Sermon Quotes: "Truth Be Told"

God’s will is that I never give false testimony against anyone, twist no one’s words, not gossip or slander, nor join in condemning anyone without a hearing or without a just cause.  Rather, in court and everywhere else, I should avoid lying and deceit of every kind; these devices the devil himself uses, and they would call down on me God’s intense anger. I should love the truth, speak it candidly, and openly acknowledge it. And I should do what I can to guard and advance my neighbor’s good name.” -The Heidelberg Catechism Q/A 112

“Since relationships trade in the currency of trust a reputation is a very precious asset.  So whenever we handle a person’s name—who they are in the minds of others—we are stewarding a treasure that belongs to them If we damage a person’s reputation unjustly, we are stealing their good name; we are vandalizing their character. This causes very real, sometimes long-lasting damage to people, because restoring a devalued name is very difficult. Who knows what love, joy, counsel, comfort, and opportunities we take from people if we care for their name carelessly? God knows.  And he hates it. God hates when we speak evil of his name and when we speak evil of others.” -Jon Bloom