Bible lesson # 21: Jesus taught us how to recognize the hypocrites

Many people will says «Lord, Lord», but not be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus warned us about the hypocrites, who are not doing the will of our Father in Heaven.

A good man from Samaria displayed the love of a God He might not jet have met.
A good man from Samaria displayed the love of a God He might not jet have met.

Its not to difficult to recognize and expose false teachers and false prophets.

By reading the Bible, you will be able to find out if a teachers is true or false. If what a claimed to be prophet predict in the name of God does not happen, we know that He has prophesied from his own imagination.

But how do we recognize Hypocrites?

The Jewish Apostle Paul gave us a good clue:

Philippians 3:19

«Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things».

Jesus our Master spoke about the Hypocrites, and exposed some of them. If you look for a pattern of fleshy desires, you will be able to find them and expose them:

Hers is a check list from our Master:

1. Hypocrites wants to be honored by men. (Matthew 6:2).

2. Hypocrites love to pray standing in the Synagogues (and i guess Churches), and street corners. (Matthew 6:5).

3. Hypocrites wants to boost of their religious duties, and tell others they are fasting (Matthew 6:16).

4. Hypocrites do not admit their own faults, but looks for faults in others. (Matthew 7:5).

5. Hypocrites give tenth, but neglect justice, mercy and faithfulness. (Matthew 23:23).

6. Hypocrites build tombs for the righteous, but denies that they them selves would have taken part in shedding the blood of the prophets. (Matthew 23:29)

7. Hypocrites honor Jesus with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him. (Mark 7:6)

Paul explains that hypocrites will also ban people from merry.

1. Tim: 4: 1-3:

«The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth».

It is worth mentioning, that within claimed to be «Christianity», there are only one kind of teachers, that ban people from getting married. And that is Roman Catholic priests. This ban includes both nuns and priests.

We must not mix up hypocrites and false teachers. Because hypocrites will often teach you correctly. But they will not obey the words of God they have given you.

Matthew 23:3

«So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach».

That why even hypocrites can lead people to faith in Jesus as the Messiah. Simply because He is the Word that became flesh. An its the Holy Spirits that saves us.

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8 thoughts on “Bible lesson # 21: Jesus taught us how to recognize the hypocrites

  1. Excellent point. Hypocrites may teach correctly but do not practice what they preach. I think that sums up catholicism. Then the little catholics go out in the world to become managers where they can tell people what to do, how to work, how to live while getting paid well for drinking coffee and telling people what to do, And perhaps false teachers create a need for hypocrites since they get everybody all confused, and in need of a teacher.

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