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The Disastrous Sin of Lying

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August 19, 2022 4:00 am

The Disastrous Sin of Lying

Grace To You / John MacArthur

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Should you have learned Christ. Verse 20 says you have been taught in him. Verse 21 since truth is in Jesus.

Verse 21. Since you have been verse 23. Renewed in the spirit of your mind since you have put on the new self in the likeness of God created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.why given name and by the corresponding pronouns. If that classmate now identifies with pronouns of the opposite sex. You may have heard that story in the news we're living in a time when even long-established realities are being turned on their heads. So in a world that frankly is actively promoting lies how you stand for the truth.

How you show others that there is a God of truth and that objective realities will affect their eternal destiny.

John MacArthur gives you practical biblical wisdom today on grace to you as he looks at the disastrous sin of lying now with the lesson.

Here's John Paul has brought us into Ephesians chapter 4 right in the middle of this amazing epistle that talks about the transformation that salvation is you are not the same. You are a new creation, we come now to the text that I want to draw your attention to. We actually are arriving in verse 25 but I want to read starting in verse 17, because here again the transformation is described so this I say in a firm together with the Lord that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk in the futility of their mind being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them because of the hardness of their heart and they having become callous have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity, with greediness, but you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard him and have been taught in him, just as truth is in Jesus that in reference to your former manner of life you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God is been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

What marks the person who is unconverted is unrighteousness, unholiness and deception.

The transformation produces one who is been created in righteousness and holiness and truth. So by the time you get to chapter 4 verse 24 that last verse that I read you have the theology of transformation. You have the theology of salvation.

You have the theology of conversion and then in verse 25. You see, therefore, and now we start in the rest of the epistle, which is the implications of that saving truth because you have been transformed. Here is how you are to live and so I want to read verses 25 to 27. This is where Paul begins the practical part of this epistle. Notice the two sins that he starts with.

Therefore, since you have been made new in righteousness, holiness and truth.

Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth, each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. The angry, and yet do not sin.

Do not let the sun go down on your anger and do not give the devil an opportunity. Of all the sins that Paul could have started with at the top of the list. It should be somewhat interesting to you that the first two sins, he is concerned that Christians renounce that's what laying aside means to completely renounce our lying and anger lying in anger and they are associated. By the way, specifically with the devil in verse 27, lying and anger are the primary operational techniques of Satan.

We know that because Jesus in John 844 said the devil is a liar and the father of lies and he is a murderer from the beginning and obviously the ultimate end of hate is murder, even if you don't murder but you hate your murderer in your heart and hatred and murder are the fruit of anger that this should be obvious to you because you live that out.

We all have the two commonest human default sins are lies in anger. This is this is the initial default of all fall in this.

The entire human race easily moves into lies in into anger there. The very categories of sin that are the absolute default position of the fallen human race. It's where sinners go easily easily and we see that from the very youngest child, what characterizes young children lies in anger.

It doesn't take very long.

Maybe by the time there to. They have begun to try to deceive you and when you estimate the age of three or four if they did that they'll say no. So when you welcome that beautiful little baby into your home, you just brought in a born liar who is hostile and angry and then you're surprised when you say no and he slams himself on the floor and throws a tantrum.

This is the foundation of hate and murder.

You stood in his way.

You interrupted his will.

Why is the way you hide what's wrong with you and avoid consequences. Anger is the way you reach out and assault the people who threaten your freedom psychologist saved by the time children are, for they have mastered the art of lying doesn't take long.

Just to remind you some 58 three some of your saying, not my baby songwriter remind you of some 58 three.

The wicked are estranged from the womb. They go astray as soon as they are born. Speaking lies the child is a born liar were all born liar. That is the default position of all fallen human being, and this is consistent with how Satan operates as a liar and the hateful killer and since the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

First John 519. This infects the entire human race as I just quoted for you does so from the time they come from the womb.

This is the initial evidence of human depravity. But when you are converted.

We are regenerated when you are transformed you become truthful and loving. That's the dynamic transformation that takes place consistent with the transformation. Then comes the instruction back in verse 25 therefore laying aside falsehood. Since you have learned Christ.

