We continue with Bible examples such as Elisha, etc., to show there is no proof of lying or even so-called holy lying in several of them. The Bible calls us to be silent at proper times. This is a crucial doctrine to understand is this age of blabber-mouths, gossips, false accusers, liars, tattlers, tale-bearers, and fools.
We've talked about how God hates a lying tongue, but there is an even more destructive relative of a lying tongue. It is the cause of a lot more grief and suffering right down where we all live, and destruction to the cause of Christ, and the church in general: A False Witness. Speaking Lies.
To hate something in our day doesn't mean the same thing now as it did long ago. The implication of hatred nowadays is of a desire to destroy and obliterate. But in these scriptures, where God says he hates these things simply means that he won't have any part of these things. He separates himself from them. So if we want to be close to him, we cannot be a part of all or any of these things that he hates.
Most folks find a way to exclude themselves from this category. It's something that, in its literal sense, is something most folks haven't done. But Jesus made it clear that hands aren't the only way that murder can exist. It is in the heart as well. How many of us are guilty of shedding innocent blood with our hearts, thoughts and intents?
We begin this series on lying by this study on how to respond, Biblically, to slanderers and false accusers. The message shows what we may expect in these last days; what slander consists of; and who are the common victims of it. The message reveals the balance between answering not a fool, and answering a fool! Sometimes we should answer!
Another trend the Bible says will be present on the Earth we He returns is False Accusers. Is this something we see in our world today? Are things starting to align to make us aware of the lateness of the hour?
LORD'S DAY 43
112. What does the ninth Commandment require?
That I bear false witness against no one, twist no one's words, be no backbiter or slanderer, join in condemning no one unheard or rashly; but that on pain of God's heavy wrath, I avoid all lying and deceit as the very works of the devil; and that in matters of judgment and justice and in all other affairs, I love, speak honestly, and confess the truth; also, insofar as I can, defend and promote my neighbor's good name.
Yes, "all the world's a stage," and so Peter urges for genuine Christians to display a genuinely Christian life to the watching world. And in this text, Peter helps us understand how we must display Christ to this world.
Matt and Alan talk about a difficult one another as they finish 2 Thessalonians. Admonish one another. What does it look like to be motivated by love and patience with the goal of peace and restoration as we gently warn our brothers and sisters in Christ in a gospel community?
How does a king prepare for worship? Psalm 101 looks forward to the opening portion of morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these eight verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that one way that kings (and all of us) must prepare for worship is by godly conduct in our ordinary callings.
A Deacon's first testing ground and ongoing chief priority in his ministry is overseeing the service of his own household, so that he may be well-equipped to oversee the service of a congregation of households that maintain the same covenantal priority.
Psalm 26 " Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.
2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.
5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.
6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:
7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:
10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.
11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.
12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD."