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Hypocrites In The Church

Updated on April 17, 2009

Excuses Excuses!

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.


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    • insearchof truth profile image

      Josie Adams 4 years ago from Australia

      "See I am doing a new thing... Do you perceive it?" Isaiah 43:19

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      Josie Adams 4 years ago from Australia

      We are called to fellowship. It is good to be fed. There are so many ways we can do that without attending a church service. The word church is actually not in the bible. It didn't come into the English language until the 16th Century. Where it appears in the bible it is from the word 'ecclesia' which just means assembly and is also used in Acts to denote a pagan gathering. There are no scriptures that say we should attend a church service. God has called me out of church to minister and address the hypocrisy and I believe he is doing the same for others. Don't loose sight of Gods sovereignty by sticking to a version of the truth that's really not truth but just tradition. Bless you. https//

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      Don Croy 5 years ago

      Please capitalize "God" and "Holy Spirit" in your article. Blessings...

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      lola 6 years ago

      God came here 2000 years ago to tell us that were all the same but its so funny because there"s still segregation in church"s. on top of that 90 % of people who go to church they like to critizize, they like to judge, and talk gossip about people. the funny part about this is that they live from monday to saturday making sin"s and then they go sunday to church to ask to be forgived. And i dont think god is that dumb to be fooled like that

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      cjmybad 6 years ago

      Does the excuse "I'm not perfect but I'm forgiven" give Christians the right to treat people badly?

      I was brought up a Christian and attended church with my family. I started working with some Christians and trusted them.

      They started to scheming and being deceptive in order to get what they wanted, justifying it the guise of 'just doing business'. At first I prayed for help and strength to endure working with them, after a long time I finally decided to stand up to them, but by then it was too late. Again more lies and more praying – I started thinking that my prayers weren’t answered but she was asking for forgiveness and getting away with everything and I was being punished, maybe I wasn’t praying hard enough? The consequences of their actions were hurting me, my family and others and there was no remorse on their part.

      I started to read about forgiveness and then I got mad because in the bible it’s not your works or actions that count, it’s your faith that will ‘save you,’ so no matter how much damage they did to others they can still go to heaven, even if they don’t repent or make up for their actions.

      I decided then that I didn't want to be anywhere where they went for eternity.

      I started looking deeper into my beliefs, and now because of their being ‘witness to Christ's’ ways, we are now atheists and know we need to believe in ourselves and doing right to people here on earth and not worry about after we are dead and buried.

      They can go on believing their bad behavior ‘that never happened – it’s been forgiven’ while they continue to their conniving, deceitful, immoral ways - still hurting other people.

      Now we are happily atheist, and they go to church every week to sing in the choir and gossip and look good to their 'church family.'

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      brianjohnson951 6 years ago

      I am not against the church or any type of organized religion in the world.

      What I am against is the hypocrisy in the church.

      They are the one who rather use the bible to condemn you for what you did then just read the bible.

      For example. If a single woman got pregnant outside of marriage as the result of rape, she will not get compassion from the people from the church because they are too busy blaming her for causing that man to lust over her in the first place.

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      justamber 7 years ago

      My pastor said "People don't come to church bc they say it's full of hypocrites, I tell them 'we have room for one more'" LOL I like that line.

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      kim 7 years ago

      when we write to each other think about how mean we can be missed spelled words and such......

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      Dutch Hermit 8 years ago from Utrecht

      A more interesting question I could think of is why such a big part of the churchgo-ers is a hypocrite. Isn't it so that those who believe not to be a hypocrite simply don't go to the church? The absence of the one makes the other majority. That's the whole problem with the argument of those who profess not being hypocrite and not attending to church. I am the first one to say that going to church isn't so important. But there is a need to use the right arguments. A argument could be that there is no need of such a formal thing as a church to be a community with men and God. When you met with a friend and pray, that would be enough (matthew 18,20). But then the right argument is used and a important thing is added: community with God and men.

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      I me 8 years ago

      It is true that so many in the church are living in hipocrisy, Calling themselves Christians (see Acts of the Apostles 11:26) at yet not knowing what it means. I know that the examples that you have given are to the extreme, however if you read 1 John chapter 2 it will give you a better set of examples...choosing one in favor above another...behaving with sarcasm instead of love...many attitudes that are found in the modern day christian such as I'm better than you I did this, I did that, I, I, Me...This is the will of the flesh and all things done thereto are of Vain Works (Ecc. 1: 1-5). Even Apostle Paul had to "Kill His Flesh Daily" in order to serve God with a cuircumsized heart. So I ask the Church of today, Have you Truely Removed The God of I-ME from the Church or have you edified this behavior through your selfiness and the lusts of your own hearts? This prophecy in Isaiah 4:1 is being fulfilled today just look around.

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      Arciaga 8 years ago


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      ashley 8 years ago

      You actually did misspell a word. It should read "I recently had AN experience" not AND. Good day and God bless.

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      ashley 8 years ago

      You actually did misspell a word. It should read "I recently had AN experience" not AND. Good day and God bless.

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      Nancy Frank 8 years ago

      Don't preach to me from the bible if you don't tend to abide by it yourself. I recently had and experience where someone told me during a conversation about seafood/shellfish, that the bible says that God says they are bottom feeders and should not be eaten. This person is from the south, eats catfish and smokes, but I didn't ask him what the bible says about that, also he tends to treat people unfairly and not admit when he is in the wrong. Obviously, I am from the north, as you will not find a mispelled word in this note. This is one of many hypocritical instances I have witnessed since moving to the south. I can't wait to move back to the civilized, honest north. Stop pretending to be good followers of Jesus when you are shameful followers of his word.

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      suchsweet_thunder 8 years ago from Oakland, CA

      everyone who pretends to have any good in them at all is a hypocrite because none is righteous. we are all just as hopelessly flawed as the person next us so the oply reason that christians are shown to be more hypocrites than most is because we tend to give the impression that we are "holier".