“DEBUNKING FAITH BUSTERS”
Part 7 (conclusion): WHAT ABOUT HYPOCRISY?
Why are there so many hypocrites in the church?
I. QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION:
- Do Christians live lives at a significantly higher moral level than non-Christians?
- Do Christians bear more fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)?
- Do Christians love each other and non-Christians more?
- Do Christians have a better work?
- Do Christians have more honesty, integrity, character and trustworthiness than non-Christians?
- What about people who have done horrible things, saying God told them to?
- What about you? What would others say about you?
II. WE SHOULD HUMBLY ADMIT OUR FAILURES & FAULTS.
- Humility is one of the most attractive qualities of the kingdom, while pride is one of the most repulsive character flaws there is (James 4:6, 10).
- Humility attracts the grace & blessing of God (Lk. 18:9-14).
- As Christians, we should own our failures and faults, rather than deny, justify, minimize or blame (Ja. 5:16).
III. WHY DOES HYPOCRISY EXIST IN THE CHURCH?
- Not everyone who professes to be a Christian is actually a Christian (Matt. 7:15-21; chapter 23)!
- True Christianity isn’t people trying to live by a certain set of codes, but rather people living transformed lives by the power of Jesus Christ. Faith that doesn’t save (Ja. 2:17, 19).
- The church is a place for broken people to find wholeness, not a country club for perfect people (a process).
- What about the stories of Christianity’s checkered past?
- There’s disagreement about what really happened.
- The standard is Jesus Himself, not His followers.
CONCLUSION: Hypocrisy in the church doesn’t make Christianity untrue. Let’s humbly admit our failures and faults, while genuinely pursuing an ongoing, authentic, transforming relationship with Jesus Christ (Mk. 2:15-17)!