Hypocrites In The Church
The devil can put many reasons into our mind to keep us out of church. One of the most common excuses I hear from people whom are believers but don't go to church is that the church is full of hypocrites. Though this makes no sense as to why it would keep a person from going to church, I hear it from 99% of Christians who choose to stay home on Sunday morning.
- Maybe they have seen the person screaming the loudest in church go home and drink beer the rest of the day.
- Maybe one of the church elders goes home and every other word out of his mouth is a curse word.
- Maybe you know someone who attends every Sunday and makes there living selling drugs.
There are probably even worse things going on that you may or may not know about.
I ask those of you that stay out of church for these reasons, what does this have to do with your relationship with god?
The answer of course is nothing, this is just another one of the devils tricks to keep us from growing as Christians.
Many people look at those whom they see sinning and think that these people are Christians, they are not supposed to sin. They go to church every Sunday, they are nothing but hypocrites.
What is a hypocrite
A hypocrite is someone who feigns virtue, or pretends to be good or religious; someone who deliberately and habitually professes to be good, knowing he or she is not. A hypocrite is like an actor, a person playing a part.
This is where we seem to get confused, each of us from the pastor, to the elders, to the visitors all sin each and every day. Christians do not pretend to be perfect, as a hypocrite would do. Each of us fall short of the kingdom of God, and by confessing our sins through Christ Jesus we are forgiven.
If these people were not sinners they would have no need to go to church in the first place. .
Why should we attend and be active in church
"Man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord." - Deuteronomy 8:3 Regularly attending church allows us to hear the word of God so that we may feed ourselves and grow as Christians.
Does the sermon from your pastor not seem to be directed toward you every time you attend? If not than you need to listen! Your minister's sermon was put into his heart by the holy spirit so that it may touch each and every person who listens.
Attending church regularly allows us to surround ourselves with other believers which will help us to not fall into the many temptations the world has to offer. Though we are called to love everyone just as god does, We are warned not to associate with non believers.