Hypocrisy: The Modern Church
1. Professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not actually hold or possess.
2. A show or expression of feelings or beliefs one does not actually hold or possess by their actions.
Matt 19:19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”
Matt 22:37-40 Jesus said to him,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the first and great commandment. “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Mark 12:30-33 ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. “And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” So the scribe said to Him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He. “And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
Luke 10:27 So he answered and said,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.‘”
Rom 13:9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Rom 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Gal 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Gal 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith
1Tim 6:18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,
Heb 13:16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Jas 2:8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well;
Jas 2:15-17 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Jas 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
1Pet 3:11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.
3John 1:11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.
The Bible tells us that when we have any opportunity to do good we must do it. The Bible says that if we do not take the opportunity to do good when we know it, then that is sin before God.
A church I know of real well, leadership is considering walking away from a perfect opportunity to do the will of God: An opportunity to do good 365 days a year and follow the commands of the Bible they profess to believe in and obey: Do good.
This one time opportunity will cost the church treasury nothing to speak of financially.
This opportunity will provide substance to so many people who have not.
This opportunity will allow this church to do the command to help others 365 days a year instead of only the two days a year they practice the command at present time.
This church leadership is turning their backs on a wonderful gift placed in their hands, by the will of God, when they themselves had so little faith, trust and belief that God would provide.
This church talks a lot about doing good and puff out their chest while patting themselves on the back as if they really think they have kept God’s command to do good but where is the fruit of this talk?
James said that faith without action is worthless.
By definition, this church is practicing pure hypocrisy and not following God’s commands to do good at every opportunity and to love ones neighbors.
Remember Jesus said: To the angel of the church of Ephesus, you have left your first love.
Remember Jesus said: To the angel of the church in Sardis, I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.
Remember Jesus said: To the angel of the church of the Laodiceans, I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
But Jesus also said: To the angel of the church in Smyrna, I know your works and I will give you the crown of life.
Which church do you want to be a part of?
I do not want to be associated with a church like Ephesus, Sardis or Laodicea.
I want to be a part of a church like Smyrna, that does good to its neighbors, by showing the real love of God outside the doors of a building. I want to be a part of a church whose word’s are backed up by their real actions.
Actions do speak louder than words.