Liar, Beware!

(Narrative from the account recorded in
Acts 5:1-11)

Soon after the day of Pentecost, many of the newly converted Christians sold their houses and lands. They brought the funds to the apostles and “distribution was made unto every man according as he had need” (Acts 4:35). For a short while, these saints in Jerusalem shared all things in common as they daily fellowshipped and continued in the apostles’ doctrine. This practice was not ongoing in Jerusalem for long nor was it observed by Christians in other locations. It was not incumbent upon the Christians at Jerusalem to sell all of their possessions, but it was rather a voluntary act of communion and fellowship.

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Editorial

Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. —Hebrews 13:18

The prayer request of the apostle Paul was that they would have a clear conscience and in everything to live honestly. May the Lord impress upon all people who have a desire to serve Him the importance of practical, daily honesty. We have been called to live a life of holiness without deceit. Read more

Tale of a Cow Shed

I knew a man who was working to take care of poor orphans. The children slept in the dirt and needed many of the basic things of life. My heart was to help these children, but wisdom dictated that I first establish that the man was trustworthy with a little. One day, I was able to get funds to buy the man a milk cow so the children would have milk to drink. The cow needed a shed for protection from inclement weather and from the hot sun. So, per the man’s request, I left plenty of money for a good cow shed to be built. When I returned for a visit, I looked for the cow shed. It was not there.

“Why don’t you assist me?” is a question asked by many people. Answer: “Where is the cow shed?”

As Jesus said in Luke 16:10, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”

Honesty

Subject: Honesty

Scripture Reading: Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. —Proverbs 12:22

Definition: Honest is defined as, “Free of deceit; truthful and sincere…morally correct or virtuous” (Oxford English Dictionary). Honesty is the quality of being honest. “A refraining from lying, cheating, or stealing” (Collins English Dictionary).

Summary: God’s very nature is holy and true; He hates dishonesty of any kind. Christians are to be honest in every aspect of life—in word and in deed. Dishonesty is a moral violation and will result in eternal damnation.Read more

Law of Honesty

Society is working hard to redefine right and wrong and to negate any standard of absolute morality as mandated by the creator of the universe. Regardless of prevalent unrighteousness and the pseudo-intellectual approach to morality, God has a moral law by which the world will be judged.Read more

Questions about Lying

Is it ever permissible to tell a lie for a greater good?

From a secular standpoint, there are probably scenarios that could be discussed in which it would seem reasonable to tell a lie. However, the Bible is clear. 1 Peter 3:10 teaches without ambiguity that our lips should speak no guile. This means that whatever we say should be truthful, and we are to avoid all slander, falsehood, lying, and deceitfulness. This command was not contingent upon circumstance.Read more

Statistics on Lying

76% of people believe lying is acceptable in some cases.

24.1% of men have lied on their Facebook profile vs. 16.6% of women.

21.7% of men have lied on a resume vs. 16.3% of women.

51.7% of women have lied about their weight vs. 28% of men.

3% (of 1,254 Americans polled) said they lie often.

66% said they are seldom or never dishonest.

Females are more likely to lie to their parents and males are more likely to lie to their friends.

(2014 American survey by CreditDonkey.com)

The Empty Pot

(Summary of an ancient Chinese tale. Originally recorded by Demi.)

A story is told in China of a young boy named Ping. He loved flowers and whatever he grew would always blossom into a beautiful flower. In the kingdom where Ping lived, the emperor had no son, and he needed a successor. The emperor, who also loved gardening, distributed flower seeds to boys throughout the kingdom. Whoever grew the most beautiful flower from his seeds would become the next emperor. Ping carefully planted the seed from the emperor in a pot with rich soil. He watered and cared for the seed, but nothing happened.Read more

Thy Soul Shall Be Required

Illustration drawn from Luke 12:16-21

A man, rich and prosperous in the things of this world, contemplated the future. His farmland had produced another bountiful return, and he had an abundance of goods. As he considered his wealth, he made plans to tear down his barns and build bigger barns to hold his possessions. “I have worked hard, and it is time to enjoy my wealth. I have enough money to last for many years. I will retire and relax—eating, drinking, and having fun.” Thus, this rich man thought as he planned for tomorrow.Read more

Editorial

And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. — Luke 22:62

While Jesus was being tried, Peter, who had followed afar off, denied the Lord three times. Afterward, Peter went outside and wept bitterly. His heart was broken, and he sorrowed deeply for denying his Lord and Savior. The beauty of this incident is that the story was not over. After Jesus rose from the dead, He especially wanted Peter to get the news that He was alive. While Peter had denied the Lord, God had accepted his repentant spirit, and Peter would have another opportunity to serve Jesus. Glory to God!Read more