A Voice in the
Re: Hypocrite or Christian?
The hypocrite hearkens more after eloquence than substance....The Christian looks most to the power of the word; he...weighs the matter rather than the manner, and regards the message more than the messenger. The one falls down before man, the other before God. Comforts, promises, and general truths he [the hypocrite] loves; the doctrine of the cross he hates....The Christian hears all God's word, loves to be smitten...[and cries], "Search me, and try my heart." --John Fletcher
"Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. (Mt6:2)
"But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. (Lk11:42)
[Paul's] epistles..in which are some things hard to understand, which those who are untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. (2Pt3:16)
Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. (Ps119:97)
How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You... Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. (Ps119:9,11; 139:23-24)