Summary: Many may be living lives as hypocrites while pretending to be Christians.
Words have meanings.
A. This is why you just don’t see parents naming
their children: Jezebel, Judas, Adolph, or Demas.
Because there can be bad associations with some words,
people have euphemized some words.
A. You all know the words.....gay (which doesn’t
mean happy), shack-up (which is not a
commentary on a jumping basketball player),
weed (which is not something, in the garden
that we try to pull up).....etc., etc..
1. As society starts to accept things that are
considered wrong....as being O.K.....they
try to take the stigma of the wrong off, by
changing the names of sin.
Some things are so bad, though, that even our wicked
world of sin can’t (or doesn’t) find a name that can
substitute for it.
A. There is no nice name for rape or murder.....yet.
1. There is another word that nobody has found
a way to change....it is still despicable to
everyone........and that name is...
The only time anyone will admit to this name is when
he/she is either caught or confronted....or is ready to repent.
A. If I asked for a show of hands in here, today, of
anyone who is a hypocrite....we might get a few
from those who want to impress us with their
1. But if we asked for details, they might not
be so forthcoming.
Perhaps.....some would not even be able to recognize
themselves as practicing this deceit.
A. They may have already mad excuses, either out
loud....or to themselves.
1. “Everyone wants to do that....I just have the
nerve to do it......but I don’t need to
2. “A person only gets some opportunities
once in life.....I can’t let these slip through
my fingers....but others just wouldn’t
3. “Everybody else does it....they just hide it
as I do”.
4. “I know others seem to think that this is
wrong.....but I just can’t see it that way”.
A major hurdle to overcoming real hypocrisy, in real
people, in the real Church........is to recognize it and
especially.....to recognize it in me.
A. Certainly we can all recognize moments of
hypocrisy in ourselves.....and when we do...
we repent of it and ask God’s forgiveness.
1. We are dealing with a hypocritical life-style
which is ongoing.
a. Some are acting the part...living a lie.
Let us take the time to point out the things that indicate that
we may be living that lie.
I. First of all, the lifestyle of a hypocrite is measured by
the fact that this person WANTS TO DO WRONG...
or more correctly....THIS PERSON DOES NOT
HAVE THE WILL TO DO WHAT THEY REALLY
KNOW, IS RIGHT!
Acts 5:3-4 - 3But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan
filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part
of the price of the land for yourself? 4“While it remained,
was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in
your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in
your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”
A. Those that live a lifestyle of the hypocrite do not
continue in this lifestyle, by accident.
1. They “conceive to deceive”.
a. There is a lot of planning that must be
taken into account when one decides
to live “two lives”.
1.) One must decide upon whom they
2.) They certainly know why they are
trying to perpetrate this deception.
3.) They must make intricate plans as
to how they will carry out this
B. For an ongoing life of deception....there has to
be a will to fool....to trick...to dupe...to deceive
1. In some form or other, this deception is to
fulfill a person’s selfish desires.
a. Excuses may be used to justify....but
the bottom line is selfishness.
** A hypocrite weighs the options (the risks of getting
caught)...writes the script....and then goes to the
trouble of performing, at the peril of the soul, the
the acts that are designed to fool.
1. This hypocrite continues to play this part because
he/she wants to.
II. People who live the part of the hypocrite, do not want
to......actually fear with all their hearts, being called
into account and exposed for all their wrongdoing.
A. Hypocritical people do not have a good working
knowledge of how God works.
Romans 8:27 - 27Now He who searches the hearts
knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes
intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
1. Intellectually, they may understand that
God sees and understands everything that
a. In reality.....these people view God as
they view mankind.
1.) A God who is limited in
sight...and limited in
a.) Why else would any
intelligent person sneak
around in an attempt to
deceive...if they accepted,
as reality, a God that