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I f we are to be people who love, we must also be people who hate. If we are to love what blesses people, we must hate what harms them. In loving and hating in these ways, we imitate the God who both loves and hates. We have already seen that God hates idolatry, sexual immorality, injustice, and hypocrisy. The Bible leaves no doubt that God hates deceit. Three times in the book of Proverbs he states it bluntly. As we assemble the evidence, it becomes clear: God hates any concealment of the truth, any denial of the truth, or any misrepresentation of the truth. God hates deceit because he so values truth.
He so values truth because he himself is the source of all truth. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. God is the Father of truth, Satan is the father of lies.
No wonder, then, that God hates deceit and deceivers. Thus, deceit is a sure of our depravity. As human beings turn away from God, we immediately begin to speak lies, misusing our ability to communicate to deceive one another. When Paul describes human depravity in Romans 3 he shows how quickly that depravity manifests itself in deceit.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.
When we speak deceptively, we speak satanically. Our words reflect a heart that is submitted to Satan rather than God. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. False words reveal a heart in rebellion against God. Defiled words come from a defiled heart. This means that all human beings are under the dominion of sin. We are no longer in submission to God but in submission to Satan.
We are no longer friends of God, but enemies. Because we are under the dominion of sin, we are under the curse of sin. We deceive because we are sinners and our deceit simply furthers our depravity. We attempt to deceive God, as Adam and Eve did. We attempt to deceive others, to benefit ourselves by harming them. We even attempt to deceive ourselves, convincing ourselves we are less sinful than we are.
But still there is hope for deceivers. We must stop being who and what we once were when we were under the dominion of Satan. Those who once deceived can now speak righteously. How can such a transformation take place? By the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ offers forgiveness for every sin, even the sin of deceit. And those who have been forgiven now long to do what is right, to do what brings glory to his name. Through the gospel and by the gospel we can. The gospel is enough to forgive and transform even the most deceptive deceiver. In lieu of a comments section, I accept and encourage letters to the editor. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, you can do so here.
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