying in this manner. Sarah, Abraham’s wife, laughed concerning the Lord promising her and Abraham a son when they were both old and stricken with age, and when she discovered that her laughter had displeased the Lord she denied committing the act -to His face – and in contradiction to His own knowledge and observation of her act – when she knew she was guilty. According to the Scripture, she let a spirit of fear frighten her into lying by denying her guilt (Gen. 18:1,9-15). This, however, did not justify her for lying to the Lord, neither did it take away her guilt. She had lied, and the Lord had to rebuke her to her face for her sin. May we not expect God to deal severely with us if we, too, lie in this manner? I think so, for God is no respecter of persons. He deals with all alike (Rev. 21 :8).
Deny what you say and do and go to hell if you prefer, is the stand that God takes regardless of who you are. An honest confession for this sin of lying will keep one from going to the Devil’s eternal abode (Prov. 28:13 and 1 John 1:9). Keep in mind, “He who denies his guilt DOUBLES his guilt” – according to the Talmud.
The person who says he has forgotten certain things when he does remember, lies in this manner. Many are those who have lied by denying their guilt or by claiming to have for gotten things they faintly or definitely remember. Hell is staring such liars right in the face, the same as all other liars (Rev. 21 :8).
23. DECEPTIVE LYING
In a sense, all lying may be deceptive; but any time one undertakes to deceive another, he will very likely lie in this manner. Solomon says, “A deceitful witness speaketh lies.” All kinds of divinations, witchery, fortune telling, false claims of being led of God in order to deceive people, false interpretations of the Scriptures and the false interpretation of tongues, false reports concerning organizations, bank assets, investments, stocks, bonds, etc., all lead to and constitute this form of lying. One had better be led of God or know he is telling the truth when he publicly declares such to be true.
This kind of lying not only has its bad effect upon the guilty party; but it dooms so many of the hearers or receivers. Look at what happened to the “Man of God” to whom the false prophet lied, as recorded in the 13th Chapter of 1 Kings. The Man of God lost his life as a result of being deceived by the false prophet’s lies. Many honest-headed people will likewise lose their souls for believing some lying preacher’s instructions concerning HIS THEORY of the plan of salvation. There is but one way to be saved (Eph. 4:4-6), and that is according to what is laid down in the New Testament by Jesus and His apostles. See St. John 3:3-5; Acts 2:37-39; 4:10-12; Mark 16:15,16 and 2 Thes. 1:7-10.
24. PSYCHOLOGICAL LYING
Psychological lying is psychology falsely applied, if I understand correctly the basic principles of Psychology. See 1 Tim. 6:20. When one pretends to be interested in something when he is not, or vice versa, in order to deceive another person into doing or not doing something, he has lied in this form. It goes like this: a certain man’s wife was in the habit of visiting her relatives when she decided to do so, regardless of whether it pleased him or not. He first tried to hinder her by outright objecting and possibly refusing to let her have money for her fare and the expenses of the trips. Such tactics failed. He then decided he would deceive her into staying by the use of a little lying psychology. The next time she spoke of going home he pretended to be highly in favor of her going and offered to assist in almost every way imaginable. She decided he must have another woman dated or something unusual in mind that demanded her absence, so she persistently stayed at home, as she figured, to his sorrow and to her good pleasure. This was the whole aim of all of his plans and actions, to get her to stay at home; but the poor fellow lied to accomplish his desires. God’s Word does not make any allowances for any form of lying. See Rev. 21:8.
Preachers, you cannot pretend to be indifferent about a pastorate, a meeting or an official position in some organization when you are much concerned, if you do so to carry out your aims or gain your desires. This will apply to many things in or out of the church. Many high-powered salesmen employ this method of lying in order to sell their merchandise. They are selling their souls to the flames of hell while they sell their merchandise. God give us more understanding of all forms of lying and grace to always tell the truth. You wives had better not employ this method to keep your husbands at home. Make it a matter of prayer and God will keep him at home, by some means of His own choosing.
