THE SIN OF LYING

    Introduction
         A.  It seems that lying is one of the sins that has become more acceptable.
               1. Public leaders and others
         B.  Several examples:
         C.  Acts 5:1-11 (804)

     I.  Why do people lie?

         A. Reasons:  hurt:
              Protect someone’s feelings:
              Fear:
              Impress:

   II.  What is the origin of lying?  Genesis 3:1-5 (2); John 8:44 (787); Acts 5:3 (804)

         A. satan

  III.  What are the effects of lying?

         A.  Reveals a person’s heart.  Matthew 12:34-37 (713)

         B.  Destroy reputation and good influence.  Proverbs 11:3 (492)

         C.  Prevent person from being blessed by God.  James 1:12 (894)

         D.  Cause person to lose his soul.  Revelation 21:7-8 (917)

  IV.  How do we deal with lying?

         A.  Confess.  1 John 1:9 (900)

         B.  Make necessary corrections.  Matthew 3:7-8 (704)

         C.  Be aware of telling the truth James 5:12

         D.  Depend on God’s grace.  Romans 5:20-21 (833)

Closing:  Is it:

               T ruthful?
               H elpful?
               I spiring ( encouraging)?
               N eedful?
               K ind?