Sunday, August 2, 2009

Hypocrites in the Church

A huge problem we have in the Christian church is that there are hypocrites intermingled among the saints. I thought I would write about the hypocrites and why they can be detrimental to a true believers faith.


First let me start with this. A Christian struggling with sin is NOT a hypocrite. All Christians struggle with sin. There is no one in the church who does not constantly battle his or her sin. Every one of us who are descendants of Adam is born with a natural disposition to sin. All human beings by nature have a sinful heart that naturally gravitates towards that which is unholy. This is true for the unconverted as well as the converted.

The difference is the converted have the Spirit of Christ in them putting to death their sinful nature inherited from natural birth. The problem is, the complete mortification of the sinful nature will not be completed until their earthly body is laid to rest. At that time they will receive a new heavenly body that is compatible with their new nature received in Christ.

So because the true saint in the church still posses their old nature from Adam they will always be prone to sin. A Christian struggling with their sin is not the true definition of a hypocrite.


So if the saints (Christians) aren’t hypocrites, who are the hypocrites in the church?

1 John puts it this way;

“They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.” 1 John 2:19

The hypocrites are those who like to be in church, they associate themselves with the church, but in actuality have never met the Lord of the Church, Jesus Christ. They have never seen the light of the gospel and although they attend church they remain in darkness.

They like church structure and the blessings and characteristics of the people but they themselves have never come to know the chief corner stone of the church, the Lord Jesus Christ.

A good example of this would be Ananias and Sapphira in the book of Acts.

Here you see Peter and John filled with the Holy Spirit healing the sick and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The result was mass conversion. The Lord was building His church and thousands of people were getting saved. In Acts 4 we can see what was taking place in this new community of believers;

Acts 4:32

“And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.”

Acts 34 tells us the new converts would sell their properties and bring the proceeds to the Apostles and they in turn would distribute the wealth among the people so that there was not a needy person in the bunch.

But here come the hypocrites.

Ananias and Sapphira liked what was going on in this church (about 5000 at that time) and wanted to be a part of it. The problem was they did not have a heart for the Lord of the church. They were never converted to Christ by the preaching of the gospel. They were hypocrites. They wanted to be a part of the church but did not want to come in by the way of Jesus Christ.

Remember Jesus Christ said that He is the door to the sheep.

John 10:9

“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”

Ananias and Sapphira were hypocrites and tried to enter the church of Christ by way of hypocrisy. They would not come through the door so as to be saved but only sought the benefits of salvation. They wanted to be associated with the church but did not want anything to do with Jesus Christ.

So what did they do?

They lied. They sold their property and brought only a portion of the proceeds to the Apostles. Never letting on that they kept the rest for themselves. As a result they instantly dropped dead at the Apostles feet. You can read the whole thing for yourself in the book of Acts, chapter 5.


The term Nominal Christian is used to identify those who are Christians by name only. They are not really true converts to Christ (Christians) but only call themselves Christians. A good example of this would be someone who may have grown up in a Christian home and had Christian parents but have never really sought the Lord in repentance for themselves. They are Christian by name only. Christian in the sense that they grew up in the church with Christian parents but the truth is they never received true conversion for themselves. These are called nominal Christians.

I think the term “nominal Christian” is a misnomer. It is better to identify this bunch for who they really are, hypocrites.

You can view this bunch in the same light as Ananias and Sapphira. They enjoy the comforts of the church all the while never entering through the Door themselves.


Jesus taught by use of a parable in Matthew 13 that there would always be hypocrites in the church. He taught that these hypocrites would be intermingled amongst the true saints in the church. That is at least until He returns to redeem His church.

Jesus referred to the hypocrites as "Tares" and genuine believers as "Wheat".

The wheat being the genuine crop, the tare being a weed resembling the wheat.

When asked by one of His disciples as to weather they should go through the church and weed out the Tares the Lord responded;

Math 13:29

“No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn."

So because of our inability to properly distinguish between the hypocrites and genuine believers we are told to wait until Christs return and at that time He will separate the two. Welcoming the Saints into heaven while tossing the Tares into eternal damnation.


Because we are not able to properly identify and uproot the hypocrites we are told to let them remain until His coming. This though was not the case in the early church. Ananias and Sapphira dropped dead at the feet of the disciples. But that was a work of God at that time through the hands of the Apostles.

