A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies. (Proverbs 14:5)
A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies. (Proverbs 14: 25)
A lying tongue hates those it hurts, a flattering mouth works ruin. (Proverbs 26:28)
Lying has to be one of the most destructive and deliberate forms of manipulation there is. It destroys trust. It destroys friendships, families and relationships. It destroys credibility. It shows contempt, disrespect and/or hatred for others. In other words, it makes love for others a lie in that person’s life. It can cause the person to avoid being held accountable to themselves or others. Eventually, particularly when in a position of trust, it makes it impossible for a person to be believed or trusted by others and is clearly spiritually destructive.
In the definition of lying or to lie, aside from outright untruths or fabrication of information, it would include exaggeration, and ‘little white lies’, of which there is no such thing, and deliberately withholding facts or beliefs so that others will draw wrong conclusions.
My brothers and sisters, one of the best things you can have today is a good friendship of many years. It does not come overnight and it can be destroyed by a little lie. Lying is more often than not used to manipulate the feelings, thoughts and actions of others in order to benefit the person doing the lying. Or in an attempt to cover up sin before man. People make all manner of excuses for sin but the reality is, there is no excuse for lying. If you are tempted and succumbs to lie, then it needs to be dealt with as sin, and confessed and repented of. It is one thing to lie, but when the person on the receiving end accepts that lie then you are heading for destruction. Soon after the liar accomplished his goal then to get you out of his way he will lie on you to. Just because he has to keep his tracks covered.
Friendship betrayed through lies and deception is rarely brought back to a deep level of trust again, although caring for one another is not lost. That is not to say it cannot be restored over time, but it can take a long time to prove you are honest and can be trusted again. I speak for myself and rather keep what I have that to work repairing something that I had for years. Believe me it will never be the same after that first trust is broken. Is that what you want and seeking after.
Broken trust can take a lifetime to repair, because a person’s word is the stamp of who they are, from the inside out. Especially when it comes from a man that claims to be a servant of God. Lies and more lies and it must STOP for too many innocent people are going to suffer. What bothers me is there is no physical meeting of the eyes for discernment of spirit. As ministers we have to be very mindful and assess every situation before we act. Brother Branham said he couldn’t pray for healing until He was present. Do you understand what he was saying. We have to have the spirit of discernment to know what we are up against, and walk accordingly.
Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, which means if a person lies about who they are or their beliefs, or fabricates information for gain in some way, that is merely showing who they really are.
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. [12:34-35]
Jesus said that lies come from the ‘father of lies’ The Devil.
The fear of God comes from knowing that there are consequences for continuing in sin. If we persist in the sin we will begin to sow to the flesh and the flesh will reap corruption from the sin. There are consequences to not obeying God’s commandments. As a result our sins will eventually be found out by the fruit of our lives. Brethren watch carefully and be aware, not everything that glitters is gold. Be careful or you will be trapped in the city of Vanity Fair. It is not a nice Place for believers to idle.
You can’t lie to God, he knows everything, every thought and every whisper. He knows the number of hairs on your head.
Proverbs 28:13 tells us, “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.”If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
If you’ve lied and continue to cover up your lie, I tell you that the very fabric around you will disappear and you will be left alone and found wanting. I am saying that you will have no peace and your conscience will bother you until you repent and make it right in the sight of God. I encourage you to repent, for God say:
But according to your hardness and unrepentant heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath, revelation, and of the righteous judgment of God; who “will pay back to everyone according to their works:”(Romans 2:5-6)
Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. (Ezekiel 18:30-31)
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, so that there may come times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19)
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
Administrator and Apostolic Head