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Don’t Impugn Your Witness (Fight a Lie or Stand on the Truth)

PASTOR WIL: 1 Peter 1:7 talks about the trial, the trial of your faith.  Later on, in the fourth chapter, he says, “Think it not strange concerning the fiery trials which come to try you, as though there were something strange about this.”  Life is about a series of trials and examinations. 

Everybody listen to this: they are designed to determine whether or not you are guilty or innocent.  And the way that is determined is through evidence.   

Everybody push your neighbor and say, “Evidence.”  Look at your neighbor and say, “What is your evidence?”   

Now, now, check this out.  The only way evidence can be introduced in a trial is, there must be a witness.  Okay, y’all ain’t workin’ with me.  The only way evidence — I mean, it don’t matter, it, it, but — any of it, even blood evidence, the scientists got to come and be the witness and say, “This is the blood.”  The eye-witness got to come and say, “Yeah, that’s the one.  I know they’re sayin’ ‘it wasn’t me,’ no, it was them.”  Oh, y’all ain’t workin’ with me.   

Evidence can only be introduced by a witness.  “Well, that’s what they told me you did.”  Somebody say, “Witness.”   

Now — preach this, preach, Pastor Wil — now, when the accuser cannot discredit the evidence, he will discredit the witness.   

Y’all remember O.J., don’t you?  “Oh, no, O.J., this blood right here say you 99.999999, one out of five billion, that’s you.”  They couldn’t argue the evidence, so what did they do?  They attacked the witness, Mark Fuhrman, as a racist.  “Y’all just tryin’ to get a black man.”  They couldn’t fight the evidence, so they had to discredit the witness.   

God told me to tell y’all, your evidence is solid.  “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.”  Your evidence is solid!  And so, what the enemy wants to do is discredit your witness.  Can I preach in this place?  He says, “For the accuser of the brethren is cast down, which accuses them before our God day and night.”  The evidence cannot be disputed!  Jesus was perfect.  He did die, he did shed his blood.  And since he can’t discredit Christ, the testimony, the blood, he discredits those who are on trial giving the testimony. Mm. 

This is what’s going on in Christendom today.  It’s not that Jesus ain’t real.  Those that are on trial for the church…  We are the ones that are being discredited.  They lookin’ at church folk and sayin’, “Your life is raggedy.  You talkin’ about Jesus, and look at you.”   

Oh, can I preach in this place?   

And, and, and, and so, he can’t touch the evidence, so he messes with the witness.  The witness, the witness.  His strategy is to thwart God’s purpose by discrediting our witness.  His strategy is threefold: first, he impugns the witness; secondly, he sabotages the witness; thirdly, he destroys the witness.   

Can I preach in here?   

But when we recognize the power that has been given to us through the trials of life that we’ve already been through — I’m gonna preach right here — the Bible says we have the power to overcome him.  Oh, y’all ain’t workin’ with me.  “By the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.”  

Our message title today is “The Power of Your Witness,” subtopic — look at your neighbor and say, “Don’t Let Them Take Your Testimony.”  Uh-huh.  Don’t let ‘em take your testimony.  Let me say that one more time: don’t let them take your testimony.  ‘Cause they workin’ you.  They workin’ you.   

Let’s, let’s, let’s break this down.  Let’s break this down.  Say this with me; say, “Fight a lie” — come on, say it with me, saints — “Fight a lie, or stand on the truth.”  Say, “Live a lie, or produce the truth.”  And finally, say, “Become a lie, or tell the truth.”   

Alright, let’s talk, let’s talk, let’s talk.  

The “fight a lie, or stand on the truth” is about impugning your witness.  Everybody say, “Impugn.”  Impugn means to dispute the truth, the validity, the honesty of a thing.  It is to question, dispute, or charge, or accuse.  When a person’s witness is impugned, the evidence that they introduce becomes discredited, not because something’s wrong with the evidence; something’s wrong with the witness. 

Our witness can be impugned by a lie.  Can I preach in here?   

David said that, “They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs on my head: they would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully.”  Now, “being my enemies wrongfully” means that they’re doing it through a lie.  Everybody say, “Lie.”  Come on, say it again: “A lie.”  A lie, a lie.  “Many times,” the New Living translation says, “they try to destroy me with lies,” “destroy me with lies.”  Satan’s strategy today to thwart God’s — that is, to impede, obstruct, or ruin, or stop — Christ’s purpose is through a lie.   

