The Big Questions

From HB London, Focus on the Family's clergy guy, on having others hold you accountable as a man. He's quoting Chuck Colson, who's quoting Chuck Swindoll...

1. Have you been with a woman anywhere this past week that might be seen as compromising?
2. Have any of your financial dealings lacked integrity?
3. Have you exposed yourself to any sexually explicit material?
4. Have you spent adequate time in Bible study and prayer?
5. Have you given priority time to your family?
6. Have you fulfilled the mandate of your calling?
7. Have you just lied to me?

Good stuff.


  1. Of course, if you're willing to lie on #1-6, why should anyone think you'll tell the truth on #7?

    I understand that it's probably meant as a "conscience check", but it bugs me from a logic standpoint.

    It's kind of like someone saying it's possible to lie without sinning. My first question is usually, "Then why should I ever believe anything you say? If you tell me you're only allowed to lie under condition "X", how do I know that was the truth?"

    Things that make me go Hmmmm.

  2. Agreed, logically, but good to make someone lie twice, if they've already lied once. Maybe they'll come around if you address the lying directly. People are seldom logical when they're defending sin in their lives.

    Possible to lie without sinning?
    I think so, actually. Just heard a good Sproul, Sr. talk on the Hebrew midwives lying to Pharaoh. God blesses them for this. Or Rahab lying to the Jericho officials; or Germans hiding Jews and deceiving the Gestapo. A gov't engaged in a just war deceiving the enemy about their strategy. These are rare cases, though, obviously...

  3. Well, we can't agree on everything, can we?

    This is one of those issues that is widely contested in the evangelical church. I understand that many people believe there are circumstances that allow for lying without sinning, but there are also many who argue otherwise.

    If we don't come to a consensus in this life, we will in eternity. :-)