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biblestudy: The Commandments (Part 18)

Bearing False Witness
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 28-Apr-90; Sermon #BS-TC18; 67 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh indicts modern Israel for its blatant hypocrisy, playing games with God's truth. A community can only be established upon a foundation of stability and truth. The two most influential persons in any community are the preacher and king — roles that our Elder Brother Jesus has rightfully assumed by virtue of His inherent embodiment of truth. The Ninth Commandment carries some striking harmonic parallels with the Third Commandment, the latter regulating the quality of our relationships with others as the former regulates the quality of our relationship with God. God wants our relationship with other men to be based upon His truth, establishing a solid reputation for honesty, faithfulness, and reliability. Conversion (and being a good witness) hinges upon recognizing, submitting to, and embracing truth, totally uncovering and displacing any deceptive shameful hidden things in our lives.

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Bearing false witness Bodyguard of lies Childrearing and lying Coca Cola Cover up Deceit "Do you really mean it?" "Excuses, excuses" False lawsuits Gulf of Tonkin resolution Genuineness Guile Hypocrisy Israel Honesty "Is that so?" LBJ Nathaniel Jacob Lying to the self Lying Practical jokes Reputation Self deception Spirit of truth Understanding U-2 incident Talebearers Truth The Way and the Truth

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