“We live in a time where lying is considered “good business.” Truth is begging in the streets. Within and without the family of God it is increasingly difficult to get a straight answer.
We cover up our deception with pious phrases: “After all, it’s to advance God’s kingdom,” “it’s really the result that matters anyway,” “if her husband can’t supply her need I guess I’ll have to,” or “surely God wants us to use our common sense.”
God doesn’t need our religious lies to advance His kingdom. He calls us to “walk in the light” (I John 1:7); to deal honestly with our brothers: “Do not lie to one another, since you have laid aside the old self with its evil practices” (Colossians 3:9); and to give honest responses: “But let your statement be, Yes, yes, or No, no; and anything beyond this is of the evil one” (Matthew 5:37).
-from p.70-71 of “A Prophet’s Heart” by Charles Brown.