by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program "WE BELIEVE"
Print # 73,CT 202079

Exodus 20:16

Two ladies in the community gossiped about one of their friends. They found
out later that they were wrong, but her reputation had been greatly scarred. They
went to their pastor and asked what they should do, how they could get correction
and forgiveness. He said, "Go take the feathers out of a pillow, go a mile away
from your house, then walk back, scattering the feathers. They came back, after
doing that, and said, "We did what you said, but we don't understand." He said,
"Now I want you to go back and pick up all the feathers." They said, "Well, there's
no way we can do that. Those feathers have gone everywhere." He said, "What you
said about the lady and the words that you spoke against her, are like those
feathers. Whatever you say or do, you can never bring them all back together. As
those feathers went to the wind, so your idle words have gone to the winds and have
hurt her reputation."
No wonder God speaks so clearly, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against
your neighbor." The tongue is a killer. I want us to look in Exodus 20, at the
Ninth Commandment. I want us to understand that when God says, "Thou shalt not
bear false witness", He is talking about lying, and that lying can be done in
several different ways. It can come by the lie of malice. In Exodus 23:1, "You
shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious liar."
In other words, we can sin and break the Ninth Commandment by joining with other
people to slander or speak malice against another person. In the New Testament,
there are three words that speak about false witness. One word means, "slanderer".
It's taken from the word, "diabolis" which means, "devil". The origin of slander
is the Devil. We'll deal with that later.
A second word is, "blasphemer". A third w ...

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