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===='''What Your Minister Won't Tell You About Easter''' ====
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====Do not lie to each other. ====
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You have left your old sinful life and the things you did before. You have begun to live the new life, in which you are being made new and are becoming like the One who made you ''(Colossians 3:9-10).
  
<p>Have you heard this Easter story? In the spring of the year, King Herod began persecuting the early New Testament Church. The apostle John's brother James was martyred with a sword—soon after Peter was imprisoned. </p>
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''So you must stop telling lies. Tell each other the truth, because we all belong to each other in the same body'' (Ephesians 4:25).  
  
<p>Acts 12:4&nbsp;continues the story stating that when Herod (grandson of Herod the Great) had apprehended Peter, “he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after&nbsp; Easter &nbsp;to bring him forth to the people.” </p>
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''Say only yes if you mean yes, and no if you mean no. If you say more than yes or no, it is from the Evil One'' (Matthew 5:37).  
  
<p>God intervened and Peter was rescued before Herod could hatch his plan. The angel of the Lord visited the apostle, his shackles fell off, and he walked out. A miraculous escape! </p>
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''Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you ''(James 5:16).  
  
<p>…a miraculous&nbsp; Easter &nbsp;escape? </p>
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If things weren't already strange enough in today's society, now some people want to abolish honesty. One noted physician, for example, appeared on a network news-and-talk show and proclaimed, "Lying is an important part of social life, and children who are unable to do it are children who may have developmental problems." Is the saying "Honesty is the best policy becoming obsolete?
  
<p>Realize this is the&nbsp; only &nbsp;place in the King James Bible the word Easter occurs. The original Greek word, however, is&nbsp; pascha —meaning Passover. In truth,&nbsp;Acts 12&nbsp;is talking about the Days of Unleavened Bread mentioned in&nbsp;Exodus 12&nbsp;and&nbsp;Leviticus 23. </p>
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Two surveys taken recently may indicate that many people think it is. A USA Today poll found that only 56 percent of Americans teach honesty to their children. It looks like it's time for those of us who live by God's standard to recommit ourselves to honesty.
  
<p>Every other Bible translation does not say Easter in this account. Even the New King James version says Passover. The fact is, Easter's tie to Christ's death and resurrection&nbsp; cannot &nbsp;be found in the Bible! </p>
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'''I. WHO WE DECEIVE: '''
  
<p>Holy Week, as it is called—the period between Palm Sunday and Easter—is the busiest time of year for faithful Protestants and Catholics. The other observances during this period are Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. </p>
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A. Self
  
<p>Have you ever heard your minister say why you keep these days? Sure, there are stated reasons they are observed. For one, they point to some of the most monumental events in human history. </p>
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• The Alcoholic says "One beer won't hurt me."
  
<p>Yet has your minister given you Bible proof why you should be keeping these days? Have you seen—in God's own Word—why you should attend church services four times in the spring? </p>
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• The Addict to pornography says, "If my spouse was only a better lover."
  
<p>Just like the word Easter, many other long-held traditions have no biblical backing. Yet you will never hear your minister utter one word about this—let alone what God's Word&nbsp; really &nbsp;says. </p>
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• The Adulterer says, "I NEED her/his love."
  
<p>All in a Name </p>
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B. Others
  
<p>With Easter absent from the Bible text, where it does come from is profound. The answer is found in the name of the holiday itself. </p>
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An Associated Press poll found that almost half of the people regularly call in sick when they're not. Ninety-one percent of them say they lie regularly, at work and at home. In another poll, sixty-five percent of America's high school students say they would cheat on an important exam. Fifty-three percent said they would lie to protect a friend who vandalizes school property.
  
<p>The&nbsp; New Catholic Encyclopedia &nbsp;states that “the origin of the term for the feast of Christ's Resurrection has been popularly considered to be from the Anglo-Saxon Eastre, a goddess of spring…the Old High German plural for dawn, eostarun; whence has come the German Ostern, and our English Easter.” </p>
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C. God
  
<p>Catholics admit Easter comes from a&nbsp; pagan &nbsp;goddess of spring! </p>
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Of course, we can't actually deceive God, but we try to. It's amazing that we would try to lie to Someone who detects our every thought (Psalm 139:2) and even knows our motives and intentions better than we do (Jeremiah 17:9-10).
  
<p>A Manual of Church History &nbsp;adds to this: “The fact that vernal festivals were general among pagan peoples no doubt had much to do with the form assumed by the Eastern festival in the Christian churches. The English term Easter is of pagan origin.” </p>
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'''II. WHY WE DECEIVE: '''
  
<p>The book&nbsp; Festivals, Holy Days, and Saints' Days &nbsp;states this also: “On this greatest of Christian festivals, several survivals occur of&nbsp; ancient heathen ceremonies . To begin with, the name itself is not Christian but pagan. Ostara was the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring” (emphasis added). </p>
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A. To Avoid Pain
  
<p>Do not miss the words “ancient heathen ceremonies.The practice of Easter predates the birth of Christ! </p>
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In USA Today, Jerald Jellison says, "Each of us fibs at least 50 times a day. We lie about our age, our income, or our accomplishments. And we use lies to escape embarrassment. A common reason for "little white lies," we are told, is to protect someone else's feelings. yet in so doing, we are really protecting ourselves. According to Jellison, here are the most common fibs: "I wasn't feeling well." "I didn't want to hurt your feelings." "The check is in the mail." "I was just kidding." "I was only trying to help."
  
<p>Should you be celebrating Easter? The name&nbsp; itself &nbsp;is that of a false goddess. </p>
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B. Out of Habit
  
<p>This is no different from saying, “I am celebrating Baal.” Or, “I observe a day called Moloch.” Any Bible student knows what God says about those false deities. </p>
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A woman once said to a famous evangelist, "I'm deeply troubled over a problem that I know is hurting my testimony. It's the habit of exaggeration. I start to tell something, and then go on and enlarge the story until it's all distorted. People know that what I say is not true, and lose confidence in me. I wonder if you can help me?" The evangelist looked at her and said, "Let's talk to the Lord about it." She prayed, "O God, Thou knowest that I have this tendency to exaggerate -" At this point the evangelist interrupted, "Call it lying, Madam, and you may get over it!" The woman began to weep and finally made a fully confession of her evil habit.
  
<p>If you ask your minister about this, you will likely get a stock answer. Perhaps you have even heard it before. </p>
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C. For a Higher Good.  
  
<p>“We changed the meaning of the day. Now it relates to Christ's resurrection,” goes the common thinking. “Even though there are different historical origins, it is now an important Church holiday.” </p>
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• Corrie Ten Boom deceived the Nazis about hiding Jews.  
  
<p>Easter is loaded with symbols and practices from paganism and fertility rites. Our booklet&nbsp; <a href="https://app.getresponse.com/click.html?x=a62b&lc=SoNDh5&mc=9O&s=VxSRn&u=7ow&z=EMtRJbG&"> The True Origin of Easter &nbsp;has the full story. </p>
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• Rahab the Harlot deceived her people about the Israelite spies (Joshua 2:1-6; James 2:25).  
  
<p>It does not matter what you think or what you are told by others regarding Easter. What matters is what God thinks. How&nbsp; He &nbsp;feels about adopting heathen practices. </p>
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• An undercover drug agent uses a false ID to gain information.  
  
<p>Jeremiah 10:2&nbsp;reveals the plain answer: “Thus says the Lord,&nbsp; Learn not the way of the heathen , and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.” </p>
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• The Hebrew midwives deceived Pharaoh to save the life of Hebrew babies (Exodus 1:15-21).  
  
<p>Heathen practices should not be followed, adopted or adapted to serve God. How plain! </p>
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'''III. HONESTY IS COMMANDED WITH OTHERS IN THE BODY OF CHRIST: '''
  
<p>Matthew 15:9&nbsp;adds to this: “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” </p>
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''Do not lie to each other'' (Colossians 3:9).
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A traffic cop flagged down a young driver, got his name, then snarled, "Oh, so you're a preacher, hey? Now don't go telling me you didn't see that stop sign."
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The honest pastor said, "Oh, to be sure I say the sign, officer. The point is - I didn't see you." Now that's truthfulness!
  
