What About all the Hypocrites in the Church

Peter Hammond
Peter HammondMissionary at Frontline Fellowship
What About all the Hypocrites in the Church
What About all the Hypocrites in the Church
“I would never become a Christian!
Look at all the hypocrites in the church!
Look at all the scandals of tele-evangelists, the Health
and Wealth preachers, the Name it! Claim it! Frame it!
hyper-faith prosperity preachers, two-faced frauds and
conmen! I don’t want to be part of hypocrisy!”
ANSWERS
for Skeptics
God is far more offended by hypocrisy than you are.
The Bible contains the greatest condemnations of
hypocrisy ever recorded.
The Apostle Paul wrote about: “False apostles,
deceitful workers, transforming themselves into
apostles of Christ, and no wonder!
For satan himself transforms himself into an angel
of light,
therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also
transform themselves into ministers of
righteousness, whose end will be according to their
works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Paul also wrote of: “false brethren secretly brought
in…” Galatians 2:4
The Apostle Peter taught that we are to lay
“aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy
and all evil speaking.” 1 Peter 2:1
The writer of the book of Hebrews exhorts us to:
“draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled
from an evil conscience…” Hebrews 10:22
What About all the Hypocrites in the Church
Our Lord
Jesus Christ
exposed and
condemned
hypocrisy
most famously
in the
Sermon on
the Mount
(Matthew 6:1-6;
16-18; 7:1-5).
Matthew 23 records our Lord devastating condemnation
of hypocrisy: “All their works they do to be seen
by men… woe to you, …hypocrites!
For you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against
men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you
allow those who are entering to go in. …hypocrites!
For you devour widows houses… hypocrites!
You make him twice as much the son of hell
as yourselves.
Woe to you, blind guides… fools and blind! …
blind guides, who strain out a gnat
and swallow a camel! …full of extortion
and self-indulgence… woe to you… hypocrites!
For you are like white washed tombs which indeed
appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of
dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to
men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and
lawlessness…
…serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape
the condemnation of hell?” Matthew 23:1-33
God clearly demands honesty and sincerity.
Our yes must be YES ! and our no, NO !
Hypocrisy is consistently condemned
throughout Scripture.
What About all the Hypocrites in the Church
There are of course hypocrites and charlatans in the
medical profession too, who violate their Hippocratic
Oath to never give an abortifacient to a pregnant
woman, nor to do anything to harm a patient.
There are innumerable scandals of organ harvesting
from prisoners in China to provide kidneys, livers and
hearts for transplants to patients willing to pay enough.
Doctors who kill babies through abortion.
Doctors who kill old people through euthanasia.
However, none of us should allow the presence of
tens-of-thousands of hypocrites in the
medical profession to stop us from going to
trusted doctors and dentists when we are ill.
There are many counterfeit banknotes, but that doesn’t
stop any of us from using genuine notes.
What About all the Hypocrites in the Church
We have heard the reports of hamburgers contaminated
with, amongst other things, the ecoli virus,
but people still want real burgers.
The church is not perfect. But Jesus Christ is perfect!
Jesus Christ is probably the only person who has
perfectly lived what He preached.
He said what
He meant.
He meant
what He said.
He did all that
He promised.
He perfectly
lived up to
God’s
standards of
righteousness.
You can point
out many
failings, and
even frauds, in
the established
church.
However,
nobody could
ever point out
any such
failure or
fraud in our
Lord Jesus
Christ.
Typically, hypocrisy in the church is used as an excuse
for not repenting of our sins or surrendering our lives to
Christ. By pointing out the sins of others,
we try to justify our own sins.
It needs to be pointed out that not everyone who
attends church services is a true Christian.
Many have no saving knowledge of Christ.
The true Church of Christ consists of born again
believers regenerated by God’s Holy Spirit. By definition
a Christian has to admit that he is a sinner
and is not good enough for Heaven.
By virtue of being a Christian one has to acknowledge
one’s sinfulness and depravity.
That one deserves the wrath of God in hell.
The Christian Church requires a public acknowledgement of
sin as a condition for membership.
The very ordinances of the Church make this clear.
Baptism is for the forgiveness of sins, symbolising
burial and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper reinforces
this, emphasising that we are sinners needing God’s
mercy and salvation by Blood Atonement.
The Lord’s Prayer includes the petition to
forgive us our sins.
The Apostles Creed includes the forgiveness of sins.
