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← Why Are There So Many Hypocrites in the Church? - Clint Leiter

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  1. Question: What would you say
  2. to a lost person who says
  3. the reason I'm not a Christian
  4. is because there's so many
    hypocrites in the church?
  5. Clint: Well, I would say to that person
  6. what they're calling the church is wrong.
  7. I would say to that person,
  8. what you're calling the church
  9. is not the true church.
  10. It might be a religious organization.
  11. It might be a denominational gathering.
  12. It might be some religious institution,
  13. but it's not the true church.
  14. The true church of the Bible
  15. is not populated with hypocrites.
  16. That's not to say that a true Christian,
  17. a true believer can't
    be caught in hypocrisy.
  18. Peter - when he denied the Lord Jesus,
  19. that was an act of hypocrisy.
  20. He had said earlier,
    "Thou art the Christ."
  21. You're the Christ.
    The Son of the living God.
  22. Jesus confirmed that statement
  23. and said He would build His church on it.
  24. And then later you have Peter
  25. caught in an act of hypocrisy
  26. denying the Lord Jesus Christ.
  27. That's an act, but
    Peter was not a hypocrite
  28. in his lifestyle.
  29. There's a big distinction there.
  30. Later on in Galatians 2,
  31. you have the Apostle
    Paul confronting Peter
  32. over an act of hypocrisy
  33. that had the tendency
    to lead others astray.
  34. But Peter was not living
    a life of hypocrisy.
  35. So the true church is not
    populated by hypocrites.
  36. The local church, local denomination,
  37. or some religious institution -
  38. that might be the case.
  39. So first I would counter
    with that thought.
  40. What you're calling the
    church isn't the true church.
  41. And then I would say secondly
  42. to that individual,
    you're not being honest.
  43. The reason you're not a Christian
  44. is not because of something
    somebody else is doing.
  45. That's just an excuse.
  46. The reason that you're not a Christian
  47. is because you don't
    want to submit to God.
  48. That's everyone's problem.
  49. They're proud.
  50. They don't want to bow the knee to God.
  51. They don't want to yield to free grace.
  52. They don't want to receive
  53. from the hand of someone else salvation.
  54. They want to earn it on their own.
  55. They want to love their sin.
  56. They want to keep their sin.
  57. They don't want God on His terms.
  58. That's why they're not a Christian.
  59. So I guess that's how
    I would approach that.
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