18 ways Christians deceive others

deceptionJerry Joseph, with the St. Peters MO congregation, wrote about deception in today’s issue of “St. Peters Proclaimer” and shared a list of deceptive ways that merit study. This list applies to everyone, not just Christians, but he mentions some deceptive ways that saints might use as well, hence the title.

1. Slander (Psalms 101:5; 2 Timothy 3:1-5).

2. Stating a falsehood (Proverbs 19:5, 9).

3. Stating the truth in such a manner that a false impression is left. We can state words that are true, yet at the same time be lying, if such words are stated to deceive, to leave a false impression. Continue reading

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(#65) The Proverbs of Solomon 13:5-The Bread That Tastes Like Rocks

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 13:5: “A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.”

A “righteous man” rejects the stench of wickedness. In the final judgment, “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8) because the LORD hates “a false witness who speaks lies” (Proverbs 6:16-19). “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape” (Proverbs 19:5). The righteousness of God hates and totally rejects “lying,” and thus “a righteous man” will also hate “lying.” “You who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 97:10).

A “wicked man” is living in that which is “loathsome and comes to shame,” in other words, wickedness is disgusting and has no positive conclusion, if followed. Other ways to say this are: “Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant” (Proverbs 9:17); “Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel” (Proverbs 20:17). The excitement of theft is in the “getting away” with no consequences, but the Scriptures plainly show that God will enforce those consequences in His own time! “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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(#28) The Proverbs of Solomon 10:19-22-A Fool And His Money

Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

10:19-21: It is truth that the mouth speaks what is in the heart, and the heart speaks through the mouth. The more words a person uses, generally, the easier it is to sin with the mouth, and, the greater effort is being put in to hide a sin. Not an earthen heart (dirty) but a “righteous” heart produces words as precious as “choice silver.” On the other hand, if the “heart” is “wicked,” the words it uses will be of “little” value. “Lips” speaking from a “righteous” heart “feed many” (produce much good), whereas, the heart that “lacks wisdom” speaks “foolishly” (has no worth). This is a theme carried out in other Proverbs: 12:17-words of “truth” from a heart of “righteousness,” or a heart of “deceit” speaks “false witness;” 14:5-a heart of “faithful witness” speaks “no lie,” or the heart of “false witness” will speak “lies;” 14:25-“true witness” in the heart “delivers (saves) souls,” but a “deceitful” heart speaks “lies.” Lying, falsifying information, comes from within. Those known for their lying are “liars,” not just slips of the tongue. All liars are children of the Devil (John 8:44) and bound for hell (Revelation 21:8) unless they repent. Jesus absolutely taught this: “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil of the treasure brings forth evil things” (Matthew 12:34-35). There are occupations that are notoriously associated with lying, such as, lawyers, used car salesmen, politicians, contractors, advertisers and journalists. One wonders why people keep putting so much trust in them without thoroughly checking out their statements! Why depend upon lawyers to establish truth in legal matters? Why re-elect politicians who are deceitful? Why buy papers/magazines that misrepresent information so? Why spend time and money on shopping trips when the merchandise is not “as advertised?” Why buy cars from those whose claims cannot be trusted without a “second opinion?” Why let contractors sell their agreements to build to others who aren’t under the original contract? When lying is accepted as “the way everyone does business,” then whom can anyone trust?

10:22: True wealth come from the LORD’s “blessing,” and He “adds no sorrow with it.” When life is lived according to God’s Wisdom, blessings abound, and there is no regret. But sorrow comes with those who obtain wealth by their standards, not God’s: Proverbs 13:11: “Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase;” Proverbs 13:22: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous;” Proverbs 20:21: “An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning Will not be blessed at the end;” Proverbs 28:22: “A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, And does not consider that poverty will come upon him.” Dishonest wealth “will be diminished,” that is, easy come, easy go. The sinner’s wealth “is stored up for the righteous,” that is, it will not remain in the family’s hands for long, since righteous principles are not passed along with the wealth. It is criminal for all who make it difficult, or impossible, for “a good man” to leave his “inheritance to his children’s children.” Inheritance taxes, “death taxes,” are against God’s Will!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Studies in the Book of Proverbs #18: What God Hates

(#18) Six Hasty Misjudgments of Youth: 6:1-7-27 – ONE AT A TIME.

6:16-19: (4) Don’t Jump Into The Deep End!

“The world” God loved and gave His only begotten Son for (John 3:16) was humanity, not the globe, itself! But everybody in that “world” is lost unless, they, individually, accept and obey the offer to be saved through His Son (Mark 16:15, 16), for “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19).

Verse 16: God wants no one to be lost (2 Peter 3:9), but here are seven sins that God “hates.” An “abomination” to God is something that He judges horrible, shameful, immoral, disgusting, for which He has intense dislike, or hatred. There is no way anybody can consider him/herself safe, saved, loved, or forgiven who practices these sins. In fact, God hates those who decide to practice evil (Psalm 5:4-6).

Verse 17:

“A proud look:” Having an inflated opinion of oneself so that others are “beneath.” This comes from a degraded opinion of others, for whatever reason. “The wicked” have this look (Psalm 10:4), the young can develop this (1 Peter 5:5), a “generation” can have this (Proverbs 30:13), and so can politicians (Acts 12:20-24). It fits into a whole list of sins from “the last days” of the Jews in the First Century (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

“A lying tongue:” Lying is “but for a moment” (Proverbs 12:19), therefore it is not eternal truth. Since the Devil fathers all lies (John 8:44), then all liars will be Hell-bound (Revelation 21:8). God opposes false prophets (Ezekiel 33:8-9), and those who change His commandments in His Word (1 Timothy 4:1-5), for He makes lies have consequences (Hosea 10:13). Lying is deliberate tampering with truth either by adding falsehoods to it or hiding some of the truth from honest inquiry. This is not the same as not knowing all the truth (Acts 3:12-21), which may end in sin.

