The Sin of Lying



(Proverbs 12:22) “(LYING LIPS ARE AN ABOMINATION TO THE LORD), But those who deal truthfully are His delight”

(Proverbs 6:16-19) “These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, (A LYING TONGUE), Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, (A FALSE WITNESS WHO SPEAKS LIES), And one who sows discord among brethren”


(Psalm 101:7) “He (WHO WORKS DECEIT) shall not dwell within my house [MEANING IN HEAVEN]; He (WHO TELLS LIES) shall not continue in my presence”

(Leviticus 19:11) “You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, (NOR LIE TO ONE ANOTHER)”

(Matthew 15:11) Jesus said, “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but (THAT WHICH COMETH OUT OF THE MOUTH, THIS DEFILETH A MAN)”

(Luke 6:45) Jesus said, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: (FOR OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKETH)”

(Matthew 12:36-37) Jesus said, “But I say unto you, That (EVERY IDLE WORD THAT MEN SHALL SPEAK, THEY SHALL GIVE ACCOUNT THEREOF IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT). For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned”

(Revelation 21:27) “But there shall by no means enter it [MEANING HEAVEN] anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or (A LIE), but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life”

(Proverbs 19:9) “A false witness [LIAR] will not go unpunished, And (HE WHO SPEAKS LIES SHALL PERISH)”

(Revelation 21:8) “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and (ALL LIARS SHALL HAVE THEIR PART IN THE LAKE WHICH BURNS WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE), which is the second death”

(John 8:44) Jesus said, “(YOU ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL, AND THE DESIRES OF YOUR FATHER YOU WANT TO DO). He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for (HE IS A LIAR) and the father of it”

(1 Timothy 1:10) “for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, (FOR LIARS), for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that (IS CONTRARY TO SOUND DOCTRINE)”

(Proverbs 12:5) “The thoughts of the righteous are right, But (THE COUNSELS OF THE WICKED ARE DECEITFUL)”

(Proverbs 19:5) “A false witness [LIAR] will not go unpunished, And (HE WHO SPEAKS LIES WILL NOT ESCAPE)”

(Psalms 5:6) “Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and (DECEITFUL MAN).”

(Psalm 34:12-13) “Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good? (KEEP YOUR TOUNGE FROM EVIL, AND YOUR LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT)”

(1 Peter 2:1) “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,”

(1 Peter 3:10) “For He who would love life And see good days, (LET HIM REFRAIN HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL, AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT)”

(Colossians 3:9-10) “(DO NOT LIE TO ONE ANOTHER), since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him”

(Ephesians 4:25) “Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you (SPEAK TRUTH WITH HIS NEIGHBOR), for we are members of one another”

(Proverbs 12:19) “The truthful lip shall be established forever, But (A LYING TONGUE IS BUT FOR A MOMENT)”

(Proverbs 21:6) “The getting of treasures (BY A LYING TONGUE IS VANITY) tossed to and fro of them that seek death”

(Matthew 15:18-20) Jesus said, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, (FALSE WITNESS) [LIAR], blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man”

(Exodus 20:16) “You shall not (BEAR FALSE WITNESS) [LIE] against your neighbor”

(Romans 13:9) “For the commandments, you shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, (YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS) [LIE], You shall not covet, and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself”

(Luke 18:20) Jesus said, “You know the commandments: do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, (DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS) [LIE], Honor your father and your mother”

(Proverbs 14:5) “A faithful witness does not lie, But (A FALSE WITNESS WILL UTTER LIES)”

(2 Timothy 3:1-4) “This know also, that (IN THE LAST DAYS PERILOUS TIMES SHALL COME). For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, (FALSE ACCUSERS) [LIARS], incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God”

(Luke 8:17) Jesus said, “For (NOTHING IS SECRET) that will not be revealed, (NOR ANYTHING HIDDEN) that will not be known and come to light”

Believe it or not, compulsive lying can be attributed to a spirit. The late Bible teacher, Derek Prince, shared this account and gave his insight:

A demon that operates in the area of either the mind or the tongue is a lying spirit. It may speak either to a person’s mind or through a person’s tongue.

As an example of the first, I recall a woman who came to me once for help, complaining, “I’ve been seeking salvation for six months, but I just can’t get saved!” I asked her to tell me which churches she had been attending. When she cited them, I recognized that they all preached a sound, scriptural message of salvation.

Without saying anything to the woman, but under my breath, and in the name of Jesus, I bound the lying spirit that was speaking to her mind, telling her God did not love her and that she could not be saved. Then I led her in a simple prayer for salvation. She came through immediately to an assurance of salvation, which she has never, to my knowledge, lost.

The authority to “bind or loose,” which I exercised in this case, is an important tool in dealing with demons. In Matthew 12:29, speaking about driving demons out of a person, Jesus said, “Or else how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.”

If there is a “gang” of demons, the “strong man” is usually the leader, who controls and dominates the rest. In the process of deliverance it will generally be the first to manifest itself.

Further on, in Matthew 18:18, Jesus gave His disciples the authority to “bind” or to “loose” spiritual forces: “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

The authority to bind or loose can be very effective in dealing with demons, but its exercise must be safeguarded by the application of important scriptural principles…

The Lying spirit in the woman I was dealing with was speaking to her mind. On the other hand, a lying spirit may also speak through a person’s tongue. For instance, there are people who are compulsive liars. They are not aware of the lying demon within them, and often they do not even know when they are lying.

Ronald, a Chrisitan businessman, used to visit Lydia and me in our home. As he sat in our living room, his talk would become more and more interesting and more and more improbable. After a while my head would begin to swim. Does he believe what he is saying? I would ask myself. Do I believe it? Yet he was completely sincere, not in the least conscious that he was lying.

Later I discovered how that lying spirit came in. Ronald was the adopted son of wealthy parents who had no other children. They had great expectations for him. If Ronald came home from school with poor grades, his parents displayed their disappointment. So he began to lie about his grades. Eventually he became so used to lying that he did not even know when the lying spirit came in and took over. I later lost contact with Ronald and have no assurance that he was ever delivered.

Compulsive liars are people controlled by lying demons. They deceive others and are themselves deceived. They may even pass a lie detector test.

Other demons in the area of the tongue are exaggeration, gossip, criticism and slander. Exaggeration is a demon that particularly targets evangelists-hence the phrase “evang-elastically speaking.” Gossip and criticism are two demons that feel quite at home in church.

(They Shall Expel Demons, 183-184)

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you can receive Him into your heart and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.

If you are sincere you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):

“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”

2 thoughts on “The Sin of Lying

  1. Good to remember this and always do our best not to lie, even though it is very hard – in fact, in my world, it is probably the most difficult one of the commandments to obey.
    I mean, many, even most of us can manage to go through life from birth to death without killing anyone, but I don’t think I have ever seen a person who never lied (including me!) except JESUS… thank GOD and his grace for the possibility to repent when it happens – and I don’t know about everybody else, but in my life, it does… sometimes I even only realize when it is too late and I’ve already said it and didn’t really mean it… becoming more and more like HIM is a lifelong task, at least for me.
    I was blessed by this article as usual when you publish something, thank GOD for you and your work and GOD bless you.


    1. Viktor

      Yeah, and especially how many jobs nowadays kind of expect you to lie as the norm or by their policy, but it’ll be in the name of “being a closer” or being a good salesman, blah, blah.

      A lie is a lie, no matter where, at work, home, at school, and that’s that.

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