Lying to God

This is a unique danger for children raised in Christian homes: lying to God. In Acts 5 Ananias and his wife Sapphira attempted to make themselves appear more spiritual than those around them. The made a show of being holy by misrepresenting the truth. Peter said, "What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God." They paid for their lie with their lives.

Here is an example of how this pattern of lying to God starts. One sibling sees that his sister is rewarded for cleaning. So, he is careful to inform his mom that he also helped, even if he did not actually do anything. This child realizes that he can benefit if his parents only perceive that he is doing good things. His lie is motivated by the reward or praise he thinks he will receive. He may even agree that God helped him to obey because he knows that is what his parents want to hear.

If allowed to continue, this deceptive, self-serving attitude may lead to teenagers telling parents they going to a friend’s for bible study or listen to Christian music. But the real intent is to do just the opposite. This is the dangerous kind of deception that Ananias and Sapphira practiced.

[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press.]