We live in a time when sin is on the rampage. Yet there seems to be little conviction in hearts of mankind to repent and get right with God. Instead, man has diluted the names of sin to accommodate his wicked lifestyle. The word ‘Gay’ is used instead of homosexuality, having an affair is much more palatable than fornication or adultery, embezzling instead of stealing. All of these are specifically stated in the Bible as sins and particularly mentioned in the Ten Commandments. Two other commandments are also watered down to be acceptable, Thou Shalt not kill. Murder is now known as abortion or euthanasia. The other is Thou shalt not bear false witness.
God takes lying seriously. We are commanded not to lie. Most people are aware that Satan is the Father of all lies, being the great deceiver himself. In the Garden of Eden, he lied to Eve, he did not misspeak. He knew what he was doing.
As children, some used the crossed fingers behind the back thingy when they were deliberately lying. This apparently came about because folk believed if they made the sign of a cross with the fingers that somehow God would overlook their sin
During this past Presidential race there has been much in the news about candidates and others who have misspoken. This seems like a harmless mistake, but is it? According to the 1823 Webster dictionary, to misspeak is to utter or speak amiss. As an adverb, amiss means in a faulty manner, contrary to truth or morality. We are reminded in the Book of James “Ye ask and receive not because ye ask amiss”.
According to Norville’s Bible Dictionary, to misspeak is to say something incorrect accidentally. Thus by this definition, misspeaking is not lying and thus it is not a sin. However, using this term to water down a lie is a sin.
A lie is a false statement spoken by a person who knows it to be false with the intent to deceive. Lying is a sin. Lying is immoral. People who lie are immoral people. The Bible states that all men are liars, however, some are practicing prevaricators., compulsive liars. A compulsive liar is defined as someone who lies out of habit. Lying is their normal and reflexive way of responding to questions. Compulsive liars bend the truth about everything, large and small. For a compulsive liar, telling the truth is very awkward and uncomfortable while lying feels right.
The problem arises when someone lies and when caught state that they misspoke. Not!
This scenario was reflected over and over again by the 2016 Democratic Candidate for President. This person was caught is so many lies that it became virtually impossible to believe anything she stated.
Now that he is no longer going to be the President of the United States, many truths will surface as to his religious beliefs, his birth certificate and his connections to the Radical Islamic terrorists. His lies to the American people have hurt this Nation terribly.
The sad realization is that many of our revered leaders have had their lies uncovered. It wasn’t until recently that the coined phrase ‘ I misspoke’ became a substitute for lying. Maybe GW Bush, Nixon, and FDR could have benefited by using this excuse.