A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will not escape. (Proverbs 19:5)
The apostle John said, “No lie is of the truth.” There is no such thing as divine deception. God does not and He will not allow His people to use a lie to get to the truth. A lie can only propagate another lie. Even a partial truth is a false witness. We are not to be “Evangelastic” in our speaking. The truth cannot be stretched. The truth is not elastic. If it is stretched it breaks, and a broken truth is a lie. Therefore we are to heed the warning of our text. There is a price to pay for any kind of lies. There is great freedom in truth telling. Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” If you cannot tell the truth about a matter, do not tell anything at all. The truth withheld is not a lie, unless our silence is deceiving. If we attempt not to deceive, we will keep from telling a lie. Use the truth wisely. Avoid a lie always.