Cowards lie, men of God do not.
There are certain questions that some may ask you where the best response may be, “That is none of your concern,” or an answer of a similar nature, but no lie or falsehood should ever proceed from the lips of one who has been born-again.
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numb. 23:19)
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2nd Thess. 2:11)
If the Almighty decides to send a strong delusion, a lie to someone, that is His business, His ways are just and beyond knowing, but that authority does not belong to us, we are to speak the truth consistently and without fear.
Some of the wicked you may have had acquaintances with over a period of time will know who you were before Christ, before you were a new creation in the Lord, and if it was truth then, if you were a vile sinner, it cannot be denied, but the topic of conversation must not remain on those sins, but on the One who took them on Himself. I believe the Lord allows many of us to live in the world, and in some cases in very sinful ways, before He calls us to Himself, for then we can more fully understand the burden of sin that those we meet who are as we once were.
To lie to someone in that moment may mean an opportunity to bring them to the love that awaits them may be missed. The sinner relates best to those who have also lived in that sin.
I believe there are many cowardly Christians, those who will not speak of their past, neither in the presence of those we are to assist with their burdens, or the lost who are still trapped by them. I have met those who will not even offer their personal testimony, for they misinterpret Ephesians 5:12, “For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”
How many times in the Scriptures can you recall Paul speaking of who he was before the Lord met him on the road to Damascus?
Far too many who profess Jesus Christ as Lord believe that a close, personal relationship must be developed before the dark secrets of their past are revealed, forgetting that person’s soul they are speaking to may be required of the Lord that night. We are to meet them where they are, we are to tell them that we were once as they are now, we are to tell them the truth of the only One who can pull them out of that pit, or you can lie to them and leave them there.
It is why many will do little more than invite them to church, they fear to speak the truth of who they once were, not because they fear it might dishonor the Lord, but because of the fear of personal retribution.
When the truth is revealed, it cannot be denied, save only in the minds of those who have been given over to a reprobate mind, to those the Almighty has and will give over to a strong delusion.
“Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.” (Psalm 89:35) And He has never once lied to you.
The truth has set you free, how much of that truth you offer to others is definitive of your character and integrity in the Lord. The truth knows no embarrassment, but lies are built on it. How much of your past that needs to be revealed to that lost soul the Holy Spirit will lead you to speak, trust in this. But that past is nothing more than a door to open to reveal to them who it was that pulled you out of that pit.
Show them His arm is reaching down to them as well.