It seems that in our ungodly society some lies are more tolerable than others. The resignation of Damian Green is a case in point.
Damian Green resigned as First Secretary of State after he was found to have made “inaccurate and misleading” statements about his knowledge that pornography was found on his House of Commons office computer in 2008 – in common parlance, lies.
This was a breach of the Ministerial Code. It is good that such codes contain such high standards, but it appears to contrast with other standards. It is well-known that many political promises are ‘more honoured in the breach than in the observance’. It appears that breach of promises made to the electorate are apparently not in the same league as lies contrary to the Ministerial Code.
Jesuitism is the readiness to promote the correct standards while circumventing them by sleight of hand and ambiguous statements. This is rife in public life so that people do not know what to believe any more because of lies and fake news. God will yet bring liars into judgment.
Jesus Christ: ‘Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment’ Mat 12:36.
The apostle John: ‘All liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death’ Rev 21:8.
This demonstrates the urgency, necessity and relevance for the Gospel of the forgiveness of sins to be preached throughout our land, instead of the useless ‘salvation by works’ teaching that is peddled but not actually believed by so many religionists.
The godly are the children of truth 1Jn 1:4, born again by the Spirit of truth Jn 14:17, Jn 15:26 and Jn 16:13, using the Word of truth Eph 1:13 to bring them to the belief of the truth 2Th 2:13 so that they obey the truth 1Pe 1:22.
The apostle John wrote: ‘We are of God. He that knows God hears us; he that is not of God does not hear us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error’ 1Jn 4:6.
It is interesting that the three recent cabinet ministers who have resigned in recent months have each been eurosceptics. Michael Fallon resigned as Secretary of State for Defence saying his conduct with women had sometimes “fallen short” of “the high standards that we require of the armed forces.” Pritti Patel resigned as Secretary of State for International Development for holding meetings in breach of the ministerial code.
Dishing the dirt is another arrow in the quiver of those practised in the dark arts of political manipulation. This is yet another reason for becoming more practised in the subject of the forgiveness of sins.
26 Feb 2019: lying to the police can land you in prison. Like worldly ecclesiastics, civil law takes its own authority very seriously and will punish any challenge to it. It is time for liars to realise that God will hold them to account as surely as worldly authorities uphold their own dignity and they can hardly complain about it. They have had ‘fair warning’.
21 Mar 2019: UN Human Rights Council President thinks that highlighting lies is ‘not showing respect‘.
1 May 2019: a Labour MP was jailed for lying about a speeding offence, was expelled by the Labour party, and was the first MP to be recalled by a recall petition. She has discovered the widespread effect of lying. The difference from other lies is in to whom it was made. It seems that politicians can lie to the public but if they lie to legal authorities, it will be held against them. Let liars take warning. It will be better to practice telling the truth so that it becomes a habit and then the habit can build a truthful character.