Heidelberg Catechisms 112

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: James 3: 1 – 12; Genesis 3: 1 – 13

Text: Exodus 20: 16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. (ESV)

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Q. 112 What is the aim of the ninth commandment?

A. That I never give false testimony against anyone, twist no one’s words, not gossip or slander, nor join in condemning anyone rashly or without a hearing.

Rather, in court and everywhere else, I should avoid lying and deceit of every kind; these are the very devices the devil uses, and they would call down on me God’s intense wrath.

I should love the truth, speak it candidly, and openly acknowledge it.

And I should do what I can to guard and advance my neighbour’s good name.

The 9th Commandment


Hard to imagine:

Hard to fulfil:

  1. God’s pure requirements:

Truthful testimony:

Truthful reports:

Truthful judgments:

Truthful words:

  1. God’s archenemy:

His nature:

His strategy:

  1. God’s holy character:

His truth:

His wrath: But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death (Rev 21:8).

  1. God-given principles:

Love your neighbour:

Seek the good of your neighbour: