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Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #70 --- Hypocrisy

Updated on March 31, 2011

Quotations on Hypocrisy (Set No. 2)

Hypocrisy always wears a death mask that is removed at the grave.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 13, 1922.

A man is never a hypocrite when he is alone.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 23, 1923.

The mask of a hypocrite may be seen in the form of his hip-pocket flask.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 13, 1924.

A hypocrite in religion is like a sneak thief in a blind alley.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 4, 1925.

The mask of the hypocrite sooner or later falls off.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 5, 1925.

Hypocrites always hide behind each other.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 27, 1927.

The trouble with the hypocrite is not so much in himself, but those who hide behind him.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 24, 1929.

The hypocrite's great business is to find some appearance of virtue to cover every vice.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., April 21, 1907.

The hypocrite is only the chronic living liar.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Aug. 23, 1908.

A hypocrite is one who wears a saint's uniform without doing a saint's work.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 3, 1909.

Hypocrisy is one of the greatest enemies of religion.

—George H. Brimhall, Relief Society Magazine, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 1926.

The way of the hypocrite is full of pitfalls.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 26, 1930.

The worst kind of hypocrisy is that which deceives the hypocrite.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 22, 1932.

To call men hypocrites, will never answer your own conscience.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Oct. 25, 1934.

The worst of all hypocrites is the one who ridicules the thing he imitates.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 13, 1937.

If you really want to know God you will not be sidetracked by hypocrites.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Sept. 24, 1937.

As a general rule, a hypocrite is exactly opposite to what he pretends to be.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 8, 1938.

He who seeks to cover hypocrisy with the cloak of religion will find it very thin.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Nov. 2, 1939.

Hypocrisy is the bane of greatness. ... It is often thought that hypocrisy consists simply in one not admitting the truth about himself to others. But there is a prior hypocrisy. One begins to play the hypocrite when he refuses to admit the truth about himself to himself.

—V. Wayne Barton, Baptist Message, Alexandria, La., Oct. 2, 1958.

As a matter of fact, there is a bit of hypocrisy in us all. And the sooner we recognize it the better. Too commonly we tend to stratify humanity into two groups: the hypocritical and the sincere--and we naturally reckon ourselves to be among the latter. But as Grace Stuart points out, it is incorrect so to divide humanity into the hypocritical and the sincere. Rather must they be classified as "the same who know they are acting and the mad who do not."

—V. Wayne Barton, Baptist Message, Alexandria, La., Jan. 4, 1962.

God deals with us as we are dealt with in every other line of life. He gives us knowledge of one step at a time and as that is acted upon further knowledge is given. Sufficient knowledge is given us for the action of today. We have more light given than we live up to. The door is given whereby we may enter–enter and further knowledge is given. ...

Our feelings are ever deceptive, and yet we tarry because we do not feel as we think we should. Have we tried earnestly to feel drawn to Christ? Have we striven to have our feelings deepened? Can we with any honesty say we do not live right because we do not feel as though we should, when our whole trend of life is such as to keep us from feeling drawn to Him? Let us be honest with God. ...

Many say, “I do not live for God because I run afraid of being a hypocrite.” But you are a greater hypocrite because you do not come, for if you believe earnestly, and I believe you do, that you should follow God. You are living in direct opposition to your convictions and belief by not doing so, and more you are doing harm to God’s work, for you who believe that the godly life is the one to live are placing your whole influence not only against God but are hindering those who would live for Him. A hypocrite is one who lives in opposition to his beliefs. Hypocrisy is feigning to be what one is not. Who is doing this more than the one who acts and lives as though he does not believe in God and yet all the times believes in Him.

—John Edward Carver, Morning Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Jan. 25, 1904.

"Be on guard against the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy." (Luke 12:1.) Hypocrisy--what you see--is not the reality. The reality is the evil within them and the shallowness within them. They are not holy as they say that they are holy. They are not really that close to God as they pretend to be. It's hypocrisy, putting on an act.

