are Christians a bunch of hypocrites?

One of the more common reasons that people ignore the Bible and Christianity is Christians themselves. They are often the most flagrant sinners on God’s green earth. Prisons are full of Christians, bankers regularly write off bad debt incurred by Christians, and it is far too common to meet Christians who are ungodly, unthankful, mean spirited, jealous, liars, conniving, and just plain inconsiderate.

Of course there are people who call themselves Christians who are not—they go into a Church building but have never given their heart to the Lord. However, even Christians who have given their heart to the Lord can be overcome by their weaknesses and sin against God and man. Christ, speaking of his disciples’ failure to obey, commented that, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Matt 26:41).

Scripture tells the truth about men’s faults and failures, and this is a reason to believe the Bible, not disbelieve it. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins,” and Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Even great Christians who try really hard to be godly cannot escape the weakness of their flesh. The great Apostle Paul wrote, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Rom. 7:15).

A great truth of Christianity is that God saves sinners, and a great blessing of Christianity is that we do not have to be perfect or even close to perfect to be saved. The Bible makes it clear that God saves sinners, not saints: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). If we had to be holy before we could be saved, it would be like having to take a bath before we could take a shower. Jesus Christ saves the unholy. When unholy sinners do get saved, they still sin (ask any Christian, and he will tell you that is true). Christians should try to be holy, certainly, but they often fail. It is unrealistic (not to mention illogical) for those who are not yet saved to judge God or the Bible because of the behavior of His children (Christians). Instead, if you are unsaved and know a Christian who is living an ungodly lifestyle, it should give you comfort knowing that God will save anyone who comes to Him and asks for salvation—including you.

Christians should try to live exemplary lives, and God commands Christians to not lie, not steal, not commit sexual sins, etc., but that does not mean that any Christian will ever get to the point of perfect obedience. On the other hand, if you are a Christian, you need to be aware that your personal behavior can draw people to Christ or drive them away, and it is very important to the Lord that you walk in a manner that is worthy of your calling as a Christian (Eph. 4:1).

If you are not a Christian and are considering Christianity, but you are “turned off” by Christians who are hypocrites, take comfort in the fact that Jesus Christ was not a hypocrite, but lived a perfect life. A Christian makes Christ, not other Christians, his or her Lord. Also take comfort that Christ does save sinners. Being a disciplined Christian is difficult, and if you become a Christian it will not be long before you fall short of perfection. When that happens to you, you will want others to understand your human weaknesses, and you can be confident that Christ still accepts and loves you.

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16 thoughts on “are Christians a bunch of hypocrites?

  1. malou

    After accepting Christ as your Lord and personal saviour the fruit of your salvation follows (the spirit-Colossians 3:12-15) I believe if you truly have Christ in your heart there is no such words as HYPOCRITE CHRISTIANS . Its either you are a CHRIST-IAN or without CHRIST which means IAN (I-Am-Nothing).

  2. wow, that is a nice sharing ms malou. i too believe that the if we accept jesus in our hearts, everything follows or everything will go to its proper places. all we need to do is to obey Him.

  3. Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is truly a Christian. Perhaps all or most of the famous hypocrites among Christians were in fact pretenders and deceivers.There were so many false prophet who claimed to be a messenger of Christ,deceitful and liars,they are typical and complete ignorant jackass about the prophesies of the Holy Bible.

  4. yeah sir cocoy. i agree with you. pero naniniwala ako na ang bawat isa ay nagiging hypocrite in their own ways. well that is human nature.

    nwei, juz wanna quote ms malou angolluan of dzmm (ka-ym ko kasi siya ngayon) this is wat she said:

    “You should be a living testimony, kasi if they dont see Christ in you how could you influence them o bring to Christ. Of course wala naman perfect na tao…. pero sana may nakikitang mabutingo from time o time.”

    tama, if we claimed ourselves that we are Christians then we should serve as a living testimony. not just in words but in actions. ang pagiging Christiano ay dapat isinasapuso.

  5. kengkay

    tumpak, dapat isapuso ang pagiging tunay na kristiyano

  6. Winston B.

    Good stuff. All I can say is true that, yo. True that. We are not imperfect, but serving our Lord should be with all our being. And that’s the cool thing about God: He doesn’t discriminate. He sent His Son for everyone that they may be saved and not condemned (John 3:17).

    On another note, I wish I could understand Tagalog.

  7. hi winston, thanks for dropping by… sorry for the tagalog words… the Lord bless you!

  8. wayneman5

    Thank you for your witness for our precious Savior, Yhen. Keep up the good work in standing up for Him. May He continue to bless you with His truth. His in-dwelling Spirit is what keeps us from self-destructing in this cruel sin-sodden world as we endeavor to remain strong in the face of a tsunami of evil that is flooding this corrupt world system. I keep thinking about where His Spirit is saying in the scriptures, ” You are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

    He now is resurrected in us; we have only to believe it after we “reckon ourselves dead unto sin, but alive unto God” through faith in “the operation of God that raised up Christ from the dead.” This is not just a far away hope, but a reality that is “at hand” (the “kingdom of God is at hand”).

    Thank you, my sister in Christ, for letting your light shine. Out on “Immortality Road” I’ve posted more about the “doctrine of baptisms” recently–how there are many immersions, in His plan for us…the first being the “baptism into His death.” Heavy stuff, but absolutely essential for His sons and daughters to get solidly in their hearts. Many of the preachers from centuries past taught what I’m saying–Luther, Wesley, Murray, and Spurgeon–they all taught about our old self dying, being replaced by His Spirit within a new heart. Must run, God bless, Kenneth Wayne Hancock

  9. thanks also sir wayne for passing.. the Lord bless you

  10. very nice post. keep up the good work and more power to you!!!

  11. tnx girbaudz for passing. godbless

  12. Dave

    Hahaha you guys are funny. I love how someone provides a way for you all to feel better by saying, “Those christians that sinned weren’t christians!” And everyone jumped on it instead of saying of saying how they too have sinned and maybe they should forgive any christians who have sinned. Anyways… food for thought

  13. Cody

    I disagree with your first argument stating that Christians are always the ones being locked up in prison and what not…

    Mathematically this makes totally sense… The more blue balls you put in a bag compared to red balls increases your chance of pulling out a blue ball.

    Christians are the most dominate Religion so of course you are going to have more Christians in Jail there is more of them out there…….

  14. I am not sure how someone found my site from this one, but I’m excited that they did.

    This is an excellent post. Our salvation, our faith, our walk with Christ are not dependent upon how horrible other people are (whether they be Christians or not). Whenever someone tells me, “I don’t go to church because its full of hypocrites,” I generally respond, “That’s not true; there are almost always seats available up front next to me.”

    They hypocrite argument is one of majoring in the minors, focusing on the wrong thing. The fact that I and/or my brothers in Christ are jerks does not change the fact that Jesus Christ died on a cross and rose from the dead. Our faith and salvation hinge on the question Jesus asked, “Who do YOU say I am?” It is not a question of, “But how do these imperfect people act.”

    Great post friend.

  15. I had to comment again, because I forgot to click “notify me of follow-up comments”

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