Put Away Lying

(Ephesians 4:25)

Mike Johnson

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.” (Eph. 4:25)

This verse tells us that Christians are to put away lying.  The context tells us that the old man is to be put off, and the new man is to be put on.  One way that a Christian puts off the old man is by putting away the sin of lying.

Lying was the tool that Satan used in the very beginning to get man to sin.  Lying is a work of Satan.  In fact, Jesus said in John 8:44 that Satan is a liar and the father of lies.

The Bible frequently condemns lying.  Proverbs 6 tells us that lying is one of the things that the Lord hates.  Also, Proverbs 12:22 says, “lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.”  In the New Testament, Colossians 3:9 says, “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.”

People lie for various reasons today.  Some people lie to make themselves sound big, important, and interesting; some lie to cover up their mistakes or crimes; while still others lie to get some kind of gain or to avoid some kind of loss.

It is important to realize that all kinds of lies are wrong.  The Bible does not even make a distinction, as man does, between what is called a “white lie” and a “black lie.”  Many have the philosophy that lying in certain situations is acceptable. This is not in accord with God’s Word.  It does not matter how big or small that we regard a lie to be, or whether the lie is told to our family, to our friends, to strangers, to our employers, or to our government; it is still wrong to lie.

The last part of verse 25 says that we are to speak truth to our neighbors, “for we are members one of another.”  Instead of telling lies, a Christian is to tell the truth.  The Christian should not lie to anyone, and he would certainly not want to lie to a fellow Christian.  Christians are members of the same spiritual body; they are supposed to have the same goals, interests, and aims.  It would not be any more logical for one Christian to lie to another in the spiritual body than it would be for the hand to lie to the foot in the physical body.

Lying needs to be put away as our text says.  Revelation 21:8 says, “ . . . all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”