C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Friday, April 20, 2007


hyp·o·crite - a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.

I find it interesting that the definition noted above uses the words “pretends to have” then at the end adds “esp. a person whose actions belie (contradict) stated beliefs”.

Hypocrite seems to be an easy name to sling at someone when they fall short of another’s expectations. The non-religious may throw it at the religious and the religious has no problem throwing it at the religious also.

In my opinion I find it hard to consider falling short of one’s expectations to be the same as pretending.

To fall short means: to fail to reach a particular standard.

To pretend means: to appear falsely, as to deceive.

I ponder is there then any leeway or margin of error between outright pretending and simply falling short of expectation?

A Christian knows they are not perfect – well, at least should know that – since the Bible clearly teaches such. So, does one deserve to be called a hypocrite each and every time they fail to meet God’s standard of holiness and perfection?

Also then to the non-religious which also hold some type of morality, ideas, or thoughts of what they claim to be. Have they not also fallen short here and there, should they then be labeled the hypocrite?

I say then we are all hypocrites indeed.


leslie said...

i like this post... thanks

Sista Cala said...

The following definition is from the 1828 Websters Dictionary. I like the last phrase.

1. One who feigns to be what he is not; one who has the form of godliness without the power, or who assumes an appearance of piety and virtue, when he is destitute of true religion.

A Christian that is truly doing their best for the Lord does not deserve to be called a hypocrite just because they fall down or fail to do the right thing in a given circumstance. I think you are right, the label is used too often against folks to whom it does not apply.

John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.