Jesus Called Them Hypocrites!

Hypocricy is an act of cutting down the church.
Hypocricy is an act of cutting down the church.

The Church is Full of Hypocrites?

We see in many, many passages of the Bible where Jesus Himself rebukes those He calls “HYPOCRITES!”

People, whether IN the church or OUTSIDE of the church, claim the church is FILLED with HYPOCRITES! Where they err is that they are of the belief system that Christians don’t sin. Many cults today are focused on salvation by works to an extreme! Not only are there HYPOCRITES in the Christian church, it is indeed a HUGE practice of those who make these accusations against God's children! 1 John 1:10 states, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us." Even the Apostle Paul struggled with sin in his flesh (carnality) as shown in Romans 7:15-8:2. 1 John 1:9 states to Christians, that "If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." So, Christians DO sin ~ because we are flesh! There’s got to be more to the truth, then? Yes. Read on.

If we were to accept this mistaken belief system Abraham, David, Peter, Thomas and Paul were ALL HYPOCRITES! Abraham, of whose generations are promised the Kingdom of God, lied about the identity of his wife in Genesis 12:10-20 and chapter 20:1-18! David, the very lineage of Christ, caused the husband's death of the woman he committed adultery with! Peter was rebuked by Jesus as though he were Satan and denied Christ three times the night of His arrest; Thomas doubted Jesus; and the Apostle Paul killed Christians before he got saved, and was even present when Jesus’ disciple Stephen was stoned to death!

Definition of Hypocrite

So, the belief system shown above CAN’T BE RIGHT. In order to understand what a HYPOCRITE is, let’s first look at the definitions used in the Bible. The Old Testament word for “hypocrite” is #2611 chaneph (khaw-nafe’); from 2610 (to soil, espec. in a moral sense); soiled (i.e. with sin), impious:-hypocrite (-cal).

The New Testament word for “hypocrite” is 5273 hupokrites (hoop-ok-ree-tace’); from 5271 (to decide [speak or act] under a false part, i.e. (fig.) dissemble [pretend]:-feign); an actor under an assumed character (stage-player), i.e. (fig.) a dissembler.

Biblical Examples of Hypocrites

Now that we’ve looked at the literal definition of the word, now let’s look at scriptural EXAMPLES of “HYPOCRITES”, starting with the Old Testament. Job spoke to a group of Jewish physicians that accused him (Job 13:4), using the Word of God! They were referred to as “HYPOCRITES (godless)” in verse 13. Furthermore, the entire book of Job is a record of the scriptural refuting between these HYPOCRITES and Job, a true man of God. Proverbs 11:9 states, “With his mouth, the HYPOCRITE destroys his neighbor, but with knowledge the righteous shall be delivered” (as was the case with Job).

Who did Jesus Himself call “HYPOCRITES” in the New Testament? First, we see that hypocrite can be one who pretends or is an actor. 2 Timothy 3:5 states "they have the form of godliness, but deny the power thereof." Look at Matthew 6:5: "And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full."

Indeed, HYPOCRITES are those who attempt to destroy others, even using the Word of God! (Matthew 7:5; Luke 6:42). Likewise, HYPOCRITES criticize others in order to exalt themselves. Do you see that the word HYPOCRITICAL contains HYPO and CRITICAL? Hypo is used in words such as hypoglycemic, hypodermic needle, hypothyroidism (meaning UNDER). So to be hypocritical means to cut someone down!

DO as I SAY, NOT as I DO!
DO as I SAY, NOT as I DO!

Conclusion of Truth

NOW THAT WE KNOW WHAT A HYPOCRITE DOES, we are exhorted not to call a brother in Christ such, because his/her body of sin wrestles against the Spirit. This is the truth: those in Christ are "blameless/sinless" in the eyes of God, but while sin is still evident in our flesh, we are convicted of our sin and must repent of it, and thus have the forgiveness already given us through the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Those who accuse believers of not truly being saved because they went over the speed limit, or whatever the case, are practicing HYPOCRICY! Don't try to dissemble the saved in Christ. And furthermore, don't doubt your salvation if you haven't been able to master sin in your flesh. The Lord will empower us to overcome and to "die daily" to the flesh. Remember this: the love of Christ EDIFIES. AMEN. 

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thefount profile image

thefount 7 years ago from North Central Louisiana

Yes, and love covers a multitude of sins. Amen!


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hey, brother! Thank you for being the first comment on this hub ~~ this is such a burdensome problem in the church and outside of the church today ~~ we are to build up and edify our brethren and follow the order of grievances written in the Word (go to a brother or pastor yourself; take a second with you; then bring it before the authorities of the church) ~~ but, most importantly, bring it before the Lord!! Amen :-)


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thefount 7 years ago from North Central Louisiana

Yes, that's right!

Our unredeemed flesh drives us towards being judgmental, holier than thou, religious, legalistic, antagonistic, unsympathetic, insensitive, accusers of the brethren, and the list goes on and on.

And the only way that DRIVE of the flesh can be tamed is by one's full surrender to the only True And Living God At His Throne Of Mercy & Grace.

