“If you abide in My word, truly you are My disciples; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free” (Jn. 8:31-32).
There is no lie in truth. There cannot be. Christ Jesus is Truth Himself, He has come that we may live in the Truth. To abide in a lie is to abide outside of Christ. For a lie has no place in Him whatsoever.
Sin is a lie, it needs lies to survive. The devil is the “father of lies” (cf. Jn. 8:44). He cannot be without them. It is only through lies that sin and the devil can tyrannize mankind. They lie so that we will freely submit ourselves to them once again. In them there is no truth. Lies require that we first surrender truth.
Wherever we find a lie we may be certain beyond a doubt that Christ is nowhere near.
“We are approaching the brink; already a universal spiritual demise is upon us; a physical one is about to flare up and engulf us and our children, while we continue to smile sheepishly and babble: ‘But what can we do to stop it? We haven’t the strength,’” proclaims Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his perennially pertinent work “Live Not by Lies.”
And in words that could have been written concerning the on going experience of the c-19 crisis, he says, “We have so hopelessly ceded our humanity that for the modest handouts of today we are ready to surrender up all principles, our soul, all the labors of our ancestors, all the prospects of our descendants—anything to avoid disrupting our meager existence … We hope only not to stray from the herd, not to set out on our own, and risk suddenly having to make do without the white bread, the hot water heater, a Moscow residency permit.”
Solzhenitsyn aptly observes that to preserve material comfort men are prone to surrender their principles. Many will live by lies if only they think they can preserve their basic material well-being. Many will act out a lie, if only to save their skin.
Yet, deep in mankind resonates the longing for freedom. This manifests itself in many ways. To be truly free, first the lie must be confronted.
“But we can do—everything!—even if we comfort and lie to ourselves that this is not so. It is not ‘they’ who are guilty of everything, but we ourselves, only we!”
First the lie must be confronted in our own hearts. In our own person. The lies must first begin to die within me. I must begin to reject the lie. We must, therefore, be proficient in discerning lies. I must find repentance.
“So has the circle closed? So is there indeed no way out? So the only thing left to do is wait inertly: What if something just happens by itself?
But it will never come unstuck by itself, if we all, every day, continue to acknowledge, glorify, and strengthen it, if we do not, at the least, recoil from its most vulnerable point.
When violence bursts onto the peaceful human condition, its face is flush with self-assurance, it displays on its banner and proclaims: “I am Violence! Make way, step aside, I will crush you!” But violence ages swiftly, a few years pass—and it is no longer sure of itself. To prop itself up, to appear decent, it will without fail call forth its ally—Lies. For violence has nothing to cover itself with but lies, and lies can only persist through violence. And it is not every day and not on every shoulder that violence brings down its heavy hand: It demands of us only a submission to lies, a daily participation in deceit—and this suffices as our fealty.
And therein we find, neglected by us, the simplest, the most accessible key to our liberation: a personal nonparticipation in lies! Even if all is covered by lies, even if all is under their rule, let us resist in the smallest way: Let their rule hold not through me!”
Let not lies reign through me. For this to be, one must diligently strive to live unabashedly, no matter the cost, according to truth.
Most of all, as Christians, those who claim to be “of truth,” we must ask – have we actively promoted lies this past year (and beyond) in things surrounding the c-19 crisis? We must ask this first of our own selves.
Dr. Michael Yeadon, a man with over 30 years of experience in senior research positions with pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer, voices his well grounded concern regarding the numerous lies that have been promoted during this crisis, in an article called “Why are we being lied to about COVID” –
“Truth is our most powerful tool. And the truth is that we’re being lied to.
The truth also, however hard it is to believe it, is that there is unequivocal and clear evidence of planning and co-ordination. Not to face this fact is to have your head in the sand. Where it’s leading is easy to discern, once people are willing to lift their internal censoring and look objectively at the evidence.
First, though, the lies. It’s abundantly clear now that pretty much everything that the public has been told and continues to be told is between untrue and downright lies.
