Proverbs 11:9 "An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbor: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered."
A hypocrite is defined as a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion. Do you know any hypocrites? Have you ever fit into the role of a hypocrite? I'm sure we all can say yes to both of those questions.
Could you not destroy one's confidence in God or the Bible by an improper life or by being a hypocrite? There are people living today who have been convinced there is really nothing to Christianity or the Bible. They have observed those who claim to be a Christian and believe the Bible..... and yet their lives and their knowledge of such was nothing more than pretense.
What gets under my craw is when I go soul-warning or witness to someone and they tell me they won't go to church (whether saved or not) due to the hypocrites in the church. I'm here to tell you that every church has hypocrites. But so does the workplace and the grocery store and anywhere else you might go yet people go to work and they go shopping and they go to other places. So is this the real reason they aren't going to church? You might say "Well a person has to work or go shopping." Um....last time I checked Hebrews 10:25 is still in the Bible. It commands us "not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together". That means we are to be in the House of God regardless of our excuses or our reasons for not going. That includes if there are hypocrites in the midst. So if you are guilty of using the excuse of hypocrites being there....get over it!! God COMMANDS us to go to church. He DOES NOT command us to go to work or to go shopping...although those things are necessary to survive if you want to eat and be healthy. You know what...if you want to get technical....you have to go to church to eat and to be healthy spiritually. Yes you can read your Bible at home and you can pray at home and you can worship at home...but if you don't go to church you are disobedient to the Word of God and therefore you are not eating and you are not healthy. A saved person cannot receive from God the things he needs without being right with God in this area of going to church.
So I guess what I'm saying this morning is if you fit into the category of a hypocrite...confess it as sin to God and get right with Him in this area and quit using that excuse for not doing what God has commanded all of His children to do. Also...make sure that your life lines up with what you profess. If a person says they are saved and they are holding a beer in their hand when they say they are. It makes it hard to believe that person is. Some goes for a person saying they are saved and go into some of the places they go into. So...our lives should be backed up by what we say. Examine your heart and see if you are guilty of this thing of hypocrisy and if you are confess it and get it right. I never want to be guilty of causing a person to not want to be saved or keeping a person out of church or from getting right due to my life not being what it should be as an example of the Lord Jesus Christ.