Web of Lies
Web of Lies
God Has an App for That – Part 6
During the message last Sunday morning you may recall that I told the story of a man in Joplin, Missouri whose house was completely demolished by that mile wide EF5-rated tornado that ripped through the area late in the afternoon of May 22, 2011. The family heard the warning sirens, and they went down into the storm cellar just outside the back door of their house. He huddled down there with his wife and two children, and they came up out of the cellar after the tornado had passed and there was just basically nothing there. Though bits and pieces of a neighbor’s house were still standing, their house was totally leveled. Everything was just gone, was wiped out. No wall was standing. Nothing was standing. And so, he went through the piles of rubble and tried to find some pictures, some memories that he could show his children as they got older, but it was such devastation, he said it’s hard to even describe.
And you know, I’ve been around that kind of devastation and death before. When Angela and I lived in Indiana years ago, I helped for several days in the neighboring town of Lynn, Indiana, cleaning up after a massive tornado roared through that town late one spring afternoon, leveling most of the buildings in the town and taking several lives. And it’s a totally different thing to witness and experience such tragedy in person, among people that you know and care for, than it is to view it from a distance via TV news coverage. As I helped to clean up the debris and destruction, I don’t know how many times I thought and said to myself, “Unbelievable!” Just unbelievable, as you see the devastation and it just…it just breaks your heart.
Well, here is what I know. That what we’re going to be talking about in the next few minutes has caused this kind of devastation in homes and families of many more people that I know and love and care for. What we’re going to be studying together here in the book of Proverbs has caused widespread destruction in our relationships. And I hope that, for many of us studying this together, that there will be some warning sirens and that we will realize how serious this is.
Solomon is going to talk to us in the book of Proverbs today about truth, about honesty, and he is going to warn us about lying, dishonesty, deception and cheating and the consequences of that. So, if you have your Bible or your electronic device with you, turn to Proverbs.
I really do think that what I saw in person in Lynn, Indiana and on TV in Joplin, Missouri is a visual example of the destruction that is often caused in our homes and in our relationships, because we don’t have a commitment to the truth in the big things and the small things. And Solomon in Proverbs talks about the destruction that comes, and here is what he says in Proverbs 11:3. He says, “People who can’t be trusted are destroyed in their own dishonesty” (GNT).
And the word I want to draw your attention to is this word destroyed. It literally means “a violent action against”—a violent action against. That when we do not walk in truth and we don’t speak truth, it leads to destruction. It brings “a violent action against” our lives and the people with whom we share life with. And some of you have felt the destruction not just from your web of lies, but from others who have lied. You’ve been caught up in this “violent action against” and you could tell stories of the destruction that it has brought.
The reason why it causes such destruction is because at the heart of everything – everything relationally – is what? It’s trust. And when you start to ebb away at trust there is just…there is nothing left eventually. It is impossible to have intimacy in marriage without trust. It is impossible for us to have partnership in business without trust or community with church without trust. Everything is built upon trust. And dishonesty and lying…it ebbs away. It destroys trust and the whole thing just…it collapses.
So Solomon warns that there is this destruction that comes when there is dishonesty, when there is deceit. And I know many of you have stood in the rubble of that. You have felt that destruction. You’ve, perhaps, caught your husband seeing someone else, or you found a less-than-innocent text message that your wife sent to another man. Or maybe you had a coworker who stabbed you in the back, or a boss that promised you a promotion but gave it to someone else, or a good friend who said they would never tell but they told. Or you did the work and you didn’t get paid, or you paid for the work and the work didn’t get done. And most of us could tell stories of how we’ve gotten caught up in this web of lies and the destruction that it has brought. Because once trust goes, everything goes. Lying, dishonesty, destroys. It is a violent action against.
So Solomon speaks about this. One of the more surprising passages of Scripture, for some people, comes in Proverbs chapter 6. If you could flip over to Proverbs chapter 6… In this section Solomon lists what he calls, “six things that God hates, seven that He detests” (vv.16-19). And in this list of “six things that God hates and seven that He detests,” two of the six…or two of the seven…are about lying. The second one mentioned says “a lying tongue.” The sixth one on the list says, “a false witness who pours out lies.” So God detests this. He hates this dishonesty.
Proverbs 12:22 says, “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in those who tell the truth” (NLT).
