and dishonesty comes naturally because it is part of the sinful nature
of mankind. Every nation on earth has laws against perjury to hold
people accountable because lying comes effortlessly and is just as
natural as eating food. This is to be expected from people who have not
been born again but Christians have a spirit from God that wants them to
obey the Lordís commandments. So why is there so much lying happening in
apostolic church was only a few months old when Ananias and Sapphira
decided to sell some of their property and give it to the apostles. This
couple had been saved, baptized in water and in the Holy Spirit and
their actions up to this point were befitting Godís commandments.
custom in the church at this time for members who had excess property to
sell some of it and give the entire sum to the apostles to be used in
the church to take care of the poor. People who did this received great
status in the church and people held them in great esteem. Greed was the
door that gave the Devil the opportunity to deceive this couple. They
wanted the recognition, but did not part with all the money from the
sale of their property. So they decided withhold part of the sale and
pretend the amount they were giving was the full amount. The Holy Spirit
alerted the apostle Peter to the scheme, and when confronted, they both
lied and were killed instantly by the Lord.
this affect us today? Well, the early church was filled with fear and
respect for the Lord and His commandments. This example made them walk
the straight and narrow path but this is not the case with the church
today. Fortunately, God is not killing Christians who are lying but the
end result is a spiritually weak modern church.
already know what thinks about lying based upon the fact that there is a
prohibition against it in the Ten Commandments and in this message I
want to further expound what God thinks about lying and how Christians
can have the victory over the deceit and dishonesty that comes so
naturally to mankind. I will share my personal story of how I was set
free from this evil second nature when I came to Christ. Lying is a sin
and it is important to root it out from our lives. This is not a popular
topic, but letís face, when is sin ever a popular topic? However, if we
want to have spiritual power, it is necessary to walk in the light with
the Lord Jesus Christ!
Print out the sermon outline and let's examine the
Scriptures this Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell