Summary: First message looking at the "woes" that Jesus brings down on the Pharisees and religious leaders during Holy Week

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Jesus Hates Hypocrisy

Even More Than You Do!

Part 1 - The Need for Humility

Matthew 23:1-12

October 19, 2008



I’m willing to bet that no one likes a hypocrite. At least no one I know of does.

And you know what? Even hypocrites hate hypocrites. And you know why? Because they don’t see it in their own lives.

Hypocrisy is still one of the biggest reasons people choose to reject Christianity as a viable option in their lives.

They say, “The Church is full of hypocrites and I don’t want any part of it.”

And the problem is that they’re right to an extent. The church has hypocrites in it.

It’s been said that when a missionary was trying to convince Gandhi to consider Christianity, his answer was no.

He said, “I like your Christ, but I don’t like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.”

He had seen first-hand how co-called “Christians” treated people, especially those who weren’t Christians and of a lower social status than they.

Sad, isn’t it?

But in the end that argument for rejecting Jesus doesn’t hold water, because of the fact that Jesus is true, even if His followers blow it from time to time and even misuse Jesus for their own ends.

Just because I’m not perfect doesn’t mean that Jesus and His teachings aren’t true. Your imperfection doesn’t negate the fact that Jesus was the perfect Son of God who laid down His life so you could be forgiven and have a home in heaven.

And just because Joe Televangelist gets caught in a sin doesn’t mean that Jesus isn’t the only way to heaven.

He’s all these things in spite of what it looks like in the lives of some people who call themselves Christians.

But when someone tells me that they’re not interested in Jesus because of the hypocrisy in the Church, I simply say this:

“You hate hypocrisy? You should see what Jesus says about it. He hates it even more than you do!”

And if they let me, I show them this chapter that we’re going to start looking at today.

One of the things that the Church in general needs to get a better grip on is how Jesus dealt with people.

The Church is full of people and pastors who love to call out the sin of others. They’re loud and condemning.

But in the Scriptures, when Jesus is confronted by a sinner, He offers forgiveness and restoration. He doesn’t excuse or condone their sin, but He forgives it – and tells them to sin no more.

Jesus saves His harshest words for the hypocrites. And as we work our way through this chapter over the next few weeks, you’ll see what I mean.

Now here’s the hard news. We’ve all been hypocrites at one time or another. We’ve all been people who have said one thing and done another.

We’ve all been people who have pretended to be something we’re not.

Hypocrisy is never a good thing. It can hinder not only your own relationship with Jesus, it can hinder others in their relationship to Him as well, and it can even keep them from finding Jesus altogether.

Folks – can you see why Jesus doesn’t look too keenly on hypocrisy?

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