Jesus and the Bible on Hypocrites I: Two Obvious Teachings of Jesus they deny.

Two teachings of Jesus that obvious and habitual Christian frauds–goats or wolves in sheep’s clothing, not sheep–violate: (In the nature of allowing the tares to grow with the wheat, it seems impossible for us to tell the difference between the goats and the wolves among the sheep, it is just obvious that they are not sheep no matter how much they bleep.)

1. Habitually get, get, get, and greed more than an ocasional giving, and that ocassionally giving is more for community and church, wolf in sheep’s clothing reputation sake. This kind of person is obvious, often with a lot more character and personality faults than good ones. Such greed, as Paul makes clear below, in speaking to the elders of the Ephesian church, is really violations of the commandment, “Thou shalt not covet.” Just as obvious is their simple attitude that they are always “right” on everything, and use church buzz words like God and Abraham, etc to prove it.

Paul was not silent about such church members, why should we be?

“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:32-35)

{Is it any wonder to the extent that we follow Jesus and His teachings, we have a bad attitude toward obvious hypocrites.}

2. Seldom do good for others unless it is personally profitable for reputation. We are allowed here to repeat the sayings of Jesus about hypocrites, those claiming to be religious leaders but are frauds.

“For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.” (Matthew 23:4-7)

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