The vileness of Hypocrisy [Part 2]   Leave a comment

Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! 2 Tim. 3:1-5

People will appear to have a form of godliness in the last days. Through their habits, deeds and behavior we would be influenced to believe that such people are saints. It has been the case in Jesus time and it’s even worst today. Jesus said of the Pharisees:

Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;  they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.” Mat. 23:5

Religious hypocrisy is a sin our Lord abhors. Only God knows how many such ‘Christians’ are present in our churches. They want to be called ‘Teacher’, ‘Pastor’ or ‘Elder’ and act unnaturally to usurp this place.

Adam Clarke said on Mat. 7:5:

A hypocrite, who professes to be what he is not, (viz. a true Christian), is obliged, for the support of the character he has assumed, to imitate all the dispositions and actions of a Christian; consequently he must reprove sin, and endeavor to show an uncommon affection for the glory of God. Our Lord unmasks this vile pretender to saintship, and shows him that his hidden hypocrisy, covered with the garb of external sanctity, is more abominable in the sight of God than the openly professed and practised iniquity of the profligate.”

As Jesus said, we’ll know them by their fruits.

They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” Titus 1:6

I’m myself subject to be a hypocrite by saying these words since it is very easy to preach something to others and not practice it oneself.

James said:

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.” James 3:1-3

Are there more pastors than sheep following the Shepherd ? More teachers than students at the feet of the Master? More elders than children at the Father’s bosom? We must first be disciples in order make disciples. Many aspire to preach and few who preach because they have been inspired to do so.

Hypocrisy proliferates more when someone wants to elevate self. He requires yeast to puff up. Such a minister has to pretend to be what he is not and is like chameleon which changes with its environment.

 

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Posted June 11, 2015 by Cedric in My writings (English)

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