Project Ezra – Hypocrisy – 3/18/16

Greetings Project Ezra! This week’s reading is Jeremiah chapter 7.
This is a re-published post, and I decided to use it after coming across
it in my daily reading recently. We have used it several times in the
past, but it is so relevant to what we are likely to deal with on the
street, and in our every day Christian lives, that I thought it was
appropriate to re-visit it yet again. As Solomon said, there is truly
nothing new under the sun. The issues addressed in these scriptures are
the same issues we deal with today. Time has changed, but human hearts
have not. This chapter could focus on a number of issues, but we will be
looking specifically at hypocrisy.

The claim of hypocrisy is one of the biggest complaints you are
likely to hear from non-believers, and even from professing believers
that choose not to attend a church or take part in “organized religion”.
We are told “Christians are hypocrites!” and no one wants to be around
hypocrites. It’s true that to a certain extent all Christians are
hypocritical, since any true believer would confess that they still
struggle with sin. None of us will be perfect until we reach heaven,
though by God’s grace and the power of the Spirit, we are being
sanctified day by day. But while some people are so determined to find
any excuse to deny Christ that they will grasp at any straw in their
attempt to discredit a Christian’s testimony and declare them a
hypocrite, most are referring to those to claim the name of Christ but
give no indication, by their behavior, that they take that claim
seriously.

The Bible not only has an answer for hypocrisy, but predicts it. It
says many will claim to trust in God, but do exactly the opposite. But
God doesn’t turn a blind eye to this, or say it’s OK. He says those who
claim His name but continue in their idolatry, living as if He doesn’t
exist, are liars and the truth is not in them. Matthew 7 said that many,
maybe even most, of those who claim His name will be turned away on the
Day of Judgment, and He will tell them “I never knew you.” This is
sobering to say the least, and should cause us to examine ourselves. It
should also encourage us, not to try to categorize everyone we know into
the “Saved” and “Unsaved” categories, but to encourage people to
examine themselves as well, to see if they are in the faith (2
Corinthians 13:5), as scripture commands, and not just assume they are
right with God. After all, eternity is a long time to be wrong.

I pray this outline is a blessing.

All for His glory,
Dan

P.S. As you have probably noted, I don’t always write out every
detail of every section of the gospel presentation in every post. Part
of that is in the interest of time, but primarily I want to encourage
each of you to make sure you familiarize yourself with the relevant
verses of scripture, and the basic gospel framework, so you can learn to
share the gospel comfortably without an outline in front of you. If you
have questions about which verses to use in a particular situation, go
to past posts, or send me an email. I’d be happy to chat with you!
READ JEREMIAH 7

Today’s chapter talks about a major complaint of those at odds with the church; hypocrisy

In this chapter the prophet Jeremiah is commanded by God Himself to
address hypocrites within His church, and give them a correction from
God

Some of you may believe that all Christians are hypocrites, and would say that proves that Christianity is false

Are you staying away from the church because of the hypocrisy?

It is true that to some extent all Christians are hypocrites, since
we all sin. No true Christian would claim to be perfect. But listen to
how God addresses the hypocrites in Jeremiah 7, those who claim His name
but live as if He doesn’t exist.

“Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. Will you steal,
murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go
after other gods that you have not known, and then come and stand before
me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are
delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations?

Hypocrisy in expected in the bible. In fact, God has another word for hypocrites. He calls them liars!

God’s word says not all those who claim the faith are of the faith.
In fact, the bible is clear that many who claim to follow God, He will
turn away.

Matthew 7:21-23 says – “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my
Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord,
did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and
do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will

I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

1 John 1:6 says – If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

If someone says they are Christian and gives consistent evidence that they are not, they are probably not a Christian at all.

In fact the bible says a true follower of Christ CAN NOT go on sinning!

1 John 3:9-10 – No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for
God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has
been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and
who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice
righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his
brother.

God is clear that He will severely punish those who claim to follow Him and yet do not.

But before you decide to point a finger at everyone around you, or at me, ask yourself, are you a hypocrite?

I want to encourage you to do what the bible says. It says in Philippians 2:12 to

Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. It says in 2
Corinthians 13:5 to examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith.
So as you are listening please do so.

So ask yourself, have you kept God’s law? Whether you claim to follow
the God of the bible or not, one day you WILL stand before Him, and
give an account of your life.

God is a just judge who must punish sin, so please don’t look at your sin lightly.

This chapter addresses five specific areas of God’s law, five of the 10 Commandments in fact. How have you done in keeping them?

GO THROUGH THEFT, MURDER, ADULTERY, LIEING AND IDOLOTRY, FROM VS. 9

If this is God’s standard of goodness, we are all hypocrites, all deserving of God’s judgment and hell

TALK ABOUT THE REALITY OF HELL. GIVE VERSES

Only one person ever lived a truly Godly life, with no hypocrisy.
Only one person ever truly lived up to God’s standard for goodness.

That person was Jesus Christ, God in human flesh. The creator Himself
humbled Himself, and walked among us to pay the price for our
hypocrisy.

TALK ABOUT THE CROSS

Jesus did more than just die. On the third day He rose again from the
dead, as He prophesied He would, and proved His power over death.

I Corinthians 15:54-57 But when this perishable will have put on the
imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will
come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in
victory. O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks
be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

So what does this mean to you? How can you have victory over death? Only through Jesus Christ.

TALK ABOUT REPENTANCE AND FAITH

Remember, eternity is a long time to be wrong, and none of us is
promised a tomorrow. Turn to Christ now while He has graciously given
you time.

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