Can A Lie Be Justified?

*Pastor’s Note: Have you ever asked yourself the question if there is EVER a time when it is okay to lie? Sadly, even in the church world today, so many make excuses to justify what they consider “white lies.” I have found in my experience if someone asks you something that would “prompt” a lie, I would rather just state, “I would rather not say.” I then leave it at that and let them wonder what my answer would be if they choose to dwell on it. Even a little lie is like a little yeast in a batch of dough. It spreads to much greater volume than it started out as.

Here’s another great exhortation from our Christian friends over at StopAndPrayTV on that very subject. It gives you something to meditate on and consider. Is even a little lie worth it to your soul?

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A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who utters lies will not escape.—Proverbs 19:5

Will the universe sustain a lie? Today the church is being inundated with a philosophy called “situational ethics,” which would have us believe that sometimes a lie can be right. I think that is a deadly and diabolical doctrine. A lie is never right—no matter what attempts we might make to justify it. “God is not a man who lies,” says the Scripture in Numbers 23:19, and in 1 John 2:21 we read, “No lie comes from the truth.” God cannot lie, and He will never delegate to you the task of lying for Him. When we take dishonesties into our lives we take fire into our lives—here and hereafter: “All liars—their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur” (Revelation 21:8).

“Situational ethics” proponents come up with all kinds of possible scenarios, such as: “What if someone came to your house to murder a member of your family and asked if that person was in. Would it not be right to lie in those circumstances?” Can you see the thrust of this question? It is the argument, “This is what we ought to do because it makes sense.” But once we view sin as an “ought,” it is magically turned into something that is “good.”

The Bible does not teach that anyone in any situation ought to sin. 1 Corinthians 10:13 teaches that because God is faithful, we will never find ourselves in a situation where we must sin, but there will always be a way of escape. God never calls upon us to break one of His laws in order to keep another.


O Father, in a world that seems to be always looking for excuses and exceptions, help me to steer my life by the clear statements of Your revealed will. I don’t want to measure up to exceptions; I want to conform to the rules—Your rules. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Further Study

John 8:31-47; Colossians 3:9; Revelation 21:8

Who did Jesus say is the source of lies?

What was Paul’s exhortation to the Colossians?

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About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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2 Responses to Can A Lie Be Justified?

  1. Our ladies Bible study wrestled with that one, the main source of confusion being Rahab…
    “I’d rather not say” is a GREAT response. Depending on the situation, I also like “You don’t need to know,” “I promised not to tell, so don’t ask me again,” “It’s a surprise,” and “It’s none of your business.” 😏

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    • Amen! I don’t want to sound rude in any way, yet I also don’t want to lie even a little. I have to confess way to many “LITTLE” things that slip by anyway! (P.S. Little is sarcasm indeed!) God bless Sis!


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