Centuries ago the prophet Isaiah condemned insincerity (Isaiah 1:10-15), and in one of His most stinging speeches Christ criticized the religious leaders of His day for their hypocrisy (Matthew 23). When Christ preached His sermon on the mount, there wasn't a Pharisee within range who didn't want Him dead. They hated Him because they pretended to be pious and devout, but in reality were self-centered, dishonest, arrogant phonies. What about us as members of God's Church today, could we be guilty of the same sins of the Pharisees? The apostle Paul's pen flowed with heated ink when he told Timothy that hypocrisy would characterize the latter days of this society (I Timothy 4:1-2).
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