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Hypocrisy and you

Updated on August 4, 2017

Definition of hypocrisy

  1. 1: a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not : behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or feel His hypocrisy was finally revealed with the publication of his private letters.; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religionour conventional morality often serves as a cover for hypocrisy and selfishness — Lucius Garvin

  2. 2. 2: an act or instance of hypocrisy a keen awareness of one's parents' hypocrisies
    "Hypocrisy." Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 31 July 2017.

Before reading this, please read Matthew 23

There are so many verses in the bible about hypocrisy and hypocrites. There is a reason why.

Hypocrisy destroys, it kills. Sure we may not think so; we may not even see the effects, at least not right away. But the effects of this evil are there, they may be hidden deep within ones spirit, but they are there.

In the word of God, our Holy book the Bible we can read about hypocrisy and hypocrites. The Pharisees, they were a big example of this. They spoke in such grandiose manners, preaching from the Holy Scriptures, however, many did not live what they preached. They’d condemn people, enforce laws, and yet they themselves lived in the sins that they pointed out on others. They thought themselves perfect and sinless.

This is what hypocrisy is; it is having sins (as we all do, I am not perfect or sinless) but not acknowledging them and not repenting of them but pretending or thinking you are perfect and sinless while speaking about those same sins to others and pointing them out in others. We all have sins in our lives, this is human nature. It is when we pretend or think ourselves to be perfect, above all other people and point out sins in everyone else, that is hypocrisy.

Matthew 23:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

1 John 4:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

The sin of hypocrisy will be revealed as all sins will be one day.
You may be arrogant and live your life the way you have been and get away with it…for a time. However, your sins will find you out.

Luke 12:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.

Hypocrisy has been around for a long time. Jesus spoke about it when he addressed the Pharisees and Scribes:

Mark 7:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

He spoke about this scripture in Isaiah 29:13

This is the scripture where we find what he was speaking about:
Isaiah 29:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,

Titus 1:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

We know that there were many hypocrites, there are today as well and there will be tomorrow. Hypocrites are not just in the world, not just in the church, but are everywhere. Hypocrisy is deception and deception comes from the prince of lies himself—satan. He deceived in the Garden of Eden and has been doing so since then. He lives the life of hypocrisy and wants every man, woman and child to do the same. The thing for us to do is to live the life that God has ordained for us and to pray for His guidance daily.

James 1:22-24 King James Version (KJV)
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

Take a look at yourself, the way you’ve been living and the words you’ve been speaking and the thoughts you’ve been thinking. Do they line up with the Word of God? If not, are you a hypocrite?

Be honest with yourself and be honest before our Lord and Saviour.
We all have areas in our lives we need to change and areas we need to improve in.
The key is to be humble, honest, repent and move forward with the Lord. Allow Him to shine a light in the innermost, darkest areas of our lives and admit the fsaults and allow Him to help you to change.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

John 14:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.


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      thomasczech 6 months ago from Canada

      Eric Dierker Thank you so much for the reply. I do take everything you say and think about it. I enjoy our discussions. Thanks again :)

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Reread in light of your comment. I think I was being judgmental just on the concept. Reading it with an open mind leads me to agree with you. So it is I who should thank you.

      This is an important area to get a better understanding about.

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      thomasczech 6 months ago from Canada

      A hypocrite is not someone who has sin. This is not speaking about being perfect. What I wrote is not about perfection or being perfect. It is about acknowledging ones sin and repenting before looking at others sins. Hypocrisy is having sin (as we all do) and not acknowledging it and not repenting and yet pointing out sin and flaws in everyone else. I thought I was clear about this. I will update my hub and try to be more clear. Thanks for your comment.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just do not buy into the whole hypocrite dialogue. Because I eat too much Ice Cream I cannot speak to encourage the fat people? Because I have lust from time to time I cannot encourage another to stay true to his wife.

      I get the concept of the assholes going to stone the whore. But that does not mean I must be perfect in order to correct.

      This idea of being the perfect Christian before being a friend is nonsense. Who among us save Jesus as he walked was pure? For sure not even Paul.

      Peter denied multiple times and Thomas doubted. I can not foible and still hold up another? What a design for failure we build in to hating the hypocrite.

      We are, so get over it and try to love better. Dang I hate when I commit hypocrisy but dang it I hate it worst when I do not reconcile.

      Perhaps you are a hypocrite for writing this as you are not perfect?

      And then you remind us to be humble. And we are made better by your thoughts and faith. Thank you for a wonderful sermon. You make me better for insisting I think.