The meaning of a hypocrite is one who does not love you with the pure love of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are not saved. Why? Because we know that we have passed from death to life because WE LOVE THE BRETHREN! The haters in your life may come and go. Sometimes they remain, and you become the object of their eternally seething hatred.
My friend and Christian mentor, Pam Sheppard, wrote an eye-opening book called “Come Out of Her, God’s People. In an astounding personal memoire, Pam explains how she was a root in dry ground as an ordained minister amongst hypocrites.In fact, Pam recollects about high-ranking hypocrites she battled with, when she was in ministry for 25 years in a well-known denomination. Her surprising revelations inspired me to pen this article.
The hypocrite in church is just as lethal as any hater anywhere. Haters were around since the Garden of Eden Who was Cain, but a hater who killed his own brother out of jealousy. Who was Saul, but a hater who spent his time trying to kill David who would be King.
Who were Joseph’s brothers, but a family of haters, who didn’t want to see Joseph do better than them. Who was the prodigal son’s brother, but a hater who got angry because his long-lost brother was favored with a feast. And look at our precious Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth and how a mob of Jewish haters roared ” crucify him “.
Church is often a hotbed of opportunity for a hypocrite.. A hypocrite in church can deftly hide behind a bible and a prayer. It’s easy for the hater in church, haters in the pews, usually have a long shelf life. Haters thrive in church because too many believers, have a unscriptural view of what it means to be a peace maker. Therefore ” the hater ” has a field day in church, and their covert camouflaged combativeness, and undercover hateful behaviors go unchecked.
When you were a newbie in church, it took you a while to recognize ” the hypocrites “. You thought your mind was playing tricks on you. You wondered how it could be possible that Sister Shirley or Brother Mark could have spread the rumor about you having a crush on the choir director’s husband. You wondered who told the prayer minister, that they thought they saw you coming out of a bar. Could it really have been smiling church Sister Sarah, who was always calling you to talk about the Lord?
What’s wrong with the church hypocrite? Sadly, I must report that the church hypocrite is unwashed and not saved. The church hypocrite , who should be pleased as punch because you’ve been delivered, is not pleased. The church hypocrite hates hearing your testimony. The church hater doesn’t even want to see you get a crust of bread. And don’t let the Lord call you out from among them. If you are in business for yourself,as I am— the hypocrites will try to cause you to go bankrupt.
As it was in the evil days of Noah so it is now in the organized church.
If you need deliverance from demonic affliction, church abuse or any other burdens, call Sheppard’s Counseling now at (518)477-5759. Pam Sheppard and her team of supervised deliverance minister’s are waiting to serve you. I am a part of Pam’s team. Pam has been ministry for 30 years and her deliverance counseling expertise is second to none. If you would like to read more , an article written by Pam posted at Pam Sheppard’s Publishing is an eye-opener. You can read further about Pam’s ministry experience dealing with haters and hypocrites in high ranks. Hypocrites hating, are a reality in church, no matter your station.
Go here to read about Pam’s battles with a regional director when she was the pastor of her own church.