Debunking Faith Busters (Part 7: What About Hypocrisy?)

“DEBUNKING FAITH BUSTERS”

Part 7 (conclusion): WHAT ABOUT HYPOCRISY?

Why are there so many hypocrites in the church?

I. QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION:

  1. Do Christians live lives at a significantly higher moral level than non-Christians?
  2. Do Christians bear more fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)?
  3. Do Christians love each other and non-Christians more?
  4. Do Christians have a better work?
  5. Do Christians have more honesty, integrity, character and trustworthiness than non-Christians?
  6. What about people who have done horrible things, saying God told them to?
  7. What about you? What would others say about you?

II. WE SHOULD HUMBLY ADMIT OUR FAILURES & FAULTS.

  1. 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).
  2. Humility attracts the grace & blessing of God (Lk. 18:9-14).
  3. 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?

  1. Not everyone who professes to be a Christian is actually a Christian (Matt. 7:15-21; chapter 23)!
  2. 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).
  3. The church is a place for broken people to find wholeness, not a country club for perfect people (a process).
  4. What about the stories of Christianity’s checkered past?
    1. There’s disagreement about what really happened.
    2. 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)!