“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27).

I have always sought to answer the charge of hypocrisy in the church by saying, “You’re right, the church is full of hypocrites, but we always have room for one more.” The truth of the matter is, hypocrisy is to be found in each of our lives because none of us have, yet, fully become what we are supposed to be and are striving to be in Christ Jesus. Don’t let a hypocrite stand between you and God. When you do, the hypocrite is closer to God than you.

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