There are at least two reasons why the gospel writers give us such extensive material on the Jewish religious leaders of the first century (e.g., scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees). First, Jesus exposes the spiritual character of the Pharisees in order guard his disciples from becoming entangled with and influence by those who are in the grip … Continue reading Are Christians Hypocrisy Hunters?
You can read part 1 here ********** Two texts that a person could point to--really the only two in the New Testament--to argue that Christians can be classified as hypocrites, are Matthew 7:1-5 and Luke 6:37-42. In both texts, Jesus, speaking to his disciples, appears at first glance to imply that a disciple who does not … Continue reading Is the Church Full of Hypocrites? Part 2: What About the Log in our Eye?
You can read part 2 here. ********** You've heard it before. One reason people give for not being a Christian is that the "church is full of hypocrites." Why believe the message about Jesus Christ, the argument goes, when that message has no obvious power in the lives of his followers? If Jesus' professed followers … Continue reading Is the Church Full of Hypocrites? Part 1
Authenticity and sincerity are essential in the life of a Christian for two important reasons. First, the integrity of our lives will determine the strength of our witness. If we proclaim Christ and do not walk in a manner worthy of Him, unbelievers will be persuaded to continue in their unbelief since there is (apparently) … Continue reading How to Listen to a Pharisee