© 1999 James A. Fowler

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I. Some Biblical verses pertaining to "honesty"

    Exod. 20:16 - "you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor"
    Exod. 23:1 - "you shall not carry a false rumor"
    Exod. 23:7 - "keep far from a false charge"
    Prov. 6:12 - "a worthless person, a wicked man, is the one who walks with a false mouth"
    Prov. 6:19 - "things which the Lord hates...a false witness who utters lies"
    Prov. 12:17 - "He who speaks truth tells what is right, but a false witness, deceit"
    Prov. 12:22 - "lying lips are an abomination to the Lord"
    Prov. 13:5 - "a righteous man hates falsehood"
    Prov. 14:5 - "A faithful witness will not lie, but a false witness speaks lies"
    Prov. 19:5,9 - "a false witness will not go unpunished"
    Prov. 25:18 - "like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow is a man who bears false witness
         against his neighbor"
    Matt. 15:19 - "out of the heart come evil thoughts...false witness, slanders..."
    Lk. 8:15 - "an honest and good heart"
    I Cor. 13:6 - "love...rejoices with the truth"
    II Cor. 4:2 - "by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves"
    Eph. 4:15 - "speaking the truth in love"
    Heb. 13:18 - "desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things"
    II Pt. 2:3 - "false prophets will exploit you with false words"
    I Jn. 2:21 - "no lie is of the truth"
    Rev. 21:27 - "no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it (heaven)"

II. Forms of dishonesty

    A. Falsehood, lies, inaccuracy
    B. Exaggerations, embellishments
    C. Deceit, misleading another
    D. Fraud, cheating
    E. Misinformation
    F. Disinformation
    G. False-accusations, false-charges
    H. Rumors - Exod. 23:1

III. Basis of honesty

    A. Christ is Truth - John 14:6; 8:32,36
    B. God cannot lie - Heb. 6:18
    C. Satan is the father of lies - Jn. 8:44

IV. Forms of honesty

    A. Accuracy, truth-telling
    B. Integrity - true to one's word
    C. Credibility, pattern of believability
    D. Complete communication
    E. Faithfulness - do what you say you'll do
    F. Keep your promises

V. Examples where honesty should be employed by Christians

    A. When completing income tax forms
    B. When selling an automobile
    C. When you are given too much change
    D. When you are told a rumor
    E. When you break something
    F. When you owe people money
    G. When someone calls and you do not want to talk to them
    H. When you are reminiscing and telling a story
    I. When you tell someone how much you paid for something
    J. When you are asked for your opinion or advice
    K. When you fill out credit applications
    L. When you give character references



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