Are Christians Hypocrites?

“We live in a broken world. Everyone is broken, and our brokenness takes many forms.” — Mitch Teemley

This is too true! ADHD, OCD, PTSD — that’s me. Although I am so much healthier than I was years ago when I was in my worst, most broken condition, I am still very much a work in progress. And, I know that I am still an alcoholic, although I haven’t had a drink since January 14, 1990. As for being a “hypocritical Christian” — I agree 100% with what Mitch Teemley has to say. Read on! And God bless 😊

Mitch Teemley

presentation1“I don’t go to church because churches are full of hypocrites!” This is an increasingly common sentiment. But is it true? Are churches full of hypocrites?

Duh.Are AA meetings full of alcoholics? I’m a Christian, though I rarely use the term, preferring “Jesus follower” instead. Why? Well, for starters, it’s used indiscriminately by hundreds of millions who hold few if any actual Christian convictions.

But in another sense, I don’t deserve to call myself a Christian: the word Christian (“like Christ”) is believed to have been coined by Roman detractors as a put-down (“You’re like that Jesus guy!”). And I’m not worthy of such a put-down. Yet.

AA members address meetings with, “Hello, I’m __________ and I’m an alcoholic (or addict).” They say this regardless of whether they fell off the wagon yesterday or have been a “recovering alcoholic” for fifty years. Why? Because they know their addiction never…

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5 thoughts on “Are Christians Hypocrites?

  1. successbmine December 30, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    “I don’t go to church because churches are full of hypocrites!” I believe this is an invalid excuse. Yes, there probably are some hypocrites in churches everywhere. But there are many more hypocrites in the world at large. I have never yet heard anyone say, “I’m not going to live in the world any more because it is full of hypocrites.” This is simply an excuse people use to dull their consciences for not obeying the scripture that says, “Do not neglect the gathering together of the saints as is the habit of some.” The more they excuse themselves, the less their consciences are able to discern right from wrong. For those whose purpose in life is to follow Jesus with their whole heart and life, they will want to go to church whether or not they find hypocrites there. Maybe their testimony will soften those hypocrites and they will be changed by the power of God. I like the statement “What we did get was a way of overcoming our hypocrisies. It’s called prayer.” Mitch Teemlye is right in saying we are all broken. We all need to be fixed, changed, so we reflect the image of Jesus. And it is a process, and prayer the power that enables the process. Thanks for sharing this article, Linda.

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    • Lady Quixote December 30, 2019 / 7:10 pm

      Thank you for your great comment. I’ve heard it said that if you find a perfect church, you’d better not take your imperfect self there, because then it won’t be perfect anymore. 😁

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      • successbmine December 30, 2019 / 7:18 pm

        That is so true, Linda. Not one of us is anywhere near perfect and would definitely mar any “perfect” church.

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  2. Looking for the Light December 30, 2019 / 5:06 pm

    We can only take one step and day at a time. I remind myself, there has only been one person walk the earth who was perfect. We are broken in many ways and by sharing your story and being keenly aware of your illnesses you help others.

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