“Hands that shed innocent blood:” Babies are purely “innocent,” for unborn babies have done neither “good nor evil” (Romans 9:11). The “innocent” are listed with the “righteous” (Exodus 23:7), and it is an idolatrous society who “sheds innocent blood” (Psalm 106:34-39), as the Jews proved who crucified Jesus Christ (Acts 13:26-30). Those who “persecute” Christians “do not please God” (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16).

Verse 18:

“A heart that devises wicked plans:” God is ready to forgive those who are willing to repent and “be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38), but never to those whose hearts “devise wicked plans” (are set on finding wicked ways). This was the prevalent attitude that caused God to destroy the earth by flood in Noah’s day (Genesis 6:5), and describes complete corruption.

“Feet that are swift in running to evil:” These are “ambulance-chasers” of sin, finding attraction to anyone and everyone who has committed evil offense against God and man. Solomon has already warned his son of these people (Proverbs 1:15-16).

Verse 19:

“A false witness who speaks lies:” Lies used against others show reckless disregard not only for one’s own soul, but for others’ reputation, character, goods, or person. This phrase includes gossip, slander, defamation, whispering, back-biting, and anything else designed to falsely place a stigma on someone else (Proverbs 25:18; Romans 1:28-32). Even the courts of the land are hostile to this, calling it “perjury.” Sound Gospel Preachers will never stoop to such an abomination, or call it keeping the church pure.

“And one who sows discord among brethren:” The Word of God seeks to bring people together in Jesus Christ (John 17:20-21; Ephesians 4:1-6) because “how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1) The sowers of “discord” are working to directly destroy what God’s Gospel can achieve. Division in the churches of Christ never happen because of what the Bible says, but because of those who magnify and exploit differences, slights, misunderstandings, ignorance, and feelings over Scriptures. Since love is the “bond of perfection” (Colossians 3:14), sowers of discord attack the very heart of churches of Christ, and must be marked and avoided (Romans 16:17-18).
 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Psalm 120 God Hears When the World is Saying Wrong Things

There is uncertainty regarding the author, time, or circumstances of these Psalms, but it is apparent Psalms 120-134 work together, and are called the “Songs of Degrees,” and sometimes “Songs of Ascension.”

Verses 1-4 contrast God’s listening to help, and our having to listen to others;

Verses 5-7 state how hard it is to live among war-mongers.

Verses 1-4: (Verse 1) God hears our cries from distress. Jacob said God had done so (Genesis 35:3); David said God had (2 Samuel 22:7); Paul said distress cannot “separate us from the love of Christ” (Romans 8:35). (Verse 2) Integrity, trust, faith, dependability all are ruined by “lying lips” and a “deceitful tongue.” “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal truthfully are His delight” (Proverbs 12:22). Having a “deceitful tongue” is responsible for destroying the credibility of gossips, talebearers, editorial writers, propaganda press, factory fables, and many others. (Verse 3) There will be a judgment against a “false tongue.” “All liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). (Verse 4) Whoever said “words can never hurt me” wasn’t familiar with this verse. Words can pierce like “sharp arrows of the warrior,” and burn like “coals of the broom tree.” “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:2-8).

Verses 5-7: (Verse 5) Little is certain of these places, “Meshech” (slave traders, Ezekiel 27:13) and “Kedar” (wanderers, Isaiah 21:16-17), but they represent the hostile environment many people experience, even today. (Verses 6-7) Patience and longsuffering can wear us down or wear us out when we are mis-matched with polar opposites on a subject like “war” and “peace.” There is “a time of war, And a time of peace” (Ecclesiastes 3:8), however “wisdom is better than weapons of war; But one sinner destroys much good” (Ecclesiastes 9:18). The wise can avoid war, but the foolish advocate it and their foreign policies depend upon it! Christians are not waging carnal war against their enemies (2 Corinthians 10:2-6). “When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7).

 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Lying and Remembering

      A lie is intentional misleading and a betrayal. The dictionary defines it to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive. A lie is not merely a mistake in facts; intent plays a role.

Have you ever heard it said that lying is difficult because one has to remember all the particulars leading up to that conclusion in the lie? When I was young I heard this quite a number of times. I remember thinking to myself that I will be able to remember all the particulars as needed; I also remember that first time I started having difficulty remembering! One fellow said, “One ought to have a good memory when he has told a lie” (Corneille).

Lying is also a breaking of trust. Not only is it the refusal to tell the truth, it is also an action in the direction of the other person that there is no trust. It’s another way of saying that “I can’t trust you with the truth—so I will lie!” If you have lied to a loved one, then they know what this means! The door  is open to a lack of trust thereafter. RT

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Cheating NOT OK! – JAM

Did you know that the majority of  American teenagers seventeen and younger believe that lying and cheating is a necessary ingredient of a successful career? That is the finding of the Josephson Institute of Ethics last year. Truth is fallen in the street. There was a day when honesty was revered, when contracts were sealed with a handshake, when front doors were left unlocked, when lost billfolds were returned with the contents in tact; but today honesty has been mugged in the alley and left for dead. In its place we are left with a pack of hoodlums: lies, cheats, distortions, exaggerations, tales, gossip; all led by the Devil himself! This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

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