When we recognize His love is eternal & unconditional and that man's limited concept of love has balls and chains attached to it, hopefully we will grow to be more like Him - because that's where are true blessings are, not in pointing crooked fingers at others.

One who has not grown to accept these truths and fully surrendered to God this way tends to ignore the order of grievances you just mentioned.


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

We must always remember that when we point a finger, three are pointed back at us. We must all be looking inwardly to our heart and make sure our little light still shines :-)


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allpurposeguru 7 years ago from North Carolina

I had a friend with a ready answer for the charge that the church is full of hypocrites (although I don't know if she ever had the nerve to use it): "There's always room for one more! Come to church with me."


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

allpurposeguru, that's a good answer, as we are admonished about hypocrisy when we hear the Word of God! This keeps us humble and thankful for our brethren in Christ who help us stay strong in the faith. I certainly appreciate the love, encouragement and support of others who share in our trials and victories! Amen :-)


peacenhim 7 years ago

Great Word!! Why do believers wrestle with one another as we all have our own demons to war against in the flesh. We need to stand together in Him, in the Power of His Holy Spirit and His Word and be witnessing to those who are lost. What kind of an example and standard of Christianity can we set if we are constantly condemning the church. Let God be the judge and let our Eyes focus on our Judge and Savior Jesus Christ!! Who is the Author and Finisher of our Faith!! Amen! Great Word!!


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

I think it's because of "religionanity" instead of "Christ-ianity". Like we discussed in your hub about the Holy Spirit, many "believers" haven't gotten to the point of submitting to the baptism of the Holy Spirit, for only then can they see with His eyes, hear with His ears and have His heart birthed in them, a heart of compassion and love, a heart that builds up and edifies. Religionanity frustrates the Spirit of God in the true children of God, and all we can do is pray for them, live for Him and shine His light by His grace.


SirDent 7 years ago

Good study on the word HYPOCRITE. We all wrestle with the flesh on a daily basis. Even Jesus Himself was tempted in all points as we are.

I agree with peacenhim in that we should stick together. (Psa 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!)

Glory to God forevermore \o/


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Amen, SirDent! Satan divides and sides, gangs up, and cliques. He seeks to find fault, cause dissention, is critical, in everyone's business ~ he takes our eyes off ourselves and focuses on others. We all need to look UP and IN and open our arms to hug all those around us. Love covers a multitude of sins, and we are all sinners. In spite of our sinfulness, Christ sees us as blameless before Him:

I love Romans 8:15-16: "For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me." Here, we see flesh and spirit separated before God! Our flesh will die; our spirit will live because we are in Him.

If we understand the grace whereby we walk in Christ, that He accepts us and loves us just as we are, gradually growing us from glory to glory unto His likeness, we need to show this same grace to others, for this is the love of Christ in us.


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no body 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

I think that the idea many people are talking about - is that "the person" preaching is the one doing the very thing that he's telling me not to do. Perhaps a hint of pride. My thought is truth is truth. It is not my business to know the preacher's sin life, what he and God are battling in him. That is God's business. My concern should be:is the preacher affected by his sin to the detriment of his teaching? Is he filled with the Spirit and controlled by God? If the man speaks truth, if he is filled with the Spirit of God, if he can minister with power, then anything else should not concern me. In point of fact, if I dig in the pastor's life, I will find things that disturb me because he is a work in progress. If the man or woman that is concerned with hypocrites sees them everywhere then it is his problem and excuse for his non-commitment to God.


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

That's right, no body. All are sinful and we will be until we are given incorruptible bodies. We must humble ourselves to this fact and in spite of our "walk of shame", allow the greatness of God to be made manifest through us. For this reason, people will not feel like they need to get cleaned up to take a bath in Jesus! They will know that it is not by our righteousness we are sanctified, but by His righteousness ~ unmerited favor ~ GRACE. Amen!! In our weakness, HE is GLORIFIED! It is a MIRACLE that a holy God would use the weak things of this world to confound the wise and strong of this world (at least in their own perception) ~ they're a "legend in their own minds". God is God and there is no other; we are His children and we will do our best to let Him use us for His glory until He comes again! Love you, brother!


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godpreacher 7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

just finished reading. wow. what truth that is revealed. and all of the comments were right on point. loved it,


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi godpreacher! I'm blessed to know many readers are encouraged in their faith regarding this subject ~ that this teaching would bring clarification as to what hypocricy really is. What it's NOT is a Christian struggling with sin and humble about it; what it IS is a false Christian who goes through the motions in public, but is insincere in heart, deceiving themselves and others into thinking they are better than others, and others are less than they are...it's all about self and pride. Humility vs. Pride ~ that is the difference. Amen.


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flowerpick 7 years ago from PHILIPPINES

Give up all varieties of religion and just surrender unto God.


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi flowerpick! Good word. I have a hub called "Religion versus Salvation" that tells us what it is to be saved. "Religions" are works-based and full of hypocricy ~ just as the Pharisees practiced. Amen.


