Monday, June 8, 2009

Re: Is it Ever Right to Lie?




Q:
“No matter what the desperate situation you may face, it is not a right thing to lie saying that, it is a lesser evil to lie in order to prevent a greater evil from happening as though God cannot prevent things from happening and protect His people. It is unbelief to say and think like this as the Bible says, "Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do [it], to him it is sin." (James 4:17). Praise the Lord!”

The only reason I’m emailing you is to help you for the glory of Christ. To error is human, but Satan helps without you knowing it.

Therefore, it is not always sinful to lie. You need to reconsider this issue from a different view point, man’s involvement and participation. Everything that happens to us requires our participation, and God is looking to see how we handle it. Are all the bullets in war going to miss you, if you don’t hid, or duck, and when you do, and the enemy has you in his sights, will his bullet miss you then? Perhaps, yes, but not always.

Every soul has a free will to do evil or good. If an evil man becomes a killer of Christians, why didn’t God protect his people? Many Christians might say, ‘It was God’s will’. No, it was the will of the evil man. If a evil man has no power, or free will to kill a Christian of his own, then he doesn’t have a free will. But, everyone has free will, even the evil man to do as he or she so wishes.

Although, I agree, God protects his people, he limits his own protection by that of mans free will. God will never interfere with the free will of man, else man is controlled by God, and has no free will. All souls are allowed to do evil. Nevertheless, there are too many variables to label a situation, ‘God’s protection’, or ‘evil was allowed, or not allowed to happen’.

There are many stories of God protecting his people, and there are many stories of God’s people dying. Some were protected, and some God allowed the evil to take place, because God must allow some evil men there evil without interfering with their free will. God, knowing the heart of an evil man, might be waiting and hoping for his salvation, and allow him to kill a Christian (who will be in Heaven), and the evil killer’s heart might become open to Christ after hearing the word of God’s love. But, as I said, there are so many variables to which we will impose on God’s actions, or lack of towards a situation, and we can be so wrong.

P.S. Don’t accept that all lie are sinful. God himself perpetrated a lie! See if you can find it.


A: When we give our will in to the hands of God, God's will becomes our will to fulfill from that time on. Our view point does not change God's unchangeable and perfect law, because it is already settled in heaven, once and all forever in eternity (Ps119:89). As the Bible says, "The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." (Ps 12:6).

It is true that we all humans fail one time or the other, even when we try not to do because of the indwelling sin nature (Rom 7:19-20). But that does not mean that we can willfully do wrong things [i.e. speak a lie] and expect God to rescue us from it (Prov 19:3). Once we say or do wrong even after we know that it is wrong, it is absolutely sinful to continue in it (Rom 14:23). Only we can seek His mercy again and again when we fail like that (Ps 69:5, 16). Because we seek Him and approach His throne by faith in His merciful character, again and again God because of His faithfulness will show His mercy infinitely to us (Heb 4:16; Prov 24:16; Ps 37:24). This does not mean God overlooks sin at any time as though it were not that serious. Even a smallest thought of sin is sin, as much as it were fulfilled after its full conception in the natural world (Matt 5:22, 28; James 1:15).

God saved Peter out of the prison before his death from the hands of evil men, but he did not rescue James the elder brother of John who died in the same hands of evil Herod just days and months before. Even Peter himself was surprised to be delivered by the Lord (Acts 12:1-11). If we ask the question why did it happen like this? Is it God's will for James to die? In a way it is yes because as a sovereign God he was in control of that event and allowed it to happen (Rom 8:28; 1 Cor 10:13; Job 1:12; 2:3, 6-7). In another way it is no. In other words, the reason God allowed the event to happen was because of the lack of prayer on the part of the Church. We see that the Church started to offer to God continuous prayer for deliverance only after James death and Peter's imprisonment. God must have expected the Church to pray for James to be rescued, but they didn't. No captain will ever want even one of His deputies to die for any reason, how much more with God. But once a apostolic seed died on the ground, it started to bring the Church towards fervent prayer toward God (John 12:24).

God will not work without man's prayer, man cannot work supernaturally without God's power. So prayer is power with God dispersed over evil on earth. Prayer is a spiritual material that God takes and starts to use it in the construction of God's purpose on earth. Through our prayer, we willingly offer our free will to God, to work through us His purposes. God legally takes it and starts to impose and disperse His supernatural power against all the evil works of Satan and his minions. Satan also works legally on earth in the same way by planting His evil thoughts and lies in to the hearts of men to fulfill his evil strategies to steal, kill and destroy them (John 8:44; 13:27, 30; 10:10; Mark 7:20-23).

It is true that we participate in the things of life based on our limited knowledge that we have acquired in our life time, but God rules over us in His sovereignty if we are a person who believes and lives by faith in Him and His word of promises. So only the word of God says, " the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment." (2 Peter 2:9). A godly person is one who fears the Lord always with out bothering or envying about what sinners do or not do (Prov 23:17).

The Lord has promised absolutely a 100% protection for all His presence dwelling believers, and he has also told that nothing in life can happen by chance (Ps 91:10-11). From the evil that comes to us unexpectedly through Satanic schemes which he fulfills usually by using people as his agents (John 8:44), God rules over it and turns it in to a blessing if we continue to live by faith based on His unconditional love towards us (Deut 23:5; Rom 8:28; Heb 10:38). But this does not mean that a believer can go flaunting about God's sovereign protection over him before the wicked people. In fact, God expects a believer to be wise and hide himself when he foresees evil (Prov 22:3; 27:12).

God never perpetrates a lie, but he sends a lying spirit to deceive people in His sovereignty when people's heart are desiring after lies instead of God's truth (1 Kings 22:22-23; 2 Ch 18:21-22; 2 Thess 2:10-12). God sees, answers, repays and rewards man according to the hidden motives of man and not based on outward events or appearance (1 Sam 16:7; Job 34:11). All lies no matter for what reason it is said is sinful and a abomination to God (Prov 12:22). God is not the source of any lie that humanity speaks, but Satan is (John 8:44). In fact, God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). A lie makes a righteous man sad, but it strengthens the hands of the wicked man (Ezek 13:22). So the bottom line is, all lies no matter for what reason it is said is sinful in the eyes of God. The mouth of those who speak lies knowingly shall be stopped in God's ripe time, because of God's righteous retribution (Ps 63:11). This is the reason the Book of Proverbs clearly says, "A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies [Note: it does not say godly lies or ungodly lies] will not escape. A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies shall perish" (Prov 19:5, 9). He who lies shall not continue to dwell within God's house and in His presence (Ps 101:7). The wicked...go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies (Ps 58:3). As God's children we should ask God to remove falsehood and lies far from us (Prov 30:8). Lies does not glorify God, but truth does. Be blessed to live in truth than to be deceived by practicing lies. Praise the Lord!










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