The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
Bearing False Witness
Often in my area of ministry, it is very
difficult to tell who is telling the truth. One of the rapidly growing ways to
abuse those whom we serve is to bear false witness. To be blunt, this is to lie
through one's teeth to say someone did something they did not do. In reality,
there are tens of thousands of people in prison today, that did not do the crime
they were accused of and in fact, no one did.
Often when seeking a divorce, one or the other will bear false witness toward the other. Often it is to gain ground or assure custody of children. Far too often, it works. The one group harmed the most during this is often the children.
Bearing false witness is not new. I have a report of a man that was accused of rape. Yes the "evidence" could well convict him in any court as he ran naked from the room the person who accused him was in. Many of the people in that house saw him. Yet, he was innocent of any wrong doing for he fled to avoid a seductive woman. This man was convicted and spent years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Oddly enough, those who witnessed this most likely know the fact that he was innocent but were afraid to tell the truth for the woman who accused him was the wife of one of the political leaders of his time. YES...this man was Joseph. You can read about it in Genesis chapter 39.
Oh yes, Joseph said what satan intended for evil, God used for good...but does that give any of us an excuse to bear false witness against another? Oh, God often does the same thing now...but far too often tragic results occur when one lies about another committing a crime they did not do. Many have died as a result of this and we have one story on our web site confirming this.
More important, is what does GOD say about bearing false witness? Actually, it rates in the top ten commandments. (number 9 I believe) Could this be because of the far reaching damage it does? Lets look at the Word of God!
1 Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:
(often one does this under advice of others to obtain advantages but is this not following a multitude?)
15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
16 If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;
17 Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days;
18 And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;
19 Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.
WOW...I have learned something doing this message. I have long stated that if one willfully and knowingly accuses another of a crime and it is discovered, that person should be charged with the same level of crime and given the same sentence as the person they accused. Ummm and now I find that that idea is BIBLICAL....)
16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
(this is repeated several times...HE MEANS it my friend....)
Where does this idea come from?
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
If you are the one bearing false witness...repent TODAY. If you have not trusted Christ as Savior, do so.
How to have eternal life
If you have trusted Christ and are bearing false witness toward another, use 1
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (You will also need to go to the person you have wronged and ask forgiveness)
IF YOU are the person that is BEING wronged...I would like to remind you that GOD IS IN CONTROL. Do not seek revenge. We need to ask God to give us the grace to do what HE told us:
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
My friend, when we do things GOD's way...it works...oh...the world may not understand and it may even sound stupid but it WORKS......
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