As a pastor, I have many times heard Christians tell me that they feel like a hypocrite.
That sentiment often results in them not wanting to come to church until they “quit being a hypocrite”. They don’t feel like they can share the Gospel because they are “such a hypocrite”. They could never serve God until they have victory over a certain sinful behavior, and “quit being such a hypocrite”.
And then there is the classic statement of many Unbelievers: “The Church is FULL of hypocrites”! I say that it’s not! The greater percentage of hypocrites are outside of the Church.
Regarding hypocrisy, there is a great misunderstanding among many Christians, many of whom are the sweetest and most tenderhearted people in the Church.
The misunderstanding goes like this:
1. I am a Christian.
2. I know how a Christian should live.
3. I don’t always live that way.
4. Therefore, I am a hypocrite.
That line of thinking is a huge error that exists among many of God’s true children.