Verse 20 since you have been taught in him. Verse 21 since truth is in Jesus. Verse 21. Since you have left behind your former manner of life. Since you have been verse 23. Renewed in the spirit of your mind since you have put on the new self in the likeness of God created in righteousness and holiness of the truth, stop lying stop lying if you say you belong to Christ will show up in the fact that you will keep his commandments.

And that means you will tell the truth. We are the sons of God, where the children of God. Holy Spirit lives within us the spirit of truth. Christ is the truth and God is true. If every man is a liar. Some 31 five Isaiah 65 calls God the God of truth Psalm 86 says he is abundant in truth this is the nature of God. Exodus 34 he abounds in truth second Samuel seven says you are God and your words are truth, for we are the people of the truth.

The church is the pillar and ground of what the truth this is the only way we can maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace is to speak the truth lies send the wrong signals and are disastrously dangerous now as Christians we know the truth.

In fact, let's start behind that we believe there is such a thing as truth right we we affirm absolute truth. We not only affirm that absolute truth exists.

We know what the absolute truth is because it's revealed on the pages of Scripture.

We are the people of the truth. But even as the people of the truth. We're constantly having to battle against the liars who have infiltrated the church which is the pillar and ground of the truth and you know we can fall prey to those things because something about the remaining flesh that is drawn to deception drawn to lives drawn to anger drawn to hate. It's just still there because the sin is still in our flesh so liars and those who are angry and desire to do damage and harm will find a hearing is a something in our flesh that pulls us toward that deception that destruction.

This part of just the remaining flesh, but add to that this reality that no civilization has ever lived with his many lies and liars as the one in which we live today.

There was a time, and for most of human history, where you only knew Eliza somebody told you. Then somebody invented the printing press and then you can know the lies that somebody else told men.

Somebody invented the telephone and you could hear the lies from people who weren't anywhere near you, and then came the wonderful Internet and the Internet has created an explosion of lies that is beyond human comprehension. No generation of people has been exposed to more lies and more liars than this one and that that that comes at your fallen flesh.

You still have that weakness in you and the massive amount of lines find you. You'll find them, they find you.

If you have a phone they find you. They find you constantly you turn on the radio they find you've turn on the television they find you. Everyone lies sometimes and most people lie most of the time people lie about everything they lie about things you wouldn't even think they would need to lie about and they lie about things that are patently obviously untrue.

So this is a hard time from the top down lies abound and they are massive lies and lies that on the surface should be rejected unless you have a reprobate mind is Romans one says happens when God puts the nation under judgment was in the Romans three verse 10 there is none righteous, not even one, there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God all turned aside, together they have become useless. There is none who does good. There is not even one. Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving.

This is a description of sin and the first sin specifically mentioned is lying because again it is the default position of fallenness this were sinners go most naturally. Why for self-preservation and to do harm and damage out of anger and hatred. This is what the Scripture says about liars Romans one says that when God puts people under judgment, they believe a lie. They believe the lies part of the reprobate mind and if you look into the future. Second Thessalonians 211 talks about the time in the future when our Lord will come.

And it says this and God will send them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, doesn't seem like a big big jump doesn't. How hard would be for God to delude the entire population with a deluding influence their already diluted over things that should be obvious and is going to get worse and lies and liars are going to get worse. The delusion is going to become worse and worse until our Lord comes to judge it all. It's important for people to understand how God feels about liars and lying. God hates lying tongue, and he hates the anger that becomes hate that can go as far as to kill and Jesus said in the sermon on the Mount in Matthew five 2122. If you hate in your heart is the same thing as murder people are filled with lies and deception and anger and hate. The only thing that restrains them from murdering is the consequences. In Proverbs 26, 28 says a lying tongue hates those it crushes a lying tongue hates those it crushes when you light a people you lie to them because you hate them throughout the Old Testament lying lips are always in evidence. This is important of disdain for God you hate God. If you live because God hates lying so you're taking God on that isn't complicated to know God hates lying. So if you're a contented liar you're taking on God's an abomination to him and it shows disdain for him and I warn you of this. Every liar ever told will be recorded in heaven. Every single lie ever speak.

