Brethren, I and my wife share these words of the Lord not because we are perfect in ourselves, but that we examine ourselves in Christ Jesus and repent of anything wrong in our walk. If anyone has seen me or my wife as hypocrites, let them bring forth the accusation(s) so they can be considered by us before the Lord Jesus. We write this together with the Love of Christ in our hearts to draw men unto repentance and not to see them scattered into the darkness away from Christ Jesus.
39 And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. 41 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye. (Luke 6:39-42)
There are hypocrites in the Body of Christ. They consider themselves perfect in their walk, but do not rightly consider their walk. They are prideful thinking they are righteous, but do not act on God’s Truth. They love men more than God and His truth and have caused great harm to the true witness of others. Even when that truth has been exposed by others on the fringe of the assembly. Let us go forth and consider Scripture then and what my wife has written through the Spirit.
16 Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; 3 and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed. (Mat. 16:1-4)
We want to give sound advice when we ourselves cannot even swallow the pills that we are passing out. How is it that we can speak one way one day and totally miss the point the next day.
WHEN DO WE FIGHT FOR THE LORD? When do we become mature in Christ? How can we better ourselves if the only voice we hear is our own and how righteous we sound compared to others. Don’t we need to stop being hypocrites and get our words right before we make things worse? Shouldn’t we practice what we preach and look at our own heart before we sling at others? I am not giving advice Like other hypocrites I am taking the Words of God who has shown me everyday that others, without asking, are so hypocritical and will not do right by God. For in my heart I know and I am confessing, because I know it is the right thing to do and I am not ashamed to admit that I am wrong everyday of my life even if I do not see who I have wronged or what, or where I have gone or done wrong and I know when to confess it. I am in the likeness of the Lord, but I am also the sin that Eve produced. If we are too afraid to come out in the open and Stand with our heads held high for the Lord then who do we really stand for? Was Jesus a hypocrite or did he preach of truth? Are we not suppose to be walking in the Likeness of Christ? Did He not sit with the sinners to dine? How do we know how many were saved and who wasn’t. We don’t. All we know is that He sat and not judged them. He treated them as people that needed to hear the words of the Lord. He did not act like a hypocrite did he now?
If our life was perfect we would not need God. If we had the answer to everything we would not need God. If we are more righteous then anyone else then we are saying we are better then God. Should we put ourselves above the Lord? If so aren’t we saying we are better then He is? I have seen and lived the punishment that God can and does put upon those who know better, but are too stubborn to accept it.
45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
And now brethren, let us consider our walk before the Lord Jesus and apply His truth to our lives and walk in the Spirit.
But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. (I John 2:11)
12 But if they do not obey,
They shall perish by the sword,
And they shall die without knowledge.
13 “But the hypocrites in heart store up wrath;
They do not cry for help when He binds them.
14 They die in youth,
And their life ends among the perverted persons. (Job 36:12-14)
And the encouragement
28 For You will light my lamp;
The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.
29 For by You I can run against a troop,
By my God I can leap over a wall.
30 As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
31 For who is God, except the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength,
And makes my way perfect. (Psalm 18:28-32)
Dishonesty and deceit are the companions of hypocrisy.
It is not being wrong that makes us a hypocrite [for we are often wrong!]: it is refusing to apply God’s standard [when He clearly reveals it] to ourselves and our situation.
Or not applying God’s standard to our own lives and then expecting others to walk in the same standard. Either willfully or ignorantly. Is willful ignorance a term?
And yes I agree dishonesty and deceit are companions of hypocrisy.
Greetings brother AL
Christian perfection is obeying God from the heart which in turn produces the fruit love. We are perfect when we love God with all our heart and love our neighbours continually. Zacharias and Elisabeth were said to be perfect. Man was created upright and innocent with the ability to follow God. Even having His light put in us at birth, John 1-9. We are all His offspring.
This is what Cornelius was doing. He was loving God and his neighbour always in accordance with the measure of light that he had. So much so, that his good works came up as a memorial before God in Acts 10. Gen. 4-7 is the first implications of such ability, even for the disobedient. We were born into a world of sin (Babylon) not born in sin………Be blessed always, Bill
God Bless you Bill glad you stopped by. Yes, it is God’s light that we walk in and display in our lives. The more we walk in His light the more obedient we are and the more God’s Glory and perfection is displayed. Let us always seek that light and be merciful and loving upon those who falter are lost or step away from faith in the Lord.