This is the only time that Luke uses the word hypocrisy. It's taken from the Greek understanding of a play. In the early dramas of Greek culture, the actors would put on a mask and play act a part. That putting on the mask was called hypocrisy–the reality was not what the person was trying to express, but what he was trying to pretend to be, something else or somebody else. He was trying to convince others that he was this other person.

And so Jesus says beware of the hypocrisy. Why does He say it is yeast? Because, as the yeast is placed in the dough it helps the dough to rise--but it affects the whole dough, it permeates the whole dough. Jesus says the yeast in and of itself is no problem, but yeast corrupts and it is as a corrupt element, in that it acts as a leaven for the dough.

What Jesus says is--the corruptibility is what he is focusing on--it's the hypocrisy of the Pharisees He is focusing on. If you allow that attitude, that example, to be your lifestyle, you too will be a hypocrite and you too will be destroyed. That's what Jesus is condemning.

—Sam G. Jacobs, Proclaim, Alexandria, La., Dec. 10, 1992.

Right after Jesus says, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy" (Luke 12:1), He says, "For there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nothing hidden that will not be made know. Everything you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight; what you have whispered in the locked rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops." (Luke 12:2-3.)

Jesus is saying that every secret thought, everything that was done in secret or in the recesses of our heart shall be made known. There's nothing hidden. He's referring to the hypocrisy of the Pharisees.

He is saying, God is going to reveal the truth for them and for us, and that we can pretend all we want, that we can go through life and say, "Oh, I'm very holy," and we can fool people. But we can't fool God. We can't fool God! God sees the heart and He knows if we are really right before Him, if we are really just, if we are really loving, if we are really merciful, if we are really caring, if we are really seeking Him with our whole heart–God knows this.

And if we are, it will be revealed. And if we're not, if we're going through a sham, if we're putting on a front, if we're going through the motions but inside we are empty and dead spiritually--then Jesus says, "Everything you've said in the dark will be heard in the daylight; what you have whispered in the locked rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops."

What Jesus is saying is, nothing is going to be left undone. Jesus is going to reveal everything at the end about us. Jesus is saying, don't be a hypocrite. Know that God is calling us to be fully alive in Him and to reflect Him. A hypocrite doesn't reflect God, in reality. A hypocrite may pretend to reflect God, but inside God is not present. The true person reflects what is truly inside him or her. Jesus is saying, "If you are true to me, I will be true to you, and I will reveal who you really are. And people will see whether you are real or a fake. Not now maybe, but in the end, as I reveal the truth of your life."

—Sam G. Jacobs, Proclaim, Alexandria, La., Dec. 11, 1992.

Hypocrisy is associated in our minds with people who go regularly to church and then fail to treat their neighbors as they themselves would like to be treated. We tend to think of the typical hypocrite as a man who seems to be a pillar of the church but is only a pillar of sham. Such come in for just criticism, but there are other kinds of hypocrisy–varieties which have little to do with church or formal religion. If we belong to organizations and serve on committees and give so much time to general community effort that we have no time to be kind to the members of our families, our friends and neighbors, or to treat them with the little courtesies which make up the sum of life and happiness, we are just as hypocritical as the church pillar who gets drunk when he goes to the nearby city.

Life at its best is made up of little obligations cheerfully undertaken and lived up to, at whatever cost of inconvenient service. And this is more important than being chairman of the greeters' committee of a luncheon club.

Ritual and form are one thing; the human touch is another. Punctuality, punch, and scholarly reports for welfare organizations are one thing; the impulses of the human heart, at its kindest, turned into thoughtful action–this is something else.

—Grove H. Patterson, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., May 19, 1931.

A man can live the kind of life he really seems to live and yet be a hypocrite–if he does not think as he pretends to think. Hypocrisy is not merely false action. It is false thinking. To refuse to think straight, to pretend to believe what we do not believe--that is hypocrisy.

—Grove H. Patterson, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 24, 1930.


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