Summary: A searching, satire on the prevalent hypocrisy in the church: with humorous reflections on the preacher, prayer, choir, deacons, and ushers.
**** Disclaimer **** This sermon’s intent is to highlight hypocrisy in all levels of the church where the enemy is trying to deceive and infiltrate. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO OFFEND OR BE JUDGEMENTAL. I love all people and my heart yearns that all would be saved. He that winneth souls is wise (Prov. 11:30). Some approaches reach audiences that other approaches may not. Please prayerfully read this sermon and share it with anyone you feel it would bles. Read it with the heart of love and care that the author INTENDS! Thanks.*******
THE HOPELESSNESS OF THE HELL-BOUND HYPOCRITE
A SEARCHING SATIRE IN SERMON
AARON DAVID BROWN
The moral evil of hypocrisy has a definite influence in any institution. The effects of the hypocrite in the church can be seen in the preachers, choirs, and deacons. Pretentious preachers pave the pathway parallel to paradise. The preacher’s life is an encouragement to all who would pay rather than pray their way to heaven. The church membership is comprised of two groups of people, the saints, and the "aints." the saint looks at the filthy and raggedy life of the cigarette-smoking, tobacco-chewing, woman-chasing preacher and reasons that if he is to make it to heaven, he will have to pray his way and follow the perfect example of Christ.
The "aint" on the other hand, sees in this preacher, things common to himself, so he believes he can pay his way to heaven. He gives money to the preacher in order to keep his bar full and entertain some of the half-saved (totally lost) sisters in the congregation. The aint further believes that if he ushers or teaches a Sunday "fool" class he is reserving his seat on the glory-bound train. He thinks he’s on his way to heaven and so glad, but in reality he is on his way to hell and it’s too bad. This false notion of eternal destiny is derived from watching his sin-cursed, hell-bound, demon-delighting preacher. Not only do the preacher’s actions affect the church, but also the message he proclaims.
The preacher’s soul-inspiring, body-perspiring, and mind-retiring sermon soothes the sunburn of sin of the celestial travelers. Every one whose heart is not right with God, knows it. However, if the hypocrite has his way, the sinner will not dwell on the fate of his eternal destiny.
There are three notable elements to the preacher’s sermon. The first is his soul-inspiring, or should I say "sole"-inspiring message. This type of message would emphasize the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man with an introductory phrase such as, "we are all our heavenly father’s children." however, I must beg to differ with this statement, for some people have got a devil for a daddy - Jesus said, "ye are of your father the devil" (John 8:44).
The second element is seen in the antics of the preacher as he perspires. On Sunday morning the preacher mounts the rostrum and in record time he has pulled off his jacket, loosened his tie, rolled up his sleeves, and shakes so much that you would be almost tempted to forget that he is talking loud and saying nothing. The third element is the mind-retiring effect on the listeners.
As the preacher begins talking about current events, the mind of the sinner retires to contemplate social issues instead of soul issues. The poor misguided sinner has failed to realize that true Christianity is not an outward conformation (reading the bible, attending church, and believing in God - so does the devil), but an inward transformation (James 2:17; Romans 12:2). One preacher has succinctly stated, "the church is a place that you have to pull off yourself in order to get into." Although the clergy contributes to parishioner progress, the choir also plays a part.
The choir members and musicians imply that those who are not saved from sinning can be saved by singing. This is evidenced by the manner in which the choir sings. After watching the choir for a period of time, it soon becomes evident that none can sing heaven’s songs like hell’s citizens. The hypocrite usually doesn’t make it to service until he is scheduled to sing. When he does sing, he puts on a grand performance. He will wait until the song is over and start it up again while running aimlessly across the pulpit, knocking over chairs, and commanding the immediate attention of the ushers.
Now the ushers refuse to be out-done by this second-rate performance in the pulpit, so they make their debut. One usher leaps frantically on the back of the singer, another grabs his arms, another fans him as if his life depended on it, and another waits until the man is totally subdued and says, "that’s all right brother, praise him."