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Saturday, November 4, 2006

Hypocrites

Hypocrite:

1 : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

Are Christians hypocrites? At times,yes. The definition of hypocrite applies to every human being who ever walked the face of the earth except for Jesus Christ. So when people tell me they don’t accept Christianity because it is full of hypocrites, I tell them that by not getting saved, they are letting hypocrites come between them and God. And, by the way, just because a person doesn’t go to church and isn’t a Christian, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t also a hypocrite. Because all of us, Christian and non-Christian alike, act in contradiction to our stated beliefs or feelings sometimes. That is why salvation is through grace and not works. (“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:17)

And holier-than-thou? I’ve heard that one too. “You Christians have a ‘holier-than-thou’ attitude. At least I’m not a hypocrite.”

Actually, by saying “At least I’m not a hypocrite”, you are projecting a “holier-than-thou” attitude yourself.

So you see, what God says in Scripture about us all is true.

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:22-23

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” Romans 3:10

Having said that, I point back to a post a made in June, entitled “A World without Christians”.

Try to picture:
A world that is entirely Muslim
A world that is entirely homosexual
A world that is entirely atheist

All of those scenarios are much more frightening than the world we live in today.

And at some point in the future, there will actually be a time in the world when there are no Christians. The Holy Spirit, Who is the restrainer of evil, will be removed. And the world will become a very very scary and evil place. Much worse than anything mankind has seen to date.

You don’t want to be here then, I assure you. Because it will also be the time of God’s wrath. And He won’t hold back this time. (“The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:” Revelation 14:10)

When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.” Ezekiel 18:26

Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.” Ezekiel 18:27

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At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right there are hypocrites in religion persay, because guess what? We all fall! The bible is clear that "all have fallen short of the glory of God". The world holds Christians to a different standard, partly because we are so outspoken against sin, than when we get caught in it, it makes us look bad, however if they applied the same standards to themselves, they to would come out as being hypocrits. Am i a hypocrit? if you mean have i fallen, you got me, i'm a hypocrit, but i'm thankful i serve a God that does not require me to be perfect, but to love him and try my best, thankfully we are all saved by grace and not by our own deeds, or we all would burn.

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger Neil said...

When people complain about hypocrites in the church I point out that they are in good company, because Jesus was anti-hypocrisy.
I had a friend who was hostile to Christianity and would often complain about hypocrites. I asked if he was wounded by a hypocrite and he smiled and said, "No." I realized then that the hyprocrite label was his way of feeling superior to Christians and rationalizing his non-belief.

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

One thing we do have as Christians, though, is the power of the Holy Spirit.
"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." Romans 8:9



And if we will submit to His will, and ask for a daily infilling of His Spirit, we DO have the power to walk in victory and not be in bondage to sin - not through our own actions, but through Him. The lost don't have that power.
The sad part is that Christians often try to "do good" in their own strength - and the flesh is weak!

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Galatians 5:16

 
At 8:21 PM, Blogger ELAshley said...

Quoting one of my favorite philosophers...

"...[F]or while perfection is impossible to attain in this flesh, the pursuit of it is not without merit."

--Me

I'm glad I don't have to BE perfect, but I do have to try.

 

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