Thoughts on Christian Hypocrisy

Recently I was musing over the common maxim regarding hypocrites in the church.  You know what I’m talking about; this idea that someone loves Jesus but not the church.

Jesus made a big deal about hypocrisy.  For him hypocrisy was so bad because it involved a lack of acknowledgment of one’s own sin and type of self-righteousness.  Self-salvation is impossible.

On the other hand, I think hypocrisy is so dangerous because it calls into question the efficacy of “new life” in Christ.

Sin is often a continual problem for the Christian, but acknowledging one’s sin does not justify it (Romans 6) and one of the results of salvation is obedience (John 14).

I am continually wrestling with the idea that what I do matters (though it does not save).  I wonder at what point honesty about my sin becomes merely a way to justify my disobedience.

If I do think that my life should reflect the character of Christ (my savior) and that my actions should demonstrate the legitimacy of my new life in Jesus, how do I avoid letting outward behavior become a substitute for the inward working of God?

One thought on “Thoughts on Christian Hypocrisy”

  1. I noticed that no one has dared comment so here I go into the breach. I’ve had more than a couple of opportunities to share with more than a couple of people the significance of JS Bach and SDG. My problem is that I like raunchy tv like Breaking Bad and I like jazz and sometimes I drive a little too fast and a little less than considerate or graceful or loving and I’m just not sure that one could apply the SDG test to any of those endeavors. I guess that Mark 9:24 and Romans 7:24 sum up my answer to christian hypocrisy. On another note, 24 must be the Christian hypocrisy number, much the same as 5 is the death number!

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