But What About Those Hypocrites?
What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? Romans 3:3
It used to be popular to put adhesive stickers on the bumper of your car, endorsing a politician or bragging that your kid was an honor student at the local elementary school. One especially irritating bumper sticker read, “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.” It was infuriating when the driver of a car with this sticker on it cut you off in traffic. Jesus, himself, showed open anger for religious people who honored Him with their lips when their hearts were far from Him. (Mark 7:7)
Every person who claims to follow Jesus needs ongoing, daily repentance and forgiveness. (1 John 1:8) But the fact that there are hypocritical Christians, doesn’t relieve a person of needing to answer for personal unbelief, or disbelief. The existence of hypocrisy doesn’t nullify Scripture, which says that we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. The Bible book of Romans declares “‘…every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'” So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” (Romans 14:10-12)
There is integrity, albeit fatal integrity, in saying, “I don’t believe and I’m not going to pretend that I do.” To all, God says, “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock [My justice]. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death.” (Galatians 6:7,8)
God doesn’t want anyone to be lost to death but there will be an end to His invitation. (2 Peter 2:9) Is He waiting on you?
Resource reading: Romans 14:7-13