Lying: When being yourself just isn’t good enough.

It is not uncommon to hear about a pastor (i.e. hireling) lying about one thing or another: Lying about personally seeing the dead raised (usually in some foreign country where verification is not possible), lying about their “relationship” with their secretary, lying about the church finances, or lying about what the Bible says on a particular subject (just to name a few). But every now and then you read about a pastor’s lie that just makes no sense.

Take for example the lie that Pastor Jim Moats told about his military experience, even going so far as to give an interview in the local paper about his military exploits that never occurred.

In the wake of the dramatic Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound earlier this month, it was perhaps to be expected that some expansive soul would step forward to claim the prestige of a fabricated tour as a SEAL for himself. Such tall tales are not uncommon, after all, amid high-profile military actions.

This time the exposed fabricator was a preacher–though at least one person who monitors this brand of public lie notes that members of the clergy are often tempted into such misrepresentations. More curious still, the prevaricator in question seems to have lifted at least some details of his account from the 1992 Steven Seagal SEAL-themed blockbuster, “Under Siege.”

Since when does preaching Christ and Him crucified fail to be enough to get you out of bed in the morning?

Perhaps Mr. Moats will do well to meditate on John’s statement “He must increase, but I must decrease”(John 3:30).

You can read the entire article on Jim Moats here.