The word detests here is a word that literally means “to make sick” or “to make nauseous.” That God is just nauseated when He sees His children treating each other with dishonesty and with a lack of integrity. But, on the other hand, He delights…! It’s like this father who is so proud when he looks down and he sees his children who speak the truth and who walk in truth. And I think the reason why God is disgusted by this is because He sees the destruction that it causes. People that He knows and loves and cares for, He sees what it’s done to their lives.
So as you read through the book of Proverbs, there is a lot of real estate committed to this theme. There are more than thirty verses that deal with speaking and living truthfully. It’s a message that many of us need to hear. I think, in large part, we lack conviction as a culture when it comes to this. We’ve just more or less come to expect it in other people and in our lives.
I was doing a little research, and a New York Times article states that 91% of people confess that they regularly don’t tell the truth; 36% say they lie about important matters; 86% say they lie regularly to parents; 75% say they regularly lie to friends; 69% to spouses. It makes you wonder how you can trust the survey, right?! I mean, I wish there was a stat like, “How many of you lie on surveys?” because I don’t know if you can even trust the numbers.
The Institute of Behavior Motivation says that 97 out of 100 people lie on average about three times a day in one way or another. Sociologists tell us that we hear or we’re exposed to some 300 lies a day. Actually, it is only 200. See how easy this is?! You’re just…it’s just part of it. And we’re exposed to it. We see it everywhere we go. So Solomon is going to warn us against it.
Now what we’re going to do is study through Proverbs and we’re going to expand our definition of lying, because, for many of us, we tend to think of lying or cheating about these big black and white areas. But what we’ll discover, as we study through Proverbs, is that the insignificant things are not so insignificant. They may seemingly be unimportant but when it comes to the truth—living the truth, speaking the truth—the little things are ultimately what lead to the big things. It’s what makes all the difference.
I. FOUR KINDS OF LIARS.
So, I want us to kind of broaden our definition of how the Bible would define a liar. As we study through the book of Proverbs there are a few different kinds of liars, categories of liars, that we could point to.
One would be called “the flatterer.”
The flattering person tells someone what they want to hear even if it isn’t true. Right? It may not be true but they’re still going to say what the person wants to hear. There could be different motivations for this. It might be fear of disappointing or hurting the person. It could be an insecure heart where you’re just afraid to speak the truth to someone because of how they’re going to feel about you. You’re too worried about that. I have learned—it’s interesting—that the same people who flatter tend to be the same people who gossip. That the same people who say things to your face to kind of build you up, even if they’re not true, are the same people who are most likely to kind of talk behind your back. Because it comes from the same type of heart—this insecure heart that wants to promote itself.
And we get caught up in this because, in large part, it feels like that’s how we do life. I mean, it’s how you get the job, or it’s how you find the friend. It’s how you get the girlfriend or the boyfriend—is you flatter. But it’s dangerous. It’s dangerous because it gives people a false sense of who they are.
The Bible compares…Solomon compares or parallels flattery with lying. Look at Proverbs 26:28. It says, “A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.” So he compares a lying tongue with a flattering mouth, and he says it works ruin.
Now on the surface that seems like a bit of an overstatement, right? Is there really that much harm done when we say something to someone even if it’s not true, but we know it’s what they want to hear? Well, it leads to destruction. Solomon says it lays a trap for their feet.
Maybe an example of this would be the show American Idol. American Idol has made a comeback over the past couple of years. But, when you watch the opening shows of American Idol you have all kinds of people on there who have no business being on there and they don’t know that they shouldn’t be on there, right? I mean, they’ve waited in line all day. They’re excited. They’re going to go to Hollywood. Then they get out there on the stage in front of the judges, and you think, “Okay, well, they should be good, right? I mean, if they’re so committed that they’ve driven this far, and they’ve waited in line, this is going to be good.” No, it’s not. It’s painful. They start singing and what you realize is, about halfway through, they don’t know. They don’t know! How do they not know?! Do they really think that they can sing? Yeah, they really do. How is that possible? It’s because their whole life Mom and Dad have said, “Oh yeah, you’re really good.” Right?! All their growing up years people have been afraid to tell them the truth. Or instead of saying, “You know, maybe you should focus on something else,” they’ve continued to just flatter them. And now here they are in front of millions of people. Mom and Dad are on the other end thinking, “Well, maybe I should’ve said something,” right? And it lays a trap for their feet because they start to have this false sense of who they are. They think they’re strong in areas where they’re weak and it leads to…it leads to destruction.
Here is what Proverbs says in Proverbs 29:5. It says, “Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.”
Now think about why we do this. Why do we tend to flatter people? We tend to say what people want to hear even if it isn’t true. We agree with them verbally, but we really disagree with them behind their back. Why do we do that? Isn’t it because we want to avoid the hard conversation? We don’t like confrontation, so we just take the path that is most comfortable. And when faced with the truth or what’s most comfortable, we choose what’s most comfortable. We don’t want to have the hard conversation.
So, is it possible that in your life you’re flattering? It may not just be by building people up with words, but it may mean in a meeting that you don’t say what you’re really thinking; and then when you’re out of the meeting you tell a lot of people what you’re really thinking. It may mean that when you’re with a good friend that you hold back about something in their life, but when you’re with other friends that you tend to talk about that friend. Is there something that you’re holding onto because you don’t want to have a difficult conversation and you want to avoid the confrontation? The Bible would challenge us to speak the truth in love. When we refuse to do this, it just ebbs away at trust, and trust is the foundation of our relationships.
Liar number two in the book of Proverbs we could identify as “the exaggerator.”
Solomon, again and again, warns about being truthful, living truth in the big things and the small things.
Now think about why we exaggerate. Exaggeration is truth, essentially, but it goes beyond the boundaries of truth. It’s truth that’s stretched out, right? And we do this for all kinds of reasons. Maybe it’s because we just want to have a more interesting story. Oftentimes it’s because we want to get attention, or we want to promote ourselves. One of the things you’ll find is that at the heart of lying is almost always selfishness. We talk about the fact that everything comes from the heart and the selfish heart has a hard time telling the truth. So we exaggerate because we want to promote ourselves and we want to look good.
Once you have the reputation for exaggerating, it’s really hard to be trusted, because people don’t know when you’re stretching the truth or when you’re keeping it real. When we lived in Sioux Falls, I drove buses with a guy who’s an exaggerator. Everybody at the bus company knew it and most of the time got a kick out of it. It was kind of fun, because he’d talk about, you know, his athletic prowess in high school…thirty years ago…and he’d talk about the 12-point buck that got away or the close call on the drive home. He just always had a story to tell. And he’s a fisherman, of course, so, you know, he’s always got the fishing story to tell. One afternoon, sitting around a table in the driver’s lounge, he starts talking about some fish he caught and then he’s telling us about this big fish…big catfish…so I’m like, “Oh, boy. Here we go again!” This huge catfish. And then he posts a picture of the fish on the bus lounge bulletin board a few days later. That’s a big catfish, right?! He described it, but this wasn’t what I was picturing. And this is the problem. The one time you really do catch the big catfish nobody believes you, because you’ve exaggerated in all these other areas.
And that is what happens to trust. It’s subtle, but these little things build up. And then when someone really needs to be trusted, we question it because they’ve got a reputation for stretching the truth or going beyond the bounds of truth.
One of the things that you can note about a person who struggles with exaggeration is that they tend to talk a lot. That’s just true. People who talk a lot tend to exaggerate. So I would say some of the best wisdom from Solomon when it comes to this is to sometimes just be quiet. Some of you could cut your sin in half if you just didn’t talk so much! This could revolutionize your spiritual life. Here is what Proverbs says in Proverbs 10:19. Solomon says, “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut” (NLT). Right? And that’s a proverb that some of us need to memorize because we get ourselves in trouble. We just…we can talk too much. When we do that, we start to exaggerate; we start to stretch… We want to have something good to say. We want people to like us. We draw attention to ourselves.
It’s interesting because one of the Greek words for exaggerate is the word “resume.” Isn’t that interesting?! And I think that, in one way or another—whether it’s the literal, physical resume that we tend to pad to make ourselves look as good as possible, or whether it’s just the hypothetical resume that we’re always handing out to people that we meet—there is a tendency to exaggerate, to try and put something down that will impress people even if it isn’t completely true.
And we’re always hearing stories of folks who are getting caught for falsifying their resume, for padding their resume. Sometimes it’s ten years later, fifteen years later.
I was reading different stories about people who have done this, and I came across an article in the BBC News, and the headline caught my attention. It said, “Bogus Oompa-Loompa Admits Lying.” Well, you know, I’ve got to read that! Turns out there is this guy in Nevada…four-foot-tall guy in Nevada…who lied about being one of the Oompa-Loompas in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Why? Why would you lie about that?! Out of all the things that you could make up about yourself to try and impress people, why would you say, “Yeah, I was an Oompa-Loompa”? Why would you do that? But that’s…that’s what he did. And in his small town he kind of had some amount of fame as being an Oompa-Loompa in the original Willy Wonka movie. Then a number of years later they did a story on him, and it was found out that he wasn’t actually an Oompa-Loompa. And he was quoted in the article and here is what he said. He said, “I never meant to harm anyone. It was a little white lie that became my haunting nightmare.” This is something, you know, ten or twelve years prior he had made something up about himself trying to impress. “Yeah, I played an Oompa-Loompa in Willy Wanka.” And for the rest of his life this guy is going to be known as the bogus Oompa-Loompa.
And that’s what happens with the truth. It has a way of catching up to us. Something small and insignificant, some white lie becomes very significant. Then from then on out the trust is eroded. It makes it hard to know, “Can I believe what this person is saying to me?”
Liar number three in the book of Proverbs would be “the cheater.”
Now whether it’s at school, business, relationships—we’ve come not just to accept this but rather to expect it. We almost see everything through a filter that assumes people are telling us some kind of a lie, that they’re stretching the truth in some way for their own purposes.
I was reading some recent research done by Duke University on cheating in college and high school students, and they found out about 70% admit to cheating. Internet plagiarism has quadrupled in the last six years. When it comes to relationships, Esquire magazine shared the results of an extensive survey. They surveyed ten thousand women in America, age 27 on average. Out of those ten thousand young women, 49% of them said that their husbands had cheated on them.
In business we’re just constantly being reminded of business practices that are dishonest. We’ve come to expect it. Dateline and 20/20 seem to always have some new show that is exposing some kind of dishonest practice. I watched one episode of Dateline not long ago where they were talking about truth in advertising. They had a bottled water called Mount Shasta, and there is a picture on this bottled water of a non-active volcano in California that is known for its pure and clean drinking water. Mount Shasta drinking water…it’s a picture of the volcano. Then on the back in fine print it said, “Bottled in Miami, Florida, from the Municipal Water Supply.” It’s tap water from Miami. That’s what people are paying for. But on the front, it’s Mount Shasta with this volcano from California.
And none of us are surprised by that. Quite the opposite. We expect that. We see things through a filter that says, “I know that this isn’t completely accurate.” Right? I mean, we know that the hotel isn’t going to quite match up with the pictures that we see on the internet. You know that, right? I mean, you know that that stuff isn’t really going to make your hair grow back. Have you figured this out? You know that your teeth aren’t going to get whiter overnight, that it does hurt when you pull the wax off. You know that nobody really loses 150 pounds eating three Subway sandwiches a day. It just doesn’t happen. Yet we’re constantly surrounded by this. Pretty soon we start to find ourselves living in it, feeling like, “Well, if I’m going to do business, if I’m going to survive in this relationship, if I’m going to make the grade, then I’ve got to do it. I’ve got to do it.”
I talked to a couple of salesmen a while back who just said, “Look, if we are truthful about our numbers, we’re going to lose our jobs. The expectation that they have for us is unrealistic, and if we’re truthful with our numbers they’re going to fire us.” So, they’ve got this choice to make, right? “Am I going to be truthful even though it hurts, even though it’s going to cost me something? Or am I…or am I going to just continue to go with what everybody else is doing?”
But the book of Proverbs in chapter 11 verse 1 says, “God hates cheating in the marketplace. He loves it when business is aboveboard” (MSG).
Proverbs 20:23 says, “The Lord detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please Him.”
Now we get creative in justifying it. We call it “standard business practice,” or students say, “Well, everyone else cheats—literally everyone else is cheating—and if I don’t get caught then it doesn’t really count.” But the Bible would teach that God knows and that’s enough.
