The Truth about Hypocrites in Church

The truth is hypocrites are everywhere. They are in vhurch and out of church. They are in bars and temples. The real issue is who is working on it? Going to church is putting in an effort to stop screwing up. Yes, sometimes just making it there is all the effort put out, but a lot of people in church are really trying to be better. And when you judge those inside the church for being a hypocrite, aren’t you yourself judging too? And that makes you a hypocrite also because no one is perfect. Not one person, except God. And church is one way to grow closer to God and improve our chances of getting better. So really, not going makes you resolved to remain a hypocrite whereas going to church is a decision to do something about it. So there it is. 

2 thoughts on “The Truth about Hypocrites in Church

  1. Although I agree with some of your post here, I have a somewhat different view based on my own experiences within the church. Yes, hypocrites are everywhere. Yes we judge too often and too quickly. Yes I agree that only God and His son Jesus are perfect. We are flawed and imperfect. We should not be quick to call someone out as being this or that. Your post seems to be written based on the assumption that the church has all the answers and if you don’t go, you somehow forfeit your right to speak out. I would argue that the churches do not always get it right and all too often, they know it. Some churches I have attended put man’s traditions over God’s teachings. When confronted with this, they tried to “set me straight” and get me to conform. Nothing comes before God’s Word. He has the final say and when churches teach something other than truth, they need to be called out on that. Matthew 18:15-17 talks about how to deal with brothers or sisters who sin and how we need to try to correct that behavior. “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.” At the end of that verse it talks about taking it to the church when all else fails. What do we do then, if the sin is in a church? This is the difference between church then and church now.Then, it was the body of believers. Now, it is a building. Sin runs rampant through these buildings more now than ever before. When confronted with it, as in my past experiences, they try to dismiss you and move on to the next person who is willing to “fall in line.” What are we told to do then? We are told that if they don’t listen, to treat them like a pagan or tax collector. We are told to try to be gentle in our corrections of sinful behavior.We are told not to be silent and just go to these buildings because at least if we go, we’re making an effort.
    We can agree that calling someone a hypocrite solves nothing. When has name calling ever created a solution, right? I think we can both agree on that. But sitting through sermons promoting falsehoods and half-truths isn’t the answer either. We need to bring attention to the things we know to be wrong, outside and inside the church. In 2 Timothy 2:24-26 we are told ” And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” This goes for the leaders within the churches as well. We need to correct them if we can and move away from them when they refuse to listen, continuing in their ways of promoting church tradition over God’s truth and instruction. So by saying that those who do not attend church are not putting in the same effort to know God as those who attend isn’t entirely accurate.Some of us who no longer attend, no longer attend because we are becoming closer to God, through His word and through His guidance and are not content to sit through sermons in a building with messages we know to be inaccurate just to say we made an effort by going. I’m not trying to be hurtful in any way to you or your opinions. I’m just offering my opinion and an explanation of why some of God’s children are more and more separating themselves from traditional means of worship. Don’t get me wrong, some churches do get the right message out and do promote God’s Word above years of church tradition. I’m not saying they don’t exist. They are, sadly, few and far between. The churches who say a lot but teach nothing have become the majority and that is a huge reason church attendance worldwide has dropped significantly in recent years.

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    1. Shoot, I believe getting close to God is our goal and His Word is the truth so church should always point to that fact. If it doesn’t, it should. Better no church than the wrong one but there are good churches trying to do the right thing. Your heart is right and points valid. 🙂

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