False Witness and Lying


Misrepresentation

“Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.

To testify falsely means lying in court. God knew that Israel could not survive unless its system of justice was incorruptible. We should be honest in our private dealings as well as in our public statements. In either situation, we “testify falsely” by leaving something out of a story, telling a half-truth, twisting the facts, or inventing a falsehood. God warns us against deception. Even though deception is a way of life for many people, God’s people must not give in to it!

And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak. Matthew 12:36

Jesus reminds us that what we say reveals what is in our heart. What kinds of words come from your mouth? That is an indication of what is in your heart. You can’t solve your heart problem, however, just by cleaning up your speech. You must allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with new attitudes and motives; then your speech will be cleansed at its source.

Lying spirit from God

1 Kin 22:21-23; % 2 Chr 18:20-22

There were many suggestions, 21until finally a spirit approached the Lord and said, ‘I can do it!’

22“‘How will you do this?’ the Lord asked.”

And the spirit replied, ‘I will go out and inspire all Ahab’s prophets to speak lies.’

“‘You will succeed,’ said the Lord. ‘Go ahead and do it.’

23“So you see, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouths of your prophets. For the Lord has determined disaster for you.”

There were many suggestions, 20until finally a spirit approached the Lord and said, ‘I can do it!’

“‘How will you do this?’ the Lord asked.

21“And the spirit replied, ‘I will go out and inspire all Ahab’s prophets to speak lies.’

“‘You will succeed,’ said the Lord. ‘Go ahead and do it.’

22 clip_image001_ “So you see, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouths of your prophets. For the Lord has determined disaster for you.”

God used the seductive influence of false prophets to judge Ahab. They were determined to tell Ahab what he wanted to hear. God confirmed their plans to lie as a means to remove Ahab from the throne. These prophets, supported by Ahab, snared him in his sin. Because he listened to them instead of God, he was killed in battle. The lying spirit is a picture of the prophets’ entire way of life—telling the king only what he wanted to hear, not what he needed to hear. Leaders will only find trouble if they surround themselves with advisers whose only thought is to please them.

Deception

Instances of:

By Satan

Gen 3:4

By Abraham, in stating that Sarah was his sister

Gen 12:13; % Gen 20:2

By Isaac, in stating that his wife was his sister

Gen 26:7

By Jacob and Rebekah, in imposing Jacob on his father, and Jacob’s impersonating Esau

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About georgehach

I am a retired Lay Minister, acting as a prophet for God to understand the end times that is comingg and how to prepare for it.
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