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"The church is filled with hypocrites!"
When sharing the gospel with atheists, Darwinists and other unbelievers, we hear this line all the time. After all, it's probably one of the most common reasons non-Christians give as to why they won't put their faith in Christ. But who is the real hypocrite here?
- These people still go to work, though their workplace is filled with hypocrites.
- They still go to the movies, though Hollywood is filled with hypocrites.
- They still go to restaurants, though they're filled with hypocrites.
- They still shop, though manufacturers and retail stores are filled with hypocrites.
Such people are hypocrites themselves because this issue of "hypocrites in the church" is nothing but a smokescreen to cover the real issue they don't want to become Christians. They love their sin and don't want to give it up. They also don't want any deity watching them and telling them what to do. Instead of admitting these things, however, they hypocritically hide behind such statements as: "The church is filled with hypocrites" and "If there's a God, I can worship Him just as easily on the golf course."
In reality, these people are the biggest hypocrites of all because they think they are good enough to merit eternal life in heaven. Christians, on the other hand, readily admit that they sin and that their only hope of heaven is the imputed righteousness of Christ.
So the next time someone gives you the famous "hypocrites in church" objection, let them know that only one Person in history was not a hypocrite and that this Person suffered and died on the cross so they might be forgiven of their sins ... including their wretched sin of hypocrisy.