<p>Easter as a doctrine is a commandment of men. You have seen the proof. It is simply not found in God's Word. </p>
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Dr. Alan Redpath, former pastor of Moody Memorial Church, tells of the time his father, after a brief period of tension in the home, looked across the table at his wife and said, "I'm so sorry I spoke to you the way I did. I'm ashamed of myself." Dr. Redpath said that although at the time he was not a Christian, he went to his room after the meal, knelt, and prayed, "O God, I thank you for a father like that. Make me more like him."
  
<p>Yet there&nbsp; are &nbsp;clear days in the Bible you should keep, and many of them fall right around Easter. More on that later. </p>
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'''IV. WHY SHOULD WE BE HONEST AND TRUTHFUL?'''
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A. God is truthful in all He says (Number 23:19) and you are becoming like the One who made you (2 Corinthians 3:18).  
  
<p>How Long in the Tomb? </p>
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B. We are family and part of the same body. -- Working together '''cannot''' be done in distrust (Ephesians 4:15,25).
  
<p>According to traditional teaching, Jesus was crucified on Friday and was resurrected on Sunday morning. </p>
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C. Satan is the Father of lies (John 8:44).  
  
<p>The Catholic catechism puts it this way: “Mary Magdalene and the holy women who came to finish anointing the body of Jesus, which had been buried in haste because the Sabbath began on the evening of Good Friday, were the first to encounter the Risen One…Everything that happened during those Paschal days involves each of the apostles—and Peter in particular—in the building of the new era begun on Easter morning.” </p>
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D. Honesty is necessary for our healing (James 5:15).es, for encouragement for the fulfillment of this Promise from
 
