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I’m Sick of Hypocrites at Church

March 9, 2016

“I’m sick of hypocrites at church” is a sentence I am sick of hearing.  Has there ever been a more ridiculous excuse to disobey God in the history of the world?  It’s a smokescreen that carries no weight and yet Christians often accept it as a valid reason to avoid church and, even worse, to not follow Jesus.   Here are three thoughts that blow away the smoke from the “hypocrite”smokescreen:

(1) A Christian that sins is not a hypocrite.  A lot of people have tattled to me about misconduct from church members over the years.  They say, “You’ll never guess what I saw one of your members doing.”  In reality, I could give them a list of sins that I was aware of that would blow their minds.  I’m quite aware that sin is a battle in the lives of the people in our church. For goodness sakes, it’s a battle in my life.  Christians are not people who never sin.  They are people who have recognized their sinfulness to the degree that they are desperate to be rescued from it.  That’s why we need forgiveness in the first place.  Yes, we take sin seriously, but we also realize that we are a work in progress.  There are groups of people at some churches who don’t struggle with sin anymore- these groups are called cemeteries.

(2) A hypocrite is a Christian who pretends that they don’t sin.  Hypocrisy in church is an issue.  It’s a big one.  But the issue isn’t that we struggle with sin.  The smokescreen has got it all wrong.  The issue is that we don’t get honest about our struggles.  We pretend that we don’t sin.  It’s that we put on a good show and a good face.  If you are breathing, you are dealing with a struggle.  God isn’t asking for perfection, He already has that in Jesus.  He is asking for honesty so that He can sanctify our lives.

(3) God won’t accept the hypocrisy of others as an legitimate excuse for your own disobedience.  Can you imagine standing before God to explain to Him why you weren’t obedient to be in community with His people, love His word, worship His name, and do His mission?  Can you imagine responding that the reason you were disobedient was because there were too many hypocrites in the church?  Can you imagine God saying, “Well, then, I guess you’re off the hook for your rebellion and sin because of those hypocrites?  Of course not.  He will say, “It wasn’t their job to make you obedient, it was your job to obey.”

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2016 5:15 pm

    Great post. Only thing that I would add is I think a lot of the “hypocrite” criticism stems from the world’s perception that Christians are judgmental. Not hard to see how they reach this conclusion. No wonder scripture warns against being judgmental. Whether this is a fair criticism or not and whether Christians are acting defensively or not, it is a real problem and barrier between the Church and the world.

  2. March 9, 2016 5:23 pm

    I agree! The disobedience of others is not a reason at all to be disobedient yourself. I believe it’s good to correct those we love and lead them to the path that Christ wants us to live.

  3. A sinner permalink
    March 9, 2016 5:25 pm

    Yes!!!!

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