The invention of lying

the devil

Lying is his invention.

Walking in integrity very much requires a commitment to truth. The word integrity, in and of itself, can literally be defined as “honesty.”

This commitment is rooted and grounded all throughout the Scriptures. John 4:24 implores, “God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and truth.”

Now, we know that the Bible declares Jesus to be the truth. Christ’s own words in John 14:6 proclaim, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

To walk in truth, then, is to walk in the divine nature of Christ. The path that truth requires us to tread not only includes our commitment to the word of God (John 17:17), but also our ability to uphold telling the truth.

God, in fact, places so much value on the truth that He tells us to, “Buy the truth and do not sell it” (Proverbs 23:23). Furthermore, God told Jeremiah, with pending judgment awaiting Jerusalem, “If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city” (Jeremiah 5:1).

The fact that God values the truth, therefore, means that he despises its counterpart—lying. Proverbs 6:16-17 states, “There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood.”

Colossians 3:9-10 instructs the Christian in matters of holy living: “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

We must realize that lying is not something to be played with. To be void of the truth—consequently walking outside of integrity—is to walk contrary to God’s nature.

The Apostle Paul qualifies this as walking according to the flesh (sinful nature) as opposed to the Spirit. Romans 8:5-7 reads:

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 

The most prevalent revelation that the believer should have about lying, however, is that it is satanic!

Listen to what Jesus reveals to us while speaking to the Pharisees in John 8:44:

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

The devil epitomizes the complete opposite of the truth. Where the truth is absent, the devil is present.

When we allow lies to come from our tongues, then we are surely speaking the devil’s language. Moreover, we unwittingly declare son-ship to the father of lies as we carry out his desire for us to lie, thereby submitting to the devil.

When viewing lying plainly for the demonic instrument that it is, it sheds a whole new light on the Acts 5 account of Ananias and Sapphira. At the time where the Church was first coming unto the scene, there were some property owners who sold their homes and brought the money to the apostles.

Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. Upon bringing the money to Peter, however, they chose to keep part of the money and pretend as if they were giving the Church the full amount.

Acts 5:3-5 reads:

Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”

5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened.

Can you imagine what a disaster it would be if everyone who told a lie dropped dead? I am surely grateful to God for his grace and mercy.

Much like Ananias, though, there is really no reason for us to lie. Our motives are not reflective of God’s character traits when we lie, but the devil’s. These traits include: jealousy, greed, selfish ambition and the list continues.

Greed and selfish ambition surely motivated Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, to lie in the manner that he did.

After Naaman was healed of leprosy, he offered Elisha gifts that the prophet refused.  Gehazi’s response is found in 2 Kings 5:19-20:

After Naaman had traveled some distance, 20 Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, “My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something from him.

The first lie he told was to Namaan. Second Kings 5:22 reads, “My master sent me to say, ‘Two young men from the company of the prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two sets of clothing.’”

Then Gehazi lies to Elisha in 2 Kings 5:25:

When he went in and stood before his master, Elisha asked him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?”

“Your servant didn’t go anywhere,” Gehazi answered.

Elisha, of course, was aware that Gehazi was lying. Gehazi’s punishment for lying was that he and his descendants would be forever struck with leprosy.

Please know that there is a punishment for lying (and any other wrong-doing for that matter). Galatians 6:7 reads, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

The most painful punishment for the believer, though, should not be the actual consequences that our lies bring back on us. Rather, it should be our proclaimed distrust for God as indicated by our actions.

And we have no reason not to trust God, because “anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame” (Romans 10:11).

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~ by christianballenger on July 14, 2011.

One Response to “The invention of lying”

  1. Amen.

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