Hypocrisy Tag

Believe and Live! Exploring the Gospel of John

See You in Court

Michael Gossett

THE FAMILY RELIGION Annas and Caiaphas had false religion they were using for personal gain. No longer was it a religion for delight; it was a religion they were placing on the people of God so they could have monetary gain. John 18:12-14; 28-32.

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The Heart of Your Problem is the Problem of Your Heart

How many people will be declared righteous by performing religious acts? Zero. How many mouths will be able to give an excuse for their behavior? Zero. How many of us will be held accountable to God? All of us. So with this truth, Jesus moves on to address the true nature of sin and righteousness and it has nothing to do with the way you wash your hands or whether you eat catfish or not.

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How God Rescues Sinners

Justified margins means the left margin and the right margin are both straight; they agree. Justified people are those who have been made right with God. Here are God’s standard on the left—absolute perfection—straight up. And here we are on the right—our lives are ragged. Religion or legalism is the attempt to JUSTIFY our lives with God’s perfect standard. But we can’t justify our lives to God’s standard. Thankfully, God does the justification. It is His act, not ours!

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You Might Be a Hypocrite If…

Do you think, “I’m a pretty good person?” Or do you say, “I’m not perfect, but I’m better than most people, or at least some people?” Or do you say, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace?” Maybe you should say, “I’m not what I OUGHT to be, and I’m not what I WANT to be, and I’m not what I’m GOING to be, but thank God because of His grace, I’m not what I USED to be.” I’m just a sinner saved by grace. If you can say that, then you might NOT be a hypocrite—just a recovering hypocrite who doesn’t need a mask anymore.

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Who Appointed YOU Judge Judy?!

When we judge others while ignoring our own faults, Jesus says we’re a hypocrite. That means that we playing a part—we’re acting—rather than being real. We can evaluate other people, but we must realize our evaluation will always be limited to the fact that we can’t see inside a person’s heart. The Bible says in 1 Samuel 16:7, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” To put it another way, I can judge what you do, but I cannot judge WHY you do it. I can judge what you say, but I cannot judge WHY you say it: Only God can.

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How to I.D. Counterfeit Christians

Our faith is more precious than gold, but counterfeit Christians possess a false faith–it’s like fool’s gold. Their faith may appear to be real on the surface, but when it is put to the test it is found to be fake. When a counterfeit Christian faces the heat, they generally give up on God–because their faith is not genuine. But when a genuine Believer endures painful trials, their faith stands the test.

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Six Marks of Dead Religion

Some people assume Jesus was a nice, diplomatic gentleman who never said anything to upset anyone. In fact, He so infuriated the religious crowd they finally crucified Him. Jesus didn’t just come to comfort the afflicted; He came to afflict the comfortable.

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The False Security of Religion

You can be religious, ritualistic, a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof, and people around you will look at you, and they will say, “Oh, what a fine, religious, spiritual person he or she is.” And you’ll receive the praise of men. Or you can choose to live Godly, and one day the only applause you will hear will be the applause of the nail-scarred hands and he’ll say, “Well, done good and faithful servant.” Let’s just boil it down. Who are you trying to please? Are you into a religion or are you into a relationship?

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