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God & Liars

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Sermon shared by Rod Macarthur

February 2002
Summary: In this lesson we examine the choice to lie, and follow Satan; or the choice to stand in truth and follow God.
Series: Men Of Truth
Audience: General adults
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Sermon:
God & Liars

Text:
John 8:44 “Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks …”
Theme:
We’ll be examining ways lying negatively affects the liar.
Introduction:
My seventh grade math teach, Miss Patten, had the class exchange homework papers so we could grade each others papers as she read the answers. After grading the papers and returning them to their authors, we were each required to read out our letter grade as she called our names. The score thus read was entered into she grade book. I had failed that particular assignment, and received an "x" as my score. However, I was to embarrassed to announce my real score, but to ashamed to announce anything else. So I compromised: I said, "x"; but I said it in such a way as to emphasize the "a" part of it, and minimize the "cks" part.
I never looked in her book, but I still wonder, “Was that an ‘A’ or an ‘X’?”
Define “Lie”:
1) a false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood
2) something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression
What is this (picture of polygraph)?
1) “Polygraph” = many writings (in this case, 3 chartings)
2) pulse, perspiration, respiration
3) since 1924
4) not routinely accepted, legally
Two initial conclusions:
1) Dictionary & machine prove: man lies & shouldn’t
2) Even our best technology is insufficient to accurately detect
We can’t trust the liar and we can’t trust the detector; what are we going to do?
The conflict between lying and honesty is really the conflict between God and Satan. The choice to lie is a choice to follow Satan; whereas, the better choice to tell the truth is the choice to honor God.
Proposition:
God sets a true standard and rejects all liars.
God Sets A True Standard
A.As Defined By Himself—
Num. 23:19 “spoken…make it good”
1 Sam. 15:29 “will not lie or change His mind”
not to David:
Psa. 89:35 I will not lie to David
Psa. 132:11 A truth from which He will not turn back
not to us:
Heb. 6:18 impossible for Him to lie
Promises are the basis of our relationship with God!
He Expects The Same Of Us—
Eph. 4:24–25 put on new self…therefore,…
God does not falsify or fib even just a little bit or tell a little white lie or partial untruth. He doesn’t beguile or de-ceive or delude. God doesn’t misguide us. He doesn’t misinform, maybe, just a little bit. He doesn’t falsely instruct or mislead. He doesn’t distort or exaggerate or misstate. No, what He says is true; and our friends, family, and fellow human beings should have the same trust in us, that what we say, they can believe, because we are becoming more like God.
A half truth is a whole lie.
Honesty is both openness and obedience to truth.
The size of the lie is not important. Sometimes we think if it is a small lie, a white lie, it isn’t as bad as a big lie. But they both are lies, no matter what the size.
A wealthy man was sitting next to an attractive woman on a plane. He turned to her and said, can I ask you a ques-tion? To which she said sure. He said would you be willing to go to bed with me for a million dollars. The women thought about it for a moment and said yes. “How about for $20” He asked? At this she sat straight up and said, “What kind of woman do you think I am?” “We have already established that,” was his reply; “Now we are just bickering over the price”.
When you lie you are establishing what kind of person you are.
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