THE NINTH COMMANDMENT You Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbour


ninth commandment do not lie 1God is Truth. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. God’s Word is Truth. “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.” John 8:32


St. Augustine had a sign on his desk that declared: “Whosoever enters this office to bring an accusation against his brother will be ushered out of this room.” Augustine took the Ninth Commandment seriously. He declared “The tongue inflicts greater wounds than the sword.”


The Greatest Injury

The great Reformer, John Calvin declared: “No greater injury can be inflicted upon men than to ruin their reputation.”

Puritan pastor Thomas Watson taught: “The wounds of the tongue no physician can heal.”

As Mark Twain observed: “A lie can travel halfway across the world while the truth is still getting its boots on!” That was before the advent of e-mail. Now a lie can go several times around the world before truth gets its boots on!

As Thomas Brooks taught: “Of all the members in the body, there is none so serviceable to satan as the tongue.”

John Calvin wrote: “There is nothing more slippery or loose than the tongue.”

The prophet Jeremiah spoke of those who “…attack… with the tongue…” Jeremiah 18:18

“The tongue is also a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:6


Gossip and Slander

All of us, at one time or another, have been guilty of gossip. Yet, it is sin. God takes gossip seriously. The Bible declares: “Whoever spreads slander is a fool…” Proverbs 10:18. We are commanded: “Brothers, do not slander one another…” James 4:11

Pastors are to “remind the people… to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate and to show true humility towards all men.” Titus 3:1-2

To spread stories that put someone else in a bad light is the very opposite of being “peaceable and considerate.” It is also the opposite of humility.


Pride and Malice

Pride is often the engine which drives the gossip industry. It is a desire to portray people better than us in a bad light, to lift ourselves up by pulling others down. “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind.” 1 Peter 2:1. Slander is inextricably linked with malice, deceit, hypocrisy and envy.

The Bible warns us of those who “And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.” 1 Timothy 5:13

The Law of God is clear: “Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbour’s life. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:16

Slander can endanger people’s lives. “Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is a man who gives false testimony against his neighbour.” Proverbs 25:18


Character Assassins

Some years ago we witnessed an extraordinary campaign of hate and slander launched by disgruntled ex-members against one of the most outstanding missions in Africa. Salvos of letters, articles, e-mails and phone calls were launched against KwaSizabantu Mission. Websites dedicated to slandering this magnificent mission were set up. All manner of vindictive abuse was unleashed against this fine Christian community. I was astounded at the persistence, obsession and unconstructive malice of the antagonists. “Mission of Hate”; “Mission of Fear”; “I Escaped from the Mission from Hell!” screamed the newspaper and magazine headlines.

I have also discovered that many other ministries overseas have been victims of similar pathological antagonists.

As Dr. James Kennedy in his book, Delighting God, wrote: “If you rise just a little bit above the common herd, if you achieve just a modicum more success than your neighbour, most surely those barbs of criticism are going to be shot your way. To avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing… there is no defence against reproach – except obscurity.”


A Healthy Attitude

Delighting God quotes one wise old man: “If I tried to read, much less answer, all the criticisms made of me and all the attacks levelled against me, this office would have to be closed to all other business. I do the best I know how, the very best I can and I mean to keep on doing this, down to the very end. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I had been right would make no difference. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me now will not amount to anything.”


Spurgeon’s Counsel

The greatest Baptist preacher of all time, the prince of preachers, C.H. Spurgeon warned: “Believe not half you hear; repeat not half you believe. When you hear an evil report, halve it, then quarter it and say nothing about the rest of it.”

Charles Spurgeon wrote: “The more prominent you are in Christ’s service, the more certain are you to be the butt of calumny. I have long ago said farewell to my character. I lost it in the early days of my ministry by being a little more zealous than suited a slumbering age. I have never been able to regain it except in the sight of Him who judges all the earth and in the hearts of those who love me for my works’ sake.”


Malice Against Missionaries

When researching The Greatest Century of Missions I was astounded at how each of the great missionaries of the past had been targeted by contemporaries for the most vindictive slander and abuse. William Carey, Samuel Marsden, Hudson Taylor, David Livingstone and so many others endured the most cruel and malicious attacks by people who claimed to be Christians.

