One false witness takes a truth and twists it to convict Jesus (Matthew 26:59-61). What makes the statement “False”? It is the accusation against One who has done no wrong. It is the attitude of the heart. It just was not true.
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” (Exodus 20:16). There is even protection for the accused, and that protection is seen in Numbers 35:30, “Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die.” It is repeated, “At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.” (Deuteronomy 17:6).
What makes someone a false witness? Envy, greed, unjust anger, disobedience to God, fear, hatred. Love will never cause one to be a false witness.
I. A FALSE WITNESS TWISTS WORDS TO FIT THEIR OWN AGENDA.
II. THINGS WILL FALL APART WITHOUT THE TRUTH.
III. THE TRUTH OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN THE CHILD OF GOD.
IV. FALSE WITNESSES DESTROY – THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE.
A FALSE WITNESS TWISTS WORDS TO FIT THEIR OWN AGENDA. That was the way of the two witnesses at Jesus’s trial. They gave testimony to words Jesus did say, but they were twisted to fit the agenda of the hearts of the condemned to condemn the innocent.
The Psalmist wrote, “Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.” (Psalm 56:5). A man by the name of John Dryden said, “Truth is the foundation of all knowledge and the cement of all societies.” (From BE SKILLED by Warren W. Wiersbe).
SOCIETIES WILL FALL APART WITHOUT THE TRUTH. There is only injustice when you have an elite who make the laws to suit themselves and it enables them to take from the least fortunate. Warren Wiersbe wrote, “Without truth, things start to fall apart; when people lie officially, the foundations of society begin to crumble.”
Jezebel, by pretense seemed as though she was going to exalt Naboth, but she had arranged for two men to bring charges of blasphemy against him. The charges were not truth. (See 1 Kings chapter 21). It is for sure that the kingdom of Ahab and Jezebel crumbled.
A “False witness” is a killer with intent to harm. “A man that beareth false witness against his neighbor is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.” (Prov. 25:18). All of those things mentioned in the verse are instruments of death. False words of false witnesses are instruments of death.
The false witness is a deceiver. “He that speaketh truth showeth forth righteousness; but a false witness deceit.” (Prov. 12:17).
Think about the lies, the false witness of Ken Lay of Enron infamy. The lies they told led a business down to destruction. Let us not be guilty of bearing false witness.
THE TRUTH OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN THE CHILD OF GOD. The Spirit of God does not, will not lie. Neither will He in the person He possesses.
The child of God, who is possessed by the Spirit of God will speak the truth in love. “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” (Ephesians 4:15). The child of God will not practice deceit. (See verse 14 of Ephesians 4).
She/He will not “Bear false witness”. “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:10).
In 2 Timothy 3:3 “False accusers” is used as one of the terms of people who have departed from the faith, or never had it. It is the Greek word “Diabolos” which is actually the word for devil.
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Is that not interesting to know that the same word for “False accusers” is the same word for devil. That surely means that “False accusers” are of the devil and have no part with God.
IT IS FOR CERTAIN THAT FALSE WITNESSES DESTROY – IT IS ALSO FOR CERTAIN THAT TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.
We have seen by the Word of God that false witnesses are one’s who will lead others to destruction, and is headed for destruction themselves. They will destroy those who they do not like, because they have a higher position, greater material assets, are more popular, are envious and greedy for more of the world. They destroy families, churches, communities, businesses, governments, whole societies. They, themselves are headed on a path of destruction.
There is a word from our Lord Jesus on this matter. “If ye continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32). It is a great thing to be free from the power which holds us to be false witnesses, which causes us to grasp for, hunger, and devour the things of the world. They cause us to do harm to others, even by false words of testimony. Using a good Biblical word, WOE be to those who will continue to bear false witness against another. Look out if you do.
May Psalm 12 be the prayer of our hearts concerning this thing of bearing false witness against anyone.
The only way out of such a destructive life is to confess your sin; trust Jesus to cleanse your heart and tongue. Be filled with the Spirit and walk in that Spirit. If a brother or sister in Christ offends you take the matter to God, not to another brother. One thing that appears to happen when we take this to someone else: it seems to end up being a false witness against the other. We only share such thing with others to get them on “Our side”. Check yourself, then go to that other person who has offended you. That will stop the false witnessing. Make sure of your own heart.
-Tim A. Blankenship