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<p>Do the math. Friday evening until Sunday morning is 36 hours. Is this how much time Jesus said He would be in the grave? Does it really matter? </p>
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<p>Matthew 12:39-40&nbsp;reveals the answer is significant. Jesus said this to scribes and Pharisees who were seeking a sign: “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah: for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall&nbsp; the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth .” </p>
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<p>How long Jesus would be dead is of crucial importance! He declared He would show&nbsp; one &nbsp;sign. He said He would be dead and buried for three whole days&nbsp; and &nbsp;three whole nights—72 hours. </p>
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<p>So which day is off: Good Friday or Easter Sunday? The answer is both! </p>
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<p>John 19:14&nbsp;explains that Jesus' crucifixion landed on “the preparation of the Passover.”&nbsp;Verse 31&nbsp;further states “for that sabbath day was a high day.” </p>
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<p>What does this mean? </p>
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<p>An extended quote from our booklet&nbsp; <a href="https://app.getresponse.com/click.html?x=a62b&lc=SoNDG9&mc=9O&s=VxSRn&u=7ow&z=E9ZKhuv&">Christ's Resurrection Was Not on Sunday reveals the answer in detail. </p>
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<p>“Any Jew will tell you that a ‘high day' is a feast day or an annual holy day!&nbsp;Leviticus 23&nbsp;describes seven of these days that the nation of ancient Israel was commanded to keep year by year. A simple review of this chapter (verses 24,&nbsp;26-32&nbsp;and&nbsp;39) reveals that God considered these days to be Sabbaths. Notice that&nbsp;Leviticus 23:2&nbsp;refers to all of these Sabbaths as ‘the feasts of the Lord' and ‘even these are My feasts.' This same verse also calls them ‘holy convocations'—meaning commanded assemblies. These days do not fall on the same day, year after year, any more than do the common pagan holidays that most people observe today. </p>
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<p>“Matthew 26:2&nbsp;states, ‘You know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.' (Leviticus 23&nbsp;shows that the Passover was the one feast that was not also a Sabbath, wherein work was prohibited.) There is no doubt that Christ was crucified on the Passover.” </p>
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<p>The quote continues: “The Old Testament Passover always preceded the annual Sabbath called the first Day of Unleavened Bread. This day was a high day or a feast day to be celebrated each year, again, on the day immediately following the Passover. Notice&nbsp;Numbers 28:16-17: ‘And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the Lord. And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast.' This feast was the first Day of Unleavened Bread. </p>
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<p>“Jesus Christ was slain by crucifixion on the exact same day that the Passover lamb had been slain every year…Christ was crucified on the Passover and this day then would automatically be a preparation day for the feast day, or annual high day Sabbath—which was to begin almost immediately after His burial. </p>
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<p>“As mentioned, annual Sabbaths could occur on any day of the week. Tuesday and Thursday are more common than any other day for the first Day of Unleavened Bread, following the Passover. Thursday is probably the most common of all. For instance, in the thirty-six years (counting inclusively) between 1998 and 2033, the first Day of Unleavened Bread occurs on a Thursday 12 times, and on a Tuesday 10 times. All other days are less often during this period. In the year of Christ's crucifixion, according to the Hebrew calendar, the Passover occurred on a Wednesday! This means that the annual Sabbath had to be one day later—or Thursday! It was, in fact, this sabbath that was approaching, thus requiring the swift burial of Jesus' body prior to its arrival. The weekly Sabbath, or Saturday, was to occur two days after that.” </p>
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<p>Re-read this last paragraph until it becomes crystal clear. When all the facts are in, the day of Christ's resurrection is simple. Three days&nbsp; and &nbsp;three nights from Wednesday evening is Saturday evening. This is when Jesus came out of the tomb. </p>
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<p>Realize what this means: Jesus Christ was not resurrected on Sunday. You have seen the proof in your Bible! With this information comes an all-important decision you must make… </p>
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<p>Back up and look at Christendom as a whole. Almost every denomination uses Christ's&nbsp; Sunday &nbsp;resurrection as proof that you should keep Sunday. You have seen this is utterly false thinking. Coming off this, what day should you keep? </p>
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<p>The Bible answer is again plain. In fact, you likely have already memorized the answer, which is found in&nbsp;Exodus 20: “Remember&nbsp; the sabbath day , to keep it holy” (vs. 8). Any Sunday school student knows this as one of the Ten Commandments! </p>
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<p>If pressed, many ministers will state it is good to set aside a day or parts of a few days to rest and recuperate. However, almost none will state definitively that the Sabbath is a specific day. </p>
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<p>But God states it&nbsp; is &nbsp;one day. Keep reading in Exodus: “Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord your God: in it you shall not do any work…For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it” (vs. 9-11). </p>
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<p>Count the days of the week. The seventh is Saturday. God leaves no wiggle room here, and He wants that specific day kept! (Note that this should be set aside from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday.) </p>
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<p>Begin to ask yourself, “Am I ready to keep the seventh-day Sabbath as God commands?” </p>
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<p>What about yearly observances such as Easter, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday—all of which commemorate biblical events? These are based on ancient heathen customs, but there&nbsp; are &nbsp;annual Holy Days God commands to keep. </p>
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<p>God is clear what days He wants you to keep in the spring. These are the very same days Jesus Himself kept. Yet, again, your minister will never tell you to keep them. Recall that Christ's crucifixion happened on the Passover leading into the Days of Unleavened Bread. </p>
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<p>Ministers will tell you “this was done away” or “those days were kept for you by Christ.” </p>
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<p>Exodus 12:17&nbsp;contains a command of God: “And you shall observe the feast of unleavened bread…by an ordinance forever.” </p>
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<p>This command was not “done away.” It is “by an ordinance forever.” </p>
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<p>Will you believe your Bible? Forever means forever! </p>
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<p>The New Testament Church knew this. It continued to keep God's Holy Days after Christ ascended into heaven. Paul told the Corinthians to keep the Days of Unleavened Bread: “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us&nbsp; keep the feast , not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (I Cor. 5:7-8). </p>
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<p>The&nbsp; only &nbsp;thing Paul could be talking about here is keeping the Days of Unleavened Bread! </p>
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<p>All of God's Holy Days—seven altogether—have specific instructions tied to them. They can be found throughout Scripture and are intended to demonstrate God's incredible plan of salvation for all mankind. </p>
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<p>Most people never question their beliefs. This is especially true of cherished religious traditions. Do not believe what your minister tells you about Easter or any other manmade holiday. Do not go off what you were taught in Sunday school or by your parents. Instead,&nbsp; investigate &nbsp;God's Word. He is clear what weekly day you should keep holy. He is clear what annual Holy Days you should keep—with detailed instructions on how to observe them properly. </p>
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<p> While reading, open up your Bible and&nbsp;prove&nbsp;for yourself what God wants! </p>
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Do not lie to each other.

You have left your old sinful life and the things you did before. You have begun to live the new life, in which you are being made new and are becoming like the One who made you (Colossians 3:9-10).

