Lie and Covet is the title of the thirteenth episode from season one of The Way of the Master.
The Intro to this program shows Ray and Kirk talking about Christianity and salvation.
- Kirk "this is a program designed to teach you as a Christian how to share your faith effectively, biblicaly, the way Jesus did. If you are like us, you have people in your family who don't know the Lord, and you are not sure how to share your faith with them, or maybe you are afraid of looking like a fool. You do not want someone trying to think you are trying to push their religion on them. Well, that is what we are here, to teach you how to talk about things of God in a way that is going to make sense to people and help them see why they should become a Christian. One of the things we talk about on our program is the principle of biblical evangelism. Using the law, the Ten Commandments, to bring the knowledge of sin (the way that Jesus did throughout the gospels). And as we have been doing this, we have been receiving emails on our website. And one of them I want to read to you really highlights how powerful the Commandments are to help a person see why they need Jesus Christ."
I always thought I was a Christian...for 10 years! Then on June 9, 2003, I saw my transgression of the Law and realized I had never repented of my sins. i got down on my knees in my bathroom, crying, asking for forgiveness, and for him to come into my life.
Ever since then, "sin has become exceedingly sinful" to me and I have a whole new walk with Christ.
- Kirk "and this is so refreshing for us to hear this because often you will hear people making decisions for Christ, falling away sometime later, and then later realizing that they never understood their sin - therefore never fully able to repent and were never truly converted in the first place."
- Ray "So the function of God's law is to bring the knowledge of sin, it is to show sin to be exceedingly sinful - in other words, to show sin in its true light. And we often allude it to a mirror; when you look at a mirror, what it does is reflect our own truth, and that is the function of God's law: to reflect what we are in truth. And we are all an unclean thing, and all our righteous deeds are as filthy rags in the sight of God. Today, we are looking at the ninth and tenth Commandments. The Ninth Commandment is "You Shall Not Be a False Witness/You Shall Not Lie." Now when you say to someone "have you ever told a lie?" expect predictability. Mark my words, read my lips, this is what will happen: you will say "have you ever told a lie?" and they will say 'yes I told a lie or two." You will ask "what does that make you?" and you want them to say "liar." They will say: human, normal, just like everybody else (they show several street interviews where they give the responses Ray just listed). You see, the way to get around that is to get them to call someone who tells lies and liars is to say "well, what would you call me if I told a lie?" and guess what happens: they say 'liar.' (Again, showing more interview examples of this happening).
- Ray "See it is so easy to point the finger at someone else and find it difficult to see ourselves in truth, but we can see other people's sins very easily. Or they will say "do you mean to tell me, that if some lady comes to me and she is wearing a really ugly hat and she says to me 'Do you like my hat?' that I can't tell her the truth and say its a nice hat and don't lie?" Well, there is a difference between discretion and bearing false witness and God knows the difference and we do deep down. You know Jesus said something very interesting to those in his time that justified themselves and sought to cover their sins. He said this: You are they who justify themselves before men, that God knows your hearts, for that which is highly thought of by man is an abomination in the sight of God. Another illustration that brings this into perspective, and that is this: God's law demands perfection, the Bible says the Law of the Lord is perfect, God himself is perfect, and we have to face a perfect law on the Day of Judgment. The law of God demands perfection in thought, word, and deed and moral perfection. Imagine if we were able to be perfect except for three times per day. So three times today, we slipped up and had an imperfect thought (that is we lusted after somebody or we failed to do something that we should towards our neighbor) just 3 sins a day, in one year that's a thousand sins, and in 20 years that's 20,000 sins that God knows about, and because of his justice he must bring to Judgment."
