Article 102-5 – Truth & Integrity

Biblical Principles for Living

102-5.1 The Triune God — God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit — is the only true God.1 God the Father is the God of truth,2 who has never lied,3 and never will. He is absolutely truthful.4 Jesus, who is God the Son, is the truth.5 He is full of grace and truth.6 He always tells the truth.7 God the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth.8 He is the truth9 and He guides believers into all truth.10

102-5.2 The Word of God is truth11 and is the standard for truth. Truth does not change12 and the opposite of truth is falsehood. God desires13 and requires14 that all people speak the truth. His directives for truthfulness are found in the third15 and ninth16 commandments. Truth is truth even if it is not understood or fully disclosed.17 The failure to be truthful, including deceitfulness, is sin.18 Lying is among the sins of unbelievers that will be judged in hell.19 Believers who lie are disciplined by the Lord, possibly even to the point of death.20

102-5.3 The believer and the believing community are commanded to be truthful.21 This includes keeping promises and honoring contracts, whether written or oral. In speaking the truth believers may formally call God to witness with an oath or simply affirm the truth of their statements. 22 The Christian and the church must keep their promises even when it is costly to do so.23

102-5.4 In the Scriptures, truth and integrity stand together.24 Integrity is soundness, wholeness, consistency of character. Without truth there is no integrity.25 God is pleased with integrity26 and judges accordingly.27 Integrity protects believers28 and upholds them through difficult times in life.29 It provides security and guidance for a believer’s life.30 All teaching of God’s truth must show integrity.31 Truth and integrity must be lived out in love so that the body of Christ might mature.32

102-5.5 To fail to keep one’s word is a lack of integrity betraying the trust of others and dishonoring the God of truth.33

1 John 17:3
2 Isa. 65:16
3 Num. 23:19; Titus 1:2
4 Isa. 45:23; John 3:33
5 John 14:6
6 John 1:14; Eph. 4:21
7 John 8:40, 45, 46; 16:7; Rev. 3:7, 14
8 John 14:16, 17; 1 John 4:6
9 1 John 5:7
10 John 14:16, 17, 26
11 John 17:17
12 Psa. 119:89, 160
13 Psa. 51:6
14 Exo. 23:1; Psa. 34:12-14; Eph. 4:15, 25
15 Exo. 20:7; Lev. 19:12
16 Exo. 20:16
17 Mark 4:33, 34; John 16:12
18 Mark 7:22; Rom. 1:29
19 Psa. 5:6, 9, 10; Rev. 21:8; 22:14, 15
20 Jer. 9:4-9; Acts 5:1-10
21 Col. 3:8, 9
22 Matt. 26:63, 64; 2 Cor. 1:23; Heb. 6:16, 17; James 5:12
23 Psa. 15:1-4
24 Job 27:4, 5; Matt. 22:15, 16; 2 Cor. 1:17-20
25 Isa. 59:3, 4
26 1 Chr. 29:17
27 Psa. 7:8
28 Psa. 25:21
29 Psa. 41:12
30 Pro. 10:9; 11:3
31 Titus 2:7
32 Eph. 4:14-16
33 Matt. 5:33-37

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