“Hypocrite!” is the usual slander non-church people fling at church people. There is ample reason for this. The primary reason is that most church people are hypocrites.
People don’t like hypocrites. In fact, God doesn’t like hypocrites.
Many Christians flip out some sort of “I’m not perfect, just forgiven” platitude to excuse their hypocrisy. I don’t think God is pleased with this attitude. It doesn’t cut it with people either, incidentally. It just sounds arrogant and stupid.
The answer to hypocrisy is: STOP BEING A HYPOCRITE!
It’s really that simple. A hypocrite is someone who says one thing but does another. The answer to this is: DO WHAT YOU SAY! This is one reason why the Bible continually tells us to keep our mouths shut. This is also an effective way to end hypocrisy.
Atheists are closer to salvation than many church people.
Atheists are at least being honest. Atheists have decided there is no God and act accordingly. They have chosen their side and are not afraid to admit where they’re at. This is a much better place to be in than the guy who acts like there is no God but keeps saying he believes there is one.
Lukewarm people get spit out. God prefers us hot or cold. Hot or cold people have the best shot at heaven.
James tells us that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. Going to church a few times, doing some religious platitudes, and then going and living in sin is a recipe for disaster. Hell is filled with people who attended church “regularly.”
This is the great danger of religion–giving you a form of faith while skipping actual faith. It’s why Jesus railed on the Jewish religion of His day. His railings began, “Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!”
The pharisees crucified Christ in a lawful manner. While killing the Son of God, they obeyed all their religious scruples. Amazing.
I believe that God would rather have you go live in sin whole hog, than live in sin and drag His name there with you. God would rather have you make up your mind and go for it.
This probably seems hard to believe based on typical Christian doctrine, but it is biblical if you’re willing to see it.
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
Don’t play games with God. I think, based on the Bible, this is God’s preference for people:
- Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved
- Deny God and live in sin
- Live in sin, but play with religion
If you want sin, God would rather have you go for sin than play a game with Him. Be honest. Pick your path. Don’t be double-minded. Choose you this day whom you will serve. Then go serve it with all your heart.