Six Things The Lord Hates, Part VI
These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a false witness who speaks lies. Proverbs 6:19
The apostle Paul probably suffered the effects of false witnesses and false prophets as much as any mentioned in scripture, even from his own brethren. If you are involved in ministry you know that the enemy will always try and discredit the work and word of God, especially in these last days.
Paul was unique in that he began as a false witness against the brethren before he was saved and then after his conversion and call to ministry, got a taste of his own medicine. From the church at Antioch Barnabas and Paul were sent out to preach the gospel and when they arrived in Paphos they were asked by Sergius Paulus of the proconsul of the Jews to hear the word of God. But a sorcerer and false witness named Elymas withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.
Paul confronted him and cursed him with blindness for trying to hinder the preaching of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. God is opposed to anyone who would speak against, lie or bear false witness against his servants who are called to bear witness to the truth. After the proconsul saw the results of Paul's actions against the sorcerer they believed and were astonished at the preaching of the Lord.
"O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?" Acts 13:10
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin