The term hypocrite has been a favorite excuse, for people, to express their reason for not attending church.
They have positioned themselves as a judge for God. Unfortunately, their excuse is inexcusable, according to scripture.
|1.||a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.|
|2.||a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, esp. one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.
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 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Luke 6:42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye?
The first question would be to those, of us, who call ourselves Christian. Are we hypocrites, according to the above definition and from our understanding of scripture? I question my own walk. Is it an hypocritical walk or is it a Christ-like walk?
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