Text: Exodus 20:16
What is forbidden?
The commandment specifically forbids speaking falsely to the detriment offer neighbor.
- This would include giving false testimony about others in a court of law.
- This would include slander.
- The selling of inferior goods (Amos 8:4-6)
- The devouring of widows’ houses (Mark 12:40)
What is the theological foundation?
We are stewards. Our money is not our own to do with as we please.
What about lying in the scripture?
- The Hebrew midwives refused to kill the newborn Hebrew babies and lied about it to Pharaoh (Exodus 1:18-21)
- Rahab the Canaanite hid the Hebrew spies and lied about it officials (Joshua 2:3-4)
- David (before he was king) lied to the priests about his status before King Saul (1 Samuel 21:2)
Is lying ever permissible? NO!
- Saul and Gibeonites (Joshua 9:1-27; 2 Samuel 21:1-14)
- Ananias and Sapphira and the early church (Acts 5)
What is really going on when we life
- Lying is antithetical to the character of God (Leviticus 19:11-12, Psalm 5:6)
- Lying usually involves an attempt to make ourselves look good at someone else’s expense.
- Lying destroys unity and trust (Ephesians 4:25)
- Lying reveals a lack of
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