What Would Jesus Undo – Part 3
Pastor Louis Johnson, September 16, 2018
Part 3- Hypocrisy
“The single greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door, and deny Him with their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” -Brennan Manning
Hypocrisy is not the disparity between what we do and what we wish we did.
Hypocrisy is the gap between what we show and who we are.
(Titus 1:16) They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him…
(Matthew 23:27-28, 33) “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. …33 You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?”
Hope for the Hypocrite
(Matthew 23:25-26) “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
(Proverbs 28:13) Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
(Psalm 139:23-24) Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
We don’t close the gaps with perfection.
We close the gaps with Christ.