Hypocrisy, Unbelievable Deception
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
What is a hypocrite? The dictionary describes a hypocrite as a: dissembler, (concealing one's true motives, feelings, or beliefs), deceiver, liar, sanctimonious person, a phony, fraud, and a fake. Hypocrisy is the practice of claiming to have moral standards or spiritual beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform. This is a false display of feelings, attitudes, or intentions to make something that is not genuine or sincere appear to be true.
How did our Lord treat hypocrites and those pretending to be something they were not? Christ’s warnings to those pretending to be something else were words of harsh judgment and wrath. He exposed their hypocrisies, deceit, and lies and repeatedly warned teachers who were empty of the knowledge of God. They said they offered salvation to others but were void of the salvation they claimed to proclaim. False spiritual leaders were cursed for keeping people out of heaven.
False leaders develop reasonings that pervert the truth. God is a God of truth, a God who cannot lie, and who hates lying (Proverbs 6:16-19). God is a God who speaks truth and so any false system is a lying system. False teaching results in dead works and though many may appear to be good, God sees their heart and knows their motives behind the deeds. Hypocrisy is outwardly naming the name of God but inwardly perverting the truth of the Gospel and deceiving people into believing lies. “Woe,” unto those who are hypocrites for their judgment will be fathomless and imponderable!
Have you slipped into this type of life style, saying one thing and living another? Scripture gives warning that trouble, misery and sorrow will arise, if you don’t consider your ways.
Lord, search my heart to see if there be any grievous or hypocritical way within me.