Lately I have been inundated with people lying… not the lying that we as Christians all can fall into… which is still sin, but we repent and God is just to forgive us. I’m talking about habitual lying… constant lying, living your lying.
There are six things which the LORD hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil,
19 A false witness who utters lies,
And one who spreads strife among brothers.
If a person will lie, and if a person develops a pattern of lying, if a person is comfortable with lying, that person will fall to any temptation. Because he never has to fear being discovered, because he’s so adept at deception. Whereas a person who loves truth and hates the lie, and feels guilty about lying, is therefore restrained from doing certain sins that they would have to admit if confronted. The worst thing that can be said about a person is that they are a habitual, inveterate liar, because a person who is adept at lying, and who has run roughshod over conscience, and no longer feels the shame and remorse that normal people feel about lying, someone who has developed such a skill as a liar, the worst thing about that is that their ability to cover up things makes them vulnerable to every temptation. That’s why we have so much to fear from people who are chronically deceptive.
Let me tell you, as a Christian, you ought to speak the truth every time your mouth opens, no deception, no hypocrisy. Lying is contrary to everything that represents God. Lying is contrary to God’s nature, “God,” Titus 1:2, “who cannot lie.” John 1:14, Jesus Christ was God in human flesh “full of grace and truth.” John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Scripture calls God the God of truth, Psalm 31:5. It says in Exodus 34:6 He is abundant in truth. It says in Psalm 108:4 His truth reaches to the clouds, that is to He is universally and limitlessly true. John 17:17 says His Word is truth, Psalm 119:160, “Your Word is true from the beginning,” and 2 Samuel 7:28, “You are God and your words are true.”
And you know, it goes even beyond that. To say that someone is truthful is more than just to say they speak truly. Truth in the Bible is a quality of persons primarily and of propositions secondarily. Truth means stability, reliability, firmness, trustworthiness, the quality of a person who is entirely self-consistent, who is sincere, who is real, who is undeceived and undeceiving. And God is such a Person, primarily. And then secondarily, everything He says propositionally is a reflection of that consistent truthfulness. That’s why God can’t lie.