25. COURTSHIP LYING
Sampson set the example of this form of lying. He lied to his girl friend with little apprehension of the consequences to follow. He was soon robbed of his God-given strength, his liberty or freedom, his eyesight, his girl friend, and died with the uncircumcised (unsaved). See Judges 16:10-31. This pretending to love a boy friend or girl has led to many a broken head, and in some cases an act of suicide or an unhappy marriage. Love from only one party after marriage does not make for a happy union or home. This form of lying often leads to divorcing, a remarriage on the part of one or both, and then adultery and HELL. It is going to be a bad thing for one who enters hell to be able to trace his or her steps back to courtship lying, either on his part or the part of his companion. Boys and girls, men and women, widows and widowers, you can certainly gain nothing by lying during courtship. Don’t pretend to love another when you have no love in your heart for them. A Christian will rob himself of all his spiritual power and blessing if he lies in this manner and also will have his name blotted out of “God’s Family Record Book,” the Book of Life. See Ex. 32:33 and Psa. 69:27,28.
26. MATRIMONIAL LYING
The marriage vow is seldom taken very seriously any more. Men and women are thus lying to ministers, judges or those who officiate and to God, when they do not carry out the promises made at this time. These promises are made before God and man and are never to be broken except by death. This form of lying leads to separations, divorcing, remarrying, wrecked homes, scattered families who become strangers to each other; fatherless, motherless and homeless children; adultery, fornication, heartaches, misery and hell (Rev. 21:8).
The home life of America and the whole world is headed for the rocks, and this form of lying is playing its part in accomplishing these things. If man does not repent of his lying and the many other sins he is committing, God will have to bring him into judgment and punish him for his ungodly ways. Of all people who should tell the truth concerning holy matrimony, it is those who profess to be Christians, and it pays anyone and everyone else to tell the truth.
27. COMRADESHIP LYING
Paul cautions Christians to “Lie NOT one to another” (Col. 3:9). This form of lying is often carried on between husband and wife, partners in business and various associates. This breaks up homes, dissolves partnerships, causes friends to become enemies, etc. Remember, one’s lack of being a Christian does not give him permission to lie. Anyone who lies is going to reap his sin. Gal. 6:7 and Num. 32:23.
28. UNDERMINING LYING
This is a form of lying which is carried on to injure a person by cheating him out of a position, such as: a church, an office in the church, to keep some evangelist from being given a meeting, in order to accomplish the removal of some official in the church or a business concern, to destroy someone’s reputation or prestige, etc. Much lying is done in this manner in all walks of life, and many people will go to hell for it. The writer lost two jobs or positions with Oil Companies before he entered the ministry due to this kind of lying. However, the Lord blessed him with better employment each time. To you who may be lied on in this manner in the future, keep in mind that “all things work together for good to them who love God” (Rom. 8:28). Keep sweet in your soul and stay humble, God will work things out for you and sooner or later punish the liar. “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil (undermining lying), and his lips that they speak no guile” (1 Pet. 3:10). One never gains anything worthwhile or of any lasting good by lying.
29. OFFICIAL LYING
We may look for “wickedness in HIGH places” these days. David says, “Surely. . men of a HIGH DEGREE are a lie.” In Revelations 2:2 we read: “Thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them (to be) MARS.” We do not like to think of men of such rank and file ever being guilty of lying; but it is sometimes the case, to our sorrow and their shame. Then on the other hand, we thank God that some of our leading men of both the church and governmental affairs still tell the truth. Those who would refrain from lying for personal gain or purposes should refuse to lie for corporations, insurance companies, railroads, banks, governments, churches or what not (Rev. 21:8). Official reports concerning these various firms and associations should contain nothing but the truth. Remember, if we lie for the other fellow, we become a partaker of his sins, which the Scrip turns warn us against (1Tim.5:22).
30. THE LIE OF MOOCHING
This form of lying does not necessarily include the hobo or professional tramp just the person who claims to have had a streak of bad luck, some serious illness or misfortune -of life. There is so much of this form of lying until one never knows who to help or who is really in need of food, clothing or a few nights lodging. He often wants money to buy liquor, dope, tobacco, or to gamble with instead of something to purchase food and other necessities. These mooching liars will come right into the church telling their lies. They seem to take pleasure in infringing upon the charity of religious institutions and their constituents. Poor fellows, they come to a place seeking death where they should be seeking life, and do not realize what they are doing.
