There is great power in a lie. If there was no value in lying no one would do it. Look at any politician and they will show you the value of a lying tongue. The world will show you the short term value of lying. However, lying has its repercussions, for it can send one to hell (Rev. 21:8) and cause one to miss heaven (Rev. 21:27). To tell a lie is to sin (Rom 13:9). Sin is a transgression of the law (1 Jn 3:4). Therefore, it is a commandment of God not to lie (Eph 4:25).
People concoct lies like a baker follows a recipe, that is, to get exactly what they want. Where does lying come from? It derives from the Devil himself, who is the father of all liars (Jn 8:44). The righteous hates liars (Prov 13:5). Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord (Prov 12:22). A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it (Prov 26:28). No one is destroyed more by lies than the poor and the righteous (Isa 32:7 f; Ps 31:18).
Perhaps the worst liar of all is the “religious liar.” Religious liars say such things as: “Of course I love the Lord, but I’m just too busy to attend all the services of the saints” (Heb. 10:25). “Just because I get drunk doesn’t mean that I’m not a faithful Christian” (1 Cor. 6:10). “Being a homosexual or lesbian won’t keep me from being a child of God” (Rom. 1:27, 32 f; Jude 7), or “It doesn’t make any difference what you believe just as long as you are honest and sincere” (Matt. 7:21 ff; 2 Tim. 2:19; 1 Tim. 1:3; 6:1; Rev. 2:14-15).
John, by inspiration, calls all such people “liars”-“If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (1 Jn 1:10 f; Rom 3:23). “He that says I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 Jn 2:4). “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son” (1 Jn 2:22). “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen” (1 Jn 4:20-21)? Therefore, if we see a brother or sister who has fallen away, we are to do our best to convert them back to the strait and narrow path and hide a multitude of sins (Jam 5:10,20). If they are in need, we are to help them (Gal 6:10). If we shut up our compassion from them, the love of God is not in us. “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 Jn 3:17,18).
Only the truth will set you free from sin, that is, if you continue in God’s Word (Jn 8:31,32). Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, for truth came by Jesus Christ (Jn 14:6 f; Jn 1:17). The Word of truth is the gospel of our salvation (Eph 1:13). The gospel is defined as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ which was preached unto all the world (1 Cor 15:1-4 f; Col 1:23). Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom 10:17). If we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouth that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God (Rom 10:8-10); If we repent and are baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38); And if we remain faithful to the doctrine of Christ, we shall be saved (2 Jn 9 ff; Jn 8:31; Rev 2:10). This is the truth of God and “No lie is of the truth” (1 Jn 2:21).