The benefits of lying …

Last year, a Christian business man asked me about a challenge I was facing. Then he suggested to help myself, I should lie in a way that would “benefit” me, then he attempted to justify how it wouldn’t be lying since it would be helping me out of a difficult challenge.

Do you see something wrong with this true life scenario?

I did.

It’s impossible to lie — whether it’s to your “benefit” or not — and it not be sin. The sum total benefits of lying equals zero.

“Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one,” Matthew 5:37.

Whenever we go beyond the simple clarity of truth, we enter into evil. How are you doing with this? Is your “yes” and “no” just that? Can your words be trusted because they represent the truth? Or have you bought into the lie that you can benefit yourself with a departure from the truth and still be like Christ?