31. PITIFUL OR HOBO LYING
Many professional tramps or hobos tell little truth when they ask for something to eat. They often pretend to be hungry to get something to carry on with them to eat later. They could get it just the same by telling the truth. The writer knows of one professional beggar who claimed to be dumb as well as partly paralyzed, who forgot and began to talk during a conversation. That lie I caught him in made me disbelieve the rest of his story, and consequently I did not help him any more. It never pays to lie, here or hereafter. See Gal. 6:7,8 and Rev. 21 :8.
Preachers need to be careful about relating too much concerning their needs or plightful conditions financially. Even when such stories contain nothing but the truth, people are often made to question the veracity of them. “Shun the very appearance of evil” is good advice to always bear in mind and observe.
32. PROFESSIONAL AND QUALIFICATION LYING
People who claim to be trained or experienced in any line of work for which they are not, lie when they make such claims. Employers have been imposed upon so much by this mode of lying until they have taken many precautions against employing such men, and yet some of them get by all their examinations and requirements. Men claim to be carpenters, mechanics, painters, machinists, pipe-fitters, welders, various kinds of oil field workers, etc., who never worked a day at such trades. Any kind of a false claim is a lie.
Two boys I once knew hired out as a dishwasher and cook. The proprietor assigned their work for the preparation of the noon lunch, instructing the one who had posed as a cook to cook a certain large pan full of rice. She then took off to town to return and find almost everything in the kitchen full of cooked rice and the boys gone — nothing but rice for her boarders to eat for lunch but to her sorrow, shame and disappointment her “LYING cook” and dishwasher could not be located.
33. MECHANISTIC LYING
This form of lying is so common today until one almost expects to get swindled when he carries his car to a garage for repairs. Many mechanics lie concerning what is out of operating order about the car, or lie concerning the repairs made and the standard price for same. People are often charged for repairs which are never made and for parts which are never installed. The writer heard of a garage owner who gave a shop foreman a “once-over” for not using his pencil more when charging for parts and repairs. What is true concerning the car mechanic is often true with other mechanics — they lie, too, concerning the things they repair. The writer knows of two shop foremen in authorized Chevrolet garages who are known for their honesty and veracity. As a rule they have more work than they can turn out. Their employers gain by their truthfulness and honesty. Too bad, but many will go to hell for this form of lying (Rev. 21:8).
34. PARENTAL LYING
Parents often lie to their children — not intentionally every time — concerning many different things, which is a very bad thing to do. One who lies habitually to his children need not expect anything less of them (Gal. 6:7). Children often blame their parents for their lying when they know their parents have lied to them — set the example before them. Some children detect or discover so much lying in their parents, until they must say about the same thing which we find recorded in Jer. 16:19 — “Surely our fathers have INHERITED lies.”
Parents should not lie by telling their children to “Finish your work and we will go fishing or take an outing,” “Be nice and mannerly and mother will give you a dime,” “Just as sure as you~ do certain things, I will whip you,” “If you don’t do what I have assigned you, I will not let you go,” etc., and never do what they tell and promise their children. God help all of us parents to be cautious and tell our children the truth. No wonder we have so many liars in the world today. Many parents are training their children to lie by lying to them or before them.
35. JEALOUS LYING
Jealous lying is that form of lying which is prompted by jealousy. It is said, that “jealousy is as cruel as death” and that is about true. Jealousy has prompted many people to lie even to the extent that it caused someone to lose his life or be seriously injured. Jealous children often lie on their brothers and sisters to their parents. Jealous deacons, musicians, singers, Sunday School teachers, etc., lie on one another to their own shame and to the reproach of the whole church and cause of Christ. Jealousy blinds people, spiritually speaking, and they never see the harm they will cause by lying before they do such a thing. People in almost all walks of life — the barber, doctor, dentist, groceryman, druggist, mechanic, carpenter, brick mason, electrician, lawyer, welder, etc. — are at times overcome with a spirit of jealousy which prompts them to lie on their fellowman. But there are not any excuses in the sight of the Lord, which justify one to lie.
36. OPA AND RATIONING LYING
This form of lying has taken in many people including a host of professed Christians, and may damn many other folk when we are involved in war again. If people do not repent of this form of lying, God will have to enlarge hell to be able to put all of them in the lake of fire. It has been enlarged in the past (Isa. 5:14); I’m sure it can be done again. This lying about rent prices, cost of repairing apartments, and dwelling -houses; lying to obtain gasoline, tires, tubes, cars, bicycles, sugar, and anything that is or was rationed, is just another way for one to lose his soul. Just think of the penalty imposed for this form of lying by Uncle Sam — “ten years imprisonment or $10,000.00 fine, or both.” Uncle Sam is about as hard on liars as God is.
