Lying Tongues (2 of 7) by Dennis Marquardt

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Lying Tongues (2 of 7)
Series: The "7 Things God Hates"
Dennis Marquardt
Proverbs 6:16-17; 12:22; Jeremiah 7:1-29

INTRO: Since the list of 7 things God hates seems to mention "lying" twice ... Prov. 6:17-19 "haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers" there must be some distinction between the two kinds of lies mentioned here.

The "lying tongue" involves unofficial lies - the distortion of God's truth, the second about a "false witness pouring out lies" involves official lies to distort a brother or sister, to destroy a person.

God hates a "lying tongue" because it destroys God's truth. It is the lie that a man tells himself and others that allow him to avoid living for God properly. This is exactly what had happened to Judah in Jeremiah's day.

It doesn't take much "bending" to distort truth which alters the picture God has given us.

ILLUS: How terribly trick mirrors distort the countenance! The man who looks into one of them sees his hair disheveled, his forehead smudged, his nose blotched, his eyes out of line, and a dozen other imaginary mischiefs. Trick mirrors are like those morbid, melancholy dispositions which pervert everything into gloom, and compel the most lovely characters to write bitter things against themselves! They may also be likened to depraved judgments, which lead men to impute deformity to perfection, and to censure even innocence itself. It would be better if all these good-for-nothing mirrors could be smashed to atoms, and the truth-reflecting glass of the word of God hung up in their places. -- Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Quotable Spurgeon, (Wheaton: Harold Shaw Publishers, Inc, 1990)

This makes our commitment to God's truth so critical, for if we fudge the truth of God's Word even a little bit the picture of God and His will for our ...

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