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The Height of Hypocrisy

It’s hard to read the gospels of the New Testament and not understand that our Lord and Savior despised one behavior more than all others, that being, hypocrisy. A hypocrite is nothing more than a pretender, a dissembler (To disguise or conceal behind a false appearance). Don’t we all hate the one who stands for everything while standing for nothing. These are the kind who compromise the truth into a lie. As John wrote, they are the kind who are neither hot or cold. The kind God will spew out of his mouth. Rev 3:15,16 Let us examine in more detail who Jesus called a hypocrite, and the reasons for his accusations.

Hypocritical Scribes and Pharisees

Jesus condemned the Scribes and the Pharisees more than any other he confronted in the new testament.  He condemned them for preventing others entering into the kingdom when they themselves refused to enter in. Mt 23:13

He condemned them for fraudulently stealing widow’s properties, and in pretense make long self righteous prayers.. Mt 23:14 He condemned them for traveling land and sea to convert someone, yet making them twice as worse as they were. Matt 23:15

He condemned them for paying their tithes yet forgetting more imperative parts of the law such as justice, mercy and faith. Mt 23:23 He condemned them for cleaning the outside of a cup, but ignoring the inside which was filled with extortion and self indulgence. Matt 23:25-26

He condemned them for appearing righteous to men outwardly, but within were filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness. Mt 23:27-28 He condemned them for building the tombs of the prophets and the righteous and claiming that if they lived in the days of the fathers, they would never have killed the prophets. Yet they were the children of those who murdered the prophets. Mt 23:29-31


Jesus on the sermon on the mount taught that we are not to give openly. Those who give that others may see have their reward. For such seek the praises of men, and not the praises of God. Jn 12:43 Such charity must be given in secret, and the Father which sees in secret shall reward us openly. Matt 6:2-4


Jesus condemned those who pray in order to be seen of men as though they were righteous. They pray standing in the synagogues and in the streets that all may hear and see them. They use vain repetitions to be heard as though many words make them appear more pious, not realizing God knows all that we have need of before we ask him. Mt 6:5-8


Jesus condemned fasting openly in order to appear unto man as righteous. Such would fast twice in the week when only once was commanded. Lk 18:12 Jesus commanded those who would fast to anoint  their head and wash their face so that no one would know they were fasting, but God. Mt 16:18


Jesus condemned those who would judge another when they themselves were guilty of the same. Rom 2:1-4f; Rom 2:21,22 If man is to judge another, he must not be guilty of sins greater than what he is condemning. He must remove his sins before he attempts to remove the sins of others. Mt 7:1-5 He must judge righteous judgment according to God’s Word, and not according to the appearance, and of man’s wisdom. Jn 7:24f; 1 Cor 2:13


Jesus said many were hypocrites for worshiping God in vain. Those who praise and honor God with mere words, and yet refuse to obey God is unacceptable. It is vain for man to worship God with the commandments of men. Mt 15:7-9 This is done when men add to God’s Word, or take from it. Paul taught we are not to go beyond what was written. 1 Cor 4:6 Peter wrote that we are to speak the oracles of God. 1 Pet 4:11 The holy scriptures bear record that God forbids man to add to or take from his Word. Deut 4:2ff; Deut 5:32; Deut 12:32; Deut 28:14; Josh 1:7; Prov 30:6; Eccl 3:14; Acts 4:19,20; Acts 5:29; Rev 22:18,19

Conclusion: To put it lightly, God hates hypocrites. He despises pretenders. If we want to please God we must  do it honestly. If we want to please God we must worship Him sincerely, and in truth. Josh 24:14 Paul said, “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.” Eph 6:24 And those who love the Lord also obey him. Jn 14:15f; 1 Jn 5:3

Let us as Children of God seek not the praises of the world, but rather the praises of God. Let us put all of our self-righteousness away, and admit that each of us are sinners, and worthy of hell except we be washed by the blood of Christ. All have sinned, and all come short of God’s glory. Rom 3:23 There is none righteousness, no not one. Rom 3:10 All of our righteousness are as filthy rags. Isa 64:6  Let us not be guilty of the sins of the Pharisees and Scribes, but rather let us seek the mercies of God by our full submission to Christ, and His glorious gospel; for without the cleansing of blood of Christ shall no man be saved. 1 Pet 1:18,19

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