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drpastorcarlotta 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

So well said, I had to repost it AGAIN!!!!!! Hypocricy What it's NOT is a Christian struggling with sin and humble about it; what it IS is a false Christian who goes through the motions in public, but is insincere in heart, deceiving themselves and others into thinking they are better than others, and others are less than they are...it's all about self and pride. Humility vs. Pride ~ that is the difference. I pray this Hub reaches those who struggles with Christians or becoming a Christian. So many have different excuses about Christian, or the Church but the calling on their lives is at hand! GREAT HUB!!! GREAT TEACHER! SMILE!


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi drpastorcarlotta! You bless my soul, sister! If people can just grasp Romans 8:15-16 (8 comments above), and understand that pride is of the devil; humility is of God, realizing we are all sinners, saved by grace and are no better than our brethren, we would all come together and build each other up in the love of the Lord. That's why a church is to welcome SINNERS (even the proud); for the proud will hopefully come to the knowledge of the truth (that we are all sinful). God opposes the proud, the Word says, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).

What does it mean to be humble? It means to accept the truth; and that truth is, we are all sinners. The difference between a Christian who sins and the world who sins is, Christians have a Savior Who forgives them, indwells them by His Spirit, and convicts them (they know right from wrong); He helps them stay away from blatantly practicing sin because they are AWARE of it and hate it as He does. Our desires are replaced with His desires. It's all about the heart! AMEN.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub with great thoughts to ponder. Truly hypocrisy is practiced by a person when he judges others harshly without first examining his own ways in the light of God's Word. Hypocrisy is often seen among self-righteous people who thinks of themselves much better than others just like the Pharisees in Jesus days. It is best to examine our very own life in the light of God's Word before throwing criticism at others. Thank you for bringing these precious truths into light here in Hubpages.Blessings to you and regards.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi cristina327! The scripture confirms what you said, "Truly hypocrisy is practiced by a person when he judges others harshly without first examining his own ways in light of God's Word." Romans 2:1 states, “Therefore you have no excuse, every one of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things. But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?”

Again, "let me point out what you DO, while I think no one knows I DO the SAME things myself"...this is what God abhors. God's Word is truth, and while all vessels are sinners in Light of His Word, the Word must go forth and accomplish what it was sent to do: convict the world of sin, bring healing to those who repent, and transform those who believe into the image of Christ. God bless!!


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Hypocrits are not among me favorite people for certain! Great article! Shared!


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

To me, a hypocrite is a pretender, one who pretends to be serious about a relationship with Jesus when he secretely knows that he is just making masked faces to impress or fool people.

Yes, David , Abraham, and most other Biblical giants sinned, but they were not pretenders. They were sorrowful with contrite hearts, asked for forgiveness, and continued in their Christian walk. David, the one I thought was worse for setting up Uriah to die in order for him (David) to take his wife, was loved dearly by God. He was after God's "own heart." David was tearfully sorry and torn because of his sin. He prayed earnestly and pitifully because of the burden of sin he was guilty of, and he was forgiven. God, who is able to judge hearts, judges righteously, yet He is full of mercy and grace to forgive rather than pronounce an eternal death penalty.

I once heard a woman say, "When I go to that funeral tomorrow, I am going to show out! I am going to shout and give it a good turnout." This woman planned to lie about her feelings. She planned to fake grief. I also went to the funeral and observed her shouting to Jesus and declaring undying love and devotion she had for the deceased. Now, this woman was a hypocrite! She was not the loving, Jesus-calling woman she pretended to be. She merely wanted to put on a show. She was not sorry for her deception and felt good about it.

I do not know how many hypocrites are in any church, but I do believe that the church is probably a favorite place for Satan to hang out. His plan is to overthrow God's program.


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Jlava73 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.


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Judah's Daughter 4 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Angela Brummer, I agree, sister! All of us have sinned and fallen short; each one struggles with sin - the Bible declares it. Some try to cover up their sinfulness by doing, doing, doing - then pridefully cutting others down that don't shine as brightly as they...oh, hypocricy! May we live humbly, accepting the truth about ourselves and others and seek to edify and build up our brothers and sisters, who are more likely down-trodden in their souls because of the struggle with sin. Love you, sister!!


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Judah's Daughter 4 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Levertis Steele, I can see what you're talking about! You know, I've met people who 'pretend' to be Christians in order to conduct business with Christians - and how many covert criminals attend church to be highly 'respected' in the community?

Yes, those great men of God were dearly loved by God (and chastened by Him, too because He loved them). They willingly accepted God's chastisement and marveled at His mercy. There were times I was so stressed out my heart was telling me I couldn't possibly be saved, due to my actions...I felt like God had every right to 'squash me like a worm'...then that sweet, loving presence enveloped me, in spite of me, bringing me to tears, for I knew what 'MERCY' is. I experienced His divine mercy, repented of my sin and felt more in love with Him than ever. Oh, how beautiful.

I have to agree - the church buildings/congregations are one of the favorite places for hypocrites to hang out - Satan goes to church, for sure. God bless you and all our brothers and sisters who choose to build one another up in God's mercy, forgiveness and love.


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Judah's Daughter 4 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Amen, Jlava73 - Amen!!

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