The regular reading of the Ten Commandments in our
churches reminds us of God’s standards
and how we have failed.
The General Supplication and other aspects of
church liturgy emphasises the public
acknowledgement of sin and pleas
for God’s mercy.
The Church has never claimed to be a fellowship of
perfect people. That would be hypocritical.
The Church is a fellowship of sinners who acknowledge
their complete dependence upon the mercy of their
Almighty God to forgive and transform them. That is
what Grace means – God’s undeserved favour.
The Apostle Paul claimed:
“I am the worst of sinners.”
Authentic Christians claim to be so bad that they
deserve to be sentenced to hell forever.
John Newton’s popular hymn begins:
“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.”
That is why Todd Friel’s Radio and T.V
ministry is titled Wretched!
It may be a good thing that there are hypocrites in the
church – they may hear the Gospel,
repent of their hypocrisy and be saved.
We don’t criticise hospitals for
being full of sick people.
That is exactly what hospitals are built for!
Nowhere will
one find more
consistent
condemnation
of hypocrisy
than in the
Bible.
No one
condemned
hypocrisy more
effectively than
Jesus Christ.
No one has
lived a more
sincere and
righteous life
than Jesus.
Therefore it is not
logical to use the
existence of
hypocrites in the
church as an excuse
to reject Jesus Christ.
No one could ever
accuse our Lord
Jesus Christ of
being a hypocrite!
If you allow a
hypocrite to
come between
you and God,
then the
hypocrite is
closer to God
than you are!
If you boycott church because you hate hypocrisy,
then you could end up spending all eternity
with all the hypocrites in hell!
There is a lot of hypocrisy in this world.
Islam claims to be a peaceful and tolerant religion,
while many of its members declare Jihad,
issue death threats, murder and mutilate vast amounts
of people in the name of their religion.
Newspaper Editors claim to stand for freedom of
speech while censoring pro-life obituaries.
What About all the Hypocrites in the Church
What About all the Hypocrites in the Church
What About all the Hypocrites in the Church
Communists condemn oppression and uphold
themselves as “liberators” and “champions of justice”
while communist regimes have been
the most oppressive in all of history.
No other regimes have imprisoned as many people,
executed as many victims, deliberately starved so many
millions, erected such huge institutions of oppression,
employed more secret police, imprisoning whole nations
behind an Iron Curtain of barbed wire, mine fields,
electric fencing and machine gun towers.
The Iron Lady had this to say about the Berlin Wall: “The Berlin
Wall stands as concrete proof that when people have a choice,
they choose to be free … Freedom has its problems – but we’ve
never needed to build walls to keep our people in.”
Just in the 20th century over 160 million people were
killed by communist governments, even while they
claimed to be devoted to “World Peace!”
The African Union continually talks about “democracy”
and “human rights” whilst the vast majority of
government leaders represented at the OAU are
dictators.
Humanists claim to stand for “tolerance”, yet are
thoroughly intolerant of Evangelical Christians.
What About all the Hypocrites in the Church
Humanists champion “diversity” and “pluralism”,
and yet they work steadfastly
to exclude Christian views from the public sphere.
Teachers who
believe in the
sanctity of marriage
are expected to go
against their own
conscience to
teach their students
“Situation Ethics”
and perverse
“Alternative
Lifestyles”.
Evolutionists who claim to be for “freedom of speech”
regularly ban any dissension, or discussion, and fire
those scientists who question Darwinian Evolutionism,
or who seem to consider Intelligent Design.
The fact is humanism is the most destructive religion
of all time, and the most intolerant.
Even amidst the original twelve Disciples of
Christ, there was Judas
– the ultimate hypocrite and traitor
Yet that has not stopped millions of Christians,
throughout the ages, from finding Grace and
peace at the foot of the Cross.
If you have been let down or betrayed,
by a professing Christian, do not let that
come between you and God.
Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one
comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).
Many people despise and reject what they think is
Christianity when they are merely rejecting the
hypocritical churchianity that our Lord Jesus Christ
Himself rejected and condemned.
Do not let the
counterfeit
and the false
keep you
away from
the
genuine
and the
real.
What About all the Hypocrites in the Church
This presentation has been
adapted from the book
Answering Skeptics.
The book and
MP3 Boxset Answering
Skeptics
are available from
Christian Liberty Books, PO
Box 358, Howard Place 7450,
Cape Town, South Africa,
tel: 021-689-7478
admin@christianlibertybooks.co.za
www.christianlibertybooks.co.za.
