Proverbs tells us: “What a joy it is to find just the right word for the right occasion” (15:23). So it is with the word imposturous, which ideally captures the essence of the deceit which characterizes what currently masquerades as social ethics.

If an impostor is someone who pretends to be someone else to deceive or to defraud others, then imposturous refers to that deceiver’s intentions, promises, and actions.  The Great Deceiver is Satan (Rev 13:14), the father of lies (John 8:44).   A lie is a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive.  Liars are impostors, and Satan is the arch-impostor.

No one reasonably chooses to do those actions which will deceive, defraud, or destroy himself.   Rather, seduced by the siren-song of imposturous ethics, the naïve person places faith in mendacious promises.  Here is the very kernel of sin itself, for sin, at its center, is imposturous.

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