Matthew 1236. Every word out of your mouth is on the divine record, and there will be an accounting for every word hell is full of liars.

Heaven is full of forgiven liars.

You may think God is on your side when you blaspheme him and you abomination him, but is not is not when you bring him into complicity with your gross transgressions.

But that's what people do and then they say wait a minute, are God's okay with this, but listen carefully. Revelation 21 eight.

But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable, and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. I said it earlier said again. Hell is full of liars.

Heaven is full of forgiven liars who were transformed and the people of the truth you're told there that there won't be liars in heaven because all liars will be in hell. All chapter 22 of Revelation is amazing that the specific issue of lying goes right to the end of holy Scripture verse 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.

This is the heavenly city.

Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers in the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters same list is chapter 21 verse eight, and everyone who loves and practices lying not in heaven is not for liars and is not for liars.

This is the most significant illustration of the hatred of God that dominates the power structure in this world in this nation. They lie, they lie, they lie about everything to cover their sin or to advance their sinful desires to protect themselves or to make themselves rich in power and money where their lies are a direct lies half-truth is intended to mislead perjury, exaggeration, boasting flattery, slander, false accusations, hypocrisy, deceitful behavior, or whatever kind of lies.

If has Revelation says you loves and practices lying you'll never arrive in God's holy heaven heaven only holds forgiven liars who'd been transformed, so let the church be proved right. But the church speak the truth, and we always speak truth, one on one to another, where the people of the truth.

The church is the pillar and ground of the truth was bound for the clarity of these Scriptures today. Lord, our unmistakable we we have no excuse, and I pray that everyone would do an inventory.

Then we would be made aware by the prompting of your Holy Spirit by the conviction of the spirit. The activation of our conscience. Whether we are people of the truth or liars and Lord give us the courage to be the people of the truth the matter what the cost, knowing that you are the God of truth. Christ is the truth.

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth.

The Scripture is the truth and we are protected by your promise that you will safeguard your truth and your people are pray that you will help parents to raise their children to love, truth and hate lies that you will protect the little ones in this generation from the lies that they will be told in places where there are vulnerable through media through school teachers.

Whatever it is, protect your church from lies protect us, that we may always be known as those who are faithful to the truth, who love the truth, who proclaim the truth in any cost. Lord we ask that you would work your work of grace and every heart here, whatever that may be the transformation of salvation or the continuing work of sanctification. We may be everything you want us to be for your glory. We pray the Savior's name.

Amen.

This is grace to you with John MacArthur. Thanks for being with us. John is a pastor, author and Chancellor of the Masters University in seminary is lesson today. Looked at the disastrous sin of lying friend you hurt a bit today about the importance of parents training their children to tell the truth. If you download the full message from our website you'll hear even more about that and John you and Patricia took the sin of lying very seriously and raising your own children so talk about that for a minute. Yeah me. The basic rule with our four kids was that you will be punished for disobedience. You will be punished for sinful behavior, but you will be punished more if you lie so it was always safer to tell the truth and take the punishment that your misdeed deserved rather than live because then the consequences were going to be greater.

There are so many things the Lord hates, but a lying tongue is at the top of the list were living in a culture today where we are being lied to by everybody all the time.

Media lies politicians lie schoolteachers lie professors lie false teachers live with me and it's just a world of lies and of course we should be surprised because Satan is the liar and the father of lies and deceptions. What operates his entire kingdom in the whole world is in the lap of the evil one. The thing that is most important if you're going to navigate the fallen world is to be truthful.

You need to know the truth and you need to be a truthful person. This I think makes you the real source of wisdom, sanity, understanding, knowledge. If you're the truth teller and so we try to instill that in our children from the very time they were small always tell the truth always tell the truth and I can remember some some pretty serious spankings. We gave our kids when they lied, and our kids rubbed tell the truth. That's part of training a child way should go resulting will depart from it.

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