Acknowledging Hypocrisy

jcOne of the most common faults attributed to Christians is that we tend to be hypocritical.  We need to hear this criticism, and strive to overcome it.     Not only because elements of society accuse us of being hypocritical, but also because Christ himself viewed hypocrites with contempt.  In fact, the only occasions I recall where Christ seemed to get truly angry is when he dealt with hypocrites.

We need to remember Christ’s outlook on this subject, because we have been told that Christ himself is:

“God’s most-decisive revelation”
–President Veazey, “A Defining Moment”

We have also been told:

“We believe God clearly and reliably was revealed in Jesus Christ.”
–President Veazey, “Continuing Revelation” (Enduring Principles Series)

Keeping the above quotes in mind, and to drive home the point that Christ had a very negative view of hypocrisy, the following list of scriptures (just from the Gospel of Matthew*) is offered.


“Therefore, when thou doest alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do, in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” –Matthew 6:2

“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men; for, verily, I say unto you, They have their reward.” –Matthew 6:5

“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the hypocrites do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” –Matthew 6:5

“Moreover, when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance; for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily, I say unto you, they have their reward.” –Matthew 6:17

“Say unto them, Ye hypocrites, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” –Matthew 7:8

“O ye hypocrites! … This people draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  But in vain do they worship me, teaching the doctrines and the commandments of men.” –Matthew 15:7,8

“O hypocrites! ye can discern the face of the sky; but ye cannot tell the signs of the times.” –Matthew 16:3

“But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Ye hypocrites! why tempt ye me?”
–Matthew 22:18

“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that
are entering to go in.” –Matthew 23:10

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees! for ye are hypocrites!” –Matthew 23:11

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” –Matthew 23:12

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” –Matthew 23:20

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” –Matthew 23:22

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” –Matthew 23:24

“Even so, ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” –Matthew 23:25


See also “Sacramental Truth”

*Inspired Version

5 thoughts on “Acknowledging Hypocrisy

  1. Unfortunately, those who really need to see and read your post may well see and read it, but it will be lost on them.

    • I agree. Avoiding being hypocritical must become part of our Christian DNA. And that, unfortunately, will take time.

  2. I agree with Chris. I have been reading a book that relates to this and the author is writing about how “Americanized” our Christianity has become. I agree, even though I feel our denomination’s leaders are trying to guide us to be better servants and not just bystanders of the faith.

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