Hypocritical Preachers and Religious Leaders

June 13, 2009

“If someone says, ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar.” – 1 John 4:20

Don’t you just hate hypocrisy in the church? For many of you it’s a major reason why you don’t come to church. In the movie, The Apostle, starring Robert Duvall, we see a preacher who gets in trouble. He even kills a man, but he runs to a new town and continues to preach.

Certainly, over the last 30 years, Hollywood has done a number on preachers and priests. And time after time they are painted in a very unflattering way, usually as hypocrites or a bunch of out-of-touch airheads, or mean, cruel sickos. If you combine all of that with the charlatan TV evangelists, well, it’s not a pretty picture.

But the truth is, all of us preachers struggle with hypocrisy and not always practicing what we preach. I sure do. But I have good news. I’ve only known one preacher in my life who had no trace of hypocrisy. And He’s alive today. His name is Jesus. All the rest of us fall short, but Jesus never does. So put your focus and your faith in Him.