A World Of False Witnesses
A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish. — Proverbs 19:9
So there are four types of witnesses:
- The Expert Witness. A person who testifies a field of expertise.
- The Eye-Witness. A person who testifies about what they have seen.
- The Character Witness. A person who testifies about a person's character.
- The Fact Witness. A person who testifies about specific facts in a case.
The evidence each witness presents is called "testimonial evidence." It is a presentation from their perspective. They present, and then a judge or jury must determine if their testimony is true or false.
The challenge with "testimonial evidence" is it can be very subjective. A more substantial type of evidence is called "physical evidence." Examples include fingerprints, blood, a weapon, or other physical objects. Thus, what we call "testimonial evidence," the more subjective type, puts a witness in a unique place of power over the fate of an individual, which is a serious matter. And this is clarified by our text.
In our lives, "testimonial evidence" is everywhere. And we tend to believe it today like it's physical evidence when it is merely testimony, and sometimes a false testimony. This is falsely accusing some. Others are being falsely upheld by it. It works both ways.
And yet there are two fates for the false witness in our text. The first is punishment in the here and now. The second is perishing in the hereafter. The writer states that false witness is trouble now and later. This should bring us to pause and persuade us to take more seriously the words we speak about anyone, anywhere, at any time.
Gentlemen, take care of the testimony you believe today. Whether it be a pop star, politician, or pastor. There is a lot of false testimony in our world today. And remember, you have a responsibility to testify to the truth regardless of the cost. It's the best way to live life now and later.
ASK THIS: Where are you hearing false testimony?
DO THIS: Be truthful all the time.
PRAY THIS: God, help me tell the truth and be a truthful man.
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