Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Monday, August 15, 2016

A Hypocritical Excuse

Most people have a negative view of hypocrites. Jesus also had a negative view of hypocrites. However, there is a difference in His response. People talk about hypocrites; Jesus talked to them. This is what He said:

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.” (Matthew 23:13-15)

People use hypocrites as an excuse for not becoming real Christians. That should be a reason not to be a hypocrite, not a reason not to be a Christian. Hypocrites are not Christians. Unless they repent, they will end up in the bad place.

There are some people who know that they are not hypocrites. They are just bad and wicked. Jesus said: “He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 24:51)

These non-hypocrites will end up in the same hell as the hypocrites.

There is no virtue in simply not being a hypocrite.

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