Aren't we all hypocritical

Why are all Christians hypocrites?

Probably no accusation is as provocative as that of hypocrisy. Unfortunately, many feel empowered in their view that all Christians are hypocritical. The term “hypocrite” has a long history in English. It originally comes from the Latin word "hypocrisies" and means "acting, pretending, hypocrisy". Further back in history, the word appears in Classical Greek and New Testament Greek and has exactly the same meaning.

This is how Jesus used the term. For example, when Christ was teaching about the importance of prayer, fasting, and giving alms to the needy, He exhorted us not to follow the example of the hypocrites (Matthew 6: 2; 5; 16). Through long public prayers, measures to draw attention to their fasting, and by displaying their offerings, they have shown only an external connection to God. While the Pharisees dramatically displayed their role to the people as examples of religious values, they have failed terribly within their hearts and true important values ​​(Matthew 23: 13-33; Mark 7: 20-23).

Jesus never called his disciples hypocrites. This name was only given to misguided zealots. He called his own followers "successors", "children", "sheep" and his "community". There is also a warning in the New Testament about the sin of hypocrisy (1 Peter 2: 1), which Peter calls “wickedness”. Two obvious examples of hypocrisy in the Church were also recorded. Acts 5: 1-10 reveal two disciples pretending to be more generous than they were. The consequence of this was grave. And Peter of all people was accused of leading a group of hypocrites in treating pagan believers (Galatians 2:13).

We can draw at least two conclusions from the teaching in the New Testament. First, there are hypocrites among professing believers. It was there from the beginning, and according to Jesus' equation of the tares among the wheat, it will be there until the end of the world (Matthew 13: 18-30). Furthermore, if even an apostle could be guilty of hypocrisy, there is no reason to believe that "normal" Christians are exempt from it. We must always be vigilant that we do not fall for the same temptations. (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Of course, not everyone who claims to be a Christian is really one. Possibly all or most of the known hypocrites among Christians were in truth deceivers and pretenders. To this day, Christian leaders have committed terrible sins. Financial and sex scandals shake the Christian communities. But instead of making the whole church bad because of the actions of a few, we should ask ourselves whether all who claim to be Christians are really some. Countless passages in the Bible confirm that those who belong to Christ bear the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22-23). The equation of the sower of Jesus in Matthew 13 makes it clear that not all creeds in Christ are real. Sadly, many who profess to belong to Jesus will be shocked when one day he will say to them, “I never knew you; turn away from me who break the law ”(Matthew 7:23).

Second, we cannot conclude that almost the entire Church is made up of hypocrites, although we need not wonder if some people who pretend to be more holy than others claim to be Christians. We must admit that although we confess Jesus Christ, all of us remain sinners even after all of our sin has been forgiven. That is, although we have been redeemed from the eternal punishment for sin (Romans 5: 1; 6:23), we still need to be delivered and redeemed from the sin present in our lives (1 John 1: 8-9), including that Sin of hypocrisy. Through our living faith in the Lord Jesus, we permanently overwhelm the power of sin until we are finally redeemed (1 John 5: 4-5).

No Christian can live up to the perfect standard of the Bible. No Christian has ever been perfect like Christ. However, there are many Christians who sincerely want to lead a good Christian life and trust more and more that the Holy Spirit will guide and affirm them. There are multitudes of Christians who have lived their lives without scandals. No Christian is perfect, but making a mistake and not achieving perfection in this life is quite another than being a hypocrite.


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Why are all Christians hypocrites?
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