Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Proverbs 12:19
If you look at the great scandals of the last fifty years, there is always a common thread: cover up. The actual act, while foul and heinous on its own, was nothing compared to the web of lies that had to be told to cover up the actual “sin.”
Look at even some of the sins committed in the church. Yes, the sins were horrible, but the layers of lies to cover over those sins were (and are) far worse because those committing the sin used their power to bring others into their web of deception. Those in that web of deception are therefore responsible for their own lies that they tell for whatever end they hope to achieve.
It’s something to think about as we draw closer to our Lord’s return.