On Bearing False Witness
Increasingly, dishonesty and “bearing false witness” seem to have become socially acceptable these days, perhaps more so than at any other time in history. However, lying is certainly not just a modern problem; since the days of Moses, there has been a commandment against it.
Bearing false witness has long been a tool that Satan is so fond of using. It is one of the devil’s key strategies to lure believers away from fellowship with God.
God is completely holy. Everything God says and does is completely true. Psalms 33:4 exclaims “For the word of the Lord is right; and all His works are done in truth.” Only truth can exist in God’s presence. Not only is God honest Himself—He clearly despises dishonesty in us! As Proverbs 12:22 puts it “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.”
In light of these facts, one of Satan’s greatest goals is to use dishonesty to distance us from God. John 4:44 exclaims that “Satan is the father of all lies!”
There are three aspects of Satan’s dishonesty campaign that we all susceptible to.
Making False Accusations. Satan loves it when we falsely accuse or slander of neighbors. Often it is an attempt to keep ourselves from looking bad or getting into trouble. Remember how Adam did this to Eve in the Garden of Eden. We can witness this form of “bearing false witness” every day when we watch the news or our favorite reality TV show. False accusations are the stuff of office gossip or “holy hearsay” in the church.
We are also guilty of making false accusations whenever we silently allow things to be based on supposition or blown out of proportion without speaking the truth.
Enjoying False Inflation. Think of all the Facebook posts that portrays our personal and family lives in a manner that is far from how they really are. Our what about the times we have padded our resumes or enhanced our kid’s college applications. Luke 16:16 warns us that if we are dishonest in the little things, we can be dishonest in the big things as well. Another way to look at this is “If we tell the truth all the time, we will be believed all of the time. If we only tell the truth some of the time, we will never be believed.”
Using False Adulation. Satan laughs when we use flattery to gain approval for ourselves or to get an advantage over others. Proverbs 26:28 tells us “A lying mouth hates those it hurts, and a flattering moth works ruin.”
In Ephesians 4:25 Paul writes “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we all members of one body.”
Ed and Gwen Diaz