So you must stop telling lies. Tell each other the truth, because we all belong to each other in the same body (Ephesians 4:25).

Say only yes if you mean yes, and no if you mean no. If you say more than yes or no, it is from the Evil One (Matthew 5:37).

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you (James 5:16).

If things weren't already strange enough in today's society, now some people want to abolish honesty. One noted physician, for example, appeared on a network news-and-talk show and proclaimed, "Lying is an important part of social life, and children who are unable to do it are children who may have developmental problems." Is the saying "Honesty is the best policy becoming obsolete?

Two surveys taken recently may indicate that many people think it is. A USA Today poll found that only 56 percent of Americans teach honesty to their children. It looks like it's time for those of us who live by God's standard to recommit ourselves to honesty.

I. WHO WE DECEIVE:

A. Self

• The Alcoholic says "One beer won't hurt me."

• The Addict to pornography says, "If my spouse was only a better lover."

• The Adulterer says, "I NEED her/his love."

B. Others

An Associated Press poll found that almost half of the people regularly call in sick when they're not. Ninety-one percent of them say they lie regularly, at work and at home. In another poll, sixty-five percent of America's high school students say they would cheat on an important exam. Fifty-three percent said they would lie to protect a friend who vandalizes school property.

C. God

Of course, we can't actually deceive God, but we try to. It's amazing that we would try to lie to Someone who detects our every thought (Psalm 139:2) and even knows our motives and intentions better than we do (Jeremiah 17:9-10).

II. WHY WE DECEIVE:

A. To Avoid Pain

In USA Today, Jerald Jellison says, "Each of us fibs at least 50 times a day. We lie about our age, our income, or our accomplishments. And we use lies to escape embarrassment. A common reason for "little white lies," we are told, is to protect someone else's feelings. yet in so doing, we are really protecting ourselves. According to Jellison, here are the most common fibs: "I wasn't feeling well." "I didn't want to hurt your feelings." "The check is in the mail." "I was just kidding." "I was only trying to help."

B. Out of Habit

A woman once said to a famous evangelist, "I'm deeply troubled over a problem that I know is hurting my testimony. It's the habit of exaggeration. I start to tell something, and then go on and enlarge the story until it's all distorted. People know that what I say is not true, and lose confidence in me. I wonder if you can help me?" The evangelist looked at her and said, "Let's talk to the Lord about it." She prayed, "O God, Thou knowest that I have this tendency to exaggerate -" At this point the evangelist interrupted, "Call it lying, Madam, and you may get over it!" The woman began to weep and finally made a fully confession of her evil habit.

C. For a Higher Good.

• Corrie Ten Boom deceived the Nazis about hiding Jews.

• Rahab the Harlot deceived her people about the Israelite spies (Joshua 2:1-6; James 2:25).

• An undercover drug agent uses a false ID to gain information.

• The Hebrew midwives deceived Pharaoh to save the life of Hebrew babies (Exodus 1:15-21).

III. HONESTY IS COMMANDED WITH OTHERS IN THE BODY OF CHRIST:

Do not lie to each other (Colossians 3:9). A traffic cop flagged down a young driver, got his name, then snarled, "Oh, so you're a preacher, hey? Now don't go telling me you didn't see that stop sign." The honest pastor said, "Oh, to be sure I say the sign, officer. The point is - I didn't see you." Now that's truthfulness!

Dr. Alan Redpath, former pastor of Moody Memorial Church, tells of the time his father, after a brief period of tension in the home, looked across the table at his wife and said, "I'm so sorry I spoke to you the way I did. I'm ashamed of myself." Dr. Redpath said that although at the time he was not a Christian, he went to his room after the meal, knelt, and prayed, "O God, I thank you for a father like that. Make me more like him."

IV. WHY SHOULD WE BE HONEST AND TRUTHFUL? A. God is truthful in all He says (Number 23:19) and you are becoming like the One who made you (2 Corinthians 3:18).

B. We are family and part of the same body. -- Working together cannot be done in distrust (Ephesians 4:15,25).

C. Satan is the Father of lies (John 8:44).

D. Honesty is necessary for our healing (James 5:15).es, for encouragement for the fulfillment of this Promise from