One does not have to lie to get what is due him of that which is rationed. He lies to get more than his allotted share, and that is a very unfair thing. It is far from living up to the “Golden Rule” doing unto others as ye would have them to do unto you. Many traps are set for those who lie these days, and they are catching a host of them. If we had definite statistics on all forms of lying, I am sure that this one would take in or include about as many as any other form except “Santa Claus Lying.” The devil is taking advantage of almost everything that comes up these days to use it to induce people to lie. In ages to come, this may be referred to as “A Lying Age” — a time when almost everyone lied in some form or another. “If the righteous (those who do not lie) SCARCELY be saved (escape the devil’s lying traps), where shall the ungodly (the lying church member) and the (lying) sinner appear?” The Bible also answers this question: “The wicked (habitual liars and sinners) shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (and lie). See Psalms 9:17.
It matters not at what time in the future you may read this book, you should know something of the time when the author wrote it — during “World War II.”
37. INCOME TAX LYING
Any time one signs his name to a declaration form for estimated income or to the original final return form used for computing his income and either of them contain, to his certain knowledge, false statements or figures, he has lied, even if someone else filled out the form or declaration for him. Uncle Sam is calling men and corporations into his courts every day to answer for this form of lying, and to pay the penalty when proved guilty. God is going to call the same gentlemen and ladies to come before His court, the Great White Throne of Judgment, some of these days — about one thousand years after the righteous dead have been resurrected and gone on to their glorious rewards — to give account of this form of lying, and all other kinds too. He is not going to let any of them slip by or go unpunished. See Rev. 21:27,8.
This is where money will cause one to lie and lose his soul if he is not careful — by lying to save his money or to keep from paying it out for taxes imposed by the federal government. Truly, “The LOVE of money is (turns out to be) the root (cause) of ALL evil” (including lying). See 1 Tim. 6:10 and Acts 5:1-11. It is so easy for one to let his heart get attached to money to where it controls him instead of his controlling what money he possesses. My friend and brother in the Lord, keep your money under your control if you intend to make it to heaven, and don’t let it prompt you to lie under any circumstances, this “Income Tax Lying” included.
38. IMMIGRATIONAL LYING
This is that kind of lying one does in order to obtain passage from one country to another when he feels that he does not have sufficient or justifiable reasons to obtain the passport or permission. Some people would lie their way into heaven if they could; but God has a total ban on all liars entering His country (Rev. 21:27).
The writer observed and inquired into some of the rules of immigration once when going into and returning from Canada — which rules are not so strict for Americans and Canadians. As I was returning to the States, a United States immigration officer ordered one man taken off the train before we crossed the line into Portal, North Dakota. I inquired of him why he had refused the man entrance, and he informed me that he had lied to him when cross-questioned and he informed me that if a man was ever caught lying, they could deny him entrance on that point alone, regardless of how many justifiable reasons he had to offer. So lying alone will keep one from making the passage from this earth to God’s country (heaven) regardless of all the good deeds they have performed (Matt. 7:21-23 and Rev. 21:27). It has kept many a poor soul from entering our wonderful country where much freedom is enjoyed. It looks as though people would learn that it never pays to lie and that no liar will be permitted to enter heaven.
39. TREACHEROUS LYING
A treacherous liar is one who betrays people of his own state, church or country by lying. One who pretends to be true and loyal when he is just the opposite at heart is a treacherous liar. Such was Judas Iscariot. According to Zeph. 3:4-7 there have been some prophets, priests and preachers guilty of committing this form of lying. To betray one’s confidence which he has placed in us by lying actions or statements is nothing less than treacherous lying. We read in flab. 1:13, “Wherefore lookest thou upon them that DEAL TREACHEROUSLY and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?” Such as this is often the case. A man or woman, who is living immorally and indulging in all kinds of wicked acts and sins, will often lie on the righteous man or sister in a very treacherous manner. Don’t worry; God, in due time, will bring such people into judgment to account for their wicked acts and lying (Eccl. 12:14).
