Are You a Hypocrite?

29 May

WorshipAn elder, Sunday School leader and generous giver; Dave is the model Christian. Except for one thing.

He isn’t one.

Despite all these good deeds, Dave doesn’t know Jesus at all. Could this be you?

In Amos 4:4-5, God attacks sin at Bethel and Gilgal (the religious centres). In this, we see common sins of hypocrites to test ourselves against. Do these sins describe you?

Hypocrites go over the top

They bring tithes every three days, well beyond the requirement. Are you one of those people who has to say the longest prayers and know the most theology?

Hypocrites disobey

Though it should be unleavened (Lev 7:12), the Samaritans offered a leavened offering. This small failing ruined the sacrifice.

For Christians, thanksgiving offerings are living God’s way (Heb 13:15-16).  Paul told the Corinthians, their leaven was malice and evil (1 Cor 5:6-8). Think of some “good deeds” you did. Were they tainted by evil motivation?

Hypocrites are proud

They proclaimed their freewill offering, wanting everyone to know of their good deed.

When you do good in private, do you instantly feel the need to tell someone?

Defeating Hypocrisy

Unfortunately there’s a little hypocrite in every Christian. What can we do?

  1. Confess sin: Come to Jesus the sacrifice whose death erases our sin (1 John 2:1-2).
  2. Look to Christ: Self-made rules are no help. If we fix our eyes on Jesus, we’ll want to put sin to death (Col 2:20-3:5).

What hypocrisy is evident in your life? How are you dealing with it?

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