Revelation 21:8 “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
We know what a liar is. We know that Satan is the father of lies and we know sin entered this world upon a lie when the serpent deceived Eve.
A lie is deception, hypocrisy, speaking falsehood, letting someone believe something not true, telling half-truths, sometimes just remaining silent can be a lie. The Bible tells us the final destiny of those who practice lies. The Bible also tells us of those who claim to have a relationship with God and do not live accordingly. 1 John 2:4 reads: “The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;” 1 John 1:10 reads: “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us”.
I am sure we all agree up to this point of what has been said. Now we need to realize some ways in which we lie that God is not please with. Of course the false teacher is a liar. Sure they use some bible, but they do not teach the whole Bible. They teach giving your heart to Jesus, but do not teach the plan of salvation. So their followers are not really saved by their faith only. Anyone who teaches a different doctrine than we have in the Scriptures is to be condemned and will be considered anathema by God (Galatians 1:6-8).
If we are trying to live the life of a Christian, it is imperative that we remove sin from our lives. Not just the blatant lies, but the lies that we might consider insignificant. Many people who claim to be Christians are just as false as they can be because they do not live according to God’s word. They claim to be His, but their deeds deny Him (Titus 1:16). Jesus spoke of those who pretended to be His followers and Jesus rejected them because they did not obey (Matthew 7:21-23). The whole world just loves John 3:16, but they ignore John 3:36; “He who believes in the Son has eternal life, but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
If we are trying to be a faithful Christian, we have to watch everything we do. The reason is because the world and its people have their eyes trained on us. If we behave like the worldly people do, our Christianity is pointless and meaningless. And of course our light that we try to shine is very dim. We are supposed to put God first (Matthew 6:33), but worldly people put other things first as the priority of their lives. We must be mindful that everything we speak is a product that will be judged by others. If we speak a lie, we have denied the faith of our Master.
I would like to caution all Christians in their experience with social media. Facebook is the most prominent right now. As one gazes upon the various posts, there is lying and falsehood abounding. Some of these lies come from satirical sites. These sites are known that is what they do (and most people do not take them seriously). Some lies come from new sources that display a certain bias. Often political parties lie about the people in the other party. As it turns out, the other party is always wrong, no matter what they do. So it appears to many, but is it true? If someone did a good thing, does that make them evil? I didn’t think so.
What I am trying to get across is that if you just forward these posts, and it turns out to be a lie, you are guilty of promoting the lie. It is as if you said it yourself. One may claim that they did not say it, so they are not accountable for such; but the fact that you share the post tells all your contacts that you agree with the post. If it turns out to be a lie, you are guilty of lying, and God will hold you accountable for that. If you participate in social media, make sure that you verify anything you forward.
The apostle Paul made the suggestion (actually a command) that our very words need to be for edification (1 Corinthians 14:1-17). Sharing Scripture online, and sharing articles encouraging faithfulness to God is a good thing. Promoting hatred for a person or group of people is not a good thing. I want to encourage every Christian to use the internet for the promotion of the gospel and teaching people about God. The religion of Atheism is growing daily, and if we want to help souls reach heaven we have to get busy promoting the true church of Christ and the salvation that only Jesus offers.
Please consider these thoughts carefully and prayerfully.
Carey Scott 7/10/08
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