- Kirk "Here it is, the ninth Commandment demands that we tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Because God is a god of truth, and his law demands that we have complete honesty from the heart. But the Bible tells us that the human heart is deceitful above all things. Does that sound to harsh? Well, it has been well said that taking the easy path is what makes rivers and men crooked. And we know that is true. Water will take the path of least resistance, its what makes it crooked. And the same with people. People will often do whatever it takes to take an easy route, even if it means lying. Listen to this quote. Ah, 20,000 middle-schoolers and high schoolers were polled by a reputable firm, and they learned that 92% of teenagers admitted to lying to their parents in the previous year, and 73% characterized themselves as "serial liars" meaning they told lies weekly. Despite these admissions, 91% of all respondents said they were 'satisfied with my own character' (Source: Readers Digest, November 1999)
Street Interviews: One 2 one
Fist interview is Ray interviewing a couple, asking them if they had ever told a lie (yes) and then if they could think of a scenario that justified lying? The female said that white lies, or lies that made people feel better, and if the outcomes are positive. Ray then says "what about big BLACK lies? Could there be any justification for those?" The lady does not know, but the male says that all lies are terrible (but he does it all the time). They both agree bout lying to their parents, but it does no really matter because it does not make a difference in the coming years.
- Ray "You know, Kirk, this is what happens to a nation that forsakes God's law. They become a law unto themselves, they choose their own standard. Paul spoke of the Jews doing that in his day. He said 'they go about to establish their own righteousness, being ignorant of the righteousness of God.' And this is why we must thunder out that law. We must make the law put the fear of God into the hearts of sinners to realize that God's standard is of holiness, righteousness, justice, and truth. The Scriptures say he who covers his sins shall not prosper, but whoever confesses ad forsakes their sins shall have mercy. The day will come when Go will uncover the sins of every single one of us, every idol word we spoke and we have to give an account for on the Day of Judgment. Revelation 21:8 tells us all liars will have their part inn the lake of fire. You know Kirk, that is one of the most horrifying Bible verses, and it grieves my heart because all Scripture must be fulfilled. That will happen, all liars will have their part in the lake of fire, and who of us has not told a lie? We should be horrified and grieved and run to sinners and warn them to flee from the wrath that there is to come."
- Kirk "Again, the reason we are focusing on these Commandments is because it is imperative that we use them, not just as a code of morality for our selves as Christians, but as tools to reach the lost. Each of those Commandments is like a mirror that shows a non-Christian their desperate need of God's forgiveness. Lying, stealing, adultery, lust is sinful in the eyes of God, an that will lead them to the Cross where they will find mercy."
Jump to another interview, Kirk interviews a 19-year-old lady named Rosa, telling her the Ninth Commandment is "You Shall no Bear False Witness/You Shall Not Lie" and asks her if she ever told a lie? She says many times (guessing innumerable). Next, Kirk takes her down the are you a good person? routine and finds her guilt on all charges. She says most of those thins she is guilty of his human nature, but Kirk asks does she know it is wrong to lie? Kirk says he is trying to get to the heart of morality and what it means to be a good person. Kirk hen talks about the conscience, which tells her that lying is wrong. Then Kirk, not wanting to go deeper into discovering more about morality, delves into Scripture and tells Rosa that she has broken the law and needs to seek forgiveness in Jesus Christ.
Questions and Objections
- Ray "what is repentance? Well, some would say it is not a matter of turning from your sin, it is about changing you mind or confessing your sins to God. But the Bible says 'whoever covers their sins shall not prosper, but whoever forsakes them shall have mercy.' True biblical repentance is a matter of acknowledging your sins and turning from them to God."
- Kirk "The Tenth Commandment is 'Thou Shall Not Covet' or 'You shall not desire those things that belong to other people.' You know, covet is probably one of the most subtle-less of all sins, because compared to things like theft and adultery and rape, it seems pretty trivial. But if you think about it, before a man steals, he covet- he wants that thing he does not have. Before he commits adultery or he rapes, he covets that woman. And that is what covetous is, it is like the spark that lights the fuse to sin. And you don't have to dig very deep to find it in each one of us. Even in little children, when you give a little child a bag of popcorn, he's all excited, then you give the child next to him a bigger bag of popcorn, he is going to say 'hey, why did you give him a bigger bag than me?!' I mean, even my own children. If I gave my son a hundred pieces of candy, he'd be thrilled. But if I gave his sister a hundred and one pieces of candy, he would say 'hey dad, what is the deal!? Why did she get more than I did? I want another piece.' It is just human nature. Not just in children, but in adults too."
- Ray "and covet gives birth to greed and jealousy also.
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