The Ladder of Divine Ascent – Step 12, The First Three Paragraphs

Step 12 On lying.

1. The offspring of flint and steel is fire; and the offspring of chatter and joking is lying.

2. A lie is the destruction of love, and perjury is a denial of God.

3. Let no one with right principles suppose that the sin of lying is a small matter, for the All-Holy Spirit pronounced the most awful sentence of all against it above all sins. If Thou wilt destroy all who tell lies, as David says to God, what will they suffer who stitch an oath on to a lie?