Praise the Lord saints.
The Bible speaks a lot on lying, for both the non believer and believer. Eph. 4:25: Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.”
Prov. 12:22: “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.”
Lying always has the intent to deceive the hearer and protect the liar. Lies have permeated our culture, its celebrated on TV shows. People lie about investments to get ahead in business. It is used in nearly every vocation, even in religion. They lie in the church with false promises so that you give them your money. They brag on how many people are saved and healed, boasting on how God is using their ministry so people are more willing to give their money to them. In fact lying often has to do with only two goals, power and money.
We are in the time of lying, in both politics and religion. The lie is told so easily and boldly and the truth is told so weakly and inefficiently. We have been fed lies portion by portion, piece by piece for so long that the lie has become as the truth. And no one wants to believe lies have encompassed the way the church conducts her practices.
James Dresden “When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” We are inundated with so many lies we do not know where the truth is found anymore.
I Jn. 2:21 tells us “no lie is of the truth.” Lies are not just the opposite of the truth, a lie has NO truth. Lies reject honesty openness, integrity, love; they are an assault on everything good and holy. The tactic used to produce the first sin from the first humans, came from the source of all lies – Satan.
Here is what Jesus described Satan as…John 8:44-45: “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
“But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.”
His nature is to lie and to bring confusion to those who want to understand a matter. He does this by influencing people to lose integrity and lie. He concentrates on the areas that have the most influence, mostly on religion so that people do not arrive at the truth that can save them.
There is the spirit of the world, that lives in the natural man preventing him from receiving any of the things of the Spirit of God (1 Cor 2:12-14). The spirit of the Antichrist, we are told is already in the world. (I Jn. 4:3) that denies Jesus is the Christ “is the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2). There is a spirit of the current age that does not lead people to truth but gives them the impression they are right.
Let me make some correlations so we can understand how the ‘spirit of the world” is working in politics and the church.
The most serious of dangers always come from within. This is true of a country and is certainly true of the church. The church has been corrupted from within in America and because of this encroachment the political system has been affected. Why? Because Americas spiritual beliefs (her religion) once guided and guarded the people. The Frenchman Alexis de Toucheville visited America in the 1830’s said America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” Which he determined were because of her religious views.
The peter principle is at work and has reached its zenith. Those who are incompetent are running things and ruining things. Because they lack integrity and have no moral compass except their own feelings they are unable to discern what is truth from what is false. The decisions they make is nearly always wrong in judgment.
Isa 59:14-15: “Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice.”
Jer 7:28: “So you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the LORD their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.’”
Till next week,
Rev. Dr. Robert L. Harrison, PhD