Christian Hypocrite?

Many times Christians are called hyprocrites.  The word of God speaks to all aspects of our lives.  So, I challenge you!  What does the bible say about hypocrisy?  Share your favorite bible verse on the subject. 

About Karen Smith

Karen Brooks Smith is a guest blogger and passionate volunteer at Changing the Face of Christianity. Karen became a Christian in her early adulthood. She isn't religious, but has a relationship with Jesus Christ. Karen recognizes the differences between the church of this world and the church of the Bible and is motivated to reconcile those differences in our culture. Karen enjoys volunteering with her Church’s youth group, her children’s school and with the Girl Scouts. However, her most important blessing and ministry is her wonderful husband and three delightful daughters.

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  1. Bruce R Kuzma says

    It is written: Pro 11: 9 “The hypocrite with [his] mouth destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.” and, Mat 7:5 “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Why are these two verses important to me? In Proverbs 11:9 the truth is pronounced, because by definition of the word, hypocrite: 1. a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually posses, 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. It is when the one that knows the truth is willing to stand on the truth and show the truth by substantiated evidence that proves that which he states is the truth by word and deed. has is pointed out in the diffinition of the word. Thereby, in Matthew 7:5, points out that first remove your own hypocracy, attitude / beliefs and take an honest look at the situation, circumstances and /or evidence evaluating that which is before you without prejudical discrimination of the facts and then you can explain the facts to others. This takes time and practice because most of us are pressured by the programing of our peers, teachers, mentors, etc. In order to break free of this you know what you have lived through, what you have witnessed and / or heard with your own eyes and ears. If you heard did you listen? If you looked did you see? Then you put the pieces of the puzzle together. And then you have the truth as seen through the factual understanding of what you have seen and heard because you was there.

  2. Ron Neeley says

    My favorite verses on hypocrisy come from the Master. In Matthew 23:1-32, Jesus “tells it like it is” to our favorite NT bad guys, the Pharisees, & teaches us as Christians ways to obey Him & avoid the trap (stereotype) of being labeled hypocrites. One of the very first things the Lord tells the crowd is that the Pharisees don’t practice what they preach. Then, starting with verse 13, He let’s ‘em have it. With the seven woes, the Master lays it out very plainly, “you hypocrites!” I realize that, as it was in Jesus’ day with the Religious Leaders, the problem of Christian hypocrisy will always be with us. But we have the Lord’s own words to guide & direct us in our daily walk with Him, summed up in one verse. John 14:15 says, “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.”

  3. JRs says

    I like to look at it this way…we’re called hypocrites because the (non-Christian) world holds us (Christians) up to a higher standard then them. If I proclaim that I am not ashamed of the Gospel…that I am indeed a Christian, then people start to attack me- such as “If you’re a Christian, why are you poor (or rude, or overweight, or not a genius, don’t know the bible inside and out)?” etc. Well, I said I was a Christian, I didn’t say I was PERFECT. And that’s what the world expects from Christ’s followers…to be perfect. And our God calls us to have that as our goal as well…but our perfection is not the type of vain perfection that the world seeks (such as being rich or physically beautiful). So we get yelled at by a world that doesn’t understand that we are sinners just like they are…but we are different in that we recognize the need for a savior and that Jesus is it. So while the world drowns in their sins, we catch onto the life preserver God has given to us in the form of His Son, Jesus Christ. We’re still in the water, but at least we know as long as we cling to Him, we won’t drown.

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