In Acts chapter 5, do you remember reading the story of Ananias and Sapphira? This husband and wife have a piece of property. They said, “We’re going to sell this property and we’re going to give the full amount of the proceeds to the church. Whatever we sell it for, that’s what we’re going to give to the church.” They sell the property, and they decide after they sell it, “Well, we’ll give most of it to the church but we’re going to keep a little bit for ourselves.” The problem is they had already committed to giving the whole amount. Then when they gave what they gave, even though it wasn’t the whole amount, they presented it as if it were the whole. So Peter goes to confront Ananias. In Acts 5:3 when Ananias is confronted by Peter, the Bible says he fell down and died. In verse 10, after Sapphira comes home, she doesn’t know what’s happened. Peter says, “Tell me, is this the full price for the land that you and Ananias got?” She said, “Yes, that’s the price.” And verse 10 says she fell down at his feet and died.
Now I’m guessing Ananias and Sapphira thought, “You know what? No one is going to know the difference. And, hey, look at what we’re doing. We’re giving a significant amount.” But the problem is that they said they would give the whole and they didn’t. They said it was the whole and it wasn’t. And we see how seriously God is going to take this within a new community called church. Why? Because everything is built upon trust. Everything is built upon trust. And if the trust isn’t there then the community can’t be there, and the intimacy can’t be there.
So, in chapter 5, verse 4 look at what Peter said to Ananias when he confronted him. He said, “What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.” “Do you not know that God knows? Do you not know that? God knows. What made you think that you could do such a thing and He was just going to look the other way?” So, we begin to see how seriously God takes this.
In Proverbs we also see another liar that we will call “the promise–breaker.”
Proverbs 12:22 says, “The Lord delights in people whose words can be trusted.”
And when we break a promise, we don’t keep our word, very rarely do we think of it as lying, right? And I’ve seen this exposed in myself as a parent, that I would say, “Oh, yes, I’ll do this,” and then something happens. The circumstances change. And I don’t think of it as lying because the circumstances change. Things are different now than they were then. But what’s happened? Well, the trust begins to erode, and suddenly it is hard to trust in big things because we’ve been dishonest in little things. We find different ways to justify and different excuses to make to break a promise. But the Bible would teach we need to go to great lengths to just do what we say we’re going to do.
I was reading about different websites this week that exist to help people facilitate affairs. They help people cheat on their spouses. One such website (ashleymadison.com) boasts over 70 million subscribers…70 million people who have signed up for an opportunity to break that promise. It is interesting that the two busiest days of the year for this website are the day after Father’s Day and the day after Valentine’s Day. A psychologist was talking about why that would be. Why are the busiest days for this website the day after Father’s Day and the day after Valentine’s Day? He said, “Well, here is the reason. It is because on the day after Father’s Day is the day men feel the most unappreciated, undervalued, the most taken for granted. The day after Valentine’s Day is the day that women feel the most underappreciated, taken for granted, undervalued.” So we cheat, we lie and we blame somebody else.
You say, “Well, if they would hold up their end… If she would be more encouraging to me then I wouldn’t do this. If he would be romantic and more thoughtful of me, then I wouldn’t do this.” So we write off our dishonesty and our lack of integrity by blaming somebody else.
The Bible teaches that God… In Proverbs 11:20 it says, “The Lord detests people with crooked hearts…” He detests that. “…but He delights in those with integrity” (NLT).
II. TWO COMMITMENTS.
And that’s what I want us to take away—just a couple commitments I would like you to make.
Commitment #1: I will tell the truth in the small things.
Understand that there is a connection between the insignificant and the significant when it comes to matters of truth.
Jesus says in Luke 16 that “whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” (v. 10).
And there are numerous studies that show this same correlation. That people who cheat on their taxes are the same people who cheat on their spouse. There are all kinds of connections that have been made to show that how we treat the small, little, and seemingly insignificant things are an indication of how we’re going to deal with the big things.
So be truthful in what seems insignificant to you. Don’t…you know, don’t order water and then go fill your cup up with Sprite. Don’t fudge about your kids’ age to save a few dollars. Don’t take home office supplies and say, “Well, it’s not that big of a deal.” Because how we handle the little and insignificant things is an indicator of how we will handle the big things. And every time a casual commitment is broken, every time a small lie is made, there is an incremental amount of damage done. Credibility is diminished, trust is eroded, relationships are strained, hearts get a little harder, the web becomes a little more tangled. So, you be truthful in the little things. Make that commitment.
