Leasing, Lying, Fibbing And Story Telling

J. D. Conley
December 11, 2016

The Bible is a book that stresses heart-wrenching honesty. The broken-hearted and crest-fallen David was the scribe of these penetrating words, "Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts" (Psalm 51:6). David affirms by inspiration that God aches for truth in us to such a degree, that He wishes for it to spring from way down deep, even from within the marrow of our spiritual bones. In other words, that's how honest, forthright and sound, He wants His children to be. Therefore, this degree of integrity is possible to attain and maintain. There is no excuse for God’s children to be anything less than completely honest and aboveboard at all times.

Lying, twice referred to as "leasing" in Psalm 4:2; 5:6, is repugnant to our Holy Heavenly Father. Solomon included "a lying tongue," and "A false witness that speaketh lies," (Proverbs 6:17, 19), as two of seven things that are especially loathsome to Him. Just these passages alone unmistakably show what utter disdain God has for lying and the liar.

In the New Testament, God's view on the putrid practice of prevarication has not softened in the least. In fact, He struck two members of the church dead for their lies, (Acts 5:1-10). Luke writes in verse 11, "And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things " Sudden physical death by the hand of God no doubt had an uncanny effect upon the church and upon all those who learned of this event. Brethren were doubtless extremely cautious of any word that left their mouth from that day forward. Abject fear produced humble honesty. Considering what John says about the destination of liars, why do some Christians today have a problem with honesty? The Revelator wrote, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:8, emp. JDC). "All liars" includes the fibber, the broadcaster of falsity, the weaver of stories, and the teller of the so-called harmless white lie. The liar has much to fear!

May our daily prayer be, "Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously," (Psalm 119:29). "Wherefore putting away lying, speak every many truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another" (Ephesians 4:25.).