1 John Identifies 6 Types of Liars, Some Who Claim They're Believers

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.
Check out the short Bible study on this devotion at Bite Size Bible Study.


  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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