LIAR - LIAR

Dr. Stephen Phinney


I agree, this is a horrible remake of the original lead actor in "Liar, Liar."

However, it makes my point. Enjoy the article.


Even though this article will fall on mostly deaf ears, we must address the topic.


My logic in saying mostly deaf ears is relevant. I am in my late 60s as I write this. Forty of those years have been spent in full-time ministry. Out of those 40 years, I learned a fundamental fact: many Christians are liars; minimally, they tell lies.


When I was a child, I was tagged with the description of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." That is a fancy label for liar. Recently, a relative wrote me a four-page letter slicing and dicing me with a plethora of lies I told during my childhood - attempting to prove what I say today is all lies. While admitting to myself the truth of this hostile download, I realized something important. The flesh from the past marks a man for the rest of his life, minimally by humanity's perspective.

 

"But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron…"

(1 Timothy 4:1-2)

 

Do all Christians lie? Yes, most do – especially to themselves. Are all Christians liars? No. The difference between telling lies and being a liar deserves more attention, particularly amongst Christians. Without an objective distinction, we end up casting the first stone.


"But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’" (John 8:7