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Hypocrisy
  
Many people in today's world do not understand what a hypocrisy is. The world waits for Christians to stumble so that they can point their finger and call out the word "HYPOCRITE". Stumbling and hypocrisy are very different but they are viewed the same because of ignorance and a lack of understanding of what true hypocrisy is. A hypocrite is someone who doesn't practice what they preach. A hypocrite could also be described as a pretender, someone who pretends to act a certain way, but they knowingly deceive others with selfish motives. Their goal could be money, or they might just want to be seen highly in society. Jesus gave many examples of hypocrisy. 
 
Matthew 6:5
5 "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full."
(Here Jesus tells of men who pray, not from their hearts to God, but instead they pray for their own gain. They pray to be seen so that they are held highly by others.)
 
Matthew 7:1-5
1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to help your brother."
(When you yourself are in sin, do not point out the same sin in others. You can't help someone before helping yourself. For example: If you are addicted to heroin, you cannot judge anyone else for using heroin, and you most certainly cannot help someone else to stop using heroin. On the other hand if you are a recovered heroin addict, then you know how to quit, so you should be an even better counselor, to help heroin addicts, than someone whom has never experienced addiction. One has wisdom, the other has knowledge. Wisdom is gained through life experience. Knowledge can be gained through reading a book. God given wisdom only comes through receiving the Holy spirit through faith in Jesus Christ.)
 
Matthew 7:21-23
21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, "I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!"'
(Many people are hypocrites and don't even know it, because they are led astray. Many people believe that once they ask the Lord into their hearts, they are saved for the rest of their life. Many people are taught this. This teaching can lead others to believe that they are aloud to sin as much as they want without consequences, and that they are still saved. But they do not keep in repentance, and their path leads to destruction. They bare no good fruit, and they never turn from their old ways. Jesus makes it very clear that only those who stay faithful through their entire life are saved. If you ask the Lord into you heart one day, and then 20 years later, give up and stop following the Lord and begin living a sinful life, you are destined for Hell. If you die while living in sin the consequences of your actions are no different than that of an unbeliever. In fact, it may be even worse. Jesus never said that it was going to be easy, he only said that it would be worth it.)
 
Matthew 12:33-35
33 "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him."
(There are many people that swear that they are Christians and that they are saved. Not only do they swear, but they also become offended of the question if they have been saved, and they even curse while doing so. When spending time with people like this you will recognize that they are full of curses, and that they really bear no good fruit from the Spirit. Do not be led astray by people like this, they are false Christians.)
 
Matthew 23:1-7
1 Then Jesus said to the crowd and to his disciples:2 "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. 3 So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to life a finger to move them. 5 "Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 They love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them 'Rabbi.'"
(This is a very good explanation of a hypocrite. Do not think too highly of yourself. Do not let men's praises go to your head, so that you do not exalt yourself. Remain humble and be fruitful in all situations. Whoever exalts themselves will be humbled, and whoever humbles themselves will be exalted.)
 
Matthew 23:13-33
13 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. 15 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are. 16 "Woe to you, blind guides! You say, 'If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.' 17 You blind fools! Which is greater; the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? 18 You also say, 'If anyone swears by the alter, it means nothing; buy if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.' 19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the alter that makes the gift sacred? 20 Therfore, he who swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. 22 And he who swears by heaven swears by God's throne and by the one who sits on it. 23 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices, mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law-justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. 25 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. 27 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. 29 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 And you say, 'If we had lived in the days of your forefathers, we would not have taken part withy them in shedding the blood of the prophets.' 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers! 33 "You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town.
(The Jewish leaders, the Pharisees and teachers of the law, were regarded as holy by the people. In the beginning their motives may not have been selfish, but here Jesus points out their hypocrisy and exposes them of their selfishness.)
 
1 John 1:5-6
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
(Anyone who continues walking in their evil ways without repenting and claims to be a Christian is living a life of hypocrisy. They begin hiding their sins from the church and from others. They even begin to lie to their self. Their fear of public shame keeps them from repentance. Sometimes, confessing your sins to someone else helps bring you to true repentance. The devil uses shame and fear to trap people into living a sinful and hypocritical lifestyle. Repentance through Jesus Christ is salvation.)

 
2 Peter 2:1-3
1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them-bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them and their destruction has not been sleeping.
(There are many false teachers even today. Many churches and cults start up and begin twisting scripture. Not all scripture needs interpreted. Most scripture says what it says, but false teachers will tell you otherwise. They will twist scripture for some kind of selfish motive. Only prophecy and parables need to be interpreted.)
 
Mark 12:38-40
38 As he taught, Jesus said, "Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted in the market places, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely."
(Here Jesus says that the Hypocrites will be punished "most severely". A hypocrite will be punished most severely because they have heard the Gospel and have made it for their benefit and not for God's glory. Their reward will be Hell.)
 
Romans 16:17-18
17 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naïve people.
(Many hypocrites deceive others for money. They pretend to be serving God, but really they build their riches on earth with the money they receive. There is prosperity and then there is hypocrisy. A minister, or preacher doesn't need a mansion, or 5 cars, and everything else to sooth their appetite. Jesus said, "Do not build up your riches on earth where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal, but build up your riches in heaven where moths and rust cannot destroy and where thieves cannot break in and steal. For where ever your treasure is, your heart will be also.)