Have you ever heard the complaint from people who have left the church and are not interested in serving Jesus: there are too many hypocrites 1 in the church? That might be true, but it is difficult to know how they determined it.
However, the important point is, will hypocrites in the church, be with Jesus on the new earth? The Bible gives no guarantee if a person claims to be a Christian, that he is a Christian. A Christian is someone who obeys the greatest command Jesus gave, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 2
God has a test to sift hypocrites from those who love Him:
- Have you ever seen a young couple in love? It is so obvious that they care for each other, think of each other, and want to be in each other’s company. A person who loves the Lord wants to spend time with Him in His Word and prayer.
- God knew how difficult it is to grasp what love is, so He gave us an easy definition, ‘This is love for God: to obey His commands.’ 3 Easy, isn’t it? There are many verses in the Bible that clearly teach that ‘once saved, always saved’ is not true. Action is the key, not pretending.
- Jesus amplified it with the following verse, ‘Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter, and will not be able to.’ 4 It takes effort to love and obey God, so we need the Holy Spirit’s help.
In the two verses we see that God has a test to screen out hypocrites. There is no guarantee that a hypocrite will be saved automatically.
The person who rejects God’s grace and mercy, because he doesn’t want to share the church pew with a hypocrite, is dumb. He puts himself at risk to be in the company of hypocrites for eternity: away from God, but near, very near hypocrites.
Sometimes people don’t think rationally. They opt for an easy solution to avoid meeting Jesus in a kind of Damascus road experience (Jesus met Paul so dramatically that Paul fell from his horse and was blind for three days). 5 They imagine, to accuse people in the church that they are hypocrites, is clever. It isn’t. They might spend eternity with the hypocrites who did not succeed in fooling Jesus.
- People who pretend to be what they are not
- Matthew 22:37
- 1 John 5:3
- Luke 13:24
- Acts 9:1-9