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?