Summary: There are six lies that are destroying the church.

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 8:44

Six Lies That are Destroying the Church: (1 John)

1. Those who claim to have fellowship with God yet are walking in darkness.

If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 1 John 1:6

 We talk of our religion, but lack the relationship.

 We can fool everyone around, but not the one who looks at the heart.

 Many will say “Lord, Lord”, but Jesus will say that He never knew them.

2. Those who claim to be without sin – have not the capacity for it.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8

 We believe that we are above the capacity or nature to sin.

 We feel as though we are above sin and can’t possibly get caught up in it.

 We justify sin by calling it our nature. We have replaced the sin nature with the thought of human nature and falsely assumed and believed it wasn’t a big deal.

3. Those who claim to have not sinned.

If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. 1 John 1:10

 Those that believe they are good enough and haven’t done anything deserving of punishment or hell.

 By this nature and this lie, we show that we feel the cross to be unnecessary and God to be a complete liar.

4. Those who claim to know Him, yet they disobey Him.

The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:4

 We like to scoff at and put down men and women of the Bible for their blatant disobedience to what God said, but are we often very different?

 We are often more guilty of disobedience in the things that we don’t do as much as we are in the things that we do.

5. Those who claim to be in the light and love God but hate their brother/sister.

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.

1 John 2:9

If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 1 John 4:20

 For those with hatred or ill feelings in their heart toward another person, the love of God cannot dwell in the same heart.

 All hatred or ill feelings toward another can be traced to hurt and unforgiveness. God has told us that if we are unable to forgive others, we will ourselves not be forgiven.

6. Thos who deny that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist – he denies the Father and the Son. 1 John 2:22

Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 1 John 5:10

 This is the number one hang-up for every person who is unsaved. To believe that Jesus is the Christ means that one must also accept the gospel.

Matthew 16:13-18 – the foundation of the church is built upon the understanding of who Jesus is.

 World-wide lies or half-truths about Jesus:

o The brother of Lucifer.

o A good man.

o A prophet.

o A created being.

o A made up person in history.

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