Can a lie be justified?
For reading & meditation: Proverbs 19:1-9
“A false witness will not go unpunished and he who pours out lies will perish.” (v.9)
Will the universe sustain a lie? Today the Church is being inundated with a philosophy called “situational ethics” which would have us believe that sometimes a lie can be right. I think that is a deadly and diabolical doctrine. A lie is never right – no matter what attempts we might make to justify it. “God is not a man, that he should lie,” says the Scripture in Numbers 23:19, and in 1 John 2:21 we read, “‘ no lie comes from the truth.” God cannot lie and He will never delegate to you the task of lying for Him. When we take dishonesties into our lives we take fire into our lives – here and hereafter: “‘ all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone” (Rev. 21:8, NKJV). “Situational ethics” proponents come up with all kinds of possible scenarios, such as: “What if someone came to your house to murder a member of your family and asked if that person was in. Would it not be right to lie in those circumstances?” Can you see the thrust of this question? It is the argument, “This is what we ought to do because it makes sense.” But once we view sin as an “ought,” it is magically turned into something that is “good.” The Bible does not teach that anyone in any situation ought to sin. 1 Corinthians 10:13 teaches that because God is faithful, we will never find ourselves in a situation where we must sin, but there will always be a way of escape. God never calls upon us to break one of His laws in order to keep another.
O Father, in a world that seems to be always looking for excuses and exceptions, help me to steer my life by the clear statements of Your revealed will. I dont want to measure up to exceptions; I want to conform to the rules – Your rules. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
For further study:
1. Who did Jesus say is the source of lies?
2. What was Paul’s exhortation to the Colossians?