Friday, June 15, 2012


“Eternity depends on your sincerity. Your worth and destiny hang on whether or not you have it.
Another injury inflicted by the hypocrite is the scandal brought upon the church when his mask slips. Scripture says of Samson, "The dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life" Judges 16:30. Truly the hypocrite does more damage when he is discovered than when he seemed to be alive in his profession of faith. The hypocrite then puts a big stick into the hands of the wicked who have been looking for a way to bruise the saints. How fast they can then cause division and smear the face of all believers with the grime they see upon one hypocrite's sleeve!
Accusers of Christianity point out a hypocrite in church and reason that the whole group of believers is just like him. This is as absurd, of course, as to say that no coin is worth anything because we see one brass shilling among the silver. But this language fits the mouth of the ungodly world. ‘And woe to the man's hypocrisy, which manufactures these arrows for them to shoot at the saints.’ It would be better if he had been thrown into the sea with a millstone about his neck than to live and provide occasions for God's enemy to blaspheme.
Because sincerity covers all a Christian's weaknesses, there are several important reasons why we should carefully search our own hearts to see whether sincerity or hypocrisy reigns there.
Eternity depends on your sincerity. Your worth and destiny hang on whether or not you have it. This is your making or marring forever. "Do good, O Lord, them that are upright in their hearts. As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity" Psalm 125:4-5. The hypocrite will try to crowd in with the godly on that last day and pass for a saint, but God "shall lead him forth with the workers of iniquity," company which is more his kind.” 

Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell.

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