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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Swallowing Lies: Part 5 of 5

Lies of Biblical Proportions 

The Bible is a book of brutal, unmitigated honesty.  God calls his people Saints, but he takes no pains to make them appear as such.  Abram practically delivers up his wife to Pharaoh when he lies about their relationship to save his own skin, and he is to be the father of God’s chosen people (Gen. 12). 

His, like all lies, sounded like a good idea at the time.  But James warns that the tongue “stain[s] the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell” (3:6b).  If ever you thought a lie was harmless, let James disabuse you of the idea, or let Eve.  A lie can dress itself up like the most succulent fruit, but always destroys in the end.  Sometimes we just need to grow some cojones.  As we wrap up this series, let's summarize this way:

Truth may not free you of every bodily consequence, but it saves the heart from destruction.

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