We are told to wait until Christ comes in judgment.

However this does cause a problem.

You see in this day and age Christs church is overrun with these so-called nominal Christians (hypocrites).

In this seeker friendly era of compromise and political correctness the church is bursting with hypocrites.

Churches are compromising the True Gospel and catering to hypocrites.

For the sake of the good standing hypocrites, the truth has been watered down so as not to offend the majority.

I mean these are good people right? There on the board, there on the worship team, they’re the best greeters ever. But we forget one very important thing;

they don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ!

They may know of Him but they don’t KNOW Him. They have never entered in through the Door of Christ.

So I want to encourage all True believers, to remain Zealous in your calling!

Don’t be swayed by the majority of the hypocrites.

Jesus Christ is either Lord of all or He’s not Lord at all.

You see hypocrites don’t know this. For them Jesus is NOT Lord. For them the church is simply a healthy addition to their lives and they are incapable of being Zealous for Christ.

How can they see the urgency of communicating the gospel when they don’t even Know the gospel? How can they strive in their prayers against the powers of darkness if their not even aware that they are in darkness themselves?

I believe in this day and age the enemy of our souls is quietly putting the Saints to sleep by deceiving them to believe that the way of the hypocrites is true Christianity.

While we must tolerate the Tares we must never compromise the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

....."and upon this Rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it".


Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Interruption

“This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one fate for all men Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead”. Ecclesiastes 9:3

We all sleep and wake up to a new day. From the beginning of time people have woke up to a new morning, lived in the days activities, gone to sleep at the end of the day, only to repeat the process again the following day. This process continues from day to day and always has since the beginning of time. And for the most part each new day is a continuance from the day before.

We all live in our homes, in our local communities, in our States, in our Countries and all of us together are spread across this planet called earth. This we all have in common.

But the truth is most of us don’t live each day with this perspective. We are short sighted. We view each day from a perspective of OUR life. We think about OUR families, OUR homes, OUR daily activities, and ourselves. But the truth is we are all just individuals who share a common routine with all the other individuals on the planet.

I drive the freeways a lot. I spend at least 3 hours each day on the freeways of Los Angeles California.

Every now and then as I look at the driver next to me I think about what their daily routine might be. I mean, I know where I am heading and where I have come from and what it is that awaits me at the days end. Like I said it is mostly a continuance from the day prior. You know, I go to the same job; I interact with the people of whom I interacted with the day before and I will go home to my family at the days end.

But every now and then I think about the driver next to me. What is their routine? They like me are given a new day filled with actives and then go to sleep only to repeat those activities again the following day. So I wonder, what are those activities? What are their families like? What kind of people do they interact with during their day?

While it is interesting for me to think about the driver next to me, and the differences in our daily routine, we all have this in common, we all are given another day. Unless of course that particular day was the time given for us to die.

Now while we all have the commonality of a new day to fulfill our daily routine we all have another commonality. Our hearts are full of evil and insanity. Look again at the scripture at the top of the page. Our hearts are full of evil and insanity throughout our lives and then we go to the dead.

While we look at our daily routines and contemplate the routines of those around us we might not think that we are evil and insane, right? But the Word of God is truth and it says we are evil and insane.

You see it all has to do with perspective. Most of us perceive our morality and sound mindedness as compared with other people, right? We think, “I’m not evil, that person who killed and murdered her children, now that is evil and insane.”

But remember the Word of God is just that, its Gods word. From Gods perspective all men are full of evil and insanity. If we were to spend more time reading Gods word for the purpose of seeking to know Him we would soon begin to see the truth of that scripture in the book of Ecclesiastes. All men are indeed evil and insane.

Do you know why we are insane?
We are insane because we go through life day in and day out without a thought of the One who has created us. Think about it, we might not be evil in the sense that we would never murder our children but we are insane in that we think our morality is sufficient when we haven’t given a thought as to what is expected of us from our creator. Like I said, once we do seek to know Him (as it is His command for us to do so) we would soon see our condition as it really is.

So day in and day out all men are given a new day that for the most part is a continuance from the previous day. Different and yet we share a commonality of evil and insanity.

