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September 06, 2011

Hypocrisy Then and Now

Hypocrisy Then and Now

I'm John Stonestreet, and this is The Point. The Greeks came up with the term “hypocrisy,” but it was Jesus who dwelt on it. And who was His target? The overly-religious.

"Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You preach and you don’t practice," He said. “You tie up heavy burdens hard to bear, but you yourselves are not even willing to move a finger."

You know, there’s some real irony here. Christ was one of the first to take hypocrisy seriously. But these days, it’s His followers who seem to be the easy targets of this accusation. Folks, this is bad news. At the heart of hypocrisy is an assumption that Christians beliefs are merely things we believe, and that we can separate things we believe from how we behave.

But that’s not Christianity — at least not Christ’s Christianity. Come to and we’ll talk more about it. And catch tomorrow’s Point for the good news about hypocrisy. For The Point, I'm John Stonestreet.

Further Reading:

Matthew 23 ("Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees")

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