Flee Hypocrisy

Read 1 Peter 2:1-5.

“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” (v. 2).

“I do not feed my children spoiled burgers…” Years ago, I was privileged to hear Attorney David Gibbs II illustrate the meaning of the Scripture, “Train up a child…” (Prov. 22:6a). He explained that to train a child is to reach back and touch the palette with wholesome food, because, once the palette senses the taste, it will remember it moving forward. Therefore, should spoiled meat touch the tastebuds, the partaker will instantly sense that the substance is not genuine, and will be able to reject it, thus preventing illness.

The best way to flee hypocrisy is to stay away from the company it hangs out with – malicious, envious, backbiting, disingenuous, selfish, criticizing people. Hypocrites love to add members to their cast, creating drama to deceive everyone around them. Removing oneself from their influence – in other words, “resisting the devil” – is a step that leads to spiritual growth. The sincere milk of the Word is nutritious, edifying, and whole; it is not watered down to 2% by distorting the truth.

Stay away from the drama in which Satan delights.

He’s a master at causing turmoil and strife.

Instead, search the Word – truth God wants you to know,

And feast on His promises so in wisdom you’ll grow. (R. B. Kuhn)


Acquire a taste for the good things of God; that’s the best way to avoid succumbing to the devil’s false food.

2020-08-03T16:21:03+00:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Sin of Hypocrisy

PRINTED TEXT: Matthew 23:25 - 37

CENTRAL TRUTH: Christ is deeply grieved when men reject Him.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list reasons why hypocrisy is a sin.


I. Majoring on Minors (Matthew 23:16 22)
II. Emphasizing Externals (Matthew 23:23 28)
III. Condemned by Deity (Matthew 23:29 39)

2020-08-03T16:16:29+00:00August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Front Page, Uncategorized, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

What's so wrong with being a "menspleaser"?

In "Word Focus" Glenn McClure writes:

Although one should serve to bring honor to God, there are many who are only rendering eye-service. This word “denotes service performed only under the master's eye . . . diligently performed when he is looking, but neglected in his absence” (W. E. Vine). Service that is rendered only when the master's eye is fixed on the worker stands as a reproach before fellow-workers, especially if that one is a Christian. This problem has always existed, especially if the service is of an involuntary nature. Faithfulness to perform only when under observation is a disgrace. One should be bound to perform his work with such faithfulness, not only because he is being watched by man, but because he is always being watched by God. Also, many perform so as to be menpleasers. This Greek word signifies a striving to please men. It designates “not simply one who is pleasing to men . . . but one who endeavors to please men and not God” (H. Cremer, Biblico-Theological Lexicon of N.T. Greek). The object of the Christian worker is not to please men but to please and honor God. If service is rendered with this attitude, the service itself will stand as a testimony to the worker's religion.

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 22.

2017-03-23T09:00:00+00:00March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments


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