COMMANDMENT 8: YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR
1. Only cowards and lazy people lie
God the Father: I have loved the truth. I want you also to love the truth. The eighth commandment forbids you to lie. A lie is always evil because Satan is its father and you do not want to have him as a father. Thus, your behavior must contradict evil and be unambiguous. I have told you: let your “Yes” mean “Yes” and your “No” mean “No”. The truth also has a father. He, who tells the truth, has a Father behind him who is his defender. Always remain in the truth and do not be afraid. The truth is an eternal good. It always comes from God. So always tell the truth and do not be afraid to speak clearly and directly. All run-arounds and attempts to hide the truth lead to lies. If the revelation of the truth is not goodness, then silence remains for the Christian. Silence is also goodness, unless someone knowing the truth does not defend the innocent. Then hiding the truth would be evil.
My children, speaking the truth requires courage and valor. I educate you to be brave and upright people. Only cowards and lazy people lie, who do not have the courage and the strength to stand in the truth and to defend the truth. And if you will recognize a liar, prepare yourself for theft, because bold lies go hand in hand with theft. Renounce all falsehoods. Learn from Me. Be My children similar to Me like two drops of water. I never lie, although for your sake I do not always tell you everything, because you would not be able to bear so much. Lying is a deliberate concealment of truth and speaking contrary to what you actually think. Come tomorrow and I will finish My Message. I bless you, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
2. Complete prohibition of backbiting, judging, gossiping and empty talk
God the Father: The eighth commandment specifies what should be said and what should not be said. You should not say things that can harm your neighbor in any way. This applies not only to false oaths, but also to all aspersions, slanders, lies, and spreading of rumors. Even judging someone who might be innocent is already a sin. For the Judge is one and until the judgment is supported by some evidence, the injustice remains.
It is easy for you to judge people around you; it is much harder to admit your own faults. The eighth commandment orders man to always speak the truth and to remain silent when speaking could harm his neighbor. There are situations in which showing someone’s faults or bad deeds is necessary and needed, but if this is not to serve a specific and important matter, to make a life decision or help in upbringing, talking about the faults of others is only malice and arises from pride. Man by nature would like to be better than he is, and talking about the flaws of others gives him this substitute for feeling better. However, this temporary consolation at the expense of the neighbor is very harmful.
I told you the words, “Do not judge and you will not be judged”. Remember these words and repeat them to yourselves inwardly every time, when comes the temptation of judging others. Only God can know what the truth is, because only I truly know all the circumstances that make up an event, and I can pass judgment upon it. You? Your premises are so poor that you should not open your lips, judging your neighbors. Can you know how you would behave alone in similar circumstances and conditions? The love of the neighbor commands to leave the matters of judgment to God. Exposing the sins of others prevents them from improving, because social rejection closes for them the doors to many opportunities, with which God would desire to change them.
Empty talk is food for breaking the eighth commandment. Try to remember that every word that comes out of your mouth will be judged, whether it has done any good. Idle talk itself is already not agreeable in the eyes of God. You mindlessly repeat heard rumors; make judgments about people, and often about clergymen. Don’t you know that you should not speak evil particularly about them? In the meantime, it has become your favorite occupation; and when two pious persons meet, it is dreadful to think how much evil will come out of their mouths.
Children, observe My commandments, otherwise no one will convert while looking at you. Gossiping about the clergy is your greatest sin, because by doing so, you discourage others from faith. Do not exalt yourselves above the priests and do not condemn their faults. Your business is prayer and penance. Cunning tongues are the first to condemn others. This attitude deters people who are far from the Church from you and from conversion. One should only speak well about priests, and if you have nothing good to say, keep quiet. With what measure you measure, it will be measured to you. He, who truly fights for good, will do everything for the good of the Church. The slander of priests, and especially the bishops, is a blow to the heart of the Church. By speaking evil, you will not achieve good. You do not spread it and you do not increase its reach. The devil uses deceit, persuading you that participation in the sacraments and more frequent prayer entitles you to pass judgments on priests. Moreover, My grace shown to you gives you the right to judge people. Nothing could be more wrong. In this way, you only lose all the graces you have received. With your pride, you devour your own merits and turn the good offered to you into evil.
I will repeat to you once again: If you see evil and errors in others, beat your own chests apologizing to Me and asking for grace for those who err. If the one who errs does not realize it, he needs an admonishment. However, the admonishment is not a reproach or malicious remark, a demonstration of superiority and humiliation of one’s neighbor, but a showing of truth that is full of love. Meanwhile, speaking evil about others does not bring any good and cannot help them in any way. On the contrary. By gossiping, you add your own sins to theirs. You remind Me of soldiers who stop during the fight to torment the struck enemy, inflicting subsequent blows upon him, instead of going back to the fight to win a victory over the entire enemy army. This is bestiality that no longer serves the victory; it delays it, and if more soldiers were to do so, it would make victory impossible. Such soldiers are not worthy to be called soldiers. They are executioners similar to demons and, through their own lusts, act to the detriment of their own army. They should be counted among traitors because their fight brings more harm than good.
So not only the lie itself is a sin, but any hasty opening of the mouth that brings harm to the honor and the dignity of another man. Try to look at others through a prism of love. Then your actions bring good, and words make sense. The eighth commandment is a mirror for the soul, for it shows how much love there is in man. I bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Translated from: 10 Przykazań Bożych na podstawie Orędzi na Czasy Ostateczne, które własnie nadeszły, Grzechynia 2019, p. 141-147