Hypocrites may show up at a church building every Sunday, but there are no hypocrites in the Church (Christ’s body). Hypocrite comes from the Greek word for “actor,” or pretender. Hypocrisy is “the practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold.”
The Church is made up of true believers; hypocrites are “pretenders” who sit among God’s people. God knows those who love Him, and the Bible warns that He will sort out the true converts from the false on the Day of Judgment. All hypocrites will end up in hell (Matthew 24:51).
“Religion has caused more wars than anything else in history.”
It is true that man has used religion for political gain. Nazi Germany had “God with us” engraved in German on the belts of Nazi soldiers. America said, “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.” The law may even allow you to start the Christian Nazi Party, if you so desire. You can become a “reverend” for a few dollars through the tabloid classifieds and then further your political agenda with the world’s blessing, no matter how much it smears the name of Christ.
Jesus tells us in John 16:2,3 that there will be some who, in their error, commit atrocities and murder in the name of God: “The time is coming that whosoever kills you will think that he does God service.” However, He informs us that these are not true believers: “And these things will they do to you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.” (See also 1 John 3:15.)
Jesus told His followers to love their enemies. So if a man puts a knife into someone’s back in the name of Christianity, something obviously isn’t right. If we human beings can detect it, how much more will God? He will deal with it on Judgment Day.
“I know that the Lord is always on the side of right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I—and this nation—should be on the Lord’s side.”
“Why are all Christians hypocrites? Are all Christians hypocrites?”
Perhaps no accusation is more provocative than that of “hypocrite.” Unfortunately, some feel justified in their view that all Christians are hypocrites. The term “hypocrite” enjoys a rich heritage in the English language. The term comes to us via the Latin hypocrisies meaning “play-acting, pretense.” Further back, the word is in both Classical and New Testament Greek, possessing virtually the very same idea—to play a part, pretend.
This is the way the Lord Jesus employed the term. For example, when Christ taught the significance of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving for kingdom people, He discouraged us from following the examples of those who are hypocrites (Matthew 6:2, 5, 16). By making long public prayers, employing extreme measures to ensure others noticed their fasts and parading their gifts to the Temple and the poor, they revealed only an outward attachment to the Lord. While the Pharisees performed well their dramatic role as public examples of religious virtue, they failed miserably in the inner world of the heart where Judeo-Christian virtue resides (Matthew 23:13-33; Mark 7:20-23).
Jesus never called His disciples hypocrites. That name was given only to misguided religious zealots. Rather He called His own “followers,” “babes,” “sheep,” and His “church.” In addition, there is a warning in the New Testament about the sin of hypocrisy (1 Peter 2:1), which Peter calls “insincerity.” Also, two blatant examples of hypocrisy are recorded in the Church. In Acts 5:1-10, two disciples are exposed for pretending to be more generous than they were. The consequence was not pretty. And, of all people, Peter is charged with leading a horde of hypocrites in their treatment of Gentile believers (Galatians 2:13).
From the New Testament teaching, then, we may draw at least two conclusions. First, there is the existence of hypocrites among professing Christians. They were present in the beginning and, given Jesus’ parable of the tares and wheat, they will certainly exist until the end of the age (Matthew 13:18-30). In addition, if even an apostle may be guilty of hypocrisy, there is no reason to believe “ordinary” Christians will be free from it. We must always be on our guard that we don’t fall into the very same temptation (1 Corinthians 10:12).
Of course, not everyone who claims to be a Christian is truly a Christian. Perhaps all or most of the famous hypocrites among Christians were in fact pretenders and deceivers. To this day, prominent Christian leaders have fallen into terrible sins. Financial and sexual scandals sometimes seem to plague the Christian community. However, instead of taking the actions of a few and using them to denigrate the whole community of Christians, it needs to be asked whether those who claim to be Christians, yet prove themselves to be hypocrites, are truly Christians. Numerous biblical passages confirm that those who truly belong to Christ will exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Jesus’ parable of the seed and the soils in Matthew 13 makes it clear that not all professions of faith in Him are genuine. Sadly, many who profess to belong to Him will be stunned to one day hear Him say to them, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:23).
