A False Witness
by Ronald W Robey

One of the original Ten Commandments was, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour
.  (Exodus 20:16)

Why did God command the children of Israel not to bear false witness?  What exactly is false witness?

False witness is simply deceit.  It is a lie.   God commanded the children of Israel not to lie against their neighbors.  Lies can cause great harm to the person who is being lied about… or even lied to.

Therefore, lying should be avoided at all costs.

Proverbs 14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

Since the Bible says that God’s commanded tithe is agricultural, those who teach that God’s tithe is ten percent of your monetary income are not faithful witnesses. Rather, they are false witnesses.
And what does God’s word say concerning false witnesses?
A false witness is deceitful. Prov. 12:17
A false witness will not escape punishment. Prov. 19:5
A false witness will perish. Prov. 19:9
A false witness defiles a man. Matt. 15:19-20

One last thing that the Bible says about false witnesses…

Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
Proverbs 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Proverbs 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

A false witness is an abomination.