See, I need y’all to understand something: the Bible says, “And we know that all things work together for the good of them who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”  Push your neighbor and say, “Purpose.”  Say it again, “Purpose.” 

See, many of us have allowed lies to destroy our purpose.  We’ve allowed lies to destroy our purpose.  You had a purpose for being here, but you allowed a lie to make you quit or give up.  You had a purpose for your calling, but you allowed a lie to make you stop.  You had a purpose for being in that relationship, being in that marriage, but you allowed a lie to make you quit and give up.   

This is how the enemy impugns our witness.  He discredits, it’s not the truth.  He’s disputing the truth.  But look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, don’t fight a lie, stand on the truth.”   

See, let me be real clear.  I figured out somethin’.  When somebody’s lyin’ on you, the last thing you need to be doin’ is goin’ out there tryin’ to get it straight, ‘cause you’re fighting a lie, and you’re fighting a liar.  You can’t fight a lie.  You can’t fight a liar.  Oh, y’all still ain’t catchin’ this.  ‘Cause I think I’m walkin’ in some of y’all Kool-Aid right now, walkin’ in some of y’all kitchens right now, because you get livid when somebody lies on you, and you gonna try to go get it straight.  You don’t fight a lie.  Oh, y’all ain’t workin’ with me.  Somebody say, “Why?”   

Because a liar has no foundation.  If you confront a liar about a lie, what will the liar do?  Tell another lie!  Y’all still ain’t catchin’ this!  If you catch a liar in a lie, he will just shift his foundation into another lie.  It does you no good.  That’s why you can’t fight and argue a liar.  The Bible says, “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a liar from the beginning, and so are you.”  So when you try to fight a lie, you just dig yourself in deeper and deeper and deeper and deeper.   

And so I figured out something: when somebody lies on me, my strategy should not be to try to fight the lie; my strategy should be to stand — I’m preachin’ all by myself — on the word of truth.   

See, a liar has no foundation, no moral fiber, no truth.  You can’t tell me a liar is telling the truth.  You can’t act like, if a liar tell you, “Okay, this, I’m tellin’ the truth now,” he’s lyin’ right there.  Y’all ain’t workin’ with a brother right there.  You can’t believe them.  When they tell you they tellin’ the truth, they lyin’.  Hallelujah.  They have no truth, so when you confront them with their lie, they just go to another one.   

And so God says, “Let God be true, and let every man a liar.”  So your answer is, when the enemy tries to impugn you with a lie, is to just stand on the truth of God.  “Why would I ignore that lie, Pastor, and just stand on the truth?”   

Y’all ain’t workin’ with me.   

I’m gonna tell you why: because a lie has no foundation.  A lie has no foundation, and when something has no foundation, guess what?  As soon as the stress and the pressure and the storms hit a building with no foundation, the building is going to fall.  Y’all ain’t workin’ with me.  The Bible says he built a great house, but he built it on sand.  When the storms came, the, the, the house failed and great was the fall of it.  Some of y’all, if you just hold your peace… a storm is gonna blow that lie over.  Hallelujah!  But He said, “But if you build your house on a rock, what is the rock of the saints?  It is the word of God.”   

See, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know you wanna fight that lie.  But God told me to tell y’all, just give it some time, because everything that is not on the foundation passes away.  Even Heaven — I’m gonna preach right here — and Earth shall pass away, but my word shall stand; and as long as you are livin’ on God’s word, as long as you are standing on truth, I don’t know when, I don’t know where, I just know God’s word is gonna stand!  God’s word will be true!  ‘Cause even God said — oh, my God, preach right here, Pastor Wil — when God could not find anything else to swear by, he swore on Himself.  Why?  ‘Cause God is the word, and the word is gonna stand.   

And I am a firm believer — if I know I’m in the right, I ain’t gotta argue with you.  If I know I’m standing on truth, I’m not gonna argue with you.  I’m just gonna stand on God’s word.   

Push your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, don’t fight a lie.  Stand on the truth.”  If you got that, give God a praise.  

(Applause.)  

We’re killin’ each other tryin’ to fight this stuff.  Just stand on the truth.  Just stand on what you know, that you know, that you know. 

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