In certain cases we are allowed to lie




The Roman Catholic Church teaches that in certain cases we are allowed to tell a lie. Here is what we read in the Catholic Encyclopedia: ‘According to the common Catholic teaching it is never allowable to tell a lie, not even to save human life. A lie is something intrinsically evil, and as evil may not be done that good may come of it, we are never allowed to tell a lie. However, we are also under an obligation to keep secrets faithfully, and sometimes the easiest way of fulfilling that duty is to say what is false, or to tell a lie. Writers of all creeds and of none, both ancient and modern, have frankly accepted this position. They admit the doctrine of the lie of necessity, and maintain that when there is a conflict between justice and veracity it is justice that should prevail’ (Mental Reservation).




The Scripture says: “Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbour,’ for we are members of one another” (Ephesians 4:25 – NKJV), and again: “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 12:22 – NKJV).

Therefore a Christian is never allowed to tell a lie. The doctrine of the lie of necessity is a doctrine of demons. The right thing to do in order to keep secrets is to keep silent.