There has always been lying, even among the best of people (e.g., Abraham and Isaac). But it seems that more and more, it is being accepted as the norm, especially when people say that the end justifies the means.
But God has called it sin, and those who, in the end, will be found as liars, that is, those who regularly practice lying, will not be given entrance into the holy city but will be cast into “the lake that burns with fire and brimstone” (Rev. 21:8; 22:15).
Here are two bible passages from 1 and 2 Timothy that indicate that lying is a sign of these last days, and also a passage from Proverbs that really speaks to what is happening now among our political candidates.
1 Timothy 4:1-2
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron. (NASB)
In these last days we will see more and more deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons that will cause people (weak in the faith) to depart from what faith they have, revealing their true nature as unconverted. Watch out for these false teachers and warn people about them. But in some cases this false teaching will be hard to recognize, for it will come to us in many and various ways: through teachers and preachers, books and magazines, through TV and movies, and through games and music. In fact, these deceiving spirits and demons are coming at us from every direction in this evil world.
These false, demonic doctrines are made up of lies that are concealed in hypocrisy. And whoever is the teacher, his conscience has been seared—meaning that it doesn’t bother him or her to teach such lies. In fact, to them lying seems quite normal. Do you know anyone like this? I do. They more and more are coming at us, especially in the political realm, where power means everything, even if you have to lie repeatedly to get to the top.
2 Timothy 3:1, 7-8
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be … 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 And just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected as regards the faith. (NASB)
In these last days (since the first coming of the Lord) there have been more and more people who appear godly but reject the power of God. These are the intellectuals who are always reading and keeping up with the latest new thing (false teaching); but they will never know the truth. In fact, they are always resisting the true gospel and are therefore believing and hanging onto deceptions and lies.
There are six things which the Lord hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil,
19 A false witness who utters lies,
And one who spreads strife among brothers.
(NASB, bold for emphasis)
From this passage I couldn’t help think of the latest GOP debates (Feb. 20, 2016) and all that has been going on in-between the debates: the accusations and false advertising and all the trickery. This stuff is all very deceptive and meant to mislead—which means that it’s a lie. Yes, our good conservative candidates are uttering lies about each other and in effect are spreading strife. It has got to stop, but unfortunately this kind of behavior is a sign of these last days.