In an on going conflict with the Pharisees the Lord condemned their hypocrisy. The Pharisees had an external look of holiness, they knew the books and the prophets; they went to synagogues every Saturday, they even explained the scriptures to everyone else. The Lord Himself instructed the believers to do as they say and not as they do (Mat 23:3), which indicates that their actions are not according to their teachings, hence they are hypocrites. Hypocrisy has two definitions, first it’s defined by performing an action not for its true meaning, as indicated by the Lord “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men.” (Mat 6:5). That is to perform the act of prayers while you don’t desire the relationship with God but the praise of men. Another definition of hypocrisy which also comes from the Lord, indicating that if one points out someone else’s faults while he himself struggles with the same weakness, he is a hypocrite.
God sees through our hearts clearly, He knows when we worship Him with our lips while our hearts are far away from Him. He clearly sees through our hypocrisy. It’s sad that some of us, who regularly go to church, attend services and even some are servants, struggle
to live the simple basic concepts of Christianity like forgiveness, giving and true humility. The scripture speaks of those who have the form of godliness but deny the power there off, it’s clear that the scripture indicates that they have the outwardly form of holiness
and righteousness but not the power in their own lives. This form of godliness could be in a white “Tunia” that we put on every Sunday, a head cover that we put on once we enter the church, a verse that we recite frequently, a fasting that we do twice every week, function that we lead in church or a role that we hold in a meeting. Being a hypocrite is more like Judas Iscariot, who approached the Lord kissing Him, while in the same very act delivering Him to the soldiers.
The scripture bring before our eyes a very terrifying image of Satan taking the form of an angel of light. I think if we have the image of light but not the truth of light, we are being evil ourselves. The Lord called Himself the Truth, and called Satan the father of all lies. Whatever is true is in the Lord; whatever is a lie is not of Him. Parents in many times tell their children “do what I say and don’t do what I do”, I think this is very dangerous and ungodly; this type of behavior creates a generation of shallow Christians who are also hypocrites. The Lord speaking to the Pharisees in Matthew 23, He convicted them saying that they tithe mint, anis and cumin and left the more important commandment, justice, mercy, and faith. The Lord resembled hypocrites as whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful on the outside but if we look inside, it’s full of dead bones. Sometimes we are blamed that we put on a show of holiness totally opposite to what the Lord taught in regards to the secrecy of your spiritual life. God in the Old Testament rejected His people’s sacrifices, feasts, songs, and offerings when they did it not in heart of truth but with a hypocritical heart.
One must carefully and diligently test his heart, test his purposes and the goals of his actions against the desires of his heart. One must humbly present his heart and offer his heart before the Spirit of God to be searched, willing to submit to whatever the Spirit convicts him in, willing to confess his hypocrisy, willing to offer his heart as a tomb full of bones to the Lord who can bring life and resurrection to it. Let’s make a covenant to live with one face and that should be of Christ Himself.