Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Liars

My memory is very sharp when it comes to the lies I have told. I still remember them, but they do not bother me as they once did. It is not the passage of time, but the forgiveness in Jesus Christ that eased my conscience yet kept my memory.

Today is a reminder of bad news. It is what God thinks of liars and His judgment upon them. We will start with Proverbs 6:16-19.

There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:
1. Haughty eyes,
2. A lying tongue,
3. Hands that shed innocent blood,
4. A heart that devises wicked schemes,
5. Feet that are quick to rush into evil,
6. A false witness that pours out lies,
7. And a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.



Why “six,” and “seven”? Because lying is in the list twice. Notice also that pride or arrogance is #1, lying is #2 and #6, and murder is #3. God does not have a light view of lying. Jesus said of the devil,

He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

The three great judgments on the devil were 1, 2, and 3—Pride, Lying, and Murder. Lying is the devil’s first language.

What is the judgment on liars; that is, unforgiven liars?

And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever. (Revelation 20:10)

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake of fire that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)

But nothing unclean shall enter it, nor any one who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the book of life. (Revelation 21:27)

Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and every one who loves and practices falsehood. (Revelation 22:14)
The devil is not running Hell. He is there with all other liars.

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(Taken from Good News/Bad News)

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