The church is full of hypocrites

November 19th, 2010

One of the sayings I have heard a number of times over the years in the church is full of hypocrites. It usually comes from people who are not interested in church or have been hurt by a church at some time.

Dictionary.com says that a hypocrite is “a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess.” My Bible software says it is “an open display of religion without genuine commitment”. Ouch!

It is interesting when you look at some of the ways the Bible describes this type of behaviour. Here are a few examples…

1. Displaying religion with no love for God (Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 6:2-6)

2. Claiming love for God while mistreating others (Matthew 12:38-40, 1 John 4:20)

3. Not practicing what they preach (Matthew 23:3, Romans 2:17-24)

4. Sticking only to the letter of the law (Matthew 23:16-23, Luke 13:15-16)

5. Criticizing another for one’s own sins (Matthew 7:3-5, 6-13)

6. Being outwardly beautiful and inwardly rotten (Matthew 23:27-28)

7. Having only an outward form of godliness (2 Corinthians 11:13-15, 2 Timothy 3:5)

8. Lying to make oneself look good (Acts 5:1-10)

What I find interesting from the above verses is that many of them come from the read letter sections of the Bible. In other words the words that Jesus spoke! Having a genuine faith and a real love and commitment to God was very important to Jesus.

Let’s all purpose in our hearts today not to be hypocrites. Let’s really live the Christian life in a way that honours God and shows the people around us we are serious about the faith we profess.

God Bless,

Dave

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