The Lord Detests Lying Lips

If I heard it once, I heard it a thousand times…
 
“I can’t wait until the day after the election and the coronavirus is gone…”
 
Well, the voting is over and not only is Covid-19 still here, it is getting worse.
 
Now, you may be of the mindset that Covid-19 has a greater than 99% survival rate, and so you’re not that worried about it; but please realize that this is the statistical equivalent of choosing one gun from a thousand where five of them has a round in the chamber, putting it to your head and pulling the trigger…
 
…and then choosing another and putting it to your parent’s head and pulling the trigger.
 
…and then choosing another and putting it to your child’s head…
 
…and then choosing another and putting it to your spouse’s head…
 
And while you may be fine putting the gun to your own head and to your family’s heads, you don’t have the right to demand that your neighbor put the gun to their head or their family member’s heads. In fact, I’m pretty sure the Bible says something about loving your neighbor.
 
But in all honesty, my main concern is not if you believe that Covid-19 is real or not, or if it is really deadly or not; I’m concerned with something deeper.
 
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught, “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (Matthew 5:37).
 
Jesus was specifically forbidding the use of the logical fallacies that were present in the oaths that the Israelites used during the first century that rendered them subjective.
 
In other words, if you build an escape route into what you swear is going to happen, just in case it doesn’t happen, it is the same as lying; and it comes from Satan who is the father of lies and the father of those that tell lies (John 8:44).
 
To put that into a modern context, to swear that the day after the election is over Covid-19 is going to disappear and then come up with an excuse as to why it didn’t is the same as lying; and it comes from Satan.
 
As disciples of Jesus, if we swore that something was going to happen and it didn’t happen, we need to simply confess, “I was wrong.”
 
In Deuteronomy, Moses wrote down the words spoken by God:
 
How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord? If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed (Deuteronomy 18:21-22).
 

The false prophet doesn’t get to say, “Well I know I said something specific was going to happen, but the plan changed, so now this other thing is going to happen instead…”

That’s a lie and it is from Satan.
 
Paul wrote:
 
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
 
On the conservative side of Christianity, we have always taught that this passage pertained to liberal and progressive teachers and preachers.
 
However, what I have come to realize is that there are conservative ear-ticklers as well. There are those who claim to teach that the Bible is true, but then twist the Bible to keep their conservative audience happy and unoffended.
 
Why would they do this?
 
Paul gives at least two reasons; they love controversies and/or they love money:
 
They are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. […] Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs (1 Timothy 6:4-10).
 
Peter likewise wrote:
 
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping (2 Peter 2:1-3).
 
Notice that Peter wrote that these false prophets and those who follow them “bring the way of truth into disrepute” when they believe their “fabricated stories.”  
 
When we as disciples of Jesus follow false prophets who make false claims, we in turn make following Jesus look like a lie; and that is exactly what Satan is out to do.
 
With the advent of the internet, these false teachers don’t even have to set foot in your church. These internet false teachers put a whole new slant on the word of the Spirit that was recorded by Paul, “They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women” (2 Timothy 3:6).
 
Google (or duckduckgo, or whatever) “Veles Macedonia fake news.”
 
The town has a burgeoning online industry of producing fake news of all kinds. However, their most popular articles (the ones that get shared the most often) are conservative in nature.
 
They make advertising dollars off of tickling the ears of conservative Evangelical Christians with lies, exaggerations, and “fabricated stories.”
 
Because, there is a lot of money to be made telling conservatives what they want to hear.
 
The reason that I wrote this article is that I have noticed an uptick in these fake articles. Whenever I take the time to fact check them, they generally misconstrue what really happened or what was really said through “creative wording.” In other words, they do what Jesus forbid His disciples from doing in the Sermon on the Mount.
 
And when we as disciples of Jesus believe and/or share these “fabricated stories” we “bring the way of truth into disrepute.”
 
So, as a disciple of Jesus, please be careful what you believe and what you share.
 
If a source states that something is going to happen and it doesn’t happen; and then they try to change their story when it doesn’t happen; it’s a lie from Satan.
 
Be patient. God is in control no matter what happens.
 
Remember; “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy” (Proverbs 12:22). 
 
 
To learn more about what it means to be and make disciples of Jesus, start here and follow the link at the end of each article to the next one: The Four Principles of Discipleship…
 
 

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