Is Hypocrisy a sin?

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Is Hypocrisy a Sin?

 

    Recently I found that my brain is racing in so many direction that it has been hard to nail down one subject to study or spend time on to write about.  Most of my thoughts are sparked usually by current events and what is happening in the world and if I am able to think on it long enough, I want to know what God or Christ Michael might say on the subject, also writing about them helps me retain that truth, for me what it is all about!     

    Christ said; UB, 182:1.9 I am the way, the truth, and the life.

    One word that keeps popping in my brain is “hypocrisy”, or maybe it’s two words “hypocrite”. 

    This begged me to ask the question, is hypocrisy a sin?

    What is hypocrisy?

    In essence, “hypocrisy” refers to the act of claiming to believe something but acting in a different manner. The word is derived from the Greek term for “actor”, literally, “one who wears a mask”, in other words, someone who pretends to be what he is not.

    The prophet Isaiah condemned the hypocrisy of his day: “The Lord says, ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men’” (Isaiah 29:13).

    Isaiah did well in his criticism of the leaders of his day, but for us today I prefer the way in which Christ’s condemned the Pharisees that we might get a better understanding of hypocrisy.

    Centuries later, Jesus quoted this verse;

    UB, 153:3;3 Why is it that you in this way make void the commandment by your own tradition? Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, saying: `This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. In vain do they worship me, teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men.'

    Did you catch that? Here we can see from Jesus’ own lips two very important things;

    1- You can worship him in vain. 

    2- How? By the teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men.

    In that sentence he put two things together;

    Doctrine, “a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a church, political party, or other groups.”

    Precept, “a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought.”

     Not long ago I ask a certain individual that I was in conversation with,  and because our conversation was leaning in a certain direction if he believed that he was a Christian? Knowing what his answer would be he naturally said that he was. I went further to ask hime if he was of a certain political affiliation? Again knowing his answer, his response was, “damn straight”. Perfect, now comes my last question. Are you a Christian first, or a damn straight first?    

     There was no need for me to judge this man. the question was intended for him  to take a look at himself!

    The UB tell us the Truth is like mirror held up in front of our face;

    131:7.3 “'If you are not right on the inside, it is useless to pray for that which is on the outside. 'If I hear your prayers, it is because you come before me with a clean heart, free from falsehood and hypocrisy, with a soul which reflects truth like a mirror. If you would gain immortality, forsake the world and come to me.'”

    During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He had many run-ins with the religious leaders of the day, the Pharisees. These men were well versed in the Scriptures and zealous about following every letter of the Law . However, in adhering to the letter of the Law, they actively sought loopholes that allowed them to violate the spirit of the Law. Also, they displayed a lack of compassion toward their fellow man and were often overly demonstrative of their so-called spirituality in order to garner praise. Today, the word "pharisees" has become synonymous with "hypocrite".

    We can see in the UB paper 175, “The Temple Discourse” how Christ condemned these leaders in no uncertain terms calling them hypocrites, tricksters,  false teachers and blind guides;

    175:1.12  “Woe upon you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! 

    175:1.15  “Woe upon you, false teachers, blind guides! 

    175:1.16  “Woe upon you who dissimulate when you take an oath! You are tricksters

    175:1.17  “Woe upon you, scribes and Pharisees and all other hypocrites 

    175:1.18  “Woe upon you, scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites! 

    175:1.19  “Woe upon all of you who reject truth and spurn mercy! Many of you are like whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear beautiful but within are full of dead men's bones and all sorts of uncleanness. 

    175:1.20  “Woe upon you, false guides of a nation!

    175:1.21  “Woe upon you, children of evil! John did truly call you the offspring of vipers,       

     Even, after all of that he said to them;

    175:1.23 “O Jerusalem and the children of Abraham, you who have stoned the prophets and killed the teachers that were sent to you, even now would I gather your children together as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you will not!

    We must never forget what our true work here is about;    

    140:3.17 "You are commissioned to save men, not to judge them. At the end of your earth life you will all expect mercy; therefore do I require of you during your mortal life that you show mercy to all of your brethren in the flesh. Make not the mistake of trying to pluck a mote out of your brother's eye when there is a beam in your own eye. Having first cast the beam out of your own eye, you can the better see to cast the mote out of your brother's eye.    

    So, has my study cleared up the question of whether or not hypocrisy is a sin?

    I’m going to leave that up to you to answer, but I can say that being a hypocrite comes with a very strong declarations of, “Woe upon you” and if Christ Michael ever said it to me, my level of concern would be somewhere off the chart!

 

     Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis)