Monday, September 28, 2015

Just Hypocrites!

Photo: "wells cathedral, the choir" by SEIER+SEIER is licensed under CC BY 2.0

"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others."  Matthew 6:2

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others." Matthew 6:5

"When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting." Matthew 6:16
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One of the greatest excuses people give for not going to church is that "Everyone who goes to church is a hypocrite. I know who they really are.
Why would I want to be associated with hypocrites?"

That is true but it also includes everyone on earth.  Everyone lies...from stretching the truth and half truths to downright whoppers.  I have never met anyone who can actually claim that they have never lied and I will use that statement to counter such an excuse.
it is a scathing truth that there are hypocrites in the church.  Jesus' words stated that as fact during His time on earth.  Most, if not all, of his comments about hypocrites deal with the Jewish priests and scribes.  Jesus, the most humble of all, never lied.  He told it like it was though and His Word still speaks volumes to us today.  
Serious Christians who really want to be like Jesus actually try to do so buy learning more about Him and what He expects of them.  However, Christians still sin.  Such is the nature of mankind.  The difference between the believer and non-believer is the fact that the believer's wrong-doings are forgiven when confessed and that even in their sin, Christ loves them.  
What a relief!  I don't have to live with the guilt because He forgives that along with my sin.  Oh, if the world would just believe.

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