George Whitefield, one of the greatest Evangelists of all time and a key figure in the Great Evangelical Awakening, was actually kicked out of the Church of England that he had served so faithfully. However, today, the Church of England in South Africa has named its college after George Whitefield.


Reviling the Reformers

When researching for The Greatest Century of Reformation book I was shocked again by the hostility, not only by contemporaries, but even to this very day, against many of the greatest Christian Reformers whom God used to bring about the most powerful Spiritual Revival in history. I included some of these details not only in those books, but in the chapter: When All Men Speak Well of You in our Character Assassins book.

One historian noted concerning John Calvin: “No good man has ever had a worse press; no Christian Theologian is so often scorned; so regularly attacked.”


Targeting Theologians

Even America’s greatest Theologian, Jonathan Edwards, the man most closely associated with the Great Evangelical Awakening, was actually dismissed by his own church as a result of slander, which was later admitted to be false by the one who bore false witness against him. In his farewell message, Edwards advised: “…avoid contention. A contentious people will be a miserable people… heat of spirit, evil speaking and things of the like… directly contrary to the spirit of Christianity… watch against a contentious spirit…”

The Scriptures implore us: “Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him, speaks against the Law and judges it.” James 4:11


Slandering Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon, was the target of vicious and slanderous attacks by the Baptist Union of his day. Now his books are textbooks of Baptist colleges and his statue stands outside the Baptist Union headquarters.


Warnings from the Word

The Bible warns us that: “Envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:30. “Pride only breeds quarrels.” Proverbs 13:10. The Apostle Paul warned about the “…conceited… he has an unhealthy interest in controversies and arguments that result in envy, quarrelling, malicious talk, evil suspicions…” 1 Timothy 6:4

The Word of God warns us of “the terrible… scornful… all who watch for iniquity are cut off - Who make a man an offender by a word and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate and turn aside the just by empty words..” Isaiah 29:20-21

In the last Book of the Bible we are given a list of 8 categories of people who will be excluded from Heaven: “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

Speaking of Heaven we are told: “But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” Revelation 21:27

Just in case we had not quite received the message that liars will be condemned to hell, the very last verses of the Bible declares: “Outside are the homosexual dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters and whoever loves and practices a lie.” Revelation 22:15


The Sin of Listening to Slander

Puritan preacher Thomas Watson taught: “As it is a sin against this Commandment to raise a false report of another, so it is to receive a false report before you have examined it…he that raises a slander, carries the devil in his tongue; and he that receives it, carries the devil in his ear.”


The Sin of Silence

Watson pointed out that a man may wrong another as much by silence as by slander when you know someone to be wrongly accused, yet do not speak on his behalf.


Duties Required

Under the Duties Required in the Ninth Commandment the Westminster Larger Catechism lists:

The duty of preserving and promoting truth and the good name of our neighbour (“These are the things that you should do: speak each man the truth to his neighbour; give judgement in your gates for truth, justice and peace.” Zechariah 8:16

“Demetrius has a good testimony from all and from the Truth itself. And we also bear witness and you know that our testimony is true.” 3 John 12)

The duty to stand for the truth and to do so from the heart (“Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9

“He who walks uprightly and walks in righteousness and speaks the truth in his heart.” Psalm 15:2)

The duty to speak the truth and only the truth in matters of judgement and justice (“You shall do no injustice in judgement. You shall not be partial to the poor nor honour the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbour.” Leviticus 19:15

“A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness will utter lies… a true witness delivers souls but a deceitful witness speaks lies.” Proverbs 14:5; 25)

The duty to speak the truth at all times (“Therefore, putting away lying, let each one of you speak truth with his neighbour, for we are members of one another.” Ephesians 4:25)

The duty of rejoicing in the gifts and graces of others (“For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the Truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 3-4)

The duty to receive a good report of others (“Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the Truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:6-7)

The duty to discourage all tale bearers, flatterers and slanderers (“The north wind brings forth rain and backbiting an angry countenance.” Proverbs 25:23

“He who hates, disguises it with his lips and lays up deceit within himself; when he speaks kindly, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart.” Proverbs 26:24-25

“Whoever secretly slanders his neighbour, him I will destroy; the one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, him I will not endure.” Psalm 101:5)

The duty to keep lawful promises (“He who swears to his own hurt and does not change.” Psalm 15:4)

The duty to study and practise everything true, noble, lovely and of good report (“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8)