40. THREATENING LYING
When one makes threats which he does not intend to carry out, he lies in this manner. This lying to scare folk or children into doing things is going to get some into trouble with God if not otherwise. This form of lying is commonly known and referred to as “Blackmail” when such threats are sent to people, corporations, judges, prosecuting attorneys, etc., through the U. 5. mail service. Parents cannot threaten to punish their children in order to get them to do or not do things unless they mean to do what they say; otherwise they lie in this manner. When pastors of churches threaten to resign unless the church folk do certain things, he, too, had better be speaking the truth from his heart or he will lie in this manner and go to hell as the final consequence of such, unless he repents. Employers often make threats to their employees which they have no intention of carrying out, and quite often the employees do the same thing — they threaten to quit if certain things are not granted or carried out. One is forced to either carry out his threats, apologize or lie. Church and organizational officials need to be careful or they will lie in this manner, almost before they are aware of what they are doing. David said, “I will TAKE HEED to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue” and he later prayed: “Set a watch, 0 Lord, before my mouth; keep the doors of my lips.” How easy it is for one to sin by lying in this manner.
41.RELATIONSHIP AND ACQUAINTANCE LYING
Those who deny being related to those who are their blood kin, and those who deny knowing those with whom they are acquainted and associated in and out of the church lie in this manner. Pride often prompts this form of lying. Paul must have suffered or experienced something of this nature and was making reference to it when he said: “As unknown, and yet well known” (2 Cor. 6:9). The Apostle Peter lied IN THIS MANNER the night Jesus was brought before Caiaphas, the high priest, to be tried. See St. John 18:15-18, 24-27.
One could lie in this manner concerning his spiritual relationship, and will unless he is frank to admit it as Paul did. When Paul was being tried before Felix he acknowledged or confessed: “After the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers.” Paul was not ashamed of his religious affiliation (Rom. 1:16), neither did he allow himself to lie in this manner as some church folk do.
42. CLINIC AND HOSPITAL LYING
We do not mean by this title that all doctors and nurses are liars and that none of them ever tell the truth. The writer is personally acquainted with some doctors who have a reputation of being truthful. But like all other professions, there are some doctors and nurses who either figure it is best for them to lie or they have acquired the lying habit. This is likely the reason the Psalmist informs God’s children: “It is better to trust in the Lord (One who never lies and cannot lie) than to put confidence IN man.” And if we all realized or believed that “Whoso putteth his trust IN the Lord SHALL BE SAFE” (Prov. 29:25), I am sure there would be more of God’s children trusting Him for their healing, health and protection from all contagious diseases instead of running the risk of being lied to and being given something, or be operated on in a manner, that would hasten them on into eternity.
43. BUSINESS LYING
Some people think that they cannot carry on a business successfully without lying, at least occasionally. Paul admonishes us to “Lie NOT one to another” (Col. 3:9). One who lies in order to sell drives his customers away from his place of business, as a general rule, and sends them elsewhere to purchase what they want. A man does not have to tell many lies to gain a reputation for lying; for his lying will soon find him out, or be generally known. Some business men are so aware of the effect that lying produces upon their business until they will dismiss clerks and employees who lie. They even go so far as to instruct their employees to always tell the truth about what they are selling. One will seldom go broke for telling the truth.
44. FILTHY LUCRE LYING
This form of lying covers more than “Business Lying.” People, who do not operate any kind of a business establishment, lie for financial gain. The writer knows of a man who lied about the price of some chickens once in order to buy the chickens fifteen cents per head cheaper for his own use. He did not save more than two dollars by telling that lie, and, thereby, doomed and assured himself of going to a devil’s hell — provided he never repented of the act. Solomon says, “The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that SEEK death” (Prov. 21:6).
The Apostle Paul informs us: “The love of money is the root of all evil.” “The LOVE of money” has caused many people to lie. In fact, there are only a few people who have not been induced to lie from this source. Without the Holy Ghost to guard the doors of our lips and minds, almost any of us might lie at one time or another for the gain of “filthy lucre.”
45. THE LIE OF SORCERY AND FORTUNE TELLING
According to the Bible all enchanters, magicians, sorcerers, fortune tellers, spiritualist mediums, etc., are liars. “Therefore hearken not ye to your … diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers for they prophesy a lie unto you” (Jer. 27:9, 10). These fortune tellers are absolutely nothing but “lie peddlers.” Many of them go around with fortunes, which have been printed for years, to sell in rotation to those who are foolish enough to buy one of his lies. It is estimated that 80,000 or more of these wizards and magicians are making a living off of file American people now, selling them lies. If they only collected $2,000.00 a year each, it would amount to $160,000,000.00 annually that Americans are paying for this form of lying. I think that statistics show that the amount is much greater than the figures given. We must have a host of “lie customers” in America as well as a goodly number of liars. The sad part about this is: the Devil is going to get the liars and their customers too. See Rev. 21:8 and 1 Tim. 5:22. King Saul ate his last meal or lunch with the old witch of Endor. God’s people had better heed His Word and have nothing to do with any of these consulters with familiar spirits, necromancers, wizards, diviners, fortune tellers, sorcerers, magicians, etc. See Deut.18:9-14; Micah 5:12; Gal.5:19-21 and Nah.3:4-6.
46. BRIBERY LYING
This form of lying is committed by those who accept gifts and money to render false reports, false accounts, and make false statements as desired by the one who bribes them. We have a case of this nature recorded in Matt. 28:11-15, which reads as follows: “Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave LARGE money unto the soldiers (who had stood guard at our Lord’s grave), saying, ‘Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while we slept. And if this come to file governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.’ So they took the money, and did as they were taught” — lied about the whole affair.
Much of this kind of lying is purchased with gifts today from those who want to earn money in an easy way, they think! The writer knows of a certain man who will lie for money in this manner even though it swindles poor people out of their possessions. In one instance, it is reported that he obtained the signature of an old couple, who had an interest in some real estate worth thousands of dollars, for the meager sum of seventy-five dollars. He lied to them and probably told them it would be the seventy-five dollars or nothing; so they took him at his word and signed the document or deed. He probably received several thousand dollars of “bribery money” for this lying transaction, and felt that he had put over a great deal and made a wonderful financial haul. But he will find out on that “Great Reckoning Day,” when he stands before the Judge of the whole earth, that it is going to be a terrible deal to doom and damn his soul. Keep this in mind, it never pays to lie (Rev. 21:8).
According to Job 15:34, “The congregations of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the TABERNACLES OF BRIBERY.” So those who bribe others to lie will suffer the tortures of the eternal fire the same as those whom they thus entice to lie. Be careful lest you be a partaker of other men’s sins. See 1 Tim. 5:22 and Isa. 33:14.
47. CARELESS AND RECKLESS LYING
To be a careless and reckless liar means that one is heedlessly paying no attention to the truthfulness or untruthfulness of his statements and does not consider what the consequences of such lying may be. I think David let a spell of this kind of lying come on him one time, when he was fleeing from Saul and stopped at Nob to get some bread and a sword from the priest, Ahimelech. He told him three lies in one statement or right in succession (1 Sam. 21:2). The King had not sent him on a business errand, neither had he told him to keep his mission a secret from others, and David was journeying alone though he pretended that a number of men were accompanying him.
A reckless and careless liar is more dangerous than a reckless driver of an automobile or a careless pilot of an airplane. David occasioned the death of eighty-five priests and all the inhabitants of Nob by his careless lying. Read 1 Sam. 21:1-10 with 22:7-22 and see for yourself that I am informing you correctly about this incident. The city of Nob has never been rebuilt. It passed into oblivion as a result of David’s lying, and many people and cities have gone likewise since then for some person’s reckless lying. It is bad enough for one to lie when it only affects himself. It is a terrible and very wicked act when it produces results as in the case just related. No wonder David had to pray for God to create a clean heart in him (Psa. 51:10), set a watch before his mouth, and keep the doors of his lips (Psa. 141:3). A person who lies to get himself out of some predicament generally gets into something worse. See 1 Sam. 21:1,2,10-13. The best way out is to tell the truth and do some repenting, too. See Prov. 28:13 and I John 1:9,7. A person who allows himself to talk too freely will sooner or later be guilty of lying, and possibly in this manner (Prov. 10:19 and EccI. 5:1,2).
CLASSIFICATION OF LIARS
REASONS WHY ONE SHOULD NOT LIE
SOME QUESTIONS CONCERNING LYING ANSWERED
SOME PUNISHMENTS THAT AWAIT ALL LIARS
GOD’S REMEDY AND INOCULATION FOR LYING