Honor | Part 18 | #9: Pants On Fire 12 May

The 9th Commandment says, “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.” How many lies have you told? Is it ever okay to lie? #GCHonor

Honoring God With Our Worship:

  • 1st Commandment: No other gods but Me
  • 2nd Commandment: No idols
  • 3rd Commandment: Exalting His Name
  • 4th Commandment: Honoring God With Our Bodies (Sabbath)
    • Rest
    • Health
    • Drugs & Alcohol
  • 5th Commandment: Honoring Those Whom God Has Honored (Parents/Authority):
    • Honoring Our Parents
    • Honoring Our Government
  • 6th Commandment: Honoring Human Life (Do Not Kill):
    • Abortion
    • Capital Punishment
    • War & Self Defense
  • 7th Commandment: Honoring God With Our Dating/Marriage (No Adultery):
    • Marriage God’s Way
    • Divorce & Remarriage
    • Homosexuality & Transgenderism
  • 8th Commandment: Honoring God With Our Money (Do Not Steal):
    • Stealing
    • Greed
  • 9th Commandment: Honoring God With Our Words (Do Not Lie):
    • “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.” Exodus 20:16

Clay’s Translation: “Don’t lie, yo!”


What is a lie?
“An intentionally false statement in speech or writing.”


What does the Bible say about Lying?
“You will destroy those who tell lies…”
Psalm 5:6a NLT

“I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence.”
Psalm 101:7 NLT

“Rescue me, O Lord, from liars and from all deceitful people.”
Psalm 120:2 NLT

“Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed.”
Proverbs 12:19 NLT

“The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.”
Proverbs 12:22 NLT


Why then do people lie?
Genesis 3:1-5
James 3:3-10
Colossians 3:9-10
John 8:44

The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart.

Luke 6:43-45
Numbers 23:19
Proverbs 30:5a


Is it ever Okay to Lie?

  • Corrie ten Boom (hid Jews from Nazi’s – lied)
  • Hebrew Midwives (saved Hebrew males – lied)
  • Rahab and the Spies (hid Hebrew spies – lied)


The Bible never says that Lying is acceptable.
However, when Lying protects a human life, it seems permissible.


How to be a person of TRUTH:

  • Think: “God First” (Colossians 3:17)
  • Resist Temptation (James 4:7)
  • Unite with another Christ Follower (Proverbs 27:17)
  • Talk like Jesus (Galatians 1:10)
  • Honestly Assess (Psalm 139:23-24)


Start reading.

Key Scripture:

Exodus 20:16 (NLT)

16 “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.

Psalm 120:2 (NLT)

2 Rescue me, O LORD, from liars

      and from all deceitful people.

Proverbs 12:22 (NLT)

22 The LORD detests lying lips,

      but he delights in those who tell the truth.

James 3:3–10 (NLT)

3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!

Genesis 3:1–5 (NLT)

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • In honor of Mother’s Day, share a memorable piece of advice or a funny story about your mom or a mother figure in your life. How has that wisdom or humor impacted the way you approach life?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Read Exodus 20:16. What does this commandment reveal about the value God places on truth and honesty?
  • Considering the sermon’s mention of societal pressures to bend the truth, share a time when you found it challenging to maintain honesty. What helped, or could have helped, you stay truthful?
  • Read Psalm 120:2 and Proverbs 12:22. How do these verses deepen our understanding of God’s perspective on truth versus deceit?
  • The sermon discussed the power of the tongue as described in James 3:3-10. What are some practical ways you can use your speech for good rather than harm in your daily interactions?
  • Genesis 3:1-5 introduces deceit with significant consequences. How can this account of the first lie help us understand the destructive nature of dishonesty?
  • Discuss the scenarios mentioned in the sermon where lying was used to protect lives (e.g., Corrie ten Boom, the Hebrew midwives). Is it ever acceptable to lie? Under what circumstances might this be considered?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Reflect on the acronym T.R.U.T.H. shared in the sermon. Choose one element from this acronym to focus on this week. Share your choice and why it’s important to you.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Pray for each other, that you would be bold and gracious in speaking truth and that your hearts would align more closely with God’s perfect will for your life. And ask Him to reveal to you where you have fallen short, seeking His forgiveness.

Start digging. For further study.


Clay Weed

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