Hypocrisy (1)!

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

Is likened to a deadly virus, if not checked will go through the entirety of a man’s soul, like leaven, in the most subtle and almost unnoticeable way. Therefore the same word used for sincerity, symbolises unleavened bread. There are some who are more prone to this than others. Firstly, those who are of a popular nature, whose expressions to others are seldom from a deep sense of the duty that they owe to one another. So it is hard to converse much with the world without some taint of this. Secondly, those who are naturally subtle and crafty, especially when their natural cunningness is much improved by their living under the gospel, this is soon turned into a spiritual hypocrisy. Thirdly, those whose religion begins with a good time, or some particular advantage. Fourthly, such as are strictly and superstitiously observant of external circumstance and forms, and are more affected with external incentives to religion than with spiritual arguments.Hypocrisy is either opposed to the reality of a saving work upon the soul or, it is opposed to the reality of a man’s ends and intentions. There are two sorts of hypocrites, we’ll look at these next week, Lord willing.

(© James R Hamilton)
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