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What About all the Hypocrites in the Church
Dr. Peter Hammond
Reformation Society
P.O. Box 74
Newlands, 7725
Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: (021) 689-4480
Fax: (021) 685-5884
Email: info@ReformationSA.org
Website: www.ReformationSA.org
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  • 4. Look at all the scandals of tele-evangelists, the Health and Wealth preachers, the Name it! Claim it! Frame it! hyper-faith prosperity preachers, two-faced frauds and conmen! I don’t want to be part of hypocrisy!”
  • 6. God is far more offended by hypocrisy than you are. The Bible contains the greatest condemnations of hypocrisy ever recorded.
  • 7. The Apostle Paul wrote about: “False apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ, and no wonder!
  • 8. For satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light,
  • 9. therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
  • 10. Paul also wrote of: “false brethren secretly brought in…” Galatians 2:4
  • 11. The Apostle Peter taught that we are to lay “aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and all evil speaking.” 1 Peter 2:1
  • 12. The writer of the book of Hebrews exhorts us to: “draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience…” Hebrews 10:22
  • 14. Our Lord Jesus Christ exposed and condemned hypocrisy most famously in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:1-6; 16-18; 7:1-5).
  • 15. Matthew 23 records our Lord devastating condemnation of hypocrisy: “All their works they do to be seen by men… woe to you, …hypocrites!
  • 16. For you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. …hypocrites!
  • 17. For you devour widows houses… hypocrites! You make him twice as much the son of hell as yourselves.
  • 18. Woe to you, blind guides… fools and blind! … blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! …full of extortion and self-indulgence… woe to you… hypocrites!
  • 19. For you are like white washed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
  • 20. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness…
  • 21. …serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?” Matthew 23:1-33
  • 22. God clearly demands honesty and sincerity. Our yes must be YES ! and our no, NO !
  • 23. Hypocrisy is consistently condemned throughout Scripture.
  • 25. There are of course hypocrites and charlatans in the medical profession too, who violate their Hippocratic Oath to never give an abortifacient to a pregnant woman, nor to do anything to harm a patient.
  • 26. There are innumerable scandals of organ harvesting from prisoners in China to provide kidneys, livers and hearts for transplants to patients willing to pay enough.
  • 27. Doctors who kill babies through abortion.
  • 28. Doctors who kill old people through euthanasia.
  • 29. However, none of us should allow the presence of tens-of-thousands of hypocrites in the medical profession to stop us from going to trusted doctors and dentists when we are ill.
  • 30. There are many counterfeit banknotes, but that doesn’t stop any of us from using genuine notes.
  • 32. We have heard the reports of hamburgers contaminated with, amongst other things, the ecoli virus, but people still want real burgers.
  • 33. The church is not perfect. But Jesus Christ is perfect! Jesus Christ is probably the only person who has perfectly lived what He preached.
  • 34. He said what He meant. He meant what He said. He did all that He promised. He perfectly lived up to God’s standards of righteousness.
  • 35. You can point out many failings, and even frauds, in the established church. However, nobody could ever point out any such failure or fraud in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 36. Typically, hypocrisy in the church is used as an excuse for not repenting of our sins or surrendering our lives to Christ. By pointing out the sins of others, we try to justify our own sins.
  • 37. It needs to be pointed out that not everyone who attends church services is a true Christian. Many have no saving knowledge of Christ.
  • 38. The true Church of Christ consists of born again believers regenerated by God’s Holy Spirit. By definition a Christian has to admit that he is a sinner and is not good enough for Heaven.
  • 39. By virtue of being a Christian one has to acknowledge one’s sinfulness and depravity. That one deserves the wrath of God in hell.
  • 40. The Christian Church requires a public acknowledgement of sin as a condition for membership. The very ordinances of the Church make this clear.
  • 41. Baptism is for the forgiveness of sins, symbolising burial and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper reinforces this, emphasising that we are sinners needing God’s mercy and salvation by Blood Atonement.
  • 42. The Lord’s Prayer includes the petition to forgive us our sins. The Apostles Creed includes the forgiveness of sins.
  • 43. The regular reading of the Ten Commandments in our churches reminds us of God’s standards and how we have failed.
  • 44. The General Supplication and other aspects of church liturgy emphasises the public acknowledgement of sin and pleas for God’s mercy.
  • 45. The Church has never claimed to be a fellowship of perfect people. That would be hypocritical.
