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TO TELL THE TRUTH
There can be no "government of the people, by the people
and for the people" unless the people are right. The sixth,
seventh, eighth and ninth commandments are a part of the law
of our nation. Indeed, our system won't work unless enough
people respect and keep these laws.
Sometimes I wish we'd never heard the word "morality."
The word carries with it an idea of moral opinion. You've
heard it said: "Well, you have your set of morals and I have
mine." I wish we could look at the words "right" and "wrong",
not from a "moral" standpoint, but a practical one. When
conducting an experiment in a laboratory if it turns out as
hoped, you say: "That's right." If it blows up in your
face, you say: "That's wrong!"
You see, God is not saying: "Here are some ideas I want
you to check out and see if they fit your lifestyle." He is
saying: "Here are some principles, which if you will follow,
will make life work. If you don't follow them life won't work."
If we are to be the first civilization in history to keep
freedom, we must return to the Ninth Commandment: "Thou shalt
not bear false witness against thy neighbor." Our legal system
cannot wor-k if witnesses do not "tell the truth the whole truth
and nothing but the truth."
It is vital that we see how serious a matter our Lord
considers the stewardship of speech to be.
In Proverbs 6:16-19 the Word declares: "These six things
doth the Lord hate: yea seven are an abomination unto Him: A
proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift
in- runnlng to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and
he that soweth discord among brethren."
Four of the seven things God hates refer to the wrongful
use of the tongue. Jesus said in Matthew 12:36,37: "For I say
unto you that every idle word that men shall speak they shall
give account thereof on the day of judgment. F ...
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