- VIII. Titus 1:2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, (ο αψευδης θεος) promised before time began,
Again another verse that has nothing to do with immutability is offered by the classical theologians in support of the doctrine of immutability. This is a very bad translation “God who cannot lie.” The NIV is much better “God who does not lie.”
in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
Of course, God lies to his enemies to deceive them.
1 Kings 22:19-23
19 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left. 20 And the Lord said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner. 21 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ 22 The Lord said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the Lord said, ‘You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.’ 23 Therefore look! The Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, and the Lord has declared disaster against you.”
The Lord petitioned for this lie and approved it’s execution. This is a lie of God. The Greek reads as an adjective “unlying” god. As a general rule God does not lie. He sometimes lies to his enemies to deceive them. This was never an immutability verse.