Reject Hypocrisy #271

1  Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. 2  But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. 3  And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? (Romans 2:1-3)

An oft-repeated complaint against Christians is that they are hypocrites. Why is such a charge made? Perhaps it is a diversion from the truth of one’s own sins. Hypocrisy is pretending to be what you are not. Christians are not “without sin” – “all have sinned” (Rom. 3:23). If a Christian condemns sin in another person while practicing the same or similar sins himself, that is hypocrisy, and he correctly stands condemned. But, when a Christian uses the Scriptures to identify sin, rebuke it and correct it, that is not hypocrisy. Do not let your past sins (for which you have been forgiven) keep you from helping others put away sin. If you are practicing sin, then repent now. Once you do, you can effectively help others overcome their sins in Christ.