Commitment #2: “I will tell the truth even when it costs me something.”
As I said, the number one reason we lie is because we have a heart of selfishness, and telling the truth makes us uncomfortable or it’s too inconvenient. It costs us more than we want to pay. So, make a commitment to tell the truth even when it costs you something.
I kept a copy of an article that was written to “Dear Abby” a number of years ago. It was a man who was writing in for advice and here is what he wrote. He said:
I am a fifty-six-year-old man and I’ve fallen in love with Cora, a wonderful woman. I am married, however, and my wife is in a nursing home with a terminal disease. I took care of her as long as I could, but she no longer has any memory of me. I want to marry Cora. Is it wrong for me to get a legal divorce from my wife?
Signed, Found Happiness Again
Dear Found Happiness Again,
You have an obligation to see that your wife’s requirements are met. Is she receiving the support she needs? Will you continue to check in on her, monitoring her care for the rest of her life? If so, you are entitled to seek happiness with Cora and not feel guilty.
In other words, “Look, yeah, you need to keep your commitment, but when it reaches the point where it is asking too much of you then you can walk away.”
I want you to compare that story with some friends of ours, an older couple in the very first church that I served fulltime, Nellie and Jim. Jim was diagnosed with cancer. It was severe. They took a very aggressive form of treatment. With chemotherapy, radiation, he quickly just wasted away to nothing. Physically he lost all ability to take care of himself. I went over to his house one night to pray with him, and while I was in his room praying with him it just became evident by the smell that he had had an accident. I excused myself from the room, while his wife stayed in there. I remember standing out in the family room, a young married man—really never having thought of this type of thing—knowing that inside this room Nellie, Jim’s wife, was cleaning up and taking care of her husband. She comes out of the room, and she just says some very simple words. She just said, “In sickness and in health.” “In sickness and in health.” You keep your commitment even when it’s hard, even when it hurts, even when it costs you something.
We should look so different from the rest of the world when it comes to the truth. When it comes to being commitment-keepers, when it comes to being promise-makers, when it comes to speaking and living the truth, we should just look a lot different than the rest of the world, because this is at the core of God’s character. In John 8 it says that lying is Satan’s native tongue, that when we lie, we are speaking his language. But the Bible says that God is truth. He is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. This is at the core of who He is: that He does what He says he is going to do; He is a truth teller. And this is why so many of us have put our trust in Him: because we know we can trust Him. He tells the truth, and that is what Scripture is about.
So God says to Abraham, “Abraham, you and Sarah are going to have a baby.” Well, they’re well past childbearing years. It’s impossible—physically impossible for them to have a child—so Abraham laughs. “Of course, it’s not true! We can’t have a baby.” A few months later he puts his hand on Sarah’s belly, and he sees just how far God goes to always keep His promise, that He always tells the truth.
God says to Noah, “Noah, there is going to be this great flood, and I want you to build this boat. We’ll call it an ark.” Noah goes to his backyard, and he takes everything that he has—all of his resources, all of his time—and he begins to build this huge boat. And people come from all over to kind of laugh at him and point at him and mock him. And there is not a cloud in the sky. Every morning he looks up. Nothing there. But just as he’s finishing up, a drop falls on his face. God always tells the truth.
God says to Moses, “Moses, the time has come for Me to free My people from slavery in the land of Egypt from the rule of Pharaoh, and I want you to go say to Pharaoh, ‘Let My people go.’” “Well, okay.” He goes to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh, God said He is going to free His people. You need to let His people go.” The Bible says that Pharaoh hardened his heart. And Pharaoh would get a front row seat to see that God always tells the truth, and if He says He’s going to do it then He’s going to do it. The locusts come and the river turns to blood and the Red Sea opens, the army drowns, the people are free. God tells the truth.
God always tells the truth. He keeps His promise, and that is why the invitation is to put your trust in Him. Because God has said that the day is coming where He will return and that all who have put their trust in His Son Jesus as their Savior will live with Him forever in eternity in heaven. But if Jesus is not your Savior, then instead of heaven being your eternal home, you will be condemned to hell.
That is…that is the truth. It’s not what people really want to hear. It’s not real popular to say. That’s the truth. God tells the truth. He always keeps His promises. So, the invitation…the invitation is to put your trust in Christ, because He can be trusted.
First Church of Christ
June 6, 2021