A Grievous Sin: False Testimony
August 10, 2013
Rom. ch. 14, which you emailed to me, is a discussion about disputable matters. As verse 1 begins it, “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.” EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), for reasons I’ve given, is not a disputable matter, nor is repressed/recovered memory therapy (RMT) of any sort, nor is false testimony. As I expressed to you in my 5/16/13 email, “Leading experts of memory, as well as the judicial system, have recognized RMT to be a past and greatly damaging fad that has been found to have zero integrity in revealing truth and facts. Therefore, recovering repressed memories should never be the basis for accusing someone for having committed criminal behavior.”
For matters that are not disputable, God’s Spirit in us will most certainly enlighten us as to how to judge those matters, as well as how to then judge those who refuse to stop committing them, whether the judgement be expulsion, separation, shunning, handing the person over to Satan, or otherwise. (Rom. 16:17,18 // 1 Cor. 5:1-13 // Eph. 5:7 // Titus 3:9-11) As 1 Cor. 2:15 says, “The spiritual man makes judgements about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgement.” The spiritual man is not the one who claims to be spiritual, but is the man who lives in Christ and He in him and who thus pleases God by obeying His Word and Spirit continually. (Rom. 8:9 // 1 John 3:24)
Jesus says, “Stop judging by mere appearances and make a right judgement.” (John 7:24) We do this in the authority / name / will of Christ just as He did in His Father’s when He was on earth. As He said, “I can do nothing on My own authority; as I hear, I judge; and My judgement is just, because I seek not My own will but the will of Him who sent Me.” (John 5:30) All Christ-followers are to live just as Jesus did (1 John 2:6), including in the area of making judgements.
You yourself have made it my place to make a judgement about your present engagement in EMDR (and the fallout of your past/present RMT) by the fact that you’ve continued to ask me to pray for you. Through God’s Spirit and Word, I know that neither of those therapies please God, which means that I cannot pray for your well-being until these sins, plus several others I’ve recognized in you, most which I’ve pointed out to you, are eliminated from your life. This is not a “demand”, which you accuse me of making, for it is clearly your choice, and if you choose not to accept what I’ve exhorted you about, then I ask that you not keep “demanding” that I pray for you and respond to you. If you would cease to call or email me, then your business need not be subject to my judgments concerning you.
To pray for someone who refuses to give up sins that she is confronted with, is to pray for a person who has made herself God’s enemy (Ja. 4:4) and is on the path to Hell. (Ezek. 18:24 // Heb. 10:26-31) To stumble at just one point is to break all of God’s law (Ja. 2:10) and it is the duty of all Christians to warn anyone who has, through deliberate and/or careless sin, turned from the Truth to the path of death. (Ja. 5:19,20) Only someone with a lack of God’s love would neglect to give warning.
The most grievous sin you have committed is false testimony, and about something criminal. Before God and others, though not in court, you have committed perjury. No, Hepatitis A, B, and C are not transmitted only through sex, and you show dishonesty to word your sentence as if that is the case. Not only that, but for _____ to have come down with it a year after you did is no proof at all. Living in such very close proximity could provide plenty of opportunity for its spread. This “proof”, besides your “recovered memories”, are apparently your only two “proofs” to support your allegations.
Therefore since there is no other reasonable choice, my assessment must remain that you have given false testimony concerning a man innocent of the crime you’ve accused him of. There is no other sensible view but to realize that you have created unwarranted, and undoubtably enormous, heartache in the lives of all of this man’s family members. This is an extremely grievous sin which you have harbored for 20+ years and used as an excuse to remain in immaturity and in rebellion against God in so many ways. Yet even now when I try to reason with you about it, and when you yourself, if you were being honest, could deduce that there is no evidence, you remain unrepentant.
Jesus reminds us, along with the commandments of not committing adultery or murder or theft, of the commandment, “Do not give false testimony” (Mt. 19:18) –which is to lie about someone. Moreover, as 1 Cor. 6:9,10 and Rev. 21:8 flatly state, people unrepentant of these sins do go to Hell. The Proverbs agree. Pr. 17:15 says, “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent– the Lord detests them both.” Pr. 19:9 says, “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish.” Pr. 21:28 says, “A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.” Therefore, for you to try to accumulate sympathizers is to expose them, as well as yourself, to God’s wrath. But maybe you do not take God’s Word seriously.
However, God has always decreed that those giving false testimony are to be judged greatly guilty (Dt. 19:16-20) and are not to have pity extended to them. (v. 21) All who continue to refuse to renounce their sins and falsehoods are guilty before God, especially when they have had plenty of opportunity (as in God’s Word taught to them all their lives and available on their shelves) and have had exhortations given to them to reevaluate their actions and beliefs and thus repent. Such a person will definitely, by God’s design, carry around guilt and shame, even if she will not acknowledge that there is a true and legitimate reason. Guilt and shame are what God brings to a sinful person as a goad to get her to repent and confess her wickedness. Worldly therapies, on the other hand, are designed to dull the conscience so that reasons other than the person’s own sin can be used as excuses to sin more, and so that the guilt of sin can be stuffed away that it might no longer be a nuisance.
Slander is not at all a disputable matter, but a sin that reaps eternal damnation. (1 Cor. 6:10) Furthermore, God’s Word commands that God’s people disassociate themselves from slanders. As 1 Cor. 5:11 says, “You must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.” To deny that you are a slanderer, and even one who does not have the evidence to support what you have slandered about, is foolishness on your part before the Holy God who has seen everything. I’m sorry that it angers you that I hold to God’s Word concerning every Christian’s responsibility to “rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt” (Lev. 19:17), to “teach, encourage, and rebuke with all authority” (Titus 2:15), and to “have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Eph. 5:11)
Once more I ask that you not call or email me ever again until you have air-tight proof that would hold up in a court of law, or have gone to ______, his family, and all others you told, and confessed to all of them that you, with the help of your past therapist, condemned a man by giving false testimony. Moreover, you need to acknowledge before God that such a lie is, before Him, punishable by eternal death, and so with great contrition, ask Him to forgive you of this sin and cleanse you of all unrighteousness. If you would do such a thing, you would find cleansing, total forgiveness, and the true healing you have longed for.