Now there is coming a day when all this routine will be interrupted. Take a look at this scripture in Acts 1:9. Jesus has just been crucified and then before the eyes of His disciples He ascended into heaven. Two angels then appeared and said;

"Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, WILL COME IN JUST THE SAME WAY AS YOU HAVE WATCHED HIM GO INTO HEAVEN." Acts 1:11

There is coming a day when this commonality of life will all be stopped and interrupted by the 2nd coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a truth from Gods word and we can be assured that this day will happen and because of our condition of evil and insanity it will happen unexpectedly.

One day while driving or doing whatever your routine consist of, Jesus Christ will appear from heaven bringing an end to life as you know it. This is definite and will happen just as the Word of God has declared that it would.

Now this truth can either be fighting or something to look forward to. For those who are trusting in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their evil and insane heart, this appearing of the Lord Jesus will be exciting and joyful. It will be like a bride who has long been waiting for her day of marriage, waiting to be united as one with her husband.

For those who don’t believe and are caught up in their daily routine without a thought of their creator, this day will come suddenly and unexpectedly. For them it will be a terrifying day of judgment.

So what about you? Are you living the daily routine without a thought of God? Have you come to the true realization that you are evil and insane? Will you be caught unexpectedly by the appearing of the Lord Jesus? Lord, I hope not.

If you haven't yet sought the Lord in humility and a repentant heart, then undoubtedly you haven't yet seen the true condition of your evil heart.

If you haven't yet seen the true condition of your heart before God, I can tell you with 100% confidence and accuracy, you will! At Christs appearing, your true condition will be fully exposed. The problem is, it will be to late.

2 Corinthians 6

As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. For he says,
"In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.

Acts 16: 31
"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."

Monday, July 27, 2009

Divine Unity

I’ve titled this note “Unity Divine”.

The reason for this title is because Christian Unity is not that which is derived from man but rather it is “Divine” in nature.

Not only do you find Unities origin in God but I believe it is an essential truth given to all believers who have been regenerated in Christ.

In this note my intentions are to point out the supremacy of unity as compared to a multitude of other activities Christians believe they are called to in the Lord. Some of which are genuine and some of which aren’t.

I will begin with a brief description of Christian unity as given to us in the gospel of John chapter 17.

In this chapter we see our Lord praying to the Father. In verse 5 we see Jesus praying that He will once again be glorified together with the Father. Jesus was preparing to die at the hands of sinners and once again be glorified together with the Father. A glory in which they had before the creation of the world. This verse describes a glory or a “Unity” the He and the Father had even before the creation of the world.

Jesus in verse 11 continues to pray that now that He is leaving the world, now that He will once again be glorified together with the Father, He prays that the Father would keep those whom have been given to Christ, (His Disciples) that the Father would keep them in this position of relationship so that they too may be ONE as He and the Father are One.

Jesus prays that the Christians will be unified together as One just as He and the Father are unified together as One. We see this again in verse 21 where He says;

…….”that they all may One as you Father are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be One in us, that the world may believe that you sent Me.”

So from this we see Christian unity defined as well as having its origin in the Godhead.

I believe from this 17 chapter of John we can also see the SUPREMACY OF CHRISTIAN UNITY.

This is what I mean by supremacy.

In Christ we have been given Wisdom and insight into the mysteries of life. We understand things such as the nature of man, the deception of the world, the nature of evil. We have also come to understand the attributes of God, the means of grace, and Gods design for sanctification. We have also come to know many other things such as the cultural mandate, our call to evangelize and the order of Worship, and the list goes on…

My point is, everything in this bag of wisdom and commands of Christ are given to us by Gods grace through the gospel of Christ, all of it comes to us FROM the supremacy of our POSITION IN GOD.

Whereas the unity of the Spirit, the Oneness of believers, is not an attribute or fruit of the Spirit such as Wisdom or a heart to obedience, but rather Christian unity is SUPREME in that IT IS our position in the Godhead. We are unified together IN CHRIST.

Christians are One together IN Christ, IN the Father. As Christ and the Father are One. So now, through the gospel, Christians are One in Christ and IN the Father. This is our IDENTITY.

Whereas, all Wisdom and obedience of heart given to man by Gods grace comes from HE of whom we are now identified with. Our works come FROM our position and oneness IN the Godhead. This makes our Unity IN Christ supreme.

One is a fruit FROM our position and the other IS our position.


This makes our Christian unity supreme over all else. All our differences need to take a back seat to our common unity in the Faith. In fact in Ephesians 4 we are commanded to KEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT IN THE BOND OF PEACE.

