Did you know that there are hypocrites and the sin of hypocrisy rampant in the Church?
Hypocrisy is a noun and it means: a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc. that one does not really possess. A hypocrite is someone who practices hypocrisy.
Let’s examine Peter (also known as Cephas). Peter was one the 12 Apostles of Jesus, he was the one who walked on water, and he was the first mega preacher who preached the watershed message on the day of Pentacost. He was the first to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles (non Jews), but Peter was also a hypocrite. Let’s go to Galatians:
Galatians 2:11 But when Cephas (Peter) came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. 13 The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?
Peter ate with the Gentiles when the Jewish dignitary were not around, but when the Jewish dignitary came around, he did not eat with the Gentiles.
The Apostle Paul said to Peter that his hypocrisy was wrong. Peter was not above being called out for hypocrisy.
My friend, is there hypocrisy in your life? Do you say one thing and live another? Are you condemning others. Do you stand to be condemned yourself?
Hypocrisy comes mostly from the clergy who have the titles, the ecclesiastical habiliments (robes), and have the special seats in the Church.