Date: June 15, 2016 06:14PM
Does God LIE? Do God's messengers or chosen representatives LIE?
Scriptures on lying:
No lie is of the truth. 1 John 2:21
God cannot lie. Titus 1:2; Enos 1:6,, Ether 3:12
Satan is the father of all lies. 2 Nephi 2:18, Moses 4:4, John 8:44
Verily I say unto you, he that is ordained of me and sent forth to preach the word of truth by the Comforter, in the Spirit of truth, doth he preach it by the Spirit of truth or some other way? And if it be by some other way it is not of God. - D&C 50:17-18
And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;
And whatsoever is more or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning.
The spirit of truth is of God… - D&C 93:24-26
Wherefore, I, the Lord, have said that the fearful, and the unbelieving, and all liars, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie, and the whoremonger, and the sorcerer, shall have their part in that lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. - D&C 63:17, also Rev 21:8
...it is contrary to the order of heaven for a just man to deceive;... D&C 129:7
Wo unto the liar, for he shall be thrust down to hell. 2 Nephi 9:34
Lying, as defined by Mormon leaders, is not only stating a falsehood, with the intent that the listeners believe it, but it is also a form of lying to fail to tell the WHOLE truth, or to intentionally lead the listener to imply something that is not true.
Marvin J. Ashton made the following comments in his sermon "This Is No Harm" (from Ensign magazine 2000):
"A lie is any communication given to another with the intent to deceive." A lie can be effectively communicated without words ever being spoken. Sometimes a nod of the head or silence can deceive...."
Mormon writer Robert J. Matthews says, in the October 1994 Ensign article entitled "Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness," that the ninth commandment is a
"strong declaration against ... gross understatements, fabrication, or the willful giving of any explanation not supported by the facts.... Even sharing the truth can have the effect of lying when we tell only half-truths that do not give the full picture. We can also be guilty of bearing false witness and lying if we say nothing, particularly if we allow another to reach a wrong conclusion while we hold back information that would have led to a more accurate perception. In this case it is as though an actual lie were uttered.... Lying and misrepresentation in all of their forms are wrong, no matter how they may be rationalized, and those who silently let these evils pass unchallenged are also doing wrong".
With these statements (which no believer will deny or gainsay), any church or any representatives of a church can be judged to see if it truly is "God's true church."
The test is easy: If the church or its official representatives are lying to you, or have lied to you, IT IS NOT OF GOD.
Has the LDS church ever lied? Have its leaders ever lied? If so, it is NOT the "true church." It is not God's church. It is Satan's church, according to the scriptures, since Satan is the father of ALL LIES.
For many examples of Mormon lying see "Mormon Lying" http://packham.n4m.org/lying.htm