  • 46. The Church is a fellowship of sinners who acknowledge their complete dependence upon the mercy of their Almighty God to forgive and transform them. That is what Grace means – God’s undeserved favour.
  • 47. The Apostle Paul claimed: “I am the worst of sinners.”
  • 48. Authentic Christians claim to be so bad that they deserve to be sentenced to hell forever.
  • 49. John Newton’s popular hymn begins: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.”
  • 50. That is why Todd Friel’s Radio and T.V ministry is titled Wretched!
  • 51. It may be a good thing that there are hypocrites in the church – they may hear the Gospel, repent of their hypocrisy and be saved.
  • 52. We don’t criticise hospitals for being full of sick people.
  • 53. That is exactly what hospitals are built for!
  • 54. Nowhere will one find more consistent condemnation of hypocrisy than in the Bible.
  • 55. No one condemned hypocrisy more effectively than Jesus Christ. No one has lived a more sincere and righteous life than Jesus.
  • 56. Therefore it is not logical to use the existence of hypocrites in the church as an excuse to reject Jesus Christ. No one could ever accuse our Lord Jesus Christ of being a hypocrite!
  • 57. If you allow a hypocrite to come between you and God, then the hypocrite is closer to God than you are!
  • 58. If you boycott church because you hate hypocrisy, then you could end up spending all eternity with all the hypocrites in hell!
  • 59. There is a lot of hypocrisy in this world. Islam claims to be a peaceful and tolerant religion, while many of its members declare Jihad,
  • 60. issue death threats, murder and mutilate vast amounts of people in the name of their religion.
  • 61. Newspaper Editors claim to stand for freedom of speech while censoring pro-life obituaries.
  • 65. Communists condemn oppression and uphold themselves as “liberators” and “champions of justice” while communist regimes have been the most oppressive in all of history.
  • 66. No other regimes have imprisoned as many people, executed as many victims, deliberately starved so many millions, erected such huge institutions of oppression,
  • 67. employed more secret police, imprisoning whole nations behind an Iron Curtain of barbed wire, mine fields, electric fencing and machine gun towers.
  • 68. The Iron Lady had this to say about the Berlin Wall: “The Berlin Wall stands as concrete proof that when people have a choice, they choose to be free … Freedom has its problems – but we’ve never needed to build walls to keep our people in.”
  • 69. Just in the 20th century over 160 million people were killed by communist governments, even while they claimed to be devoted to “World Peace!”
  • 70. The African Union continually talks about “democracy” and “human rights” whilst the vast majority of government leaders represented at the OAU are dictators.
  • 71. Humanists claim to stand for “tolerance”, yet are thoroughly intolerant of Evangelical Christians.
  • 73. Humanists champion “diversity” and “pluralism”, and yet they work steadfastly to exclude Christian views from the public sphere.
  • 74. Teachers who believe in the sanctity of marriage are expected to go against their own conscience to teach their students “Situation Ethics” and perverse “Alternative Lifestyles”.
  • 75. Evolutionists who claim to be for “freedom of speech” regularly ban any dissension, or discussion, and fire those scientists who question Darwinian Evolutionism, or who seem to consider Intelligent Design.
  • 76. The fact is humanism is the most destructive religion of all time, and the most intolerant.
  • 77. Even amidst the original twelve Disciples of Christ, there was Judas
  • 78. – the ultimate hypocrite and traitor
  • 79. Yet that has not stopped millions of Christians, throughout the ages, from finding Grace and peace at the foot of the Cross.
  • 80. If you have been let down or betrayed, by a professing Christian, do not let that come between you and God.
  • 81. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).
  • 82. Many people despise and reject what they think is Christianity when they are merely rejecting the hypocritical churchianity that our Lord Jesus Christ Himself rejected and condemned.
  • 83. Do not let the counterfeit and the false keep you away from the genuine and the real.
  • 85. This presentation has been adapted from the book Answering Skeptics.
  • 86. The book and MP3 Boxset Answering Skeptics are available from Christian Liberty Books, PO Box 358, Howard Place 7450, Cape Town, South Africa, tel: 021-689-7478 admin@christianlibertybooks.co.za www.christianlibertybooks.co.za.
  • 89. Dr. Peter Hammond Reformation Society P.O. Box 74 Newlands, 7725 Cape Town, South Africa Tel: (021) 689-4480 Fax: (021) 685-5884 Email: info@ReformationSA.org Website: www.ReformationSA.org