I offer as a shortlist that:
- PCR mass testing reasonably reliably distinguishes infected and infectious people from others;
- that masks reduce transmission of respiratory viruses;
- that transmission of infection in the absence of symptoms is an important contribution to epidemic spreading;
- that lockdowns as executed reduce hospitalisation and deaths;
- that no matter how small the remaining susceptible population and no matter that virtually no people who, if infected, might die remain unvaccinated, the position is perilous;
- that no pharmaceutical treatments are available;
- that variants are different enough to warrant border closures and require new vaccines;
- that the gene-based vaccines are safe and effective;
- that “vaccine passports” will increase safety while having no material impacts on freedom of choice in a liberal democracy.”
How many of these fables have been promoted in some Christian circles? It is a grave tragedy that Christianity has in certain places simply been a mouth piece for the continuation of these current narratives, which are but an extension of government agency.
It is indeed much easier to keep one’s head in the sand. Yet, a lie will always betray a person in the end. A lie will never deliver a person from the peril which he seeks to avoid by adopting it.
He further states, “It is impossible to believe that intelligent, well-connected and well-briefed senior advisers to governments don’t know that almost all, if not all, of the above are simply not true.”
I cannot help but agree based upon my own substantial research into events and happenings over the past year. People are generally well meaning, no one wants others to die. Yet, human concern has been exploited to promote a secular lie. A terrible lie that seems to be continuing to mutate even as I write. Lies always exploit people. Lies always have facilitators, most of the time they know they are lying. They do so purposely. They do so to enslave other people. As the Soviets did with Solzhenitsyn.
Dr. Yeadon ends his articulate article with these words, “I think I’ve made a decent case that what governments and their advisers have done easily amounts to conspiracy. The same “mistakes” have been made everywhere. The same tricks and manipulation. Those who claim this is all coincidence are coincidence theorists.
I argue that unless this is pointed out to the public before any possible ‘vaccine passports’ system is established, we’ve all collectively failed to discharge our duties to be courageous, to take chances, to risk looking foolish: I am absolutely committed to continuing to speak out for as long as I have breath in my body.”
I wish more Christians had this doctor’s courage. The end goal of the current system of lies is only tyranny. The tyranny of evil. By giving quarter to the lie we allow it to live and disseminate its death. By associating ourselves with it we separate ourselves from truth.
Solzhenitsyn calls to us, “And thus, overcoming our temerity, let each man choose: Will he remain a witting servant of the lies (needless to say, not due to natural predisposition, but in order to provide a living for the family, to rear the children in the spirit of lies!), or has the time come for him to stand straight as an honest man, worthy of the respect of his children and contemporaries?”
I believe for us the time has come, or it may be long past. What will we choose? Maybe we were unsure and a little spineless in the past (I include myself). Now is the time to shake such things off. Now is the hour to stand aright in the Truth of Jesus Christ.
Most of all we must resolutely determine to never again let what should be Christian principles be guided by falsehoods. We must be diligent to never allow a worldly lie to upend Christian worship, practice, and faith. If we do so we stray from truth and will find not freedom but ultimate slavery.
For us today these words penned by Solzhenitsyn in 1974 may bear even more urgency, “It will not be an easy path, perhaps, but it is the easiest among those that lie before us. Not an easy choice for the body, but the only one for the soul. And so: We need not be the first to set out on this path, Ours is but to join! The more of us set out together, the thicker our ranks, the easier and shorter will this path be for us all! If we become thousands—they will not cope, they will be unable to touch us. If we will grow to tens of thousands—we will not recognize our country!
But if we shrink away, then let us cease complaining that someone does not let us draw breath—we do it to ourselves! Let us then cower and hunker down, while our comrades the biologists bring closer the day when our thoughts can be read and our genes altered.”
Such a day is here. More than ever we must courageously stand firm in and with truth.
“And as for him who lacks the courage to defend even his own soul: Let him not brag of his progressive views … Let him say to himself plainly: I am cattle, I am a coward, I seek only warmth and to eat my fill,” Solzhenitsyn.
“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness” (Ex. 23:1).