We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Trouble With Lying


One problem with dishonesty is that just keeping a record of our lies and pretenses is a full-time job! Abraham Lincoln used to say that if a man is going to be a liar, he had better have a good memory! When a person uses up all his energy in pretending, he has nothing left for living; and life becomes shallow and tasteless. A person who pretends not only robs himself of reality, but he keeps himself from growing: his true self is smothered under the false self.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg.35

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

A well-stated observation by Wiersbe. (And oops, I spelled his name incorrectly in a previous post.)

Sadly, we know one person who has lived in such a way as described in this post. Tragic.

-Carolyn

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Carolyn,

Sadly, we also know someone this describes.

Jesse said...

Hey, it's been a year since I last commented on this blog! Anyway, this quote is thought-provoking.