Episode 49 – Am I A Hypocrite?

Episode 49. Today we talk about hypocrisy. For most of us Christians, we’ve either been accused of it or even felt that way towards ourselves at some point in our Christian walk. The term hypocrite is often used as a slur but is it more than that, it’s something we should evaluate every single day. Today we dig into what the word says about hypocrisy. Jesus often pointed out hypocrites not to attack but to help us today no what not to be when we say we are Christians. Enjoy.

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what is hypocrisy?

Hypocrisy: Claiming to beliefs that your life does not conform to

conduct is not in step with the truth of the gospel | Galatians 2:12-14 

12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

*we can be led astray by hypocrisy

*what do you live like?

its something we can remove from out lives | 1 Peter 2:1

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

a need to be praised by others | Matthew 24:50-51 

50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know 51 and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

how does the bible identify hypocrisy?

a need to be praised & seen by others | Matthew 6:2

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

Matthew 6:5

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

Matthew 6:16

“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

focused on others faults | Matthew 7:5

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

focused on following tradition and not god | Matthew 15:6-8 

6 he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. 7 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: 8 “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;

Matthew 23:23

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.

full of evil intent | Matthew 22:17-18

17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites?

pervert the gospel therefore you pervert people | Matthew 23:13-15 

13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.

keep appearances but not the word | Matthew 23:25

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.

* filled with greed and self-indulgence

Matthew 23:27

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.

Matthew 23:28

So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

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