It must be dealt with!!!
Good morning brothers and sisters. What do I mean? Let me ask another question. What is hypocrisy? Hypocrisy is the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform. In the Greek, hypocrisy means play actor. It means you pretend to be full of Christ but you are not. Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites. He even gave the "woes" about it. But believe it or not, I do not want to look at Jesus. I want to look at Paul and Peter. Yes! Galatians 2:11-13. 11- Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed. Now here Paul is confronting hypocrisy. We will see, just hold tight. But what I want to point out is- Paul knew for the kingdom of God to go forth, hypocrisy had to be dealt with. Is hypocrisy in our churches? I also want you to notice, Paul did not go to everyone else, he went to Peter. so back to the word. 12- for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of circumcision. And yes this is the same Peter that walked with Jesus. Peter was one way to the Gentiles but when men from the Jewish faith came to visit, he was another way. I wonder how the Gentiles felt? Peter was a leader. But let's move on to the next scripture. 13- And the rest of the Jews ALSO played the hypocrite with him; so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy. Now do you see why I said Peter is a leader. The other Jews followed Peter and what he was doing. We must be Jesus to the world at all times, not just in the church. And leaders if you see this, it is your job to correct it. Be a Paul! Do you know that hypocrisy is rooted in PRIDE? Did you also know that there is spiritual pride? Are you a hypocrite? Ask the Holy Spirit to examine your heart today and remove the pride. Rise up child of God, rise up!