Secondly, while it should not take us by surprise that people who pretend to be more holy than they are claim to be Christians, we cannot conclude that the Church is made up almost entirely of hypocrites. One surely may concede that all of us who name the name of Jesus Christ remain sinners even when our sin is forgiven. That is, even though we are saved from sins’ eternal penalty (Romans 5:1; 6:23), we are yet to be saved and delivered from the presence of sin in our lives (1 John 1:8-9), including the sin of hypocrisy. Through our living faith in the Lord Jesus, we continually overcome sin’s power until we are finally delivered (1 John 5:4-5).
All Christians fail to perfectly live up to the standard the Bible teaches. No Christian has ever been perfectly Christ-like. However, there are MANY Christians who are genuinely seeking to live the Christian life and are relying more and more on the Holy Spirit to convict, change and empower them to do so. There have been multitudes of Christians who have lived their lives free from scandal. No Christian is perfect, but making a mistake and failing to reach perfection in this life is not the same thing as being a hypocrite.
As for my muslim brethren, obviously, if what Allah’s injunctions are followed, the world would have known everlasting peace.
“Allah does not look at your appearance or your possessions; but He looks at your heart and your deeds.” (Muslim)
Speak the truth –- Al Qur’an 3:17
Speak straight –- Al Qur’an 33:70
Speak justice –- Al Qur’an 6:152
Speak kindly –- Al Qur’an 2:83
Speak politely –- Al Qur’an 17:53
Speak fairly –- Al Qur’an 17:28
Speak gently –- Al Qur’an 20:44
Speak graciously –- Al Qur’an 17:23
Speak not in vain –- Al Qur’an 23:3
Speak no lie –- Al Qur’an 22:30
Speak not to backbite – Al Qur’an 49:12
Speak not without proof –- Al Qur’an 2:111
Speak no slander –- Al Qur’an 33:58
“Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day (of Judgment) should not harm his neighbor. Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should host his guest generously. And anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should say what is good or keep quiet.” [Bukhari]
[Lessons from this Hadith]
In Maiduguri, the spiritual home of BH, ABUKAKAR MUSTAPHA, an imam and head of the local university’s Islamic Studies department said “How can we earn the respect of others when we as Muslims kill ourselves, when we do things that smear the name of our religion?” Mustapha asked while holding prayers Friday. “We have to go back to the basic and hold firm unto our religion with love and true devotion so that others will respect our religion and our prophet.”
Sura 63, The Hypocrites (Al-Munaafeqoon)
[63:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
[63:1] When the hypocrites come to you they say, “We bear witness that you are the messenger of GOD.”* GOD knows that you are His messenger, and GOD bears witness that the hypocrites are liars.
[63:2] Under the guise of their apparent faith, they repel the people from the path of GOD. Miserable indeed is what they do.
[63:3] This is because they believed, then disbelieved. Hence, their minds are blocked; they do not understand.
[63:4] When you see them, you may be impressed by their looks. And when they speak, you may listen to their eloquence. They are like standing logs. They think that every call is intended against them. These are the real enemies; beware of them. GOD condemns them; they have deviated.
[63:5] When they are told, “Come let the messenger of GOD pray for your forgiveness,” they mockingly turn their heads, and you see them repel others and act arrogantly.
[63:6] It is the same for them, whether you pray for their forgiveness, or not pray for their forgiveness; GOD will not forgive them. For GOD does not guide the wicked people
[63:7] They are the ones who say, “Do not give any money to those who followed the messenger of GOD, perhaps they abandon him!” However, GOD possesses the treasures of the heavens and the earth, but the hypocrites do not comprehend.
[63:8] They say, “If we go back to the city, the powerful therein will evict the weak (and we will be victimized).” (They should know that) all dignity belongs to GOD and His messenger, and the believers. However, the hypocrites do not know.
[63:9] O you who believe, do not be distracted by your money and your children from remembering GOD. Those who do this are the losers.
[63:10] You shall give from our provisions to you before death comes to you, then you say, “My Lord, if only You could delay this for a short while! I would then be charitable and join the righteous!”
[63:11] GOD never delays the appointed time of death for any soul. GOD is fully Cognizant of everything you do.
Did you send out a bad mouthed email or comment on twitter of facebook to someone recently? Did you post something in a chat room or forum that you shouldn’t have? You are Muslim, so make sure whatever comes out of your mouth is something that will bring you closer to Allah. If it’s not, then keep quiet.
Culled from various sources
And Allah knows best.