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If you've ever told a lie, then you are a liar. If you've ever stolen an item, even something small, you are now a thief. If you've ever done something you tell others not to do, then you're a hypocrite. Bottom line: Every human is probably a liar, thief and, no one can honestly claim to be free of hypocrisy. God is perfect, and desires His followers to live by His rules, but we all fall short. That's why Jesus, God Himself, came to pay for our sins and shortcomings, and in rising from the dead, promises that His followers will be forgiven and live forever with Him in glory. Why single out Christians as hypocrites? The truth is, we are ALL hypocritical in our lives. Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Taoists, atheists, everyone. None of us should claim holiness or perfection.
The short answer is this; a person who makes moral claims of others and who himself doesn't follow or attain them, that is a hypocrite. However there are two important distinctions that need to be made here, first would be the person who says he is one thing but is in fact another, he is more than a hypocrite he is a liar. Secondly, and even more important a distinction should be made of the person who knows he is a sinner, falling short of the standards of God but who still recognizes the standards of God and proclaims them to the world. This person is like David, a man after God's own heart. A sinner who recognizes his failures and repents and also recognizes that the world must know the standard and doesn't dilute it to fit his life or mask his fleshly failures. It is far better for a drunk (knowing he is a drunk and recognizing his sinful state) to inform his children on the wickedness of drinking (not to be like dad) than an abstainer to tell his kids their is nothing wrong with the pleasures of drinking/drunkenness. The world will call you a hypocrite for pointing out right and wrong - but simply remember to proclaim God's truth never makes one a hypocrite, if he himself repents and simply asks others to do the same. The standard remains whether or not we see it, recognize it or proclaim it. To "go" and "do" so is our job as Christians and those who are convicted for how they live will always lash out and despise the ones who speak the truth.
Two--Two--Two questions in one... Are all Christians hypocrites? As a verb--yes, They can be/act hypocritical. As a noun---no. They are God's children growing and learning how Christ is being perfected in themselves. Why are all Christians hypocrites? I hope my first answer also answered this one.
Sadly we as Christians are seen as hypocrites even by other Christians. We are fundamentally sinners who by grace are redeemed by the death of Jesus on Cross. I have no doubt we all love the Lord with all our hearts but we do sin even unintentionally. We ask for forgives by confessing our sins and laying them at the foot of the cross. However for those who observe us, our sin, in their eyes makes us look like hypocrites. They fail to realise or understand that although we are Christians we can and do fail sometimes and often spectacularly. Thankfully we have a God who died for our sins past, present and future (that is not a green light to intentionally sin) and on confession of our sins God forgives us. This failure by Christians to those watching us with critical eyes highlights the fact that they do not understand the fundamentals of Gospel. This misunderstanding make us in their eyes hypocrites. This perception of Christians being hypocrites is actually a stumbling block which prevents many people from becoming Christians. They perceive us as being perfect when we are not. They think we should be perfect and when we fail it opens the door to the accusation of being hypocrites. As Christians we should use this accusation of being hypocrites as an opportunity to explain the Gospel.
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