The term hypocrite has been a favourite 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, acording to scripture.
What is a hypocrite?
||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. |
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.
|Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary|
Scripture passages relating to the term hypocrite.:
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
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?
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your
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?