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A few years ago, the President of the United States confessed he’d had “an inappropriate relationship” with an intern at the White House, and that he had “misled people.” Citizens immediately began to debate whether the President should remain in the country’s highest position. Some said he should be removed from office, while others said he should resign. But one thing became clear to everyone: the American baby boomer generation had become accustomed to deceit being a normal part of life.
What is deceit, and why is it so wrong? How does one find victory over deceit if it has been a part of their character?
First, we need to understand that truth and deceit are incompatible. They can’t live in the same house. In fact, deceit is often the withholding of truth. It’s telling a partial truth but not “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Deceit differs from overt lying in that a lie directly contradicts the truth. But deceit is much more subtle. Usually rooted in selfish ambition, it simply doesn’t give a full disclosure of the truth .
Justice is built on truth; and without truth, there can be no justice. Once truth is compromised, justice ceases to exist. That’s why the actions of that President were so grave. If truth doesn’t have its way, the entire system of Justice collapses. If that were to happen, it would be only a matter of time for the nation to fail as a world leader.
But for individual Christians, there’s an even more critical issue. Our goal as a believer is to become like Christ. One description of Jesus in the Bible continually amazes me. John, inspired by the Holy Spirit, described Jesus as “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). In the debate over the President’s conduct, we heard two distinct voices. One demanded truth. The other cried for grace. One said that justice was the issue. The other claimed the need for forgiveness.
But when we look to the Savior, we see absolute truth and perfect grace. He carries justice in one hand and forgiveness in the other. In Him there is no partial truth or incomplete forgiveness. The standard for the Christian is not our nation’s judicial system or any other political system. It’s not the daily opinion polls. The standard is absolute purity and perfection. It’s full forgiveness. It’s simply Jesus. There’s no deceit in Him. He is absolute and total truth. If we are to know His forgiveness, we must come clean about the dirt in our lives. There’s no room for half-truths. They lead only to total deception.
If we are to experience victory over deceit, we must learn to be painfully honest. John wrote in his first epistle, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8, 9). Notice in that passage the interconnection of truth, justice, and forgiveness — and also the linkage of denial and deceit. The victorious Christian life is lived in the light of the truth. Victory can be seen only in truth’s spotlight.
Hebrews : Chapter 3
7) So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, 8) do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, 9) where your ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did. 10) That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ 11) So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”[b] 12) See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13) But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14) We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15) As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”[c]
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
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STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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