This means while we all have our differences, especially these days of political differences, (while we shouldn’t stop striving altogether in politics) we need to agree to disagree and hold to the supremacy of our Unity in Christ. Not just laying down our differences begrudgingly but holding our common faith in high esteem and being passionate in it above all else.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Ive always liked the peace symbol. I remember back in the day everyone used it. For me and the people I hung out with the symbol of peace was always positive, a sign of brotherly love.
There were negative jesters as well, such as the middle finger. No one liked the middle finger. The middle finger stirred up anger and hate. But the peace sign usually communicated a sense of love and acceptance.

Peace, ahh yes, Peace. The peace sign is still very popular today. And so is the middle finger. Nobody ever likes to get the middle finger but most all enjoy it when someone wishes you peace. Isn't that what we all want? Peace? In the hustle and bustle of everyday life filled with busy schedules and jammed freeways dont you just wish you had some Peace through it all? I think everyone can relate here. We just want PEACE.

But you know what I'm finding out is the peace we are all looking for is not so much a peace from our circumstances but rather we need Peace from OURSELVES. Were often looking for some kind of peace from outside of ourselves when what we really need is a Peace FROM ourselves.

We try to find peace in alcohol or medication or maybe we try and get it from a vacation or a 3 day weekend, or maybe we try to find it in buying things. Toys and what not.

From my own experience Ive found that it is my own evil heart that will not allow me to experience peace. In ME there lies a wickedness that robs me from the peace that I so much desire. My own heart is the very thing that keeps me from experiencing PEACE. And if your honest with yourself you will find that you too possess this anti Peace virus.

Isaiah 48:22 the Lord says; there is no Peace for the wicked.

When I look out for my own interests instead of the interests of others, I have no Peace. When I retaliate and return evil for evil, I have no peace. When I am envious of my neighbor, I have no peace. When I get upset and lash out to those who irritate me, I have no peace. Every day, all day long, I find within me an evil wicked heart that robs me from the peace that I so much desire.

Ahh, but atlas I have found the peace that I so desperately desire. I have not found this peace from within myself but rather from outside myself. I have also not found this peace from anything or any source that this world has to offer. I have found Peace in Jesus Christ.

Do you desire peace?

John 14:27 Jesus Christ said; Peace I leave with you and my peace I give to you.

Everyone wants peace. But are you willing to accept that within yourself you will never find it? Ahhh, but when you look outside of yourself, when you look to Jesus Christ and trust in Him for the forgiveness of your sins you will experience true PEACE. A Peace that surpasses all understanding. The peace and the love of God within your heart, in spite of yourself, even during your trying circumstances.

May the God of hope fill you with all Joy and Peace in believing,
Rom:15 13


Monday, May 25, 2009

Time is almost out!

Quickly, before its to late!

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven".

Lets seek for the Lords will to be done in our lives and within our realm of influence on earth TODAY as it is now being done in heaven.

Where's God?

As I scan the internet posts and blogs, as I visit the local churches, as I contemplate my own life and daily routine, I ask, where is God?

Hundreds of posts about the Christian life; once saved always saved? Pre Trib or Post Trib? Calvinism or dispensationalist? Music or no music?

And the churches! It seems to me that the only reason they include preaching, scripture reading, communion and worship is so that the people can walk away with a false sense that they have participated in their Christian duties and now they can feel real good about their TRUE religion, THE MODERN AMERICAN MORAL LIFESTYLE.

. You know, getting our education, buying a home, having one or two beautiful kids, becoming a soccer mom, having a prestige’s potion at work or in the church and playing the piano on Sunday mornings.


Hasn’t God made it quite clear to us what it is that He desires from His people?

Yes I believe He has. The problem is that in these last days I believe we have compromised Gods known desire for His people. We have become calloused and board with the revealed will of God. We have substituted Gods will for SELF STIMULATION.

Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you. But to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

This is Gods will for us! Our number one ambition in life is to daily seek the Lord with all of our hearts, resist our own selfish desires as well as this world’s lusts and attractions and stimulate each other in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Come on Saints! Let’s lift up and glorify the Lord individually and stimulate each other on in good works. We have a higher calling! Let’s make it our ambition to KNOW our God in Jesus Christ. Let’s make it our desire to seek His face and to see His Glory as we fellowship together in His Spirit.

Amen and Amen!