Friday, September 21, 2007

Hypocrites in the Church

When talking about Christianity with non Christians, it isn’t long before someone will say something like, “That f----g Christian hypocrite cheated me out of hundreds of dollars a few years back.” Or “He goes to Church and he’s an alcoholic. What a hypocrite!” First of all, being a sinner is not the same as being a hypocrite. I and other Christians became followers of Jesus because we know that we ARE sinners and that we need forgiveness for that reality. On the other hand, we Christians often fool ourselves by thinking, "Now that I'm a Christian, I've got it all together." We compare how far Jesus has brought us from where we used to be and we mistakenly believe that we've arrived. That is often perceived by non Christians as hypocrisy. This is very important because it deflects non believers from an important Truth.

Are there hypocrites in the Christian Church? Of course. Every person on earth is a hypocrite to one degree or another. However, no one is asking you to follow hypocrites. Follow Jesus. No one is asking you to believe hypocrites. Believe Jesus. There is not a shred of hypocrisy in Jesus Christ. He lived exactly what He preached. He is dependable in every area of life. He preaches truth and justice because True and Just are who He is.

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