7.30.15 I know you've heard the saying, "I don't go to Church because they are hypocrites".
Hypocrite: 1. a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs. 2. a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.
deceiver, dissembler, pretender, pharisee.
a person who pretends to be what he is not
hypocrite in the Bible
one who puts on a mask and feigns himself to be what he is not; a dissembler in religion. Our Lord severely rebuked the scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy (Matt. 6:2, 5, 16). "The hypocrite's hope shall perish" (Job 8:13). The Hebrew word here rendered "hypocrite" rather means the "godless" or "profane," as it is rendered in Jer. 23:11, i.e., polluted with crimes.
Matthew 6:1-34 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. ...
In essence, “hypocrisy” refers to the act of claiming to believe something but acting in a different manner. The word is derived from the Greek term for “actor”—literally, “one who wears a mask”—in other words, someone who pretends to be what he is not. The Bible calls hypocrisy a sin. There are two forms hypocrisy can take: that of professing belief in something and then acting in a manner contrary to that belief, and that of looking down on others when we ourselves are flawed.
It must be noted that hypocrisy is not the same as taking a stand against sin. For example, it is not hypocrisy to teach that drunkenness is a sin, unless the one teaching against drunkenness gets drunk every weekend—that would be hypocrisy.
As children of God, we are called to strive for holiness (1 Peter 1:16). We are to “hate what is evil” and “cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9). We should never imply an acceptance of sin, especially in our own lives. All we do should be consistent with what we believe and who we are in Christ. Play-acting is meant for the stage, not for real life.
A hypocrite is one who acts contrary to what they say or what they believe. It's in the Bible, Jeremiah 42:20, "For you were hypocrites in your hearts when you sent me to the LORD your God, saying, ‘Pray for us to the LORD our God, and according to all that the LORD your God says, so declare to us and we will do it."
Putting on a show of self-sacrifice for self-glorification is hypocritical. It's in the Bible, Matthew 6:2, "Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward."
The temporal reward of men's praise and recognition is all that is gained from fake Christianity. It's in the Bible, Matthew 6:5, "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward."
Luke 16:15 You wear a noble, pious expression in public, but God knows your evil hearts. Your pretense brings you honor from the people, but it is an abomination in the sight of God.'"
What we are on the outside is meaningless, if our hearts are unconverted. It's in the Bible, Matthew 23:27-28 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness"
Let's face it people we can't hide our hearts from God, God knows us inside and out after all He created us why shouldn't He. God is saying don't go to Church and act one way and then go back out into the world and act like the world. You should act the same 24-7. If we truly have Christ in our heart then we need to act like it. Do you think God is happy when we betray Him like we do every day? I'm sure He's saying look @ them they say they love me but do they really love me?
God I come to you thanking you for allowing me to be a part of your family. I won't to pray for those who say they don't come to Church because the Church is full of hypocrites, well there's hypocrites everywhere so that's an excuse so God I pray that they just admit to their self why they don't come to Church. God I think maybe some people don't go to Church because either they are too lazy to get up in the morning or they know they have something in their life that they need to get rid of. God I know all they have to do is go to Church and ask you to help them with whatever is going on and you are always there. Lord please be with my facebook friends and family and know I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.