Today, many people are in the habit of lying, therefore they have a bad habit. But you, brothers, must not fall into this bad habit, for you must say the truth always, as it is written: “Therefore, putting away lying, let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another” (Ephesians 4:25 – NKJV).

Remember that Ananias and Sapphira his wife were put to death (by God) because they lied to the Holy Spirit. Here is what Luke wrote: “But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things” (Acts 5:1-11).

Brothers, we all are often tempted by the devil to tell lies. What should we do then? Let us resist the devil and speak truthfully to our neighbor. Let us remember that “lying lips are an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 12:22 – NKJV) and that all those who love and practice falsehood will be cast into the lake which burns with fire and brimstone (Revelation 21:8; 22:15)

To conclude, I want to say one last thing; since we must have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, we are not allowed to lie in order to help someone. For instance, those who work as a secretary sometimes are commanded by their boss to tell those who ask by phone to speak with him that he is not in the office. How should a believer conduct himself in such circumstances? Should he/she obey his or her boss, and thus say that his or her boss is not in the office (even though he/she knows that the boss is in the office and does not want to be disturbed), or refuse to obey such an order? He/she must refuse to tell lies, and therefore he/she must say to his/her boss that he/she will say the truth, thus if the boss is in the office he/she will say that he is in the office, while if the boss is not in the office he/she will say that he is not in the office.