Sins Forbidden

Under the Sins Forbidden in the Ninth Commandment the Westminster Larger Catechism includes:

The sin of partiality in judging, especially in courts of law (“You shall do no injustice in judgement. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbour.” Leviticus 19:15)

The sin of giving false evidence (“A false witness will not go unpunished and he who speaks lies will not escape.” Proverbs 19:5

“There are six things the Lord hates, yes seven are an abomination to Him… a false witness who speaks lies and one who sows discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16-19)

The sin of passing an unjust sentence, calling evil good and good evil (“He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the just, both of them are alike an abomination to the Lord.” Proverbs 17:15

“Who justify the wicked for a bribe and take away justice from the righteous man.” Isaiah 5:23)

The sin of lying (“In transgressing and lying against the Lord and departing from our God …concealing and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.” Isaiah 59:13 “The proud have forged a lie against me, but I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart.” Psalm 119:6-9

“You shall not steal, not deal falsely, nor lie to one another.” Leviticus 19:11

“Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds.” Colossians 3:9).

The sin of concealing the truth (“If a person sins in hearing the utterance of an oath and is a witness, whether he has seen or known of the matter – if he does not tell it, he bears guilt.” Leviticus 5:1

“But Peter said, Ananias, why has satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit…?” Acts 5:3)

The sin of speaking the truth unseasonably (“A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.” Proverbs 29:11)

The sin of perverting the truth to a wrong meaning (“All day they twist My Words; all their thoughts are against Me for evil.” Psalm 56:5).

The sin of slandering and backbiting (“You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son.” Psalm 50:20

“He who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbour, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend.” Psalm 15:3).

The sin of tale-bearing (“You shall not go about as a tale- bearer among your people.” Leviticus 19:16).

The sin of misconstruing intentions (Nehemiah 6:6-8; 1 Samuel 1:13-15).

The sin of flattery (“They speak idly every one with his neighbour; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks proud things.” Psalm 12:2-3 “…flattering people to gain advantage.” Jude 16)

The sin of thinking too highly, or too meanly, of ourselves or others (“Associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.” Romans 12:16; Luke 18:9-11; Exodus 4:10-14).

The sin of exaggerating minor faults (“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.’” Matthew 7:3-5).

The sin of hiding, or excusing, sins when called to a free confession (“He who covers his sins, will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

“The serpent deceived me and I ate…” Genesis 3:12-13 “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?…” Genesis 4:9).

The sin of raising false rumours (“You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.” Exodus 23:1).

The sin of groundless suspicion (“Love… thinks no evil.” 1 Corinthians 13:5

“…disputes and arguments over words, from which come evil suspicions…” 1 Timothy 6:4).

The sin of envying anyone’s deserved credit (Numbers 11:29; Matthew 26:15-16).

The sin of scornful contempt and mocking (“But in My adversity they rejoiced and gathered together; attackers gathered against Me and I did not know it; they tore at Me and did not cease… aha, aha! Our eyes have seen it.” Psalm 35:15,21)


Protecting our Neighbour’s Good Name

Matthew Henry’s Commentary states: “The Ninth Commandment concerns our own and our neighbour’s good name. This Commandment forbids, (1) Speaking falsely on any matter, lying, equivocating and in any way devising and designing to deceive our neighbour, (2) Speaking unjustly to our neighbour, (3) Bearing false witness against him… slandering, backbiting, tale-bearing, aggravating what is done amiss and making it worse than it is and in any way endeavouring to raise our own reputation upon the ruin of our neighbour’s.”


Do Not Tolerate False Witness

“You shall not bear false witness” means that we may not look upon, consider, pay heed to, or listen to, false witness. It can also mean to give or to communicate. This commandment not only prohibits the hearing of false testimony, but it prohibits having anything to do with false testimony. It may be paraphrased this way: You shall not invent, or give your attention to, or think about, or pass on, false witness. We must never be either a giver, or a receiver, of false witness.


Imagining and Exaggerating Faults

The Ninth Commandment forbids us to carry false witness either in our head, or in our heart, or on our lips. It is a breach of this Commandment to fuel our mind with exaggerated, or imagined ideas about another person’s faults. This includes Hollywood films, school and history text books or museum displays that demonise people or nations with distortions, exaggerations, myths, lies, propaganda and stereotypes without regard for historic content.

A false witness is any dishonest version of events, or any untrue statement about historic personalities and events. It might be gossip or slander against someone or some nation, or it may be untrue information about oneself, given to impress others. This would include dishonest or distorted excuses concocted to get ourselves out of trouble, or to avoid disgrace. It includes fictionalised films which claim to be based on true events or inspired by an event in history, for example: “This is a true story....” while the events have been distorted to demonise the victims and glorify the villains.


The Sin of Flattery

Unrealistic flattery is also a lie and harmful because it gives the other person a false view of him/herself, possibly inducing pride. Many parents have ruined their children with unfounded and excessive flattery.


A Matter of Trust

Lies grieve the Holy Spirit of truth. Lies also betray trust. The person to whom a lie is spoken is betrayed, for that person who has trusted in, or respected, the individual as a reliable person has been betrayed. Dishonest statements are also a hostile act. Each lie represents a shattering blow to the character. Lies begin to bludgeon the conscience into insensitivity, damaging and ultimately destroying, personal integrity.


Motives Behind False Witness

Every lie involves multiple sins and gives birth to other sins. There is normally a sinful motive for the lie. Pride and arrogance are behind boastful lies. Pride and cowardice lie behind dishonest excuses. Hatred, malice or jealousy lie behind vindictive gossip and character assassination. A liar who tries to give the appearance of being a Christian walking with the Lord is also guilty of hypocrisy.

Some people lie and exaggerate to show off and to attract attention to themselves. Others lie to win arguments or to obtain favours. Some people slander others in order to boost themselves by comparison. One of the more common lies that you may be guilty of includes inventive excuse making. Governments are often guilty of this in their war propaganda. When we have done something very foolish, or fail to do something important, we may be tempted to “bend the truth.” At this point we become a dishonest actor, a hypocrite. The problem is, like many other actors, we may tend to believe in the part that we are playing. We may even feel wronged at having been challenged, even while knowing within ourselves that the excuse is false. We generally feel wholly justified in defending ourselves. This desire to justify ourselves through dishonest excuses includes pride and possibly cowardice.


Spiritual Deception

Another, very common and serious, way in which Christians frequently lie is by exaggerating or even inventing spiritual guidance, Divine blessings and pretending a deeper walk with the Lord than is real. This also includes taking the Lord’s Name in vain. Frequently Christians will speak about: “The Lord told me…” and “the Lord told me to tell you…” or “I am still praying about it…” Much of what passes for testimonies, praise, worship and intercession in numerous fellowships are actually a breach of the Third and Ninth Commandments.


Ananias and Sapphira

A radical example of this in the early church is the case of Ananias and Sapphira. “A certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it and brought a certain part and laid it at the Apostles’ feet. But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.’ Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. A great fear came upon all those who heard these things.” Acts 5:1-5


Twisting Scripture

Some people have tried to twist this passage of Scripture to justify socialism, communism and even the brutal ANC necklace murders burning people alive! However, this passage is not teaching Biblical economics, but warning of the consequences of lying to God. As the Apostle Peter said: the land belonged to them. After they sold it the money was theirs. The issue was not the property, or the funds from the sale. The issue was the pride, deception and dishonesty of Ananias and Sapphira who were claiming to have done more than they actually had. For the praise of men, they publicly claimed that they were giving to the Lord all the proceeds from their property sale. This passage reiterates the principle of private ownership of property. It is warning of the need for integrity and honesty.


Marxist Misuse of Scripture

Also, in response to those liberation theologians who justified the brutal ANC and UDF necklace murders by appealing to this passage: they need to have pointed out to them that none of the Lord’s disciples took the law into their own hands. God struck Ananias and Sapphira dead. The Apostles did not take the law into their own hands. So, those Marxists in religious disguise who try to abuse the Scriptures in this way are also breaking the Ninth Commandment, for they are guilty of deception and twisting of the Word of God to justify their greed and malice. There is a world of difference between voluntary Christian generosity and compulsory communist confiscation.


Destroying Reputations

Slander is the most malicious way in which the Ninth Commandment is violated. Maliciously to accuse someone is most destructive. Intentionally to set out to tell falsehoods about someone is to destroy their reputation in the community, in the office or in the church. By elaborating on something we do not like about the person, or people group, or by embellishing a flaw in the person’s character, friends and associates can be turned against the individual or nation targeted with ease.


A Product of Envy

Slander is often the product of envy. Lord Byron once observed: “If you aspire to climb to the height of the mountain, you will look down upon the hatred of those beneath you.” Many slander others because of envy of their popularity, success or capabilities. “A lying tongue hates those it crushes and a flattering mouth works ruin.” Proverbs 26:28


Can You See the Other Side?

Whenever Czar Peter the Great of Russia heard someone denigrating another person, he would respond: “Ah, yes, but is there nothing good about him?”


Inviting Slander

The Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, Bill Bright, observed: “People do not dump garbage on green lawns.” Garbage tends to be dumped on vacant lots filled with rocks and rubbish, sand and weeds. The question is: Do you invite others to dump their gossip on yourself?

The Bible warns us against having an ear eager to hear slander. Proverbs tells us: “Do not associate with a gossip.” Proverbs 20:19. “An evil-doer listens to wicked lips, a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.” Proverbs 17:4


Spreading Strife

“A worthless person, a wicked man, is the one who walks with a false mouth, who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, who points with his fingers; who with perversity in his heart devises evil continually, who spreads strife. Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing.” Proverbs 6:12-15

“He who goes about as a tale bearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy conceals the matter.” Proverbs 11:13


Can You Be Trusted?

The question is: Can you be trusted to maintain confidentiality and to keep a secret? “By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.” Proverbs 11:11

One good rule of thumb is never to say anything about someone that you have not already said to that person himself. If we cannot prove that something has happened, then we have no right to an opinion about the matter and we certainly should not bear false witness about it. Never underestimate the degree to which sinful men will try to make themselves feel important by destroying the reputation of others. “A worthless man digs up evil, while his words are as a scorching fire. A perverse man spreads strife and a slanderer separates intimate friends.” Proverbs 16:27-28

“A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice and the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.” Proverbs 19:28

“Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows and death, is the man who deceives his neighbour and says, I was only joking!” Proverbs 26:18-19

“Do not be a witness against your neighbour without cause and do not deceive with your lips. Do not say, thus I shall do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.” Proverbs 24:28-29

“There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords and his jaw teeth like knives, to devour the afflicted from the earth and the needy from among men.” Proverbs 30:14

“A false witness will not go unpunished and he who speaks lies shall perish.” Proverbs 19:9

“The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens wide his lips, comes to ruin.” Proverbs 13:3

“The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, but the perverted tongue will be cut out.” Proverbs 10:31


The Unrepentant are Unregenerate

Those who gossip and slander others and do not repent, reveal that they have a wicked and unregenerate heart. Those whose hearts are actually unregenerate and wicked will not repent when they sin. People who repeatedly, wilfully slander and gossip and do not repent are evidencing rotten fruit which must come from a rotten heart. “A fool’s mouth is his ruin and his lips are the snare of his soul.” Proverbs 18:7


Restoration or Destruction?

One of the ways in which we can distinguish between a fool and a wise man is in their speech. A godly man will attempt to win his brother and restore him by confronting him with his sin. The ungodly man instead will attempt to destroy his victim by speaking to others in a destructive way. “Wise men store up knowledge, but with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.” Proverbs 10:14


Does This Help or Hurt?

One of the questions we should ask to discern the difference between the godly desire to help and the ungodly desire to hurt is: Does the negative information being shared help or hurt the accused? “From the fruit of a man’s mouth he enjoys good, but the desire of the treacherous is violence.” Proverbs 13:2


Have You Spoken to Him Personally?

When people come to you with some tale-bearing you should ask them: Have you spoken to the individual concerned personally? If not, then I should not hear it. This has nothing to do with me. I recommend that you speak to this person directly. “The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright will deliver them.” Proverbs 12:6


Break the Chain

If we refuse to hear or share gossip, then the destructive downward spiral will be broken. “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life…” Proverbs 10:11. Reject the disinformation of Hollywood and the liberal mainstream media. Refuse to be brainwashed and indoctrinated. Support trustworthy alternative media sources and home education.


Put on the Belt of Truth

In the great passage on spiritual warfare, in Ephesians 6:10-18, the first item of the full armour of God is the belt of truth. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil... Therefore take up the whole armour of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth....” Ephesians 6:10-14


Dr. Peter Hammond
Livingstone Fellowship
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Cape Town South Africa
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