A Question I Was Asked:

Can a Believer be a Habitual Liar and Remain a Believer?

The Question:

I have a simple question concerning something that I haven't heard Pastors address, but something that seems to be a growing problem (I've noticed it anyway). Just how serious does God view Christians who repeatedly tell lies? Are these people who do this really converted? How can some people claim to believe, yet do this? I'm not talking about occasional sin, I know that we all continue to sin but hopefully repent.

UK Apologetics Reply:

I will say this: If a Christian continually lies without any hesitation he or she is in a perilous spiritual condition, because it is Satan who is 'the father of lies.'

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44).

Of course, we will all have lapses. You ask if somebody who "repeatedly" tells lies can be converted. I don't know, but maybe that person is going through a 'backsliding' stage (which most true believers will go through at some stage). However, if that is a true believer, he or she should come to their senses and repent at some stage. There is also a difference between lying under pressure (still bad for a believer, but perhaps understandable on rare occasions), and lying in an appalling, bare-faced manner. I have never found the latter trait in a believer.

In my life I have known a few people who seem to lie quite regularly (we soon find them out, don't we?), but I have never yet met a true believer with this problem. However, I must say that I have known too many believers who are quite prepared to exaggerate. Now that is not good. There are also believers who will put a favourable complexion on some past incident in their lives and one suspects that they are not facing up to the truth. We have probably all done that but, as we grow in the faith, we should be making a real effort to eradicate those things and to have a willingness to admit past failings.
Robin A. Brace. May 20th 2011.