Hypocrisy is serious. I’ve previously written about this twice now and it’s still as serious as last week. Jesus hated hypocrisy and ripped into hypocrites whenever he could. It abounds in our day, it harms Christian witness but is often misunderstood. Not everyone who has moral failings is a hypocrite. The sin of hypocrisy takes a special little something. That special something is the denial that one is a sinner. Look at those whom Jesus accused of hypocrisy. They were those who believed that in and of themselves they could be righteous. Just because a person does not live up to their beliefs does not automatically make them a hypocrite. This guy is a hypocrite. This guy is not. Both believed in the same commands but one is confident that he’s made it, the other beats his breast and knows he can’t. Repentance in the heart is the difference.
A Christian guy who believes in sexual purity but sleeps around and pretends he doesn’t is a hypocrite. The Christian guy who believes in sexual purity but slips into pornography, feels remorse, confesses and repents, is not. The oft-heard objection that “All Christians are hypocrites” needs to be challenged on that point. No person is morally perfect, save One. The fact that Christians have sins themselves only serves to reinforce the idea that we need Someone to save us. But likewise, Christians need to know that they will be hypocrites unless we likewise repent. Repentance is the glad acknowledgement of sin, asking for forgiveness, and turning away from it.
Ways to avoid hypocrisy are:
1) be perfect – you can try this approach but sorry, only One has been able to pull it off,
2) be a complete moral relativist – right and wrong changing places on a whim – good luck staying consistent,
3) be repentant. I recommend #3.