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
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
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
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
II Cor. 4:2 - "by the manifestation
of truth commending ourselves"
Eph. 4:15 - "speaking the truth
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
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.
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
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
I. When you tell someone how much you
paid for something
J. When you are asked for your opinion
K. When you fill out credit applications
L. When you give character references