People of the Lie

William C. Brownson

READ : Proverbs 6:16-19

You shall not bear false witness. (Ex. 20:16)

God hates lying. It is a blatant form of unbelief. Imagine the brazenness, the callousness of someone swearing before God to tell the truth, then deliberately seeking to deceive!

Lying is the work of the devil. It expresses his very nature. Jesus calls Satan “the father of lies.” When we fall into a pattern of deception we too are doing the devil’s work, showing our moral kinship with evil.

Have you ever thought of how the effort to deceive is involved in almost every form of sin? Adultery often begins with small deceptions about where a spouse was, what he or she was doing. All embezzlement involves a web of cover-up, layer upon layer of deception. God asks Cain, “Where is your brother?” And the murderer hides the truth. “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9).

What deadly dangers lie ahead for confirmed liars! We are caught in our web of deception. We sour relationships; we lose friends. We reach a point where no one trusts us. Our integrity, our personhood, unravels. And we face a final exclusion from the Holy City, the kingdom of God.

Jesus was against any swearing of oaths. So the Lord counsels us, “Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’”!


Lord, let us do it—let us speak the truth in love!