1 John Identifies 6 Types of Liars

6 Types of Liars Identified in 1 John - 5 Who Claim to Be Believers
First John identifies six types of liars.

1. People claiming to have fellowship with Jesus but walking in darkness (1:6).
Ephesians 5:6-16 explains the contrast between worldly darkness and Christian light.

2. People who claim they haven’t sinned because they've redefined sin according to culture’s standards, calling God a liar (1:10).

3. People who claim to know Jesus but don’t obey Him (2:4). Jesus says love = obedience (John 14:21; 15:10).  

4. People who claim to walk in light while hating their brothers (2:9; 4:20).* If we can’t love Christians from different backgrounds, denominations, races, and cultures, we don't know Christ.

5. People who say they love God but really love the world (2:15).
There’s only room for one master in our lives (Matthew 6:24). 

6. People who deny Jesus is the Christ, i.e. the Messiah, God Incarnate (2:22).  The biggest lie of all! 

May we stand firm against these lies.
* While the Greek word for brothers in this passage could be used in the broader sense, most commentators understand it to mean fellow believers.
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6 Types of Liars Identified in 1 John - 5 Who Claim to Be Believers


  1. I am going to copy your list and present it to the ladies in my bible study...I think it will help them recognizes how different a lie can sounds.

  2. Wow! Deep down I think most of us know,to some extent anyway,that what you just said is true, Gail. But to actually READ the words,to have it glaring back at us in black & white,well it sure makes ME realize how far I need to go in my walk with God! Thank you for this writing!✝✝✝

  3. Reading the scripture about darkness and light made me cry. Thanks for sharing this. It's one of those things that brings you back to yourself.


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