What Utter Hypocrisy!

2 Corinthians 4:1-6 ESV

“Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

This month of June is Gay Pride Month here in America, where lgbtqia2s+ is being celebrated. So, I am seeing some social media memes condemning this practice. So, does the Bible teach that homosexuality is a sin? Yes, it does, but there are those who will contend with that. But it also teaches that sexual immorality, as a whole, and sexual perversion of any kind, and adultery and unfaithfulness are also sins of great magnitude and concern. And it teaches that preaching false gospels and lies and deception are also sins of great magnitude which are harming the church.

But where are the Christians, and where are the memes that are crying out against adultery and spousal abuse? Do you know that Jesus said that to look at a woman (or it could be a man) lustfully is to commit adultery with that person in your heart? And do you know that the Scriptures teach strongly against sexual immorality and the lusts of the flesh and against adultery and against treating others hatefully and abusively? Yet, how many professing Christians are there in America who regularly view sexually charged movies and videos and games? Where is the outcry against that?

“Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things” (Romans 2:1 ESV).

Do you know what this is saying? And then let’s look at another:

“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye” (Matthew 7:5 ESV).
“For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. ‘Purge the evil person from among you’” (1 Corinthians 5:12-13).

So, what’s my point? It is that so many people professing faith in Jesus Christ are so busy condemning the people of the world over one particular area of sin while so many of them are themselves living in spiritual adultery against the Lord and in adultery against their spouses via lusting after others to whom they are not married, whether live and in person, or whether via images and videos and movies and games or sex-texting or whatever other means people are using today to express sexual perversion with themselves and/or with one another.

And yet the church is largely silent about all the sexual addictive practices of a large number of their parishioners, and regarding adultery and marital unfaithfulness, which is abuse of spouse. And they are largely silent about all the lying and deception that goes along with that, too. But they are proud of their gatherings while they ignore the elephant that is in the room and those whose lives are being damaged by the sexual sins of others (see 1 Corinthians 5:1-13), and while they largely ignore the fact that their leaders are feeding them lies and diluted gospels which are giving them carte blanche to continue in sin.

Oh, what utter hypocrisy!!! And this grieves God’s Holy Spirit. And it grieves my heart, too. For so many lives are being destroyed by what goes on inside these gatherings of what is called “church” while the “church” is so busy condemning the lifestyles of the masses, probably most of whom are outside the gatherings of the church. This should not be!

So, first take care to remove the log that is in the eye of today’s modern market-driven churches, and the log that is in your own eye if you are guilty of the practice of adultery via what you lust after and what you view and listen to habitually. And purge the evil from among you. And then love the people of the world into the kingdom of God via lovingly sharing with them the truth of the gospel, and by modeling the truth of the gospel to them by how you live your own lives.

Broken Cord

An Original Work / August 29, 2018

Your bond is broken with your Lord and Savior
And your testimony is separate from Him.
Your words not matching your actions today.
Repent of your sin and bow down and pray.
Live what you testify in truth always.

Purity’s lacking in your life and witness,
For you profess one thing, but other you do.
Not moral, spiritual. Still of the flesh.
Not living in truth to what you confess.
Lying about it puts you in a mess.

Living a lie is your practice, ‘tis true of you.
Masquerade righteousness – none of it true.
Your heart is not given to your Lord God.
Because of how you live, you are a fraud.
Turn from your sin and give your life to God.

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