Satan would love nothing more than for you to fall into the trap of hypocrisy! If he can get you to say one thing and act another he has a big foothold in your life. If he can get you to be someone you aren’t then he can use that to mislead and derail others! He wants you to live a fake life! Hypocrisy can utterly destroy your testimony!
Let’s be honest…everyone hates hypocrisy! You hate it! You hate duplicity. You hate dishonesty. You hate fakeness… BUT…you are a professional at being a hypocrite! You hate it in other people, but excuse it in yourself. You are very good at hiding what you really believe, what you really think, and how you really feel.
What is Hypocrisy? “It is a conflict between your beliefs and behavior.”
Biblical Example of Type 1 Hypocrisy: This is someone who does NOT inwardly believe, but outwardly behaves like they do. The Pharisees in the NT (Matthew 23) are a clear example of this type of hypocrisy. They displayed a life of contradiction; they were always putting on a “spiritual show” for others to see, but they didn’t inwardly believe. The Pharisee focused more on the outward physical appearance than the inward heart condition. Sadly, there are many people attending churches today who are not saved, but sure act like it.
Biblical Example of Type 2 Hypocrisy: This is someone who inwardly believes, but does NOT outwardly behave like they do. Lot in Genesis 13, 19 was a believer (2 Peter 2:6-8), but didn’t live like it. He occupied himself with worldly matters and never developed any spiritual backbone for righteous living and when it came time for him to “live for God” he didn’t have any spiritual credibility with others. There are many Christians in churches today who are like this. They are genuinely saved, but worldly minded.
Authenticity: This is someone who inwardly believes AND outwardly behaves like it. Word and actions match up. There are many examples in scripture we could go to, but over in Numbers 13-14 you find Caleb & Joshua genuinely living for God! They were the real deal! They were very transparent around others and God greatly honored them for their authenticity. It is vital for Christians to be the same in public as they are in private.
- 6 Statements about Hyporcisy -
1. Recognize that hypocrisy is a conflict between what you say (words) and how you act (behavior). – What areas in your life are you showing conflict between what you say and how you act? Facebook? Social Environments? Gossip? Church? Priorities? *You claim to be one thing but in reality you are another!
2. A hypocrite is someone who tries to please two gods at the same time. That is impossible! – Type 2 hypocrites want to serve God, but they love the world too much so they figure they can do BOTH! Never has this worked and it never will! You must make a decision and commitment about which “god” you are going to serve!
3. The day will come when your hypocrisy (fakeness) will breakdown and your true colors will be revealed. – Some of you are very good at playing the hypocrite. You are good at fooling people (pastors, parents, etc), but you aren’t fooling God and one day SOON all this fakeness will breakdown and the real you will be revealed! Time will tell!
4. Understand that the cause of hypocrisy is the result of a total lack of intimacy with God. – The reason people play the hypocrite is due to a failure to have a close relationship with God.
- Type 1 needs to get saved!
- Type 2 needs to put off!
- Both are lacking an intimate relationship with God! When you don’t spend time with God and actively grow in your walk with Him you cover it up with hypocrisy.
5. Understand that the internal struggle to do right doesn’t make you a hypocrite. It is what you decide to do that determines who you really are. – Ok, read carefully! Someone who struggles (with the flesh) on doing what is right and OBEYS is NOT a hypocrite. For example – Let’s say you wake up and don’t feel like reading your Bible, does that make you a hypocrite? NO! – It’s the decision you make that determines the outcome.
Satan knows this and wants to paralyze your effectiveness for God by getting you to think that you are a hypocrite because you don’t always FEEL like doing spiritual things. Don’t fall into this trap! Hypocrisy or authenticity is all based on the outcome, not emotion.
6. God delights and takes pleasure not in perfection, but in authenticity. He wants you to be real! – Remember, authenticity is NOT perfection; it is action to do right. There will be times where you sin, but do you repent? Real Christians get right with God. Real Christians admit their spiritual need to grow. Be the real deal! You must be the same person in public as you are behind closed doors!
Are you hypocritical or authentic?
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Credit: A part of this outline was adapted from a sermon preached